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Del Toro's 'Shape of Water' poised to lead Oscar nominations
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January 23, 2018 12:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Guillermo del Toro's lavish monster romance "The Shape of Water" will vie for the most Oscar nominations Tuesday, but just as much attention may be focused on categories where women could make history.

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Tue Jan 23 02:33:05 EST 2018

Busy Philipps took a flight to be with best friend Michelle Williams on the 10-year anniversary of Heath Ledger‘s death.

On Monday evening, Philipps, 38, shared a photo of her view of the sunset from an airplane with a red heart emoji. Then, hours later, she posted a follow-up selfie of her with Dawson’s Creek costar Williams.

“It’s ok,” Philipps wrote along with the picture that showed the All the Money in the World star, 37, with her eyes closed and leaning on her longtime confidant.

Ledger and Williams dated after meeting on the set of their 2005 film Brokeback Mountain and welcomed daughter Matilda in October 2005. They separated in September 2007.

RELATED: Michelle Williams Says BFF Busy Philipps Is ‘Proof That the Love of Your Life Does Not Have to Be a Man!’

A decade ago, Ledger was found dead from an accidental overdose in his New York apartment. He was 28.

A toxicology report revealed a fatal mix of prescription drugs in his system. Ledger was survived by his partner at the time, Williams, and their young daughter, Matilda (now 12).

RELATED GALLERY: On the 10th Anniversary of His Death, Remembering Heath Ledger’s Life in Photos

In tearful videos posted to her Instagram story on Monday, Philipps expressed grief while driving in her car as the song “Time to Pretend” by MGMT plays in the background.

“I was just driving and I was thinking about my friends Heath who died 10 years ago and this song came on, ‘Time to Pretend,’” she said in one of the videos. “It came out after he passed away and I remember when it came out, because it made me think of him. I just thought he would have liked this song. And for some reason, every time I hear this song… it’s weird.”

RELATED: Heath Ledger Died 10 Years Ago Today — Friends and Family Remember His ‘Desperate’ Final Weeks

Also on Monday, the late actor’s sister, Kate Ledger, revealed that the family remains in contact with Williams.

“We keep in constant contact with Michelle and Matilda and visit frequently,” Kate said. “She is an amazing girl and a source of delight to us all.”

Kate, the director of a design and media production company, cherished a close relationship with her brother, whom she called her “soul mate.”

“We spoke almost every day regardless of where Heath was in the world or what he was doing,” she recalled. “Our conversations ranged from talking about projects to what we were having for dinner! Nothing was off limits.”

Tue Jan 23 02:04:25 EST 2018

Party City is apologizing for a commercial that called gluten-free people “gross.”

The party store issued a statement on Monday after several people with gluten allergies slammed the company on social media for their commercial, which was for Food Network star Sunny Anderson‘s inflatable snack stadium.

The ad features two people in a room decorated and ready for a Super Bowl party. A large snack table is on display and to the right of it is a single plate of food separated on a stool.

“Those are some gluten-free options,” one woman says in the commercial.

“Do we even know people that are like that?” another woman asked.

“Tina,” the first woman responded.

“Oh, gross, yeah,” the second woman said.

Anderson shared Party City’s full apology on her Instagram on Monday, writing in the caption, “Please read I’d like to thank @partycity for handling this swiftly and with care.”

The company issued the following statement, “Party City values its customers above all else, and we take your feedback extremely seriously. We recognize that we made an error in judgment by running the recent Big Game commercial, which was insensitive to people with food allergies.”

It continued, “We have removed the commercial from our website and all other channels, and sincerely apologize for any offense this may have caused.”

“We’d also like to clarify that Sunny Anderson was not involved in the creation of this commercial in any way, and we apologize for any offense it has caused with her audience and fans. We will also be reviewing our internal vetting process on all advertising content to avoid any future issues. In addition, Party City will be making a donation in support of Celiac Disease research.”

Tue Jan 23 01:35:29 EST 2018

Amber Portwood dropped a few bombshells on Monday night’s episode of Teen Mom OG.

The reality star broke the news of her pregnancy to MTV crew which shocked producers. Portwood, who shares 8-year-old daughter Leah with ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley, admitted she had not been taking birth control when she and her boyfriend, Andrew Glennon, conceived.

Dia, an executive producer on the show, asked Portwood and Glennon if they were surprised about the pregnancy.

“I don’t think it was a surprise, we weren’t surprised, no,” Portwood said.

“Were you not using birth control?” Dia asked. Portwood shook her head in negation, and added, “And I always do,” meaning she always took care to take birth control.

Dia laughed and said, “It’s amazing, those two things go hand in hand!”

Dia also couldn’t help but wonder how long the couple had been together before they realized they were expecting their first child together.

“We just met, my brain is catching up with everything,” Dia told Glennon and Portwood. “I just need to ask. When did you guys meet?”

“Almost three months,” Portwood said, referring to the time they’d been dating.

“Woah, speedy,” Dia responded, to which Portwood said, “Well, you know I can’t do anything right.”

Glennon spoke separately with a different MTV crew member, who asked him how he was acclimating to the news of his impending fatherhood.

“I never wanted a relationship, never saw it coming,” he said. “When we met , we spoke once or twice, it was so casual. I think it was gravitational because there was no effort, it just happened.”

He continued, “Don’t get me wrong, on the inside I’m slightly terrified. At the same time, I have to accept it because I know that it feels so right.”

Portwood had her own heart-to-heart with an MTV producer, who asked how the mother of one was feeling about having another child.

RELATED VIDEO: Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood Expecting Second Child

“I’m freaking out a little bit,” Portwood admitted. “Just about having another human being. This is a big deal. When I was younger I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was. There are many ways to mess up.”

In the last season of Teen Mom OG, Portwood opened up about the impossibility of her having any more children after Leah. At the time, she was engaged to Matt Baier and she revealed she wouldn’t be able to have more children because of the medications she was taking for her Borderline Personality and Bipolar Disorder.

“I just got re-diagnosed for Borderline Personality and Bipolar Disorder, and I’ve been taking three medications now that I need to take for the rest of my life,” Portwood said at the time. “I can’t, I can’t get pregnant on this medication.”

She further clarified, and explained, “I can get pregnant, but it would mess up the fetus. If I do not have medication, I will not be normal. I would have … crazy mood swings.”

When Portwood was asked about whether she was taking her medications on Monday night’s episode, Portwood said she was “completely off my meds.”

She said she stopped taking them “about a month ago because I didn’t need them. a very uplifting person, he’s positive.”

Teen Mom OG airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on MTV.

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Days shy of his 77th birthday, the rock legend is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand for March.

LONDON (AP) — "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson is going from Middle Earth to the Western Front, transforming grainy black-and-white footage of World War I into 3-D color for a new documentary film.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut theater's artistic director is on administrative leave due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

NEW YORK (AP) — "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" notched its third straight weekend on top of the box office, besting a pair of new releases — "12 Strong" and "Den of Thieves" — both of which still managed to slightly outperform expectations.

NEW YORK (AP) — Winning the best new artist Grammy is a goal for most breakthrough performers, but for some of its recipients, it can create pressure to match previous success or surpass it.

PARIS (AP) — Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri projected a ludic mood at the Rodin Museum as top actresses weighed in on the Time's Up movement against sexual harassment at the start of Paris couture week.

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's Megyn Kelly lashed out at actress Jane Fonda Monday in a simmering dispute over an interview gone awry, even invoking the old "Hanoi Jane" nickname.

NEW YORK CITY (AP) — Remember when the cast of the TV series "Glee" earned a Grammy nomination for their version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" at the 2011 Grammys, pitting them against Sade, Maroon 5 and Paramore? It's fair that you don't recall that moment — but guess who never earned a nomination for "Don't Stop Believin'''? Journey.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After taking responsibility for the epic best picture flub at the Oscars last year, Tim Ryan of PwC got down to business.

BERLIN (AP) — A prolific director of German television dramas has resigned as head of a theater festival following allegations of sexual misconduct.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's interview with The Associated Press (all times local): 12:02 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says reports that an adult film star had an alleged affair with President Donald Trump are "baseless allegations."

NEW YORK (AP) — Jesmyn Ward's "Sing, Unburied, Sing," winner of the National Book Award for fiction, is now a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle prize.

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston College hockey player who happens to be Lindsay Lohan's cousin is out indefinitely after he was punched at a Boston restaurant and sent to the hospital.

NEW YORK (AP) — Here at The Associated Press, we've written stories for years about how the Grammys have dissed rap, R&B and other evolving genres before others wrote about the hot topic after Beyonce lost to Adele last year.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to travel to Utah to attend the screening of girlfriend Sandra Lee's new documentary on her battle with breast cancer.

LONDON (AP) — It will be a busy year for royal weddings: Princess Eugenie is engaged to be married later this year, several months after her cousin Prince Harry's nuptials.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While actors are accustomed to being on camera, not every starry moment at the Screen Actors Guild Awards makes the screen.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a still undetermined awards race and an industry undergoing tectonic shifts with the Me Too and Time's Up movements, awards shows have become canaries in the coal mine.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "This Is Us" won the top drama series trophy at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, making up for the Emmy and Golden Globe honors that eluded it and taking a stand for broadcast network TV amid growing online competition.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Sunday's presentation of the Screen Actors Guild from the Shrine Auditorium (all times local): 9 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A partial list of winners at Sunday's 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles: MOVIES: Actor: Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" Actress: Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Supporting actor: Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Supporting actress: Allison Janney, "I, Tonya" Cast: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Stunt ensemble: "Wonder Woman" ___ TELEVISION: Actor in a drama series: Sterling K.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Western-inspired revenge tale "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Morgan Freeman first stood on a stage when he was 8 years old, playing Little Boy Blue in a pageant. That's when he knew he wanted to be an actor.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC's "Good Morning America" during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people's anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made, has died.