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How ‘True Detective’ fell from grace after just one season

Though any critically-adored show with a strong debut faces astronomical expectations for its second season, HBO’s “True Detective” – which premiered its second season on Sunday night – has experienced an unusual amount of backlash. The crime noir anthology, which last year starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as troubled cops trying to capture a […]

Kanye West once wore the Confederate flag. What does he think about it now?

What're your thoughts on Kanye runnin with the confederate flag? Classic Kanye or too much? #YEEZUS #KANYEWEST #MUSIC — Populabel (@Populabel) October 30, 2013 In 2013, Kanye West set about on what appeared to be a one-man mission to reappropriate the Confederate flag, long considered by many to be a symbol of hatred and […]

From ‘Toy Story’ to ‘Inside Out,’ see the evolution of Pixar’s real-life stars in 15 photos

It’s a celebrity dream gig: Getting the call to voice a character in a Pixar movie. Not only is the film basically guaranteed to make a gazillion dollars, but you’re immortalized in a beloved animated character. Really, who can think of Ellen DeGeneres as anyone other than Dory in “Finding Nemo”? [Review: ‘Inside Out’ mixes adventure and brain […]

The rise and reign of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”

You say goodbye, I say hey-what’s-up-hello. Because currently planted at No. 3 on the charts is Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” a monster hit love song that’s neither on its way up or down. Instead, it’s basking in that beatific state of not-going-anywhere. This song has earned its summer vacation inside our heads. Fetty first streamed […]

Bitcoin, the Brat Pack and blackness: director Rick Famuyiwa talks about ‘Dope’

Director Rick Famuyiwa is responsible for “The Wood,” “Brown Sugar,” and is currently helming the HBO movie “Confirmation,” starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill. His new film, “Dope,” a coming-of-age movie set in a modern-day Inglewood, Calif., is now in theaters. Show More Summary

Is actress and former wife of Marlon Brando Anna Kashfi Indian, British, or both? No one knows for sure.

The breadth of coverage and the reaction to Rachel Dolezal suggests she is a phenomenon. The former Spokane NAACP chapter president has held steadfast to the claim that she “identifies as black” despite the fact that her parents have said publicly that Dolezal is white and had been masquerading as a black woman for 10 […]

Read Jon Stewart’s blistering monologue about race, terrorism and gun violence after Charleston church massacre

After the massacre at historic African American church in Charleston, S.C., Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart was in no mood to tell jokes on his show Thursday night. “I have one job, and it’s a pretty simple job,” Stewart said. “I come in, in the morning, and we look at the news, and I write […]

Kristen Stewart, the celebrity who hates fame more than anything, is back in the spotlight

What’s going on with Kristen Stewart? The Internet has been asking for the last week, ever since the Sunday Mirror quoted the actress’s mother, Jules Stewart, confirming the widely circulated rumor that Kristen is dating her assistant, Alicia Cargile. From there, the whole thing spiraled as Jules denied the quotes to Us Weekly; the reporter who talked to Jules […]

Jabari Asim, tonight at Busboys and Poets with his first novel

Jabari Asim will be at the Busboys and Poets at 14th and V from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight to talk about his debut novel, “Only the Strong,” a 1970s-era tale of Midwestern city going through civil rights changes, but the “debut” bit doesn’t sound quite right. Asim, 52, is the prolific author of everything from books for toddlers […]

All eyes on Noor: Local woman wants to be first hijabi anchor on American TV

Noor Tagouri’s thick black curls spiral several inches past her shoulders. It’s easy to imagine a news director telling the reporter to cut her hair into a more broadcast-friendly bob. But Tagouri doesn’t have to worry about such a conversation. Her enviable tresses will always be covered. That’s because Tagouri is hijabi. As in, she […]

Donald Trump’s ‘Apprentice’ may never end: The odd story behind the reality show that will not be stopped

You would think that Donald Trump announcing his run for president would finally mean the end of “Celebrity Apprentice.” You would be wrong. “We will re-evaluate Trump’s role as host of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ should it become necessary, as we are committed to this franchise,” NBC said this week after Trump’s speech. You read that correctly: After […]

Santana and Neil Young aren’t coming. Untangling the great, Deadhead acid test mess

Never trust a prankster, Ken Kesey, the late author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” used to say, a credo that either spoke to his loosely formed collective’s philosophy or just sounded cool on a t-shirt. But a planned 50th anniversary celebration of Kesey’s famous acid tests – set to take place alongside the […]

Yes, prisoners used to sew lingerie for Victoria’s Secret — just like in ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 3

(This post contains spoilers about “Orange is the New Black” Season 3.) A lot of Season 3 of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” revolves around underwear. The plot line starts at the end of the fifth episode, after the private prison company that takes over Litchfield announces a “special” new job for 40 inmates: Sewing underwear for […]

Remember when Madonna used to push boundaries? Her new video proves those days are long gone.

Remember when Madonna used to push boundaries? She did it at awards shows, in interviews and especially in music videos. She burned crosses in “Like a Prayer,” gyrated in white lace for “Like a Virgin.” Offensive? Maybe. But also original and artistic. Her surreal video for “Bedtime Story,” directed by Mark Romanek, is part of MOMA’s […]

Neil Young takes aim not just at Trump, but Monsanto and Starbucks, too

Well, we’re definitely in election season, folks. Cantankerous hell-raiser and Bernie Sanders endorser Neil Young has come forward to say that he really doesn’t care for Donald Trump and doesn’t want the Republican presidential candidate using his music at campaign events. He said Trump’s campaign didn’t have permission to play his song “Rockin’ in the […]

Donald Trump’s handwritten war with the press

If Donald Trump isn’t careful, he’s going to get some serious hand cramps in the coming days. Trump has a long and storied history of writing letters — often by hand — to journalists that he believes don’t take him seriously. Now that the reality-TV personality and real-estate magnate has announced he’s running for president, […]

Watch this Minion balloon’s mesmerizing night at the museum

For a while now, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has hosted an uninvited guest on the ceiling of its Round Room: A stray Minion balloon, held in the air out of reach of the British museum’s staff by its helium innards. That balloon finally decided to come back to Earth, just after closing time when […]

Mindy Kaling shares the Hollywood secret no one will tell you about filming sex scenes

You know the drill: Whenever a Hollywood star talks about filming sex scenes for a movie or TV show, it’s generally accompanied by an eye roll and claims that it’s so weird and so awkward and there’s usually a giant dude with a camera hovering over you, gross. Mindy Kaling, however, would like to tell you […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 6, Episode 3: ‘Songs of Experience’

“It’s made up of facts. That doesn’t make it true, ” Spencer tells her mother during an intense moment on this week’s episode of “Pretty Little Liars.” This is Pretty Little Logic, in a nutshell. There are so many theories — about A’s identity, about Charles DiLaurentis — that just about anything could be true […]

Harold Augenbraum to leave National Book Foundation

Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, will step down at the end of March 2016, according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon in New York. The nonprofit organization is best known for sponsoring the annual National Book Awards, among the most prestigious literary prizes in the country. During Augenbraum’s 10 years as […]

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