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Free weekend? 7 fun and almost-free things to do

This weekend is all about last-minute shopping, wintery workshops... and Seinfeld. Here's everything you need to know.

Star Wars for Newbies: What's the deal and why do fans care?

Are you among those who aren't fully versed in the Star Wars mythology? Here's a quick lesson in the key characters and why they resonate so deeply with audiences.

Kathleen Kennedy: From standing in line to see 'Star Wars' to producing it herself

The Lucasfilm president was handpicked by George Lucas to take over his company and the franchise. She's aware that all her film mentors have been men; "I need to bring other women along," she says.

9 Sylvester Stallone movie props you could own

More than 1,400 iconic props from Sly Stallone films like "Rocky" and "Rambo" are being auctioned off in Los Angeles this weekend.

Quentin Tarantino claims Disney pushed 'The Hateful Eight' out of the Cinerama Dome

Screenings of “The Hateful Eight” were supposed to start at the iconic theater on Christmas Eve, but Tarantino says his film has been bumped from the venue because of “Star Wars.”

Slideshow: 'Seinfeld' fans flock to pop-up set replica

Grab your PEZ dispenser and put on your puffy shirt because "Seinfeld: The Apartment" opens Wednesday in West Hollywood.

Song of the week: 'I've Got Your Number' by Larry Davis

The dancer turned graphic artist turned musician got his start crooning with a combo at the Air Force’s Officers’ Club, but didn’t truly pick up singing again until he was in his mid-seventies.

The Year In Documentaries: Many great films but no blockbusters

R.H. Greene assesses the year's best documentaries, including "Amy," "The Look of Silence" and "(T)Error." No blockbusters, but plenty of good films relevant to our culture.

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' sets new sales record

The album has sold 30 million copies in the U.S., making Jackson the first artist to attain 30-time multiplatinum status.

Cats and dogs partying like animals in ugly holiday sweaters

Television ushered the ugly sweater in and out in the 1980s. Then kids got in on the act and now, pets have nosed their way in.

Triumphant return for Cuban baseball defectors Puig, Abreu

The major leagues and Cuban baseball have been moving to rebuild ties since Presidents Obama and Castro declared that they would re-establish diplomatic relations.

LL Cool J back for fifth straight year as Grammy host

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the rap artist and actor will be the master of ceremonies for the fifth consecutive year.

The best-case scenario: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

After all the hype and all the talk and all the guessing, the bottom line is pretty simple: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a really good movie.

'The Long Christmas Dinner': An opera for before, not during, your feast

Marc Haefele reviews the first English recording of the short opera "The Long Christmas Dinner," by Paul Hindemith and Thornton Wilder.

Taylor Orci feels the power of sewing her own wedding dress

Couture is all about the dress fitting the body, not the body fitting the dress. By teaching myself how to sew, I now had this power over my clothes I never had before. I didn't have to worry about my irregular butt or my chest that is Jr. High-level small.

Will Smith takes on Hollywood's diversity problem, NFL's concussion issue

In "Concussion," Will Smith was terrified to play a doctor who took on the NFL. But as a parent, Smith also felt "impelled" to take part in the conversation.