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Jesse Eisenberg doesn’t like doing press. That’s fine. But Comic-Con is a different sort of beast.

Jesse Eisenberg has been called socially awkward, but his description of his experience at San Diego Comic-Con has people throwing another word around: jerk. “It is like being screamed at by thousands of people,” Eisenberg told the Associated Press Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I […]

African Art Museum director ‘in difficult place’ with Bill Cosby allegations

Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s undersecretary for history, art and culture, spoke with The Washington Post Tuesday about the ongoing controversy over the allegations against Bill Cosby, and the display of art owned by Cosby and his wife, Camille, at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Kurin stressed the Smithsonian’s commitment not to remove exhibitions once […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap: Season 6, Episode 6: ‘No Stone Unturned’

Another week on “Pretty Little Liars,” another A theory presented enthusiastically and then dismantled like those creepy dolls A is always leaving around. The episode title, “Leave No Stone Unturned,” refers to Lesli Stone, Mona’s mysterious frenemy, who was revealed to have spent a good deal of time at Radley.  The Liars spent much of […]

Whoopi Goldberg now thinks the information against Bill Cosby ‘kinda points to guilt’

After a legal expert explained how the statute of limitations works in rape cases on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg reversed her position on Bill Cosby and now says the information against Cosby “kinda points to guilt.” Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for ABC News, appeared on “The View” Tuesday and explained that for nearly all of […]

Here are 8 types of people who keep getting second chances in Hollywood

Hollywood is a surprisingly forgiving town given how hard it is to break into the industry. What does it take to get blacklisted? Apparently nothing, other than maybe spouting off anti-Semitic comments (looking at you, Mel Gibson). Otherwise not even a resume filled with box office flops will stop an actor from getting work. And […]

Lena Dunham announces ‘Goop meets Grantland’ millennial newsletter

Lena Dunham is starting a newsletter targeted at millennials, titled Lenny, that will cover everything from feminism to style to politics to health. The tagline is “An email newsletter where there’s no such thing as too much information.” According to The Cut, Lenny’s mission statement reads: “Lenny is your over sharing Internet friend who will yell […]

Robin Givhan at NYFWM: Victor Cruz, Dwayne Wade serve as ambassadors; Chapter, Eponymovs, Kenneth Ning and more show fashions

Robin Givhan, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer-winning fashion critic, is covering New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Follow along as she makes her way from runway to runway. Follow her on Twitter: @robingivhan and Vine: @RobinGivhan. Ok #NYFWM. Show More Summary

Behind the scenes of 50 Cent vs. Rick Ross: How a lucrative rap beef may end up costing Fiddy

Does anyone have real rap beefs anymore these days, or are they just orchestrated to the mutual benefit of both parties involved? The one between Rick Ross and 50 Cent is definitely real now. And the feud, as well as 50’s own inability to curb his spiteful misogyny, might end up costing Fiddy millions of […]

New York Fashion Week: Men’s has all the trappings of success. But can the designers deliver?

NEW YORK — At the entrance to Amazon’s sprawling production studios in Williamsburg — the Brooklyn neighborhood that has become urban shorthand for “hipster makeover “– black letters on a industrial steel gray backdrop announce that this is the kick-off reception to New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Technically spanning only four days rather than a […]

Sorry Justin Timberlake, Nick Lachey might actually be the most impressive former boy-band star

There’s no real debate about which ’90s-era boy band member is the most successful. Obviously it’s ‘N Sync’s Justin Timberlake, the celebrity with hugely popular solo albums, movie appearances, magazine covers and beloved “Saturday Night Live” hosting gigs. Show More Summary

Harper Lee gets a Harry Potter welcome: They lined up at midnight. Would ‘Watchman’ let them down?

No one wore a Boo Radley costume, and everyone is nervous. Will they remember this night as the moment they were there or the moment that ruined it all? Their childhoods, their choice of professions, their visions of right and wrong — it all seemed to hang on the pages of “Go Set A Watchman.” A dozen […]

After Huffington Post revelations, ex-Runaways bassist Jackie Fox responds to former bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie

In a damning, graphic, and disturbing report released last week, the Huffington Post narrated the story of how Runaways founder Kim Fowley raped the band’s former bassist Jackie Fuchs as her bandmates, Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, 16 and 17 years old respectively, watched. In 1975, when Fuchs was 16, a roadie gave her Quaaludes and instructed […]

Our burning questions about 50 Cent’s bankruptcy

The news that rapper 50 Cent (whose real name is Curtis Jackson) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday has us scratching our heads. In May, Forbes reported that Fiddy was worth an estimated $155 million. He has multiple income streams; his music, partnership with Effen Vodka, SMS headphones and stake in Frigo underwear all help him rake in money. […]

Kennedy Center, Smithsonian celebrate anniversaries of landmark programs for the disabled

The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution team up this month to celebrate the anniversaries of two landmark programs for disabled Americans. The July 15-26 celebration  honors the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA, a program founded by Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and arts education […]

What famous landmark will Taylor Swift Instagram in D.C.? We have some guesses.

Anyone with even the vaguest knowledge of Taylor Swift knows she loves a good Instagram picture. As the pop star arrives in Washington on Monday for her first of two shows at Nationals Park on her 1989 World Tour, we can’t help but think there are plenty of scenic, historically significant places that Swift might stop […]

Chris Tucker takes on taxes, Michael Jackson and church flies in his new comedy special

Chris Tucker has a habit of disappearing for long stretches and resurfacing to remind you just how much you missed him, only to steal away again. Brett Ratner once estimated the “Rush Hour” funny man turned down nearly $100 million worth of projects. “It’s probably about that much,” Tucker told the Interrobang comedy podcast. “But I’ve got […]

‘Game of Thrones’ actors confront the show’s portrayal of rape at Comic-Con

The audience member hadn’t finished his question, but Sophie Turner was already sighing, loudly, into her microphone. Her “Game of Thrones” castmates scowled, crossed their arms and leaned back in their chairs. The questioner started to stutter. “I was wondering,” he said, “why you thought it was, sorry I’m not like putting you on the spot, […]

The mystery of Dorothy’s missing ruby slippers: Solve it, and you’ll get $1 million

They are the shoes famous for the phrase “There’s no place like home.” Just close your eyes, Dorothy, and click your heels three times. Your heels, Dorothy, where are your heels? Nearly 10 years ago, someone stole the famous “Wizard of Oz” ruby slippers from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn.  There’s surely no place like […]

Paging hair and makeup! Ben Affleck makes his first public appearance since splitting with Jennifer Garner — at Comic-Con.

Maybe there’s still a little magic left in Hollywood after all. Praise be to the hair and makeup infantry, whose efforts can erase years and add, if nothing else, the illusion that everything in your life if coming up roses, even if the exact opposite is actually the case. They are Hollywood’s miracle workers, and […]

“The Island” is off for good at MetroStage

MetroStage’s remount of Athol Fugard’s “The Island,” postponed after a handful of performances this spring and announced for a return this week, has been cancelled. The drama is about two prisoners locked up at South Africa’s Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for years, and the production was plagued by injuries: Doug Brown cut […]

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