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Starbucks will stop writing ‘Race Together’ on your cups now

After just one week, Starbucks employees have been instructed to stop writing “Race Together” on your coffee cups. CEO Howard Schultz canceled the effort Sunday, after days of pushback against the company’s initiative to start a conversation about race within its more than 20,000 stores. Other parts of the year-long Race Together program will continue, […]

On the peculiar terror and comedy of amputated hands

James Hannaham’s spectacular new novel, “Delicious Foods,” has got me thinking about hands — especially their absence. The story opens with a young man trying to drive a car. It’s a challenge. He’s only been without his hands for a few hours: “After escaping from the farm, Eddie drove through the night. Sometimes he thought […]

“Pretty Woman” is turning 25. Here are nine of the movie’s gifts to pop culture.

Twenty-five years before Lily James shoehorned herself into a princess gown to play “Cinderella,” another up-and-comer donned a differently problematic dress for a romantic fairy tale that also struck box office gold. That movie wasShow More Summary

‘Scandal’ recap Season 4 Episode 16: ‘It’s good to be kink’

After seeing behind-the-scenes photos of Lena Dunham’s ridiculous “Scandal” wig, I had convinced myself that this week’s episode would be like an extended “SNL” segment. And it was for the first 15 minutes. But the episode redeemed itself with really good music, a shoutout to my employer and a super dark twist that I had not […]

American Alliance of Museums picks current COO to be new chief executive

The American Alliance of Museums has tapped its second in command to become its next leader, officials announced  Thursday. Laura L. Lott, who has served as chief operating officer since 2010, will become chief executive of the national organization that advocates and sets standards and policies for museums across the country. She succeeds Ford Bell, […]

Us Weekly forced to retract story about Kendall Jenner’s comments on Bruce Jenner’s reported transition

Something very strange happened between Us Weekly and the Kardashian/Jenners this week: On Thursday, the magazine was forced to issue an apology and retraction after publishing apparently fake quotes from 19-year-old Kendall Jenner about her father, Bruce Jenner’s, reported transition. The retraction was odd for several reasons. The Kardashians and Us Weekly have had a […]

How “Bosch” creator Michael Connelly turned his bestsellers into a TV series

“Bosch,” the Amazon-original series starring Titus Welliver as veteran L.A. homicide detective Harry Bosch, has been renewed for a second season after strong critical and online success. Author Michael Connelly, 58, a former L.A. Times reporter, has sold nearly 50 million copies of his 27 books, 19 of which follow the detective. The series started […]

Larry King has a special way of tweeting: The broadcast legend who just can’t retire talks about his new-media way of life

Each weekday morning, legendary broadcaster Larry King, 81, wakes up and takes his 14 year-old son to school. Then he drives to a Beverly Hills salon to have his hair washed and combed, before heading to a bagel shop where he and a regular crew of old Brooklyn friends sit around and solve the world […]

Zayn Malik takes a ‘break’ from One Direction tour; no one is surprised

It’s a rough day in boy-band land. Zayn Malik, the “bad boy” of One Direction, has (temporarily?) left the band’s “On the Road Again” world tour, according to the Daily Mail and the Mirror. “Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate,” a spokesperson told the Mirror. […]

After incredible first season, will ‘Empire’ become the next ‘Glee’ or the next ‘Scandal’?

Warning: This post contains spoilers towards the bottom of the text. After an explosive first season, there are only two ways a new hit show can go. It can be a “Glee.” Or it can be a “Scandal.” Which path will it be for “Empire,” which aired its cliffhanger-packed finale Wednesday night?  The Fox drama (starring […]

How Carly Rae Jepsen of ‘Call Me Maybe’ fame broke the one-hit wonder curse

It’s been almost exactly three years since you first heard those hypnotic strings that kicked off Carly Rae Jepsen’s incredible earworm hit “Call Me Maybe,” the dance tune that took over music and YouTube videos for months.Now Jepsen is back. The Canadian singer has been off the grid for the last couple of years after her […]

Robert Durst put on suicide watch and other new developments in ‘The Jinx’ investigation

Robert Durst, the murder suspect and subject of HBO series “The Jinx,” has been moved to a jail where he can be treated for mental illness. The New Orleans Sheriff’s Office said the move to a facility an hour outside of the city came after officials determined the New York real estate heir is suicidal. Durst’s […]

Renee Calarco on the jailed ‘Indian Jones’ rabbi and her new play at Theater J

Rabbi Menachem Youlus was known as the “Jewish Indiana Jones” for his adventurous tales of rescuing Torahs from European sites that included prison camps. The sagas lent alluring cache to the scrolls that Youlus sold in the name of Save a Torah — The Washington Post magazine detailed Youlus’s claims in 2010 — but it […]

Jon Cryer is brutally blunt describing the worst Charlie Sheen years on ‘Two and a Half Men’

During the painful Charlie Sheen years of “Two and a Half Men,” his co-star Jon Cryer rarely said a word in public — save for a few interviews and one late-night TV skit mocking Sheen. It served Cryer well, as he quietly went along and collected his millions, starring in four more seasons with replacement […]

D.C.’s Rare Essence becomes the first go-go band to play at SXSW

AUSTIN, TEX. — It’s a Tuesday night deep in the heart of Texas and Rare Essence bandleader Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson is all smiles. “We’re just amped about this thing,” Johnson says backstage before one of his band’s most far-flung gigs. “We’ve done some other festival-type things, but nothing like this.” This is South By Southwest, […]

The ‘Walk of Shame Shuttle’ is a reality show — but first it was her actual job

One morning in spring 2012, University of Michigan senior Kellyann Wargo sat in McDonald’s with her friend, who was battling a severe case of Oh-God-What-Did-I-Do-Last-Night. Luckily, Wargo had picked her up, saving her an awkward walk home from a strange location. “You’re a hot mess,” Wargo observed. “I know, I can’t believe I’m doing the […]

Emperor Franzen Twitter account suspended

In the end, it wasn’t Darth Vader or even Oprah who brought down Emperor Franzen. It was just Twitter. On Tuesday, the comic writer Andrew Shaffer announced that his Jonathan Franzen parody account, @EmperorFranzen, had been suspended. Show More Summary

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 5, Episode 24: ‘I’m a good girl, I am’

“I hate this. I hate waiting.” — Aria Montgomery Amen, sister. Aria was, of course, talking about having to wait for the verdict in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Alison DiLaurentis. But we’ve all been waiting — to find out who A is . Next week, we will finally know! As the Commonwealth (which is how I henceforth […]

Recap of Justified: “Burned”

We are coming down, children, to the classic Elmore Leonard finale: We have competing boys, a girl who sorta likes both, guns, and a great big pile of cash in the middle. With four episodes (after tonight’s “Burned”) remaining, we are not much closer to knowing who will (or won’t) get out of Harlan alive, […]

Literary Hub wants to bring together everything literary on the Internet

Listening to Morgan Entrekin is a shot of adrenaline for anybody concerned about literary culture. “Independent publishing is the healthiest I’ve ever seen it,” said the president and publisher of Grove Atlantic, who recently passed 60 like a marathoner in the third mile. Far from planning his retirement, he’s about to launch his most ambitious […]

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