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The ‘working mom’ debate hasn’t evolved in 30 years. ‘The Intern’ proves it.

It’s no coincidence that Nancy Meyers’s “The Intern,” the No. 2 movie at the box office this weekend, echoes “Baby Boom,” the movie she wrote in 1987. Both films center around successful women in the corporate world. In the former, Anne Hathaway is a CEO struggling to keep control of her company, and in the latter, […]

How ‘CSI’ out-CSIed itself for the series finale

“CSI” had a good, 15-year run but it all came to an end last night. The hot shots of the Las Vegas crime lab had one final hurrah — a case involving a bomb in a casino. And the two-hour series finale, “Immortality,” couldn’t have been a more fitting farewell. The television movie managed to […]

‘Goodnight Mommy’ has a killer twist ending. Here’s how it works.

SPOILER ALERT: This post discusses the ending of the film “Goodnight Mommy.” Are scary movies suddenly getting all classy on us? On the heels of such arthouse horror hits as “It Follows” and “The Babadook” comes “Goodnight Mommy,” a high-toned German-language thriller co-written and co-directed by the Austrian filmmakers Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. The […]

Civilities: Stop taunting Kim Davis about her looks. Her hypocrisy is another thing.

I’ve been keeping my well-mannered self on the sidelines about the Kim Davis fracas, and for good reason. With so many loud and dissenting voices already choking the media about it, supporters and critics of the Rowan County, Ky. clerk who has refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples didn’t seem to need an etiquette […]

A “Spring” Reawakening on Broadway

NEW YORK — Their hands fluttering up to form what look like little arches, the cast members of Deaf West Theatre’s “Spring Awakening” offer an initial glimpse of how American Sign Language adds an extra, touching dimension to the poetry of this fervent 2006 musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. It’s the opening song, “Mama Who Bore […]

‘Trap Queen’ rapper Fetty Wap in stable condition following motorcycle accident

Fetty Wap, the rapper whose single “Trap Queen” took summer honors for couldn’t-miss ubiquity, was hospitalized following a motorcycle accident Saturday in his hometown of Paterson, N.J., sustaining an injury to his left leg. [The rise and reign of Fetty Wap’s ‘Trap Queen’] “Fetty Wap was involved in a motorcycle incident earlier today,” a representative for the […]

What does hip-hop need? According to Run the Jewels, more meowing.

It’s come to this. Having conquered the Internet and the made-for-TV-movie, it appears that our feline overlords have set their sights on the world of music. Cat lovers rejoice! [Grumpy Cat’s Lifetime holiday movie: Claws out for Claus] Run the Jewels, a duo that actually garners deep respect among purists and insufferably self-serious hip-hop heads, has […]

Diplomatic fashion crisis averted: Michelle Obama wears Vera Wang to China state dinner

It wasn’t exactly an apology or a mea culpa. Call it a diplomatic clarification. Or a gesture of goodwill to Seventh Avenue. For Friday’s state dinner in honor of Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, first lady Michelle Obama chose a custom mermaid gown from Vera Wang Collection. It was an inky […]

From cop show mania to misinformed jurors, eight gifts ‘CSI’ gave us

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” arrived on television in October 2000 with a scream — the Who’s Roger Daltrey howling the catchy chorus of “Who Are You?” over the opening credits. It was a jaunty way to introduce the crack team of blood-spatter analysts, DNA experts and an entomologist who could determine a murder victim’s time […]

A handy guide to hating ‘Stonewall’

If you’ve been paying any attention to the conversation surrounding “Stonewall,” the new historical drama from director Roland Emmerich that opens Friday, you’ve probably deduced that early reviewers really, really did not like this movie. Show More Summary

Signature Theatre Wants Your New Musical

There’s another place for you, in Arlington, to hone your new musical. Signature Theatre revealed details on Thursday of its new SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab, a project that begins next summer with workshop productions of two still-to-be-chosen original musicals. Show More Summary

Ryan Adams isn’t revealing something ‘good’ about Taylor Swift’s ‘1989.’ The album was already great.

First things first: Ryan Adams’s “1989,” his album of Taylor Swift covers, is really good. The record, highly anticipated by Swift and her legions of Twitter fans, dropped Sunday. That means we’ve had a full four days to listen and feel our feelings about it — feelings which have largely been positive. Swift herself has been retweeting […]

Will Michelle Obama avoid a diplomatic fashion controversy at the White House state dinner for China?

During her tenure as first lady, Michelle Obama has rarely made a fashion choice that sparked criticism from Seventh Avenue. American designers, it is no exaggeration to say, love her. Adore her. She represents them on the world stage with her willingness to wear a wide variety of both barely-known brands and household names. But […]

Pope Francis’s popular touch: Kisses, hugs first. Presidents can wait.

As Pope Francis greeted the crowd outside the Apostolic Nunciature on Wednesday morning, just before heading to the White House, he got a surprise. A man reached out, grabbed the 78-year-old pontiff with both hands and kissed him on the face. A Secret Service agent, understandably nervous, lunged as if to yank the pope to […]

‘Big Brother’ finale: The most-hated player stops just short of winning $500,000

At first, the “Big Brother” finale on Wednesday night looked like it might be a repeat of last year: A skillful contestant with an advantage from a job in the outside world would win the $500,000 grand prize. Then, things took a turn. Vanessa Rousso, a polarizing 32-year-old professional poker player who had been strategically manipulating the players, was […]

‘Empire’ Season 2 premiere recap: ‘The Devils Are Here’

“Empire” is back, and in our excitement we almost forgot just how diabolical the Lyons are. This family deserves each other (and we mean that in the best way). The episode started with a #FreeLucious concert in Central Park. Lucious, who was arrested on murder charges in last season’s finale, has been in prison for three months […]

‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels calls out fellow drama showrunners for not staffing writers of color

“Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels is not here for your excuses and he doesn’t care if he makes you uncomfortable. Daniels was part of a roundtable discussion with showrunners of some of the hottest dramas on television, organized by the Hollywood Reporter in advance of the Emmys. Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Damon Lindelof (“The Leftovers”), Alex […]

American in Paris: Saul Williams critiques his home country from the outside looking in

In 2006, FX premiered a show called “Black. White.” It was very serious, and involved generating ratings by having a black family and a white family switch places in the racial hierarchy with the help of very expensive and yet still suspicious-looking special effects makeup. It was a high-production, small-scale social experiment not unlike the one […]

Five storylines to watch closely as ‘Empire’ returns for its second season

“Empire’s” highly-anticipated second season premieres tonight on the heels of a wildly successful first season that drew jaw-dropping ratings. Before we hop back into the Lyons’ den, it’s worth reviewing the crazy, Shakespearean plot twists that led us to the divided dynasty we’ll encounter in Season 2. Show More Summary

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