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Blog Post Archive

‘It’s so over the line.’ Jon Stewart hammers Sean Hannity for referring to Jay Z as a former crack dealer

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“(Expletive) man,” Jon Stewart said on Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” while discussing Sean Hannity’s description of Jay Z. “I don’t even know what to do here.” In a segment teaser on Fox News, Hannity had referred to Jay Z as a “guy that admits that he sold crack and was a drug dealer and actually shot somebody.” Jay […]

Did the ‘Serial’ finale bring us any closer to the truth?

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The first season of the habit-forming true crime podcast “Serial” has come to an end. From the initial episode, in October, listeners have feared what they had also foreseen: that the show would have an ending, but not a resolution. As the suspect at the center of this murder case, Adnan Syed, would say, “It […]

Rediscovering books of Christmas past

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For several years, I’ve enlisted some poor reviewer to plow through a dozen new Christmas novels and write them up with as little Scroogy annoyance as she can manage. Almost without exception, the books were treacly tales of unexpected...Show More Summary

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ recap – ‘Orphans’

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“Freak Show” really ramped up the bloodshed in the previous episodes — a bunch of housewives were slaughtered at a Tupperware party and the man responsible took a literal bloodbath afterward — but things slowed down a bit in the winter finale, “Orphans,” which upped the emotional stakes for the last bit of the season by revealing […]

’7th Heaven’ dad Stephen Collins admits to sexually abusing three girls

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Speaking out for the first time about allegations that he sexually abused underage girls, Stephen Collins admitted to and apologized for abusing three different victims between 1973 and 1994 in a statement that will be published in People Magazine this week. “I deeply regret the mistakes I’ve made and any pain I caused these three women,” Collins wrote. […]

Farewell, Stephen Colbert. (And hello, Stephen Colbert.)

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In a culture as fickle and fast as ours, it ought to be impossible to keep a running joke aloft for nine years and still have it play in a vibrant and smart way night after night, but that’s what comic actor Stephen Colbert and his crew achieved with “The Colbert Report,” which ends its […]

The Black List: Hollywood’s last best hope for smart screenplays

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If you want to become a screenwriter in Hollywood, you need to write an exceptional screenplay. That part is obvious. What happens next is not. Your script lands you a manager and an agent, who will shop your work around. Then, with any luck, they’ll find a studio or producer who likes it, too. And […]

Black Twitter backlash against VH1?s ‘Sorority Sisters’ prompts advertisers to pull out

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The premiere of VH1?s controversial new reality show “Sorority Sisters” was met with an overwhelmingly negative reaction on Twitter. Now, after pressure from the show’s critics, who say it portrays black Greek life in a negative light, some advertisers are reconsidering airing ads on the network. Show More Summary

The Duggars say the petition to cancel their TLC show has only made them stronger

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A petition urging TLC to cancel “19 Kids and Counting” over the political views of the Duggar family “won’t succeed,” according to family patriarch Jim Bob Duggar. In fact, he said recently, all of the attention around the effort is working in the family’s favor, giving the Duggars even more exposure. The petition, which currently has […]

Clifford and other dogs I’ve loved

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The passing of Norman Bridwell on Tuesday got me thinking about how much time I’ve spent with his Big Red Dog. I read about Clifford’s antics when I was growing up (the dog and I were born just a few months apart), and then, 30 years later, my own daughters fell in love with him. But Clifford was […]

Stephen Colbert’s real-life controversies: That WHCD speech, that pink slime joke, the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

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Stephen Colbert’s conservative political pundit character may be fake — and judging by the fact that the Grim Reaper (“Grimmy”) is Colbert’s show’s final guest when it wraps up on Thursday, the persona may not be long for this world. That’s okay though, because he won’t be soon forgotten; Colbert frequently waded into real-life controversy […]

Report: ’7th Heaven’ dad Stephen Collins admits to sexually abusing three underage girls

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Actor Stephen Collins, beset by allegations in recent months that he sexually abused young girls over a period of decades, has reportedly admitted for the first time, in an essay, that there were three victims. The “7th Heaven” star acknowledged “inappropriate sexual contact” with three female minors between 1973 and 1994, according to People magazine, which says it […]

Public gets first opportunity to comment on $2 billion Smithsonian plan

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At the first public opportunity to comment on the Smithsonian’s plan to reimagine the area around its iconic Castle, more than 80 people offered ideas, ranging from emotional pleas to preserve Haupt Garden to questions about how the institution will pay for the project. Smithsonian employees, staff from the National Capital Planning Commission and architects from […]

Seth Rogen, James Franco cancel ‘Tonight Show,’ ‘Late Night,’ other TV appearances after threats

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“The Interview” stars Seth Rogen and James Franco have canceled their Wednesday appearance on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night” and multiple other media appearances in the wake of threats from a group that claims to represent the Sony hackers. Tuesday afternoon, Buzzfeed reported the duo had scrapped of all promotional duties leading up to the […]

Five ways to make your bogus award show really work: Lessons from ‘American Country Countdown Awards’

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No one had any illusions that Fox’s “American Country Countdown Awards,” the newest country music award show that aired Monday night from Nashville, would be a huge hit. That likely includes the producers and network itself, which had tried with little success to launch the “American Country Awards” (ACAs) four years ago. When the ACAs […]

The Elf on the Shelf is preparing your child to live in a future police state, professor warns

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For some, the Elf on the Shelf doll, with its doe-eyed gaze and cherubic face, has become a whimsical holiday tradition — one that helpfully reminds children to stay out of trouble in the lead-up to Christmas. For others — like, say, digital technology professor Laura Pinto — the Elf on the Shelf is “a capillary form of […]

Civilities: Does ‘girls’ night’ out exclude a lesbian’s new fiancee?

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Dear Civilities: My sister and I have a group of girlfriends (there are five of us, total) who have been getting together for regular dinners about every four months. My sister is a lesbian and recently engaged; the other four of us are straight, and in relationships. My sister has asked if she can bring […]

Valerie Jarrett, Ian MacKaye and more of the best “Just Asking” Q&A’s of 2014

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The quintessential D.C. question, “What do you do?” is often singled out as what’s wrong with Washington. The implication is that people who ask it are only interested in the answer as a shortcut to deciding whether you’re worth knowing or not. But I think the question is unjustly maligned. D.C nurtures and attracts a […]

Here’s why the Jingle Ball should be more like ‘The Hunger Games’

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Clocking in at nearly four hours, the Jingle Ball rarely feels like a Jingle Slog, and here’s why: it’s a pop revue where the artists have a very small window of opportunity to dazzle the front row, the nosebleeds and every tweener in between. Tick-tock. At Monday night’s sold-out Jingle Ball at the Verizon Center, […]

Channing Tatum’s rules for professional email writing

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The Sony hack has taught us a lot about how little control we have over our supposedly secret email exchanges, and there are important lessons to be learned from the leak. Primarily: Don’t bash your professional contacts, especially if they are very famous and powerful. But there are other helpful pointers, and some come from […]

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