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Will your city get Shakespeare’s First Folio?

In the words of King Lear, today we learn “who loses and who wins; who’s in, who’s out.” The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington has selected the sites for its most ambitious exhibition ever: a traveling tour of First Folios that will stop in every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death […]

Madonna takes a bad fall on stage at the Brit Awards. Really bad.

Sorry, all of you performers excited to take the stage at the Brit Awards on Wednesday — Madonna’s horrible fall is all anyone is going to remember. The video started blowing up social media almost as soon as the clip hit the Internet. And that, everyone, is how you inadvertently steal the show. The other […]

Why Lady Gaga needs ‘American Horror Story’ more than it needs her

After Lady Gaga’s majestic “Sound of Music” medley at the Oscars on Sunday, some speculated she may be headed to Broadway. Wrong genre! Turns out the pop star is aiming to conquer the world of basic-cable television. FX announced Wednesday that Lady Gaga will star on the fifth season of “American Horror Story,” the much Emmy-nominated […]

Giuliana Rancic apologizes to Zendaya over ‘weed’ dis on ‘Fashion Police’

“Fashion Police” host Giuliana Rancic issued a lengthy on-camera apology for disparaging comments she made about the dreadlocked hairstyle that Disney Chanel star Zendaya sported on the Oscars red carpet. The E! fashion review show isn’t exactly for the thin-skinned, but Rancic’s comments, that Zendaya’s hair smelled like “patchouli oil... or weed,” touched a […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 5, Episode 21: There will be blood

This week’s episode of “Pretty Little Liars” was a reminder that for all of his or her pun-filled texts and well-placed notes, A is really dangerous. In the wake of last episode’s revelation — that Mona had only intended to frame Ali for her murder in an effort to unmask A — Aria worried that her […]

‘Parks and Recreation’ series finale: The wildly optimistic show stays true to its roots

“Parks and Recreation” was always known as a wildly optimistic comedy, regarding the actual show (about a wacky group of co-workers who powered through the frustrations of local government) and in real life (as the low-rated series held steady to rack up seven seasons on NBC). So it’s only fitting that its series finale on Tuesday night brought the […]

‘Justified’ recap: Treachery, thy name is ‘Justified’

Is nothing sacred? Marriage? The brotherhood of war? Of law enforcement? Can a thief in a mine shaft trust his fellow thief? OF COURSE NOT!!! This is “Justified,” in which promises of true luv & friendship are quickly followed by two rounds to the back of the head. People drop dead in this show and […]

Why we’ll never see another show like ‘Parks and Recreation’ again

“Parks and Recreation” ends for good on NBC Tuesday night. It’s unfortunate for any fan of the sunny comedy, which seamlessly blended hilarity with deft political commentary. Adding to the sadness? The fact that when you really think about it, we’re never going to see a show like “Parks and Recreation” again. Because a show […]

How a long-lost manuscript changed one writer’s life

One day in February 1944, when Mimi Baird was just shy of 6, her father went to the country club and didn’t come back. A respected dermatologist, Perry Baird struggled with bipolar disease, and on that day, while having lunch with friends, he was in a manic state, so much so that the police were […]

Joe Madison tries for world record with fundraising marathon benefitting African-American museum

If he succeeds in his quest to set a Guinness World Record for longest talk radio marathon, SiriusXM host Joe Madison will get the glory. But the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will get the dough. Madison will begin a fundraising marathon Wednesday at 6 a.m. on SiriusXM’s Urban View Channel […]

Month’s best music: Metro Boomin, Jib Kidder, Colleen Green and more

A ranked selection of notable new recordings we heard in February. 1. Metro Boomin’s Soundcloud page. Eavesdropping on rap’s vanguard has never been easier: Just bookmark this Atlanta producer’s Soundcloud page and keep hitting refresh. You’ll be treated to a steady diet of downloadable anthems, many of which feature Young Thug, a rapper whose slushy […]

‘Dancing With the Stars’ picks Patti LaBelle, Michael Sam and Rumer Willis for Season 20

‘Dancing With the Stars’ chose its newest crop of “stars” for the show’s 20th season, including legendary singer Patti LaBelle and the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, Michael Sam. Here is the full list of contestants and their partners: Singer Patti LaBelle and partner Artem Chigvintsev Singer Riker Lynch (second cousin of Season 4 and […]

There’s a real Ron Swanson in Indiana and he’s a lot like the ‘Parks and Recreation’ idol

After seven seasons, NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” comes to an end Tuesday night, giving the world a reason to ugly-cry as hard as if Li’l Sebastian had died all over again. (Don’t know who Lil Sebastian is? AKA you don’t watch “Parks and Rec?” What are you doing here!? Go binge!) No more will we have […]

By obsessing over virgin contestants, ‘The Bachelor’ is hyping the wrong story line

Anyone who has caught a few minutes of “The Bachelor” this season probably knows that two (two!) contestants are virgins. Not only do the producers bring it up constantly, it’s been a major story line. From the beginning, viewers were tipped off that one of those virgins might win a trip to the “fantasy suite,” otherwise […]

‘Better Call Saul’ recap – ‘S’all good, man!’

We know the following to be true: Jimmy McGill is an ideas man. Sometimes, though, his ideas don’t materialize as flawlessly as he/we had hoped, like that time he paid a pair of scummy skater punks to track down a new client, that time he used a cardboard tube to disguise his voice and that […]

Why is everyone so surprised that Lady Gaga can sing?

Lady Gaga received a standing ovation at the Oscars for her rousing “Sound of Music” tribute. Even Julie Andrews approved. On the Internet, the praise was swift, effusive and tinged with the slight skepticism of a backhanded compliment: It was good, but unexpected. But here’s a question — why are we so surprised that Lady Gaga, professional singer, can […]

Were the Oscars really so white?

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“Welcome to the 87th Oscars. Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest,” host Neil Patrick Harris said at the start of Sunday’s show. And then, after a beat: “Sorry...  brightest.” That was one of Harris’ few incisive jokes, and it was funny — though mostly cringe-worthy — because it was true. It had […]

Finally, something Neil Patrick Harris can’t host: The Oscars

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It was bound to happen eventually. Neil Patrick Harris, the man who can host anything, finally stumbled. Obviously, it’s a thankless job. Academy Awards hosts have the impossible task of impressing millions during a nearly four-hour slog of a ceremony, which has only gotten more difficult in recent years as the snarky crowds on Twitter […]

The fashion trends of the Oscars 2015 red carpet in photos

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The Oscars are often referred to as the Super Bowl of fashion, and last night’s 87th annual ceremony was no different. Did you love or hate Lupita Nyong’o’s white pearl dress? (And didn’t it seem like everyone was wearing white on the carpet last night?) How did you feel about David Oyelowo’s crimson tuxedo? Will […]

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