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Even if One Direction does take a ‘hiatus,’ the group had a more spectacular run than anyone expected

It’s fairly routine to see One Direction trending worldwide on Twitter, but on Sunday night, it was the result of a heartbreaking reason for quite a few teens: Multiple publications reported that the group, one of the most popular boy bands of all time, will go on an “extended hiatus” in the spring. “They are taking a hiatus so they can […]

‘American Ultra’ reveals the start of a new movie trend: Stoners as heroes

The stereotype of a stoner is a lazy, apathetic guy who lives in his mom’s basement and has one main priority in life: smoking a ton of weed. At first, “American Ultra” protagonist Mike Howell appears to be no different. Played by Jesse Eisenberg, Mike is a twenty-something dude with long hair and a questionable […]

Wiz Khalifa is pinned to the ground by airport customs officials after refusing to dismount his scooter

They love sayin stop resisting. — Cameron (@wizkhalifa) August 22, 2015 Rapper Wiz Khalifa was stopped and eventually pinned to the ground by customs and border protection officers at Los Angeles International airport Saturday afternoon, apparently for refusing to get off his self-balancing scooter. Show More Summary

Jimmy Carter, facing cancer with grace

“Everything has been pleasant for me. So I’m thankful. And hopeful.” With those words, and a big, toothy smile, former President Jimmy Carter, 90, ended his press conference Thursday. He looked so completely, boyishly happy that you could almost forget he’d also announced he has cancer in his brain. “I was surprisingly at ease,” Carter told […]

Stephen Colbert’s serious side: The most intriguing celebrity news this week

In two weeks, Stephen Colbert will be on network television every night and he will have to be funny. During his time off between the end of “The Colbert Report” and the beginning of “The Late Show,” he’s been honing his comedic skills, including hosting a public access show in Michigan and showing up in random […]

A million bucks to save vanishing languages

The Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage just received the largest gift in its history — $1.24 million — to support research into sustaining and revitalizing endangered languages in Europe. The five-year project will...Show More Summary

Pyer Moss designer steps outside fashion and into the conversation about race

Like a lot of designers, Kerby Jean-Raymond, the 28-year-old founder of the menswear label Pyer Moss (pronounced Pierre Moss), has spent the last months considering his spring 2016 collection and how he will present it when New York’s fashion week begins in September. This is will be a particularly big season for the young designer. […]

Brands want the creators of ‘normcore’ to be their ‘millennial whisperers.’

Before “normcore” was a runner up for the Oxford English Dictionary’s “word of the year,” before Jerry Seinfeld became the trend’s unofficial brand ambassador, before New York Magazine introduced it to the world, there were just five 20-somethings were on an art project. Show More Summary

Will Bill Cosby show up for his deposition? Gloria Allred responds as two more women allege assault.

Two more women have alleged they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby, bringing the tally to more than three dozen women who have publicly spoken out about the comedian over the last year. During a news conference on Thursday afternoon held by attorney Gloria Allred, former actress Charlotte Fox and a flight attendant named Elizabeth (who did not […]

Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-paid actress in the world. Guess how much more the highest-paid actor made?

The Hollywood gender wage gap has been a hot topic this year, thanks in part to the Sony e-mail hack, when it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams received a smaller percentage of back-end profits than their male co-stars on “American Hustle.” And during the Oscars, when Patricia Arquette turned her acceptance speech […]

Michel’le wasn’t just some girlfriend who got beat up. She was instrumental to the early success of Dr. Dre and Ruthless Records.

By the time the first lady of Ruthless Records was in second grade, she realized her family was poor. But as a woman she struggled for more than a decade to stop blaming herself for the physical abuse she said she experienced in her relationship with Dr. Dre. Singer Michel’le Toussaint was instrumental in Dre’s […]

Two guys started a podcast about ‘Gilmore Girls’ and it really, really worked

Their timing was impeccable, they just didn’t know it. Demi Adejuyigbe and Kevin Porter holed up in a Los Angeles recording studio, hit the “on” button and started rambling. “This is gonna be a show where we talk a lot about ‘Gilmore Girls.’ We’re gonna talk about Rory and Sookie and Lane and Mrs. Kim […]

Did Bravo’s ‘Flipping Out’ accidentally foreshadow Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green’s break-up?

How do you find out if a celebrity couple is on the rocks? Some Hollywood experts scour red carpet photos for clues. But sometimes, you can just watch a Bravo reality show. History is littered with situations where a reality TV appearance backfires, or make things really uncomfortable for future viewings. Joining the list is Bravo’s […]

Amy Poehler’s ‘Difficult People’ slammed for Blue Ivy-R. Kelly joke: Here’s why it’s extremely meta

There’s a running joke through the pilot of Hulu’s “Difficult People” — the new caustic scripted comedy executive produced by Amy Poehler — that has a big payoff at the end of the episode. It all starts when creator Julie Klausner’s character (she plays a wannabe comedy writer named Julie) fires off a tweet that […]

The Foreign Exchange introduces its own Song of Solomon: ‘Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey’

Phonte Coleman, the rapping, singing half of the hip-hop/R&B duo the Foreign Exchange, has a complicated relationship with religion. When he was growing up, he detested the mandatory trips to his grandmother’s baptist church, so he joined the choir just to make the ordeal more palatable. At least from the choir stand there was an added […]

Regina Hall might just be the best actress you don’t know

When directors talk about Regina Hall, they rave about her. Mention her, ask for comparisons and two names spring forth: Lucille Ball and Meryl Streep. And yet, as recently as last year, in this very newspaper, a writer referred to “About Last Night” as possibly being a “break-out moment” for Hall, who at 44 has […]

Temptation to cheat, pressure to look perfect: E!’s ‘WAGS’ reveals the scary world of dating pro athletes.

If you’ve seen enough “Real Housewives” type reality shows starring wealthy women, you know the drill: The characters are introduced. Feuds are established. The trash-talking begins. Someone suggests an “impromptu” trip to Vegas/the Bahamas/Hawaii. Show More Summary

ClickHole crowdfunded a bed for Bob Dylan — because it’s funny, and because they can.

Maybe it all started with the potato salad. Remember when a guy on Kickstarter asked for $10 to make a potato salad, and ended up with $55,492? It was stupid and amazing all at once. Why did he think this was a good idea? Why did people actually give him money? Is this what crowdfunding has come to? Answer: It […]

Trevor Noah’s first ‘Daily Show’ tease: 3 things we learned

Jon Stewart ended his tenure at “The Daily Show” with much fanfare a couple weeks ago, but now, Comedy Central is focusing on the future. And its future is Trevor Noah. The network released its very dramatic debut promo for the all-new “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” on Tuesday afternoon, and here’s what we learned: [‘Daily […]

Melissa McCarthy is the face of a fashion revolution

Melissa McCarthy may be hilarious, but she’s very serious about making over the plus-size fashion industry. And she’d like to start by losing the designation “plus-size.” “I just don’t get why we always have to group everything into a good or bad, right or wrong category,” the “Spy” actress told Refinery 29. “I just think, […]

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