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Those Olympic athlete videos that make you cry? NBC started work on them more than a year ago.

The Olympics, perhaps more than any other sporting spectacle, are all about emotion. How else do you get viewers to remain glued to a screen and root wholeheartedly for a shot-putter from New Zealand? (Be real, you are not a die-hard put fan.) And nothing gets a viewer invested in an obscure Olympic sport quite like having their heart strings tugged. Training […]

How LGBTQ musicians like Frank Ocean and Troye Sivan are owning their queerness in pop music

After months and months of speculation, it seems like we’re about to get swept up in Frank Ocean’s musical undertow once again. The widely beloved, if elusive, artist is rumored to be releasing “Boys Don’t Cry” — the long-awaited follow-up to his debut album, “Channel Orange” — on Friday. On “Orange,” he talked candidly about […]

‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant explains what it’s like to get shot with a flaming arrow on live TV

Viewers who tuned into “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night witnessed an unexpectedly macabre scene. A stunt went horribly wrong when AmberLynn Walker shot a flaming arrow at her fiancé, stuntman Ryan Stock, who had the base of a lamp down his throat – but the arrow missed the target and hit Stock in the neck. As “Sunshine, […]

‘The Hills’ special: Lauren Conrad was furious when producers manipulated that famous fight scene

Even while MTV’s popular reality series “The Hills” was in its heyday, its own cast members admitted that the drama was heavily manipulated by producers. So it wasn’t too shocking when Tuesday night’s 10-year anniversary special revealed that the most famous fight in the show’s history (in which star Lauren Conrad accused her ex-best friend, Heidi Montag, […]

Kesha scales back legal battle against Dr. Luke but pledges ‘my fight continues’

Pop singer Kesha, locked in a high-profile legal battle with Dr. Luke, dropped her California sexual assault lawsuit against the producer as she focuses on restarting her music career, her attorney said Tuesday. But Kesha, who has alleged Dr. Show More Summary

Why stop at Channing Tatum, merman? Here are other female roles we’d like to see men play.

When news broke Monday that chiseled It-boy Channing Tatum would play a merman in a gender-swapping remake of the 1984 hit movie “Splash,” a lot of people got very excited. Not only are we seeing more women reprising traditionally masculine roles — “Mad Max,” “Ghostbusters,” “Star Wars” — but now we’ve got one of Hollywood’s […]

Is Jordan Rodgers the most strategic winner in ‘Bachelorette’ history?

Jordan Rodgers may not have lasted long as an NFL quarterback, but he approached his stint on “The Bachelorette” this season with all the precision of an elite athlete. From his very first appearance, Jordan employed a shrewd strategy that ensured his victory on ABC’s reality dating competition. His dedication paid off: On Monday night’s finale, Jordan was […]

Channing Tatum will play a merman in ‘Splash’ remake, a twist on the gender-swap movie

We saw a one-armed, paint-smeared Charlize Theron dominate her enemies in the post-Apocalpytic action flick “Mad Max: Fury Road.” We saw four female comedians don orange-striped jumpsuits for the recently released “Ghostbusters” reboot. Show More Summary

‘The Bachelorette’ finale: The (real) winners and losers this season

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” finale airs on Monday night, so get ready for your Twitter feed to be taken over by snarky live-tweets. For those peer-pressured to tune in but who haven’t watched this season, here’s the deal: Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher, a 25-year-old real estate developer from Dallas, will choose between Jordan Rodgers (27-year-old former quarterback) […]

‘The Simpsons’ predicted a Trump presidency, but they won’t be voting for him

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has won another celebrity endorsement, courtesy of Marge and Homer Simpson. In a clip posted to Fox’s animation YouTube channel, Marge tells her husband that she’s conflicted about who to vote for in the upcoming election. Homer helpfully turns on the television and the couple watches a parody of that […]

Miss Teen USA keeps crown despite her old N-word tweets: ‘I am today a better person’

The newly crowned Miss Teen USA apologized for her past use of the N-word on Twitter, saying that “due to a number of personal struggles, I was in a place that is not representative of who I am now.” Not long after Karlie Hay of Texas received the crown on Saturday night, those tweets from 2013 and 2014 […]

Bloody toes & besties: In summer, dancers get personal on Instagram

#someOfAThousandWords #proud of my #warWounds ???? #longToes …. @tarynekr did Audrey wind up with floor burns from HER floor moves ? ???????? A photo posted by Wendy Whelan (@wendyw) on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:07pm PDT Ever wondered what ballerinas’ toes look like after they’ve been dancing on them? A few days ago, Wendy Whelan, the […]

Howard Stern makes his pitch: Why Hillary Clinton should do my show

Hillary Clinton said it herself. The “public” part of public service has never been easy. Now, with the Democratic nomination in hand, it’s time to meet America. And please, advisors, that doesn’t mean popping up on “Carpool Karaoke.” It’s time to go on Stern. Don’t do “The Howard Stern Show” because he’s been a Hillary […]

Christina Grimmie won a Teen Choice Award but wasn’t mentioned on the show. Fans aren’t happy.

A few weeks ago, Fox announced the final wave of nominees for its annual Teen Choice Awards, including the category for Choice Music Web Star. Among the six nominees was Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old pop star who was shot and killed this past June while signing autographs after a concert in Orlando. Her tragic death made […]

‘Cats': now and forever. Again.

NEW YORK — “Cats” is wrapped up almost entirely for me in recollections of my daughter, seven years old at the time, accompanying me to the show and being so riveted that afterwards she memorized the photos and names of every one of those undulating felines. “No, dad, that’s Mr. Mistoffellees!” she’d correct me impatiently, after I’d point […]

The new Harry Potter book is here, and if you wanted it to be like the old ones, well…

Harry dies. Just kidding. But consider this our dark mark in the sky: If you’re looking to read about “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” without any spoilers, read this instead. The book, which is branded as the official eighth story in the “Harry Potter” series, was published Sunday to all the midnight-release and nerds-dressing-in-cloaks fanfare of […]

Jon Stewart to debut animated cable news parody this fall on HBO

Comedian Jon Stewart may soon have a platform to make us laugh — or cry — at the news once again. At the Television Critics Association tour in Los Angeles on Saturday, HBO president Casey Bloys announced that the former “Daily Show” host plans to launch an animated parody of cable news this fall. The project will […]

Twitter’s deep thoughts for Donald Trump, via #FakeTrumpIntelligenceBriefing

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will both begin receiving national intelligence briefings in the coming weeks. And the comedians of Twitter have some thoughts on what should — and should not — be included in Trump’s briefings. Several...Show More Summary

The amazing story of the boy and girl from this 2002 Washington Post photo

The first photograph was taken 14 years ago, on a warm, wet spring afternoon, at a historic church hosting a community celebration. Two 10-year-old children — a boy with sandy hair and black shorts, a girl with a blonde ponytail and a cartoon dog on her white T-shirt — hovered in the moss-green doorway, just beyond the […]

The best late-night convention comedy, from Stephen Colbert to Samantha Bee

We’ll just come right out and say it: Stephen Colbert came out on top after two weeks of convention coverage. But he was also in really good company — and we don’t just mean Jon Stewart. Here’s a look at some of the funniest, most insightful and most blistering late-night coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions, and a […]

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