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Peter Jackson closes the book on “The Hobbit” saga, but not before reimagining more of it.

    No cheer from ‘A Renaissance Christmas’ at the Folger

    The programming was strong, but the execution lacking.

    Phil Stern, photographer of Hollywood’s elite, dies at 95

    Phil Stern, photographer of Hollywood’s elite, dies at 95

    Mr. Stern created memorable images of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and other stars of music and film.

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    ‘The Happiest People in the World,’ by Brock Clarke

    ‘The Happiest People in the World,’ by Brock Clarke

    When a Danish cartoonist offends Islamic terrorists, the CIA gives him a new identity in a small U.S. town.

    What’s holding up naming of new theater director at NEA?

    What’s holding up naming of new theater director at NEA?

    Washington theater professionals worry about not having a national advocate.

    ‘Terminus’ barrels onto Studio’s 2ndStage

    ‘Terminus’ barrels onto Studio’s 2ndStage

    The flood of gritty, poetic language in Mark O’Rowe’s darkly mystical urban tale demands an attentive audience.

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    ‘The Strange Library,’ by Haruki Murakami

    ‘The Strange Library,’ by Haruki Murakami

    A fantastical story for young readers by the author of “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.”

    December’s best books for young readers

    December’s best books for young readers

    Dianne White, Mark Kurlansky and Ann M. Martin offer rhyming couplets, a biography and a novel, respectively.

    TV listings: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

    TV listings: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

    Michael Bublé celebrates the holidays with Miss Piggy, and “The Sing-Off” returns for one night only.

    Here’s why the Jingle Ball should be more like ‘The Hunger Games’

    Here’s why the Jingle Ball should be more like ‘The Hunger Games’

    The performances from the third annual holiday pop revue, ranked from best to Iggy Azalea.

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    “A Charlie Brown Christmas” producer Lee Mendelson and other storytellers share the story behind the story of tonight’s holiday classic.

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    Surely, he jests: classic clowning in ‘One-Man Commedia’

    Surely, he jests: classic clowning in ‘One-Man Commedia’

    Matthew R. Wilson plays a gallery of masked characters in a clown show he’s been performing for years.

    Handsome Boy Modeling School reunites for New Year’s Eve

    Handsome Boy Modeling School reunites for New Year’s Eve

    The winningly eclectic DJ duo, which hasn’t performed since 2006, will take over Little Miss Whiskey’s.

    Super Smash Bros review

    Super Smash Bros review

    The new game for Nintendo’s Wii U is one that can simultaneously produce irritated exasperation and childish amazement.

    WASSILY KANDINSKY: Google Doodle celebrates abstract-art pioneer’s supreme gift with a musical line.

    WASSILY KANDINSKY: Google Doodle celebrates abstract-art pioneer’s supreme gift with a musical line.

    Google Doodle celebrates the 148th anniversary of Russian painter’s birth with home-page homage to his symphony of tints.

    Joan Jett, Bill Withers, Lou Reed and Green Day among those to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Joan Jett, Bill Withers, Lou Reed and Green Day among those to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Ringo Starr will receive the Award for Musical Excellence and the “5” Royales will be honored with the Early Influence Award.

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    100 sandwiches in one minute

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    Trailer: 'Mr. Turner'

    Trailer: 'Mr. Turner'

    Director Mike Leigh tells the story of British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall), focusing the last 25 years of his life. The film hits U.S. screens Dec. 19.
    Trailer: 'The Gambler'

    Trailer: 'The Gambler'

    Starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Rupert Wyatt, "The Gambler" is a remake of the 1974 film written by James Toback. The film will be released in the U.S. on Dec. 19.
    6 unique photography gifts

    6 unique photography gifts

    Stumped on holiday gifts? Here are some “do-it-yourself” presents you can make using photos.
    Trailer: 'Never Alone'

    Trailer: 'Never Alone'

    "Never Alone" is a puzzle video game by E-Line Media, featuring an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her arctic fox. The game is built around Alaskan indigenous stories told in eight chapters and is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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