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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 21, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2023 NPD Group.

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Tennessee State University is hoping to make history after their marching band was nominated for a Grammy in the roots gospel category. The historically Black university's Aristocrat of Bands teamed up with gospel songwriter and producer Sir the Baptist last year to record “The Urban Hymnal.” The record features an all-star ensemble of gospel singers. Some songs are new arrangements of classic hymns, while others were written especially for the new record. Baptist says gospel is embedded in the culture of HBCUs, so the collaboration made sense. For instance, at TSU, the fight song is the old Christian hymn, “I'm So Glad.” Baptist says, "These hymnals brought us from slavery to the White House.”

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In the romantic comedy “Maybe I Do,” a young couple played by Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey debate whether marriage is in their future. She’s all in; he’s all “What?!” But this bland, beautiful duo might as well be an afterthought. The star attractions are their respective parents, played by …

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A lawyer for Eva Green has accused producers of a collapsed film of trying to damage the performer’s reputation by depicting her as a “diva.” The French actress played Vesper Lynd in James Bond thriller “Casino Royale.” She is suing producers for a $1 million fee she says she is owed for “A Patriot.” Green was lined up to star in the sci-fi thriller and was also an executive producer on the project that collapsed in late 2019. Production company White Lantern Film is fighting the claim and is countersuing. It says that Green made “unreasonable demands” and undermined the production. The case at the High Court in London is due to last eight days.

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"Poker Face," a new series starring Natasha Lyonne and created by Rian Johnson of "Knives Out"/"Glass Onion" fame, is a work of pure pleasure, a comedy-mystery with roots that reach down half a century into the heyday of broadcast television. Its specific antecedents are "Columbo," whose ope…

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This we knew already: Jennifer Lopez can rock a wedding dress — and a wedding rom-com. “Shotgun Wedding” puts the ageless pop star at a stunning island resort, where her character, Darcy, plans to marry fiance Tom (played by Josh Duhamel). But then those darned pirates arrive with their machine guns and take everyone hostage in, well, an infinity pool. Lopez, who stars and produces, has all the charm and style we love her for, but the film suffers from a bizarre tonal imbalance, writes Associated Press critic Jocelyn Noveck. It's either too cartoonishly violent to be either romantic OR comedic. Jennifer Coolidge is funny but left searching for good lines. It streams on Amazon beginning Friday.