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ClickHole crowdfunded a bed for Bob Dylan — because it’s funny, and because they can.

Maybe it all started with the potato salad. Remember when a guy on Kickstarter asked for $10 to make a potato salad, and ended up with $55,492? It was stupid and amazing all at once. Why did he think this was a good idea? Why did people actually give him money? Is this what crowdfunding has come to? Answer: It […]

Trevor Noah’s first ‘Daily Show’ tease: 3 things we learned

Jon Stewart ended his tenure at “The Daily Show” with much fanfare a couple weeks ago, but now, Comedy Central is focusing on the future. And its future is Trevor Noah. The network released its very dramatic debut promo for the all-new “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” on Tuesday afternoon, and here’s what we learned: [‘Daily […]

Melissa McCarthy is the face of a fashion revolution

Melissa McCarthy may be hilarious, but she’s very serious about making over the plus-size fashion industry. And she’d like to start by losing the designation “plus-size.” “I just don’t get why we always have to group everything into a good or bad, right or wrong category,” the “Spy” actress told Refinery 29. “I just think, […]

Tracy Morgan is returning to host SNL in October

More than a year after surviving a horrific crash with a Wal-Mart big rig that took the life of one of his closest friends, Tracy Morgan’s life is finally returning to something in the realm of normalcy. Morgan will mark his return to acting this fall by hosting “Saturday Night Live,” the show where he […]

Stephen Colbert might be the answer to brainless late-night television

Maybe there’s hope for late-night television after all. When David Letterman signed off in May, so much of what remained was a lot of inane celebrity pandering — all silly gimmicks engineered to make A-listers seem fun and approachable. But if one thing is clear from GQ’s extensive story about Stephen Colbert, Letterman’s successor as […]

Q&A: Chuck D of Public Enemy talks N.W.A, the Black Lives Matter movement and Bill Cosby

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, two super groups ushered in what’s commonly known as the golden age of rap: the Compton, Calif.-based N.W.A, and Public Enemy of Long Island, N.Y. That era is being revisited with the debut of the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which grossed $56 million in its opening weekend. […]

Hollywood agency signs Josh Ostrovsky — a guy who got famous for posting other people’s funny photos

Is “aggregation” just a euphemism for theft? From his office in the back of a Queens, N.Y., nail salon, Josh Ostrovsky is saying the answer is no. Or maybe that he just doesn’t care — even if comedians are calling for his head. Josh Ostrovsky is the “The Fat Jew,” the man behind the wildly popular […]

Janelle Monae leads protest before ‘secret’ concert in Washington, D.C.

In case the invite got stuck in your spam folder, “Yoga” singer Janelle Monáe and her labelmates dropped by the Howard Theatre on Saturday night to put on a free, “secret” concert for fans — announced, in typical “secret” show fashion, with e-mail blasts, press releases, a “Today” show appearance and big signs outside of […]

After last year’s Teen Choice Awards controversy, how will the teens react to this year’s show?

Fox’s Teen Choice Awards (airing this Sunday at 8 p.m.) are billed as the show where teens get to choose their favorite stars, from movies to TV to music for sports to social media. In an ideal world, celebrities would show up to collect a surfboard trophy, thank the screaming fans, plug their latest project and […]

A fashion photo should evoke fantasies, but Beyoncé’s Vogue cover coos familiar snippets about her brand

The thick September issues of fashion magazines are landing on newsstands: THWACK! They are such a big deal in the publishing world, companies brag about their advertisements appearing in them, as if they had not paid handsomely for the honor. The magazines boast some flashy selling points: Sharon Stone poses naked for Harper’s Bazaar. Serena Williams does a […]

David Simon’s new show starts Sunday — read this before you watch

If you’re a David Simon fan, you’ll be watching HBO Sunday night to see what he does with his new mini-series, “Show Me a Hero.” His topics range — from drug addiction in “The Corner” to dock unions,  the schools and newspapers in “The Wire” — but his constant trademark is authenticity. This six-part series […]

‘People Places Things’ is not your typical romantic comedy. That’s absolutely for the best.

Will Henry, the main character of the new movie “People Places Things,” is a bumbling, heartbroken mess of a person. This is precisely what makes him quietly hilarious. At 40 years old, a year after splitting with the mother of children, Will (Jemaine Clement) is still struggling with the basics of adulthood, and it’s spilling over […]

Watch this live reading of ‘The Iliad’ right now. Your high school English teacher would be proud.

Come and join us… #Iliad @britishmuseum — Almeida Theatre (@AlmeidaTheatre) August 14, 2015 If you’re reading this on Friday, a rare thing is happening right now: A live reading of “The Iliad,” Homer’s epic war poem, from beginning to end. It’s taking place in London at the Almeida Theatre and the British Museum, but […]

Dear Evan Hansen: You’re going to New York

“Dear Evan Hansen,” the new musical that opened to excellent reviews earlier this month in its world premiere run at Arena Stage, is moving to New York in spring 2016. Second Stage Theatre announced Thursday that the show, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Steven Levenson, would […]

Stolen Picasso painting returned to France 14 years after theft

Fourteen years after it was stolen from a Paris museum, a Pablo Picasso painting was officially returned to France Thursday during a ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington. The painting, “La Coiffeusse,” (“The Hairdresser”) was seized from a shipping container in Newark, N.J. last December after American investigators were tipped off to its arrival. The […]

Beef jerky: Listening to Drake and Meek Mill after the smoke clears

It was a summer of rap beef with no protein. A scold and a superstar lobbed a few water-balloons at each other. You were invited to pick a side and gawk. As a digital blabfest, it was all-consuming. As actual music, quarts of milk have lasted longer. “Battle rhymes are good for the soul of […]

With ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Dr. Dre returns to the spotlight, and so do the misdeeds of his past

The first two weeks of August may as well be called The Swan Song Tour of Dr. Dre. His new movie, “Straight Outta Compton” — which opens in theaters tomorrow — tells the story of how NWA came to be, well, NWA. His album, “Compton: A Soundtrack,” which was inspired by the movie, came out Aug. 7. In […]

HBO gets ‘Sesame Street’ for the next five seasons. (Don’t freak out — PBS will still have the show, too.)

Big Bird and Elmo, meet your rich new friend, Li’l Tyrion. The non-profit producer of public television’s “Sesame Street” and HBO announced a unique and surprising partnership Thursday morning, in which the premium subscription network will air the next five seasons of the Emmy-winning, Muppet-populated educational series for children. Show More Summary

Who is that woman on Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’?

Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, “Purity,” won’t be released till Sept. 1, so we’ve still got three weeks of staring at that young woman staring back at us. But who exactly is she? Rodrigo Corral, the creative director at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is cagey. “She’s a friend of the photographer’s,” he says, “and wishes to […]

Finally, nightly Johnny Carson ‘Tonight Show’ episodes are coming to TV — but only for some people

Do you have Antenna TV? Ever heard of it?  You may want to check your channel guide, because starting Jan. 1, it’s the only place where — for the first time in decades — the world will be able to fall asleep to the dulcet tones of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” every night. Beginning on New […]

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