LOS ANGELES — Universal’s “Dolittle” and “1917” found out what “Bad Boys” will do when they come for you at the box office. Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life,” the third entry in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led series, beat expectations and towered over the competition during the Martin Luthe…

“Joker,” the controversial drama about the mentally ill Batman villain that sparked backlash with its realistic depictions of extreme violence, triumphed at the 92nd annual Academy Awards nominations on Monday morning, earning 11 nods, the most of any film.

Proof that something can be “outrageous” and boring at the same time, “The New Pope” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA) returns for a second season. For the uninitiated, the first season, called “The Young Pope,” starred Jude Law as an American pontiff, first seen as a breath of fresh air who became, pret…

“What if I’m all out of stories?” the cartoon avatar of renowned storyteller Gene Luen Yang asks himself in the dead of night, in his excellent forthcoming tale of graphic reportage, “Dragon Hoops.”

Granite State music venues are unveiling snippets of their 2020 lineups, with noteworthy shows ranging from the rocking pairing of KISS and David Lee Roth in Manchester to Alanis Morissette serving up a bitter bite of her career-launching hits on a tour stop in the Lakes Region.

NORTH WOODSTOCK — Artisans have spent the past four weeks dripping, shaping and hand-placing icicles for this year’s versionof the Ice Castle, and the much-anticipated unveiling is now set for 4 p.m. Friday at 24 Clark Farm Road.

HOPKINTON — Teddy Lavoie towers over his fellow actors. At 7-foot-5 (with the help of stilts), the Hopkinton High School junior rambles across the stage in the role of Lurch, the gigantic, monosyllabic ambiguously-undead butler.

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