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Larry King has a special way of tweeting: The broadcast legend who just can’t retire talks about his new-media way of life

Each weekday morning, legendary broadcaster Larry King, 81, wakes up and takes his 14 year-old son to school. Then he drives to a Beverly Hills salon to have his hair washed and combed, before heading to a bagel shop where he and a regular crew of old Brooklyn friends sit around and solve the world […]

Zayn Malik takes a ‘break’ from One Direction tour; no one is surprised

It’s a rough day in boy-band land. Zayn Malik, the “bad boy” of One Direction, has (temporarily?) left the band’s “On the Road Again” world tour, according to the Daily Mail and the Mirror. “Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate,” a spokesperson told the Mirror. […]

After incredible first season, will ‘Empire’ become the next ‘Glee’ or the next ‘Scandal’?

Warning: This post contains spoilers towards the bottom of the text. After an explosive first season, there are only two ways a new hit show can go. It can be a “Glee.” Or it can be a “Scandal.” Which path will it be for “Empire,” which aired its cliffhanger-packed finale Wednesday night?  The Fox drama (starring […]

How Carly Rae Jepsen of ‘Call Me Maybe’ fame broke the one-hit wonder curse

It’s been almost exactly three years since you first heard those hypnotic strings that kicked off Carly Rae Jepsen’s incredible earworm hit “Call Me Maybe,” the dance tune that took over music and YouTube videos for months.Now Jepsen is back. The Canadian singer has been off the grid for the last couple of years after her […]

Robert Durst put on suicide watch and other new developments in ‘The Jinx’ investigation

Robert Durst, the murder suspect and subject of HBO series “The Jinx,” has been moved to a jail where he can be treated for mental illness. The New Orleans Sheriff’s Office said the move to a facility an hour outside of the city came after officials determined the New York real estate heir is suicidal. Durst’s […]

Renee Calarco on the jailed ‘Indian Jones’ rabbi and her new play at Theater J

Rabbi Menachem Youlus was known as the “Jewish Indiana Jones” for his adventurous tales of rescuing Torahs from European sites that included prison camps. The sagas lent alluring cache to the scrolls that Youlus sold in the name of Save a Torah — The Washington Post magazine detailed Youlus’s claims in 2010 — but it […]

Jon Cryer is brutally blunt describing the worst Charlie Sheen years on ‘Two and a Half Men’

During the painful Charlie Sheen years of “Two and a Half Men,” his co-star Jon Cryer rarely said a word in public — save for a few interviews and one late-night TV skit mocking Sheen. It served Cryer well, as he quietly went along and collected his millions, starring in four more seasons with replacement […]

D.C.’s Rare Essence becomes the first go-go band to play at SXSW

AUSTIN, TEX. — It’s a Tuesday night deep in the heart of Texas and Rare Essence bandleader Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson is all smiles. “We’re just amped about this thing,” Johnson says backstage before one of his band’s most far-flung gigs. “We’ve done some other festival-type things, but nothing like this.” This is South By Southwest, […]

The ‘Walk of Shame Shuttle’ is a reality show — but first it was her actual job

One morning in spring 2012, University of Michigan senior Kellyann Wargo sat in McDonald’s with her friend, who was battling a severe case of Oh-God-What-Did-I-Do-Last-Night. Luckily, Wargo had picked her up, saving her an awkward walk home from a strange location. “You’re a hot mess,” Wargo observed. “I know, I can’t believe I’m doing the […]

Emperor Franzen Twitter account suspended

In the end, it wasn’t Darth Vader or even Oprah who brought down Emperor Franzen. It was just Twitter. On Tuesday, the comic writer Andrew Shaffer announced that his Jonathan Franzen parody account, @EmperorFranzen, had been suspended. Show More Summary

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 5, Episode 24: ‘I’m a good girl, I am’

“I hate this. I hate waiting.” — Aria Montgomery Amen, sister. Aria was, of course, talking about having to wait for the verdict in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Alison DiLaurentis. But we’ve all been waiting — to find out who A is . Next week, we will finally know! As the Commonwealth (which is how I henceforth […]

Recap of Justified: “Burned”

We are coming down, children, to the classic Elmore Leonard finale: We have competing boys, a girl who sorta likes both, guns, and a great big pile of cash in the middle. With four episodes (after tonight’s “Burned”) remaining, we are not much closer to knowing who will (or won’t) get out of Harlan alive, […]

Literary Hub wants to bring together everything literary on the Internet

Listening to Morgan Entrekin is a shot of adrenaline for anybody concerned about literary culture. “Independent publishing is the healthiest I’ve ever seen it,” said the president and publisher of Grove Atlantic, who recently passed 60 like a marathoner in the third mile. Far from planning his retirement, he’s about to launch his most ambitious […]

What was Robert Durst thinking? Why some people can’t resist the chance to incriminate themselves on camera

Convicted felon Tyler Smith appeared on National Geographic Channel’s “Doomsday Preppers,” brazenly shooting a gun. Kody Brown and his four wives starred on TLC’s “Sister Wives” knowing that polygamy was illegal. Real estate heir Robert Durst agreed to participate in hours of interviews for HBO’s documentary series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” — […]

‘Better Call Saul’ recap: ‘Some rocks you don’t turn over’

Television has had its fair share of crime-solving twosomes: Holmes and Watson. Starsky and Hutch. Holder and Linden. Benson and Stabler. Castle and Beckett. Hart and Cohle. And now: McGill and Ehrmantraut. In last week’s episode, we saw Jimmy doing Mike a favor by stepping in to be his lawyer so, naturally, it’s now Mike’s […]

‘Dancing With the Stars’ premiere: Ranking the contestants from Rumer Willis to Michael Sam to Patti LaBelle

“Dancing With the Stars,” once the most popular show in the country, has slipped over recent years — and it’s trying to regain some street cred in Season 20 (seriously, SEASON 20) with a special 10-year anniversary season. It’s got fancy opening credits and a golden Mirror Ball Trophy and, if you can believe it, even […]

Parks epic “Father Comes Home From the Wars” coming to Round House Theatre

 As the 2015-16 DC area theater season fills in, the buzzed-about Suzan-Lori Parks epic “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, and 3)” and a second Tennessee Williams classic with D.C. favorite Nancy Robinette are among the six plays — five of them regional premieres — announced Monday for Round House Theatre’s lineup. […]

Bill Cosby was the other target at the Justin Bieber roast

Justin Bieber was technically the star during the taping of his “Comedy Central Roast” last weekend, but there was also a runner-up: Bill Cosby. What else did you think would happen when you get a bunch of comedians in a room together? In the months following Cosby’s downfall after dozens of sexual assault allegations against […]

Demand for ‘The Book of Mormon’ tickets crashes Kennedy Center website (again)

Audience demand for tickets to “The Book of Mormon” jammed the Kennedy Center’s Web site this morning, causing consumers to be directed to a virtual waiting room or to be kicked off the site entirely. Kennedy Center officials said high traffic was causing the problems to the site. The pre-sale for the smash show from […]

Who will be the Peep-le’s Choice? Vote for your favorite creation in the 2015 Peeps Diorama Contest

The 2015 Peeps dioramas are in, and now it’s time for you to help pick the Peep-le’s Choice. The top 32 entries have been chosen for our March Madness-style bracket competition, where you can vote for your favorite Peeps diorama in a weeklong series of head-to-head competitions featuring, say, Kim Kardashian vs. Stephen Hawking (in […]

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