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Misty Copeland on 2015 Time 100

Yet another gem has been added to Misty Copeland’s weighty crown of celebrity: the ballerina is one of the 2015 Time 100, a list of the most influential people in the world according to Time magazine. Among the other “titans, pioneers, artists, icons and leaders who are shaping the future” are pop musician Kanye West […]

Here’s your chance to win $2,000. And have fun.

  We’ve been watching you (we have our ways) and have determined that you are (barely) brilliant enough to attend the most exclusive event of the year in Washington: the eighth annual Post Hunt. On Sunday, May 31, the most brilliant, creative, illustrious and industrious minds in the country will converge on downtown Washington. Oh, and Dave […]

How many more kudos will come Phil Klay’s way today?

Iraq war veteran Phil Klay is having a really good day. Around breakfast time, his National Book Award-winning story collection, “Redeployment,” was named a finalist for the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction. And now, for lunch, the same book has been named a finalist for the $7,500 Chautauqua Prize. This relatively new literary contest — started […]

Louis C.K. said WHAT about Sarah Palin? (It’s all good, though. He apologized and she was quite gracious.)

Louis C.K. is probably one of the most feminist comedians working today. He tackles issues about body image. He deliberately injects feminist themes into his comedy. Louis C.K. is all about not being terrible to women. He’s also flawed. And human. And he used to be on Twitter. [Louis C.K.’s Twitter account disappears soon after […]

Rue of ‘Hunger Games’ is all grown up and ready to teach you a lesson about race

You probably know her the film adaptation of “The Hunger Games,” but actress Amandla Stenberg — now a few years older — is leading a conversation on social media about race and culture in America. Stenberg knows a thing or two about the world’s complicated relationship with race. She was cast in the prominent role […]

Phil Klay and Claudia Rankine among finalists for PEN literary awards

Iraq War veteran Phil Klay continues to win accolades for “Redeployment,” a story collection based on his experience as a Marine. The book won a National Book Award last fall and a National Book Critics Circle Award in March, and on Thursday morning “Redeployment” was named a finalist for the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for […]

Tim McGraw gets backlash from gun rights advocates for headlining Sandy Hook Promise concert

Earlier this week, Nashville A-lister Tim McGraw announced plans to headline a show this summer in Hartford, Conn., called the Concert for Sandy Hook Promise. According a release from the country singer, all proceeds will benefit a non-profit organization that carries out “a mission of protecting children from gun violence,” created after the horrific shooting […]

Our grandkids won’t ask how we met, but why we swiped right

I’m currently in a self-imposed dating app time-out. It’s a great way to meet people, but in this week’s episode of “Dated,” I explore why it works for some couples, but still hasn’t materialized into a relationship for me despite years of use. Hinge, a now-ubiquitous dating app, launched in D.C. in 2013. It was […]

Christopher Eccleston reveals why his stint on ‘Doctor Who’ was short-lived

Christopher Eccleston, the first actor to play Doctor Who when the series returned in 2005, explained in a recent interview why he chose to play the Doctor with a northern accent, something he felt made the character realistic and accessible. It may also help explain his relatively short tenure on the popular science fiction drama. Eccleston thought […]

‘Other Space’ doesn’t live up to expectations, but there are at least six reasons to watch

The expectations for “Other Space” are unfairly high. Paul Feig wrote the series, and the last time he set his sights on a television show, it was the completely genius, utterly underappreciated “Freaks and Geeks,” which lasted one piddly season (NBC didn’t even air the final three episodes) — but quickly gained a huge cult […]

Kelly Rutherford loses custody case after wrenching public battle

Kelly Rutherford, the actress best known for “Gossip Girl” and TV movies, has been going through a fairly brutal custody battle with her ex-husband for the past several years. Unlike most celebrities, who try to keep the details of their divorce proceedings under wraps, Rutherford has been unusually public about the whole wrenching fight. This […]

Sue Perkins, potential replacement for Jeremy Clarkson on ‘Top Gear,’ leaves Twitter over death threats

She doesn’t hasn’t even landed the job as Jeremy Clarkson’s replacement on “Top Gear,” and she may not get it, but Sue Perkins has already caught the ire of the Internet and left Twitter because of it. “Top Gear” is the internationally popular show about cars and driving that was, until recently, hosted by Clarkson, James […]

David Chase explains ‘The Sopranos’ ending — again. Can everyone stop asking him about it now?

Eight years have passed since the mysterious series finale of “The Sopranos,” and the people still want answers. Tony’s dead! Wait, no he’s not! What’s happening? Is it Journey’s fault? Creator David Chase has been giving evasive answers for the better part of the last decade about Tony Soprano’s fate. And he continued his Tour […]

Retracing John Wilkes Booth’s escape route

  The 150th anniversary of the start of one of the nation’s greatest manhunts began Tuesday at 10:15 p.m. That’s about when John Wilkes Booth dropped his smoking Derringer in the box where Abraham Lincoln slumped mortally wounded, leaped to the stage of Ford’s Theatre, staggered out the back door, grabbed the reins of his horse […]

‘Justified’ series finale recap: Getting out of Harlan alive

AVA WOULD RATHER GO BACK TO PRISON RATHER THAN READ PLOT SPOILERS. MONSTER SPOILERS BELOW. Welp. That’s it, y’all. Boyd, Raylan, Ava. They all got out of Harlan alive. Dang if we saw that comin’. The only people to die in the finale were Avery’s dirty band, and they went down hard, every single one. […]

That Dennis Quaid meltdown video made people of the Internet skeptical, which is a relief

Not sure if you saw, but Dennis Quaid has gone viral. Maybe not a sentence you thought you would read today, given that the “Far From Heaven” actor hasn’t been in the spotlight in a while, but welcome to the Internet. Anyway, a video surfaced online this week that featured Quaid on a movie set […]

Race, sexuality and policing collide in first episode of Logo’s ‘Cucumber’

If you’re white and your boyfriend is black, and you’re mad because he’s hooking up with someone else in the house you both share, does it make sense to call the police? That’s what happened in Monday’s first episode of “Cucumber,” Logo’s new hour-long drama starring Vincent Franklin as Henry, a balding, curmudgeonly, misanthropic middle-aged gay man. […]

What does J.K. Rowling’s famous graduation speech gain with illustrations?

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered the Harvard graduation speech, which quickly became the most-viewed commencement address on the university’s Web site. On Tuesday, just as strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” begin to swell once more, Rowling’s speech is finally available in book form — or, more specifically, gift-book form. “Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits […]

Rita Wilson diagnosed with breast cancer, urges people to seek second opinions

Actress Rita Wilson was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, she confirmed on Tuesday morning. She said she’s “getting better every day” and is expected to make a full recovery. Wilson, 58, shared the news in an extensive statement with People magazine, revealing that this is why she’s taking a medical leave […]

Shonda Rhimes is so over answering questions about diversity

Well-established fact: Shonda Rhimes is a black woman thriving in an industry dominated by white men. She creates hugely popular television shows with diverse casts. But a decade after “Grey’s Anatomy” became a hit for ABC, she’s getting a little sick of answering questions about race and gender. “This is not the Jim Crow south […]

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