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Why are celebrities playing silly games on TV?

last weekArts : Arts Post

One night, it’s Julia Roberts laughing hysterically as she gets hit in the face with a beach ball. On another, it’s Nick Cannon playing Pictionary with Megan Fox. Or Glenn Close smearing her face with pie in a food-eating contest. But that’s just on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” Tune into NBC a little earlier on […]

‘Uncanny Valley’: From Shepherdstown to Manhattan

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NEW YORK–Deeply absorbing drama may not be the export that comes most vividly to mind when one thinks of West Virginia. Certainly, though, “Uncanny Valley,” Thomas Gibbons’s cerebrally challenging play about a near future when manmade beings begin to replace man, makes an important contribution in advancing that cultural connection. The play, running through Oct. 26 […]

New $25,000 prize for Catholic literary arts

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When God said, “Be fruitful and multiply,” He could have been talking about literary prizes. Lo and behold, into this crowded universe, just days before the Man Booker and the National Book Awards and the first Kirkus Prizes are announced, comes word of the creation of another new award: the George W. Hunt Prize. This $25,000 contest, sponsored by America […]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: ‘No Sanctuary’

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Welcome back to the zombie apocalypse, kids! Hope you’ve only been killing things that were already dead. Let’s sharpen our samurai swords and jump right in, because the last time we saw our hardy band, things were hard indeed. Rick’s crew (Daryl, Michonne, Carl, Maggie, Glenn, Sasha and those new dudes who keep saying they’ve […]

Why Jay Leno doesn’t have kids, and other tidbits we learned from hanging out with the comedian

last weekArts : Arts Post

View Photo Gallery —The stand-up comic and former “Tonight Show” host is the 2014 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In this handler-heavy world, it’s rare to be able to write a celebrity profile on a subject who truly lets you in. But that was the case with Jay Leno, the former […]

‘The Good Wife’ recap Season 6, Episode 4: ‘Oppo Research’

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Can you think of a bigger nightmare than someone handing you a folder filled with not only your secrets, but your family’s skeletons as well? Probably not, though it made for a phenomenally entertaining hour of “The Good Wife.” Even though Eli tells Alicia that she’s always looking for the negatives in every situation, nothing could prepare her for […]

L.A. says hello to ‘supercute’ Hello Kitty exhibit with sold-out showings

last weekArts : Arts Post

  What started as an animation on a vinyl coin purse made in Japan has turned into the worldwide phenomenon that is Hello Kitty. The animated Sanrio character turns 40 this year. The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo opened a retrospective Saturday looking back on the past four decades of her […]

The funniest bit from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig’s return to ‘SNL’

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The third episode of “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th season began with “Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Hader!” Because the “SNL” alum was technically the night’s host. But once Kristin Wiig showed up, it was the charisma between “The Skeleton Twins” duo that stole the show. So Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig are basically cohosting? Fine with me. […]

‘How To Get Away With Murder’ star Viola Davis had to dumpster-dive for food as a child

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When the actress playing TV’s newest power lady was honored at an event called “Power of Women,” she didn’t take the mike to talk about women in Hollywood. She didn’t discuss her rise to fame or even mention “How To Get Away With Murder,” a show that already has a passionate following at week three. […]

Vice’s unexpected first feature film: An arthouse thriller

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Securing funding for a movie isn’t easy, and it’s only gotten harder in recent years with producers betting on sure (or at least sure-ish) things, such as famous directors, familiar titles, big-name stars and anything related to Marvel. A first-time filmmaker wanting to make a subtitled movie using non-actors doesn’t have an uphill battle so […]

Keeping America safe from foreign poets

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

“Poetry can be dangerous,” Rumi said, and U.S. Homeland Security isn’t taking any chances. The Jordanian-British poet Amjad Nasser had been invited to speak at New York University this fall, but on Sept. 27, he was questioned for two hours at London’s Heathrow airport and then prevented from flying to the United States. PEN American Center in […]

‘Scandal’ recap Season 4, Episode 3: ‘Re-entry is always hard’

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Can you hear me over all the clanging silverware? This episode was kind of like one of those long silences at the Papa Pope-Jake dinner Olivia tried to pretend she didn’t enjoy. My heart rate was stable the whole time, save a slight jump when Papa Pope started to play five finger filet with Jake’s hand […]

‘Gracepoint’ recap: Compasses break

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

A note: For every episode of “Gracepoint” on Fox, I’ll be doing a quick rundown of what happened before embarking into a breakdown of what was different or similar in “Gracepoint’s” arguably better BBC America sister “Broadchurch.” (“Gracepoint” is a remake of “Broadchurch,” in case you’ve been out of the loop entirely.) Viewers who want to […]

Nathan Lane, Rupert Grint in Terrence McNally’s ‘It’s Only a Play’

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

NEW YORK — Some theater lovers’ idea of heaven just may be a soigné Manhattan apartment where for all eternity Nathan Lane is perched on a lounge, holding a tumbler of scotch and chattily spewing one-liners about their favorite art form. If this comes close to your celestial dreams, then Broadway is offering a taste of deliverance […]

Jan Hooks dies at 57; fond memories of the actress who was a valuable part of ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ recovery years

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

“Saturday Night Live” alum Jan Hooks, whose death at age 57 was confirmed by a representative Thursday evening, was in the show’s cast from 1986 to 1991. She was part of a group of extraordinarily talented performers who helped the show recover from the 1985-86 season that at the time was considered an utter disaster. […]

Watch out, Martha, Blake Lively’s got a blog: The precious world of celeb lifestyle gurus

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

There’s a war brewing over who gets to tell us how we should eat, drink, dress, shop and decoupage balloons with festive bat-themed cutouts (just in time for Halloween!). Martha Stewart is not pleased that actresses are flocking to her lifestyle guru trade. Asked about Gwyneth Paltrow’s how-to-live newsletter Goop, she sniped that if Paltrow […]

Do you actually remember anything about ‘Twin Peaks’? (QUIZ)

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

So you really missed “Twin Peaks” and can’t wait for its return in 2016? Pffffft!: We’re calling your bluff. The groundbreaking David Lynch TV series bathed us in spooky atmospherics and hooked us on twisty narratives – but if a fraction of the people who claim to be so devoted to it actually watched it […]

If humiliation is your thing, new Mortified show announced for D.C.

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

The great thing about Mortified – sharing your teenage humiliation by reading your old diary entries onstage to an audience of strangers — is that it just keeps happening. Another Mortified show was just announced for Washington: 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Town, 2009 8th St. NW. You can apply to get angsty onstage at […]

Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize in Literature

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Patrick Modiano was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the world’s highest literary honor, on Thursday. The Swedish committed praised the 69-year-old French writer for “the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Modiano is perhaps best known for his novel “Rue des […]

The female-centric ‘Ghostbusters’ is happening. Let’s cast it!

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Funny actresses don’t really need anyone to save them, but considering how hard it is to make it in Hollywood, Paul Feig has turned into a knight in thick-rimmed glasses. He directed surprise hit “Bridesmaids” and followed that up with “The Heat,” the action-comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy that was also a huge […]

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