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Kids, your cool Coachella outfit is just another way you’ve sold out to The Man

This weekend, thousands of concertgoers are flocking to the Coachella music festival, and, they are, once again, turning the California desert into a pulsing mass of fringe, suede and macramé. Check your Instagram or Facebook feed over the next several days, and you’re bound to catch a glimpse of these nouveau flower-children. Maybe Gigi Hadid […]

Why you should hate Record Store Day and love these records

My distaste has nothing to do with the product. Records are, along with hardcover books, stick shifts, and the Lettura 22, our last stand against the shimmering hologram that has become our modern industrial entertainment complex. The issue is why we need to focus on the third Saturday of April. Record store day should be […]

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is back, but the first season may seem crueler than you remember

The second season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” debuts on Netflix on Friday, which will no doubt send viewers on a binge-watching spree to either re-watch Season 1 or catch up on episodes they missed. Ellie Kemper stars as the titular character, who spent 15 years with three other women trapped in a bunker by a deranged […]

Frank Langella in the disappointingly prosaic ‘The Father’

NEW YORK — One holds out hope for the longest time during the 90 minutes of “The Father” that Florian Zeller’s gimmicky disease play about aging and dementia, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, is going to become something more textured and memorable. But the lights come down on this hokey one-dimensional drama before anything of […]

The books Americans want removed from libraries

Explicit sexuality, offensive language, homosexuality, a religious viewpoint: Those are a few of the common objections to the 10 most-challenged books of 2015, according to the American Library Association’s latest “State of America’s Libraries” report. Show More Summary

Ivo van Hove’s stirring ‘A View from the Bridge’ coming to the Kennedy Center

The acclaimed Broadway revival of “A View from the Bridge,” directed by Ivo van Hove, will be stopping at the Kennedy Center this fall for a two-week run, the center announced on Thursday. The engagement, produced by the Centre Theatre Group of Los Angeles — where the play will be presented before touring to Washington […]

Has ‘Orphan Black’ become too confusing for its own good?

Have no idea what’s going on with the plot on BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” even though you’ve watched every episode? You’re not alone. “I have no clue what’s happening,” lead actress Tatiana Maslany laughed to the Toronto Star this week. “It’s kind of embarrassing. I obviously understand emotionally, in a certain way, what’s going on and what needs […]

The lawyers who beat the ‘Happy Birthday’ copyright are taking on ‘We Shall Overcome’

The song that inspired one of America’s greatest freedom fights is now the subject of a battle over its own liberty. A California nonprofit on Tuesday filed a class-action lawsuit against a pair of businesses over the copyright to “We Shall Overcome,” a song the Library of Congress calls “the most powerful song of the […]

National Museum of Women in the Arts to host exhibition from Rubell Collection

Three dozen women artists explore images of the female body in a cross-generational exhibition, “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection,” coming to the National Museum of Women in the Arts this fall. Organized by the Rubell Family Collection, one of the world’s largest privately-owned contemporary art collections, the exhibit features sculptures […]

Joe Pesci’s recent advice to Louis C.K.: Stop doing stand-up, you’re not funny

It’s hard to find a comedian in Hollywood with more of a reputation for hilarity than Louis C.K., but actor Joe Pesci just isn’t impressed. C.K.’s interview with Howard Stern Monday mostly made the rounds because he revealed that he’s millions in debt after fronting the money for his new web series, “Horace and Pete.” But let’s not […]

After a shocking death on ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ fans are questioning how the show treats characters of color

“Sleepy Hollow” angered many fans on Friday night when the Fox show killed off one half of its lead duo during its third season finale. The show’s two main stars are Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills, who together are known as the Witnesses. Amid on ongoing conversations about the frequent deaths of minority […]

Will people keep watching ‘The Mindy Project’ after this week’s bold twist?

(This post contains spoilers about the April 12 episode of “The Mindy Project.”) “The Mindy Project,” which returns with the second half of Season 4 on Tuesday, joined the the elite “saved by a streaming service” club last spring when Fox gave it the ax and Hulu swooped in for the rescue. The good news: The show still exists! […]

The Holy Bible, ‘Two Boys Kissing’ and the other most-challenged books of 2015

Explicit sexuality, offensive language, homosexuality, a religious viewpoint: Those are a few of the common objections to the 10 most-challenged books of 2015, according to the American Library Association’s latest “State of America’s Libraries” report. Show More Summary

He lost the Masters, but Jordan Spieth’s athletic grace can inspire us all

We usually think of athletic grace as a physical quality — Roger Federer’s light-footed dance across the tennis court, say, or Steph Curry’s supple ball control and airy leaps to the rim. But in watching the Masters golf tournament slip away from him this past weekend, former champion Jordan Spieth showed us elegance of another […]

Fashion got Michael Kors out into the world. What he saw made him decide to give back.

Fashion has been very good to Michael Kors. Over the last 35 years, the designer has made himself a nice little fortune by turning his daydreams about Aspen, Montauk, sporty socialites, minimalism and cashmere into a billion-dollar fashion empire. He has built a fine life with a handsome husband, a client list that includes Michelle Obama, […]

Five reasons the ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival needed Melissa McCarthy

The “Gilmore Girls” fandom breathed a collective sigh of relief this weekend when news broke that Melissa McCarthy will be returning for the show’s Netflix revival. McCarthy, whose career skyrocketed after “Gilmore” ended, made the announcement on Ellen DeGeneres’s show. McCarthy makes it sound as if the reason she was not signed on until now […]

Melissa McCarthy’s worst movies have something in common

Melissa McCarthy is a hilarious comedian, and she also seems like a nice, grounded lady, which makes her latest amusement-free movie all the more disappointing. We want to root for the actress, but there’s no way around it: “The Boss” is a letdown. The premise had enough promise. McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, the 47th-wealthiest woman in […]

MTV Movie Awards throw shade at the Oscars and 9 other moments you missed

The MTV Movie Awards strive to be the polar opposite of the Oscars. It’s safe to say that, like every year, the 2016 ceremony definitely accomplished that goal – and not only in the diversity of its nominees. If you missed the annual show on Sunday night, here are 10 moments that sum up the […]

Al Sharpton helps SNL make fun of Al Sharpton

Russell Crowe hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and was as dry as burnt toast. You can watch some of his skits if you’re in the mood for a good yawn, but there’s not many to catch up on. NBC, perhaps realizing Crowe’s serious acting persona doesn’t make for good comedy, only let him appear […]

Merle Haggard’s too-good-to-be-true story about Johnny Cash? It really happened.

As tributes to the late Merle Haggard continue to roll in, one anecdote keeps coming up: That time Haggard was an inmate at San Quentin and saw Johnny Cash perform one of his famous prison concerts. Haggard devotees often point to that as a turning point for the hard-living country music star. Haggard’s teenage years were a […]

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