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Five ways Beyoncé and Bruno Mars completely overshadowed Coldplay at its own halftime show

Poor Coldplay never had a chance. It was one thing when Beyoncé was announced as a “guest star” to join the band in the Super Bowl halftime show — but throw in the fact that she dropped a surprise single and music video on Saturday, and Chris Martin was destined to play runner-up. Here are five […]

Before Super Bowl halftime show, Beyoncé responds to accusations of plagiarism

There were freakouts over Red Lobster and hot sauce, Blue Ivy and #BlackLivesMatter. In the hours after Beyoncé released her surprise music video “Formation” on Saturday, social media was awash in praise, once again, for Queen B. Except from two upset documentary filmmakers, who claimed their footage was used in the video without permission. “New […]

Can SNL help Bernie Sanders? Look to the candidates who’ve gone before him.

As Bernie Sanders prepares to take the legendary stage of “Saturday Night Live,” he is undoubtedly hoping to come off as likable, self-aware and, most importantly, funny. And it’s safe to assume that the Democratic presidential candidate would also like his appearance to translate into actual votes. But has the “SNL” strategy worked in the […]

‘The Bachelor’ for porn stars, and other reality shows that failed to make it on TV

There are certainly reality shows where you can’t stop but think, “How did this show see the light of day?” “Sex Box,” anyone? However, for as many shows you’re shocked got on the air, there are many more that devastated producers when they didn’t make it. At the final day of this week’s RealScreen Summit, an annual […]

Why Benjamin Millepied is quitting Paris Opera Ballet: “He tried to do too much”

In little more than a year as director, Benjamin Millepied shook up the Paris Opera Ballet, in some ways for the better. He brought in Pilates and Gyrotonic classes to help reduce injuries. He showcased corps de ballet dancers in his new works (though that meant pushing aside the stars). With his Oscar-winning wife, actress […]

Our definitive ranking of every Coen brothers film

With the release of “Hail, Caesar!,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s 17th feature film, it’s fitting to assess their oeuvre in the form of a best-to-worst list. Herewith, the Coen canon ranked in handy descending order, the better for inevitable quibbles, arguments and fisticuffs to ensue: 1. “Fargo” (1996) This choice reminds me of a cartoon I saw once, where […]

84 dogs, 315 poo bags and a whole lot of peanut butter: The making of the Puppy Bowl

Puppies tumble, kittens dance, America awwwwwws. If the Puppy Bowl is not your favorite Super Bowl tradition yet, do you even have a heart? What once was a semi-laughable idea meant to entertain the children and bored chip-munchers of game-day parties is now our country’s most adorable pastime. And this year, you can watch it six times in a […]

Why ‘Top Gear’ hired Matt LeBlanc as its new co-host

It’s a momentous day for “Top Gear.” The show is getting its first ever non-British host, and it’s going to be Matt LeBlanc — yes, that Matt LeBlanc. He’ll be joining Chris Evans (no, not that Chris Evans) in the revamped show that’s hitting the BBC in May, following a series of scandalous incidents. Evans […]

The Donald’s impersonators plead: America, make Trump great again!

  When Donald Trump mocked John McCain for being captured in Vietnam, John Di Domenico feared his glory days were over.  Who would want to hang out with a blustery, insult-happy mogul now?  “I thought, oh well, less than a month, that was a good run,” said Di Domenico, the highest-paid Donald Trump impersonator in the country. “But […]

The ten unknown actors who could be household names by the end of 2016

Yesterday, Vanity Fair came out with its annual Hollywood issue and it was really… safe. The 13 actresses included more perennial awards favorites than of-the-moment up-and-comers. Diane Keaton landed on the cover, even though her only recent contribution was the bomb “Love the Coopers,” and the other familiar faces included Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Rachel […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap: ‘It’s happening again, isn’t it?’

Well, it’s official: there’s a new A in town. This one is a fan of emoji and latex masks, apparently. Let’s discuss this and other new developments from this week’s episode of “Pretty Little Liars.” 1. Rosewood’s tangled web of romance got even more complicated. Just in case there was any doubt about what down with Spaleb, Spencer and Caleb […]

What Snoop Dogg said to this TV executive that made him re-think diversity

As controversy rages over #OscarsSoWhite, most people agree: The way to spur more diversity on-screen in Hollywood is to hire more diverse people behind the scenes. A panel of TV executives and producers emphasized that fact at the RealScreen...Show More Summary

The day America woke to learn that O.J. Simpson was a murder suspect

In June of 1994, the news that pro football legend O.J. Simpson was at the center of a lurid tragedy snuck up quietly on the public — but then exploded quickly. After Tuesday’s premiere of FX’s highly-anticipated “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the events surrounding the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and the eventual […]

Fact-checking the O.J. Simpson miniseries: Are the key players true to life?

There’s a lot to unpack from the first episode of the FX miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which premiered earlier tonight. The horrific crime. The hair. The Kardashians. But the biggest question is: How closely does Ryan Murphy’s take on the Simpson trial — based on Jeffrey Toobin’s 1996 book, “The Run of His Life: The […]

What counts as a ‘hit’ TV show these days? Don’t worry — even the experts have no idea.

Defining a “hit” TV show used to be so easy: Just look at the ratings! Not so much these days. With hundreds of series available, it’s impossible to figure out. NBC’s “Blindspot” was the most-watched new show of the fall. But everyone is talking about Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” so how does that compare, especially since […]

Scientists have discovered what causes Resting Bitch Face

Queen Elizabeth has it. So does fashion designer Victoria Beckham. And actress Kristen Stewart — poor thing, she’s practically the poster girl. Among the slew of pop culture icons said to be afflicted with so-called Resting Bitch Face (alternatively known as Bitchy Resting Face), the vast majority are women, though Kanye West is among the male […]

A complete guide to Kardashians in the O.J. Simpson miniseries

Even if you were too young to watch the O.J. Simpson trial, there’s still a good deal of name recognition in the 10-episode series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which premieres Tuesday on FX. One name in particular, sticks out: Kardashian. The series prominently features “Friends” alum David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, an attorney and […]

See the caucus that was held in someone’s living room

While many Iowa caucuses these days are held at big glamorous school gymnasiums, at least five are still held in private homes. One of those was in Rippey, a farm town about an hour northwest of Des Moines, where 50 local Democrats (and two crossover Republicans) gathered tonight to debate and discuss and ultimately make […]

Christine Chubbuck: The 1974 Washington Post story about the anchorwoman who killed herself on live TV

In 1974, a newscaster in Sarasota, Fla. pulled out a gun and shot herself on live television. In today’s world, countless people would have seen Christine Chubbuck’s very public suicide on the internet afterwards, but back then, the woman’s death warranted some mentions on national nightly news before she faded into obscurity. The incident is […]

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