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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 […]

Dixie Chicks are headed to Europe again. When will they return to America?

In a time when gender wars wage in Nashville, the most famous all-female country band in history is going back on tour…in Europe. For the first time since Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines uttered the 12 words at a London concert in 2003 that torpedoed their career (“We’re ashamed that the President of the United […]

With plots wrapped up, where will ‘Pitch Perfect 3? and ‘Maleficent 2? go next?

Well, this is turning out to be a big week for sequel news. Not only are Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson returning for “Pitch Perfect 3,” which will come out sometime in 2017, but Disney has commissioned a sequel to “Maleficent” from screenwriter Linda Woolverton. Kendrick confirmed the news with an Instagram post Monday. We […]

Pop-Up Pop Podcast: Why the song of the summer still matters

For pop music enthusiasts, the annual argument over the song of the summer isn’t just a bunch of hot air. It’s a debate about how we experience music as a collective public during a season when music returns to its original audio format: the air. Read my essay on why I think this summertime spat […]

Why Ruby Rose became the breakout star of ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 3

(This post contains spoilers about “Orange is the New Black” Season 3.) Because “Orange is the New Black” can’t really change scenery, the show relies on buzzy guest stars to spice things up at Litchfield. Last year, Lorraine Toussaint’s manipulative, vengeful Vee terrorized the inmates with a riveting story line. And now we’ve got Ruby Rose, […]

Hillary Clinton is owning the joke about her fashion choices — and it’s working

Hillary Clinton, candidate for president, has been making jokes about fashion. They have not exactly been rib-cracking laugh lines, but they have been knowing, droll, even a bit silly. But mostly, they have not been defensive. Instead, Clinton has gone on the offensive by finding humor in her fashion foibles and beauty regimen. Sometimes she […]

More from Dave Chappelle: The comedian talks Hannibal Buress, Bill Cosby and the PC police

Comedian Dave Chappelle, creator of the much-loved “Chappelle’s Show,” sat down Sunday for an interview with the Washington Post after addressing the graduating class of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, his alma mater. It was the first time, Chappelle said, he’d been asked to give a commencement speech. “This was great for me […]

Shameik Moore, the breakout star of ‘Dope,’ nearly squandered the biggest opportunity of his career. Here’s how he recovered.

When Shameik Moore, star of the the much buzzed-about teen movie “Dope,” first read for the part of Malcolm in Los Angeles, the impression he left was … not great. In fact, it was a dud. Director Rick Famuyiwa was worried. When he and his producing partners, Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, shopped the […]

Does ‘Jurassic World’ remind you of ‘Blackfish’? How a dinosaur movie tackled animal rights.

(This post contains spoilers about “Jurassic World.”) Several days ago, a picture of Steven Spielberg in front of a dead triceratops on the “Jurassic Park” set went viral when it appeared author Joyce Carol Oates fired off an angry tweet about the “barbaric” act. Oates was actually kidding; but last summer, that same photo blew up when concerned […]

‘Game of Thrones’ recap, season 5 episode 10: ‘Mother’s Mercy’ and a big body count

Ready to talk about the season five finale of “Game of Thrones?” If you’re a book fan, be sure to check out Alyssa Rosenberg’s review. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the five key takeaways from Sunday’s action-packed, cliffhangeriffic episode, “Mother’s Mercy.” In fact, we better make it six takeaways. 1. Jon Snow is dead (maybe) Jon spent […]

Done with ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 3 already? Let’s discuss.

Done with “Orange Is the New Black” Season 3 already? Congratulations! Not sure what to do now? We understand – so let’s relive all the craziness. Here’s a recap of the last half of the third season, including the best quotes, most memorable scenes and some of the craziest things that happened in each episode. (Read […]

Exclusive: Dave Chappelle won’t be making jokes about Rachel Dolezal anytime soon. Here’s why.

Anyone who remembers great comedy from 2003-2006 remembers “Chappelle’s Show,” Dave Chappelle’s eponymous sketch program that aired for two glorious seasons on Comedy Central. One of his most memorable conceits was the racial draft, in which various groups selected multi-ethnic celebrities before they could get snatched up — for example, the black delegation used their […]

Australian guitarist and singer Courtney Barnett gets grungy and gnarly at 930 Club

Courtney Barnett’s records exude a sly charm, a placid but alert authority. Over shifty beds of low-key indie rock, the Australian guitarist and singer unspools word strings can feel somnolent, but are always sharply drawn. Her deadpan vocals are mostly unconcerned with melody, yet beckon, pulling at both the mind and the heart. But onstage […]

Bristol Palin vs. Miley Cyrus. Thanks to the Internet, now you have to hear about this.

Here’s one way to get the world’s attention: Pose naked for a magazine. It worked for Demi Moore, it worked for Kim Kardashian, and now, even though it seems we’ve seen all of her already, it’s working for Disney-teenybopper-turned-offensive-icon Miley Cyrus. As you’ve probably heard or viewed by now, Paper magazine photographed a nude Cyrus covered […]

‘Jurassic World’ scores second-highest opening weekend ever at the box office

Prepare your dinosaur puns: The lukewarmly reviewed addition to the “Jurassic Park” franchise tore apart box-office records this weekend with its $204.6 million opening haul. The dino-driven film now falls squarely between the two Avengers movies’ records for opening weekend success. Show More Summary

‘Where my murderers at?’ How Jeff Ross and Comedy Central tried to make incarceration funny.

Jeff Ross is on stage in a fedora and a snakeskin blazer, microphone at the ready. He looks out into his audience, and they’re all dressed in orange. Jumpsuit orange. “Alright,” he says, teeing up for his first joke. “Where my murderers at?” The crowd cheers — and four hands go up. Performing for murderers […]

Eight scenes from ‘Jurassic World’ that are totally unrealistic — and we have no problem with the dinosaurs

“Jurassic World” is not “Selma.” We don’t need to debate how realistic it is because, well, it’s about a theme park filled with dinosaurs. And yet, there are still moments in “Jurassic World” that are so overtly fake, they become impossible to ignore. A woman outrunning a T. rex is one thing. But a woman […]

Source attack blows minds (relax — it’s new plays about bad media habits)

The media circus around a fictional L.A. terror attack is the subject of Timothy Guillot’s “The Word and the Wasteland,” but the play isn’t the only thing — not the way the Source Festival runs these days. You can catch a six-pack of 10-minute plays and a mixed-media mashup on media/digital discontents, and the deep […]

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