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How the fake ‘Mad Men’ Twitter accounts will go on after the show ends

After seven seasons that captured the zeitgeist of the ’60s, “Mad Men” is finished. Or is it? From the beginning, the show attracted a lively group of Twitter role-players — people who snapped up Don Draper, Peggy Olson and other show-related nom de tweets and presented a lively commentary and auxiliary reality to the AMC […]

‘SNL’ ends 40th season with Louis C.K. making jokes about racism and child molestation

After a season that brought us jokes about ISIS and drawing Muhammad, “Saturday Night Live” seemed to make no attempt to avoid controversy in its 40th year finale. Of course, what could they expect when the host was Louis C.K., irreverent comedian extraordinaire who regularly mocks the privileges of being white and has based stand-up routines on rape? […]

Watch U2’s The Edge fall off edge of stage Here’s a fun game to play at home. Watch the above clip of U2 guitarist The Edge slowly meandering down the stage, each step bringing him closer to his inevitable topple. Show More Summary

‘Back to the Future’ time machine lands on The National Mall

Great Scott! A replica of the Back to the Future time machine visited The National Mall as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Future is Here Festival. The “time machine” DeLorean, built by Oliver and Terry Holler, traveled all the way from 1955 South Carolina. The festival runs through Sunday, May 17 and will feature presentations on […]

Remembering B.B. King at the National Portrait Gallery

Early Friday morning, when Ann Shumard’s radio delivered the news that B.B. King had died the night before, the senior curator of photographs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery swung into action. “I dropped everything, got on the computer and said, ‘Can we get an in memoriam label up?'” she recalls. Call it breaking-news museum […]

Hulu saves ‘The Mindy Project.’ But what does history teach us about similar online TV rescues?

After a week of speculation among diehard fans of “The Mindy Project,” the cult-favorite Fox sitcom created by actress/writer Mindy Kaling, the news is official: The show has been picked up by Hulu for a fourth season. [Is your favorite show canceled? A guide to what’s renewed and what’s in jeopardy.] The online streaming behemoth […]

B.B. King reversed the odds, but couldn’t let himself stop

For too many 20th-century bluesmen, the gig required living in poverty and dying in obscurity. B.B. King spent his 89 years in America thoroughly reversing those odds. He recorded platinum albums, received sparkling prizes, starred in TV commercials, jammed with U2, launched a national chain of nightclubs and became a millionaire many times over. He […]

Bill Cosby on ‘Good Morning America': ‘I have been in this business 52 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.’

Though “Good Morning America” promoted an exclusive interview with Bill Cosby where the embattled 77-year-old comedian would respond to the dozens of sexual assault allegations against him for the first time, the actual clip was very brief. ABC’s Linsey Davis met Cosby in Alabama, where he’s scheduled Friday to speak to high school students and join the […]

Why do filmmakers insist on portraying Yves Saint Laurent as a ‘fragile genius’?

  The most sympathetic character in the latest film about Yves Saint Laurent is Moujik — his French bulldog. Moujik is felled after innocently poking his snout into a pile of pills that the designer has spilled on the floor after a night of feasting on drugs with his beloved sexual playmate Jacques De Bascher. While both […]

Iris Apfel, 93-year-old fashion icon, thinks you don’t really know how to shop

Iris Apfel, a retired businesswoman and fashion lover, rose to fame in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art mounted an exhibition celebrating her ability to transform herself into an otherworldly creature through clothes and accessories. It was a modest display housed in the Costume Institute, and it featured selections from her personal collection of […]

Forget about Don Draper. What happened to these ‘Mad Men’ characters?

Sunday’s “Mad Men” finale is shaping up to be the Don and Peggy Show, given that the stories of the other main characters have been gradually winding down for the latter half of season seven. Few obvious questions remain. There are two big ones: what’s going to happen to Don, and will Peggy be able to […]

Spike Lee, Sonia Sotomayor Are Among Speakers at Kennedy Center Arts Summit

Film director Spike Lee, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and bestselling author and New York Times columnist David Brooks will be among the participants in an arts summit at the Kennedy Center on May 16. The event will be live streamed on the Kennedy Center website. Organized by former New York City Ballet dancer Damian […]

‘Scandal’ recap Season 4 finale: ‘You can’t take command’

I watched the entire fourth season of “Scandal” and all I got was this “I love Vermont” T-shirt. I’m kidding — sort of.  As it turns out, I love a good cliffhanger. And so, the fourth season finale of “Scandal” was pretty anti-climactic by my standards. But the episode did offer a lot of action and […]

Q&A: ‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner talks ‘other-ness’ and Jewish identity on eve of finale

This weekend, America will say goodbye to the cultural phenomenon that is “Mad Men.” Over seven seasons, the series — which airs its last episode Sunday on AMC — traces the United States’ transition from the staid, tradition-bound Eisenhower years to the freewheeling exuberance and social upheaval of the 1960s. It’s about the rise of […]

Nina Dobrev leaves ‘The Vampire Diaries’ tonight. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

On Thursday night, Nina Dobrev will appear in her last episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” the hit CW show she has starred in for six years. To a lot of people, this is a very big deal. Then, just as many people have no idea what that means. Who cares if one actress is leaving a show? Let’s […]

David Letterman retires: Here’s the most important thing that happened each year of his career

How do you measure the impact of someone who changed late-night television? Simply put, you can’t. But you can chart the most important thing that happened to him every year of his career. Just before David Letterman signs off “Late Show” for good on Wednesday, here are the most significant highlights (and a couple lowlights) of the […]

CW fall schedule: ‘The Originals’ joins ‘The Vampire Diaries’ on Thursday, ‘Reign’ moves to Friday

Buoyed by ratings for superhero drama “The Flash” and critical acclaim for telenovela “Jane the Virgin,” the CW had a pretty great year. The network is sticking by its shows for the fall, only introducing one new series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Two dramas are ordered for midseason: “DC Legends of Tomorrow,” where a group of heroes […]

Stephen Colbert is trying to find the real Stephen Colbert before ‘The Late Show.’ How’s it going?

Who is Stephen Colbert when he’s not “Stephen Colbert,” conservative pundit on Comedy Central? As it happens, the comedian is trying to figure that out. That was the theme when Colbert made his first official appearance as the host of CBS’s “The Late Show” this week, during CBS’s upfront presentation in front of advertisers in New York City. […]

Why Ava DuVernay isn’t the solution to Hollywood’s gender trouble

Last night, The Wrap dangled an exclusive that Marvel Studios is eyeing “Selma” director Ava DuVernay to helm either “Captain Marvel” or “Black Panther.” “Marvel has had discussions with DuVernay about taking the reins of one of its marquee comic book properties and while the studio is considering other directors, there is mutual interest in having […]

‘Castle’ still exists? ‘Bones’ is still on? 20 shows that, yes, are still on TV.

A common reaction to this “Grey’s Anatomy” story a couple weeks ago: “Wait, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is still on?” To this one about “American Idol”:  “That show is still on the air?” Literally any time I bring up “Big Brother”: “‘Big Brother’ still exists?!?” The answer to all: Indeed they are alive! In the spirit of Upfront Week, as all […]

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