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Lin-Manuel Miranda named AP Entertainer of the year

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Winning a Pulitzer Prize and a clutch of Tony Awards in a single one year would be enough for anyone. Not Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not in 2016. The “Hamilton” writer-composer picked up those honors and also earned a Golden Globe nomination, won the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, wrote music for a top movie, and inspired a best-selling book, a best-selling album of “Hamilton” covers and a popular PBS documentary. A new honor came Wednesday when…

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Rio2016, Election2016, PokemonGo top global Twitter trends

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The Rio Olympics, the American presidential election and Pokemon Go were the top global trends on Twitter in 2016. The social media site says Rio2016 was the most tweeted-about topic around the world, followed by Election2016 and PokemonGo. Euro2016, Oscars, Brexit, Trump and BlackLivesMatter also made the top 10. A Spanish gamer known as elrubius originated the year’s most popular tweet: It reads “Limonada” (lemonade) and was retweeted more than 1.3 million times. One Direction’s Harry Styles had the second…

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A year in pop culture: Hellos, goodbyes, and Caitlyn Jenner

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There were goodbyes (Jon Stewart, David Letterman, “Mad Men”) and hellos (Adele!). “Star Wars” reawakened, and a ballerina and an unheralded Founding Father both hit the zeitgeist. But the pop-culture moment that fascinated us most? That had to be the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner. Herewith, our annual, very selective trip down pop culture memory lane: JANUARY: Remember we began the year talking about North Korea? At the GOLDEN GLOBES, Tina Fey welcomes the TV audience to honor “all the movies that North…

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“Star Wars” named AP’s Entertainer of the Year

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“Star Wars” isn’t just strong. It’s unstoppable. The revival of the nearly 40-year-old space saga has already dominated the box office and toy shelves. Now, it’s also been selected as The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year and is amassing support for Academy Awards consideration. “Personally, it’s been three years of feeling privileged to be part of something that’s bigger than all of us,” filmmaker J.J. Abrams told the AP in an interview. “This accolade is very much appreciated and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.21.15 — Quitting Jim Webb

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Jim Webb announced yesterday that he is dropping his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. “I fully accept that my views on many issues are not compatible with the power structure and the nominating base of the Democratic Party,” Webb told reporters at the National Press Club in Washington. The current Democratic hierarchy, he said, “is not comfortable with many of the policies laid forth, and frankly I am not that comfortable with many of theirs.” Now before the meme begins…

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