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Joseph Gordon-Levitt does his best deep voice in the trailer for ‘Snowden’

If you found Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s French accent distracting in “The Walk,” wait until you hear his Edward Snowden impersonation. The first official trailer for Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” just hit the internet giving us a fuller look at how the director is portraying the government contractor turned whistle-blower turned asylum seeker. The answer: heroic, brilliant and […]

The single best joke told by every president, from Obama to Washington

Presidential humor is only a half-step from dad humor, which in the world of comedy is considered light treason. But we’ve tried to find at least one zinger from every U.S. president, to mark President Obama’s final set of stand-up comedy at his eighth White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday. Some zingers have less zing than others. […]

PTTOW: The secret celebrity summit that’s trying to improve the world

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIF. — Sophia Amoruso tilted a bottle of dry white wine, cautiously filled a long-stemmed glass, brought the drink to her powdered lips, and then, with her free hand, angled her iPhone’s camera and snapped. “Can this thing go any faster?” the founder of the popular L.A.-based clothing line Nasty Gal asked […]

How Beyoncé perfected the ‘visual album’ with ‘Lemonade’

The visual album isn’t new: Over the past half-decade or so, bands from Animal Collective to TV on the Radio have experimented with the genre, an elaboration on MTV-era music videos combining elements of feature filmmaking and provocative high-art collaborations. But with two visual albums to her credit — the first for her 2013 release […]

Denzel and Pauletta Washington to host fundraiser for African American museum

Oprah Winfrey was an early supporter of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but her Hollywood colleagues have been largely absent on the list of founding donors. That could change this weekend. Actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta are hosting a fundraising event Saturday in their California home for the newest […]

Why Merriam-Webster added ‘cisgender,’ ‘genderqueer’ and ‘Mx.’ to the dictionary

Despite its youth, “cisgender” has earned its place in the dictionary. The word, apparently in use since at least 1994, describes a person whose gender identity corresponds to their sex at birth — such as a girl who continues to identify as female. It emerged in response to growing awareness of LGBT issues, as a way to describe what transgender […]

Kelly Ripa’s pitch-perfect ‘Live!’ monologue: How the co-host pulled off a tough moment

It’s easy to mock TV hosts for their “problems” — they make millions, how hard could their lives really be? But in return, their personal lives frequently play out in front of the entire world. This has to be especially uncomfortable during a clash with your boss — particularly when you have no choice but to explain […]

Kelly Ripa returns to ‘Live!’ and explains absence: ‘I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts’

After a week of strife, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were all smiles when they walked on the set of “Live! With Kelly and Michael” Tuesday morning. Ripa, who had been absent since the middle of last week, took the stage solo and gave a big smile to the audience, who cheered with an extended standing ovation. […]

Fashion may be art, but does it belong in a museum?

NEW YORK — There is a torrent of color. A rainbow of hues. A virtual ode to pink. The most striking aspect of the Isaac Mizrahi exhibition, on view at the Jewish Museum through Aug. 7, is the fashion designer’s effusive embrace of orange, grass green, teal and, of course, pink. Before visitors get to the […]

It’s Restaurant Week on Broadway: Jesse Tyler Ferguson romps in ‘Fully Committed’

NEW YORK — You now know, thanks to “Fully Committed,” that being subjected to eternal hellfire would not be the worst thing that could happen to you in the afterlife. No, the most diabolical torment of the deepest ring of Hades would undoubtedly entail being stationed for all time at a multi-line telephone, taking reservations […]

How Rachel Roy embodies the new trend in celebrity cheating scandals

Celebrity cheating scandals (whether they’re true or not) are as old as time, but thanks to social media, there’s a new kind of character involved in the drama: The Person Who Hints That Maybe They Were Sort Of Involved and Appears to Be Bragging About It Online. As the world found out this weekend, no one encapsulates […]

‘Game of Thrones': What’s going on with Melisandre?

This post contains spoilers for “Red Woman,” the season six premiere of “Game of Thrones.” “Game of Thrones” took a turn for the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” last night. Melisandre, the seductive, witchy Red Woman showed her true, naked self to viewers and it was a lot prunier than usual. As she was preparing for […]

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: ‘The Red Woman’ is … an old woman

The season six premiere of “Game of Thrones” didn’t provide many answers. Or all that much excitement. Some good throat-slitting and face-stabbing, yes. So we’ve got that going for us. Here’s what went down in the season’s first episode. (As always, read Alyssa Rosenberg’s review over at Act Four for further enlightenment.) So what is […]

Ingredients of ‘Waitress’: Sara Bareilles, show tunes and syrup

NEW YORK — Like the many playfully named pies that are rolled out during the new musical “Waitress,” the show is all about the sugar. Sometimes it’s the light, powdery variety that songwriter Sara Bareilles and the rest of the creative team sprinkle over this genial if overly formulaic evening, about a small-town restaurant worker desperate for a […]

Meet the up-and-comers Beyoncé deemed worthy of starring in her visual album

“Hi, it’s Beyoncé. Do you want to come star in my music video?” We are wondering if the calls went something like that. While many musicians surround themselves with unnamed extras and background dancers, Beyoncé’s talk-of-the-town visual album “Lemonade” was filled with cameos from prominent, powerful women. Show More Summary

Chenoweth, as a Puritan, shines in Strathmore premiere

America’s Puritan foundations are hard to shake: that was the message throughout Saturday night’s world premiere of composer Andrew Lippa’s fervent new oratorio for Kristin Chenoweth, “I Am Anne Hutchinson.” The new work is a companion piece to Lippa’s 2013 “I Am Harvey Milk,” and this weekend both are being performed with gale force at […]

Everyone is talking about Beyoncé’s new album. Here’s what you need to know.

At any given time, there are a few artists who transcend their fanbases and make news with their every move. It doesn’t matter if you’re a member of the Beyhive yourself; you’re going to be hearing about Beyoncé today. Here’s what you need to know about the Saturday night moment that put Bey in the headlines […]

Kelly Ripa to return to ‘Live!’ on Tuesday morning

Kelly Ripa will return to her seat as co-host of “Live! With Kelly and Michael” on Tuesday morning, after a tumultuous week for the show. Beginning this past Wednesday, Ripa had refused to appear on three broadcasts of the long-running morning show after being informed that her co-host Michael Strahan would be decamping to join […]

‘Defying description': ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on Prince the ‘sensational’ guitarist

Prince’s guitar-slinging skills were no secret. Whether at the Super Bowl, stealing a Rock Hall all-star jam or on his records, he could play it all. But to hear ZZ Top’s legendary frontman Billy Gibbons tell it, Prince wasn’t just a great guitar player. He was downright otherworldly. Gibbons spoke to The Post Friday about […]

Prince loved ballet. Here’s why Misty Copeland, the Joffrey Ballet & their fans love him back.

The ballet world has had no better superstar friend than Prince, who gave the art form money, celebrity and irresistibly danceable music–and treated it with respect. Years before she became famous for her commercials and her top-rank status at American Ballet Theatre, ballerina Misty Copeland caught Prince’s eye. In 2009 he flew her to Los […]

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