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‘Justified': All-time top 11 quotes — all killer, no filler

PLOT SPOILERS, BUT ONLY IF YOU’RE A WEEK BEHIND. Dialogue, that’s the thing that has given “Justified” its pop over the past six years. It was the particular gift of Elmore Leonard, the legendary novelist whose work is the basis for the show, to make crime and violence … funny. Without trying to be. He […]

How newspapers covered Abraham Lincoln’s assassination 150 years ago

Before you bemoan the current state of media, why don’t we apply modern-day best practices to a historic event and see how well journalists of yesteryear fared? Just check out how the news media covered one of the most infamous moments in American history: President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. The way we deliver catastrophic […]

The last words Abraham Lincoln heard

Hear round-the-clock presentations today and tomorrow  about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination where it happened.  Ford’s Theatre is hosting a one-act play, ranger lectures and first-person accounts of what it was like to be there the night Lincoln was shot. On Wednesday, Ford’s will lay a wreath at precisely 7:22 a.m., marking the moment the president […]

Smithsonian plans to reopen renovated Arts and Industries Building in the fall

The Smithsonian hopes to reopen its historic Arts and Industries Building next fall for short-term exhibitions and programs, Acting Secretary Albert Horvath said Monday. “We want to get life back into the building,” Horvath said during an update on Smithsonian activities that followed a day-long meetings of the Board of Regents meeting. “It’s a beautiful, […]

Playing the sport of kings without becoming a pauper

Maryland auctioneer Steve Dance spent Sunday afternoon at an event that harkened back to his grandfather’s era — employing his galloping chant to auction off steeplechase horses, the thoroughbreds that race over jumps. Sunday’s unusual sale under a tent in the rolling valleys north of Baltimore aimed to boost one of the mid-Atlantic region’s rural […]

Why Coachella is the best place to cement your celebrity couple status

There’s something about Coachella and celebrity couples. Maybe it’s the spring weather, maybe it’s the music — but every year like clockwork, star duos are out in full force at the California music festival. Over the years, it’s also been a place where couples occasionally make their debut in public. “Vampire Diaries” co-stars Ian Somerhalder […]

Anne Tyler on Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist

Anne Tyler and Sarah Waters are among the writers shortlisted for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, announced Monday in London. The six books competing for the $44,000 prize are: “Outline,” by Rachel Cusk. “The Bees,” by Laline Paull. “A God in Every Stone,” by Kamila Shamsie. “How to be Both,” by Ali Smith. “A Spool […]

Madonna does what Madonna does, which now includes basically inhaling Drake

At some point, one of Madonna’s underlings has got to pull her aside and lay it on her. “It” should probably go something like this: “Girl. Gurl. What are you doing?” As the latest evidence, we submit Coachella 2015: The Kiss of Life. Kudos to Madonna for finding a way to punctuate an otherwise ho-hum Coachella, […]

How ‘Silicon Valley’ said goodbye to the late Christopher Evan Welch

When the hilarious character actor Christopher Evan Welch died suddenly while filming season one of “Silicon Valley,” the writers had to come up with a quick solution for what to do with his character, the socially awkward angel investor Peter Gregory. So they threw a Band-Aid on the problem: Peter disappeared from the action to oversee […]

Gwyneth Paltrow’s food stamp challenge is the most Gwyneth Paltrow thing ever

Gwyneth, oh Gwyneth. So, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Gwyneth Paltrow has made some people upset. Again. This time, she was trying to do something noble — and notably difficult. But things are never that easy for the celebrity everyone loves to hate. First things first: In an effort to bring attention to the […]

Maybe — just maybe — we won’t destroy Earth

As a species, human beings have been dazzlingly successful, but from this point on the secret to our survival may lie in being less successful. That’s the argument Charles C. Mann makes in the new issue of Adbusters, the lavishly grim bimonthly magazine from Vancouver. In an essay called “State of the Species,” Mann considers the judgment of the […]

MTV Movie Awards: 10 things you missed, from Amy Schumer to Rebel Wilson to Kevin Hart

Another year of the ridiculousness at the MTV Movie Awards? Done and done. Here are 10 things you missed from the network’s annual parade of movie stars, which at times felt like a commercial for “Pitch Perfect 2? and/or the new “Avengers” movie. If you care about the actual winners, the complete list is below: Once […]

Shailene Woodley made John Green cry at the MTV Movie Awards — here’s what she said

The MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night kicked off on a pretty emotional note (not counting host Amy Schumer’s slightly vulgar monologue jokes). First, “Furious 7? star Vin Diesel looked a little teary as he gave a shout-out to his beloved friend, the late Paul Walker. Minutes later, Shailene Woodley took the stage to accept her award […]

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Saying one goodbye in the season 5 premiere

Note: This is a recap, so it very obviously contains “spoilers.” The night may be dark and full of terrors, but at least for the next 10 Sundays they will involve new episodes of “Game of Thrones.” When last season ended we were rocked by the death of Tywin Lannister and confused by whatever was […]

What have you seen that actor from ‘Wolf Hall’ in before?

He looks really familiar. This thought will occur to you again and again while watching “Wolf Hall,” the methodically-paced, quietly thrilling costume drama on PBS. The miniseries is teeming with impressive British thespians, but — where is it you know them from? You know you know the faces, but it can be so hard to tell […]

John Dickerson will be the new host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS

This week, veteran CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer announced that he would retire from hosting “Face the Nation.” Today on the show, it was revealed that John Dickerson, the political director for the network, will take his place this summer. “Now the obvious question is, who’s going to take this seat? I’m happy to say the […]

Cookie Lyon meets Cookie Monster on (SNL’s) ‘Sesame Street’

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson made her “Saturday Night Live” debut as a QVC host, a lawyer, a baseball player and a pink-haired Nicki Minaj. But her best role all night was when the writers let her play the character that is making her a household name. Fur-wrapped, finder-pointing and sassy, Cookie Lyon came out […]

Rapper Nelly arrested on drug charges

Rap star Nelly was arrested Saturday morning on meth- and marijuana-related charges in Tennessee. Nelly and six other people were driving through the state on their way to St. Louis, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. The “Country Grammar” and “Hot in Herre” artist was born in that city – as Cornell Haynes – and he was […]

‘Justified’s’ Joelle Carter: Talking (but not telling!) about the finale

Actress Joelle Carter has been everybody’s favorite femme fatale in “Justified” for six years and 78 episodes. As the FX cult-favorite series comes to an end on Tuesday, the fate of her character, Ava, is still in question — she’s caught halfway between Boyd and Raylan. Carter, 42, has an offscreen life that doesn’t much […]

Jon Hamm was an awful frat guy. He could be a great anti-bullying advocate now.

You might not have noticed, but we have been lacking something in the debate that’s raged this past year over the ominous aspects of fraternity culture: a qualified celebrity spokesman. Now, finally, we might have one — if Jon Hamm is willing to take up the cause. I can understand if Hamm wants to put […]

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