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Five great ‘Nightly Show’ moments you won’t see anywhere else on late night

“The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” will air its final episode Thursday after being canceled by Comedy Central. As Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever noted this week, the show’s demise highlights the ever-pressing need to go viral in late-night’s competitive landscape. Show More Summary

Yes, there is a right way to tell a rape joke. This feminist blog just showed us how.

No, there is nothing funny about rape. But understanding that is the first step toward making a successful, feminist rape joke — as the irreverent comedy site Reductress just demonstrated. On Wednesday, fans of the feminist site noticed...Show More Summary

‘Inside Amy Schumer’ isn’t canceled, but will have no new season in the ‘foreseeable future’

The fifth season of “Inside Amy Schumer” won’t be coming to Comedy Central any time soon, but the show’s creator said on Thursday that it isn’t canceled. The clarification from comedian Amy Schumer follows her tweet on Wednesday that “we...Show More Summary

Should Nate Parker’s rape case make you rethink seeing ‘The Birth of a Nation’?

The 1999 rape case had been on Nate Parker’s Wikipedia page for some time, long before his project “The Birth of Nation” received an epic audience reception at Sundance and long before Fox Searchlight struck a record $17.5 million deal for rights to the film about preacher and slave Nat Turner who led a rebellion in 1831. Parker […]

In a dismal movie season, Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ is our great summer blockbuster

What happened to this year’s summer movie season? This is the time when the world craves a bombastic blockbuster that not only rakes in a gazillion dollars but has the cultural impact to keep people talking. This year, all possible contenders fell short: “Suicide Squad” made a ton of money but by all accounts didn’t make any sense. […]

The working conditions for some ‘Sausage Party’ animators were pretty terrible

The raunchy comedy “Sausage Party” scored with audiences, but it wasn’t exactly a dream come true for some Vancouver-based animators who worked on it. The R-rated movie follows a crew of talking hot dogs, bread products and other grocery store staples who are horrified to find out what human teeth are capable of. It opened last weekend […]

Five questions answered in Amy Schumer’s revealing new book

Amy Schumer landed between $8 million and $10 million for her new collection of essays, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” released on Tuesday. Any pricey book deal comes with high expectations — and the comedian-turned-actress revealed all, from her dysfunctional childhood to some deeply personal, traumatic experiences. On the lighter side, she also answered […]

E! cancels Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show ‘I Am Cait’ after two seasons

After two seasons chronicling Caitlyn Jenner adjusting to life as a transgender woman, E! has canceled “I Am Cait.” The reality show debuted in July 2015, a few months after millions watched Jenner’s now-famous interview with Diane Sawyer, in which the gold-medal Olympian (formerly Bruce) told the world, “For all intents and purposes, I am […]

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settle divorce case a day before restraining-order hearing

The very public falling out between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has come to an end, with the two saying they have agreed “to resolve their divorce proceeding privately” and as Heard moved to withdraw abuse allegations. “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” reads a joint statement emailed to The Post. […]

‘The slut-shaming was off the charts’: Amy Schumer’s terrible ‘Trainwreck’ press tour

After Amy Schumer finished writing and starring in her 2015 hit movie “Trainwreck,” she learned the lesson that is known by so many actors: Your enormous Hollywood salary isn’t so much for doing the work as it is for doing press. “What a gross discovery,” Schumer writes in her new collection of essays, “The Girl With the […]

Comedy Central cancels Larry Wilmore’s ‘Nightly Show’

Comedy Central has canceled Larry Wilmore’s late-night talk show “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.” The network’s president, Kent Alterman, told the New York Times that the show “hasn’t resonated.” “The Nightly Show” launched in January 2015 as a replacement for “The Colbert Report” in the 11:30 p.m. Show More Summary

Michael Phelps’s infant has his own Instagram account. Read this before you make one for your kid.

He’s verified. He has 450,000 followers. He’s Instagram’s newest star. And he’s three months old. Way to go daddy!!!! #usa #rio2016 #pantsonfleek A photo posted by boomer phelps (@boomerrphelps) on Aug 10, 2016 at 5:27pm PDT Yes, the son of Olympic icon Michael Phelps has his very own Instagram account. While some celebrities and athletes […]

Leaked Johnny Depp video appears to show actor in heated argument with wife Amber Heard

On Friday, the gossip and entertainment website TMZ released a short video that appears to show actor Johnny Depp engaged in a loud and at times out-of-control argument with his wife Amber Heard. The couple, who met in 2009 on the set of “The Rum Diary” and were married in February of 2015, are in […]

Conviction overturned for Brendan Dassey, nephew in Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’

A federal judge in Wisconsin on Friday overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, a figure in the Steven Avery case, which was featured in the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer.” In his 91-page filing, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin wrote that the 26-year-old Dassey, who is Avery’s nephew, should be released from custody unless the […]

Thomas Gibson fired from ‘Criminal Minds’ after reported physical altercation on set

Thomas Gibson, star of CBS’s long-running “Criminal Minds” since it debuted in September 2005, was fired on Friday after an alleged physical altercation on set. “Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from ‘Criminal Minds,’ ” production companies ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios said in a joint statement. “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be […]

A Q&A with Nick Lachey about the 98 Degrees reunion, boy-band rivalries and lessons from ‘Newlyweds’

Nostalgia is all the rage right now, so there couldn’t be a better time to be Nick Lachey. As the lead singer of 98 Degrees, one of the massively popular boy bands that dominated the pop-music landscape in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he’s well-aware that there’s a huge appetite for reunions. So he and […]

Fashion photographs are all about fresh narratives, but Ivanka Trump is selling the same old story

The lead photograph of Ivanka Trump in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar has her standing atop an elegantly distressed ladder with an inner-city skyline in the background. She is wearing a strawberry-colored, $6,990 Carolina Herrera gown with a portrait neckline and a pair of barely visible, but clearly glorious, $725 Manolo Blahnik shoes that […]

Smithsonian hires director for long-dormant Arts and Industries Building

The Smithsonian has hired the former head of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to make the Arts and Industries Building “a laboratory for creativity.” As the building’s director, Rachel Goslins will collaborate with Smithsonian Institution curators and museum directors to develop a plan for the building that opened in 1881 as […]

Yarrow Mamout, a freed Muslim slave, takes his place among presidents and generals at National Portrait Gallery

He’s in good company, this freed slave, a Muslim who became a landowner and a local celebrity in Georgetown at a time when that was almost unthinkable for someone of his background. Look around this particular room in the American Origins section of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and you’ll see depicted several great white […]

‘Big Brother’ takes a (depressingly) predictable turn as popular ‘showmance’ falls apart

“Showmances” are a fraught concept on “Big Brother,” CBS’s long-running reality show in which competitors are trapped in a house for the summer and vote each other out each week; the last one standing wins $500,000. Defined as a relationship between two competitors that mostly serves a strategic purpose, showmances gain quite a loyal following as […]

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