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Jennifer Weiner talks ‘women’s’ fiction, celebrity feminism and ‘The Bachelor’ (Q&A)

Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner didn’t set out to add the title of “Funniest ‘Bachelor’ live-tweeter” to her list of accomplishments. But ever since the fateful day in 2009 when she wrote “Jason Mesnick is a tool” on her Facebook page and got 500 responses in two minutes, that inadvertently became her hobby. Between entertaining thousands with her […]

How powerful is a Jon Stewart book plug? Ask his wife.

Oh, to be a writer married to Jon Stewart. Writers unattached to Jon Stewart dream of appearing on “The Daily Show.” A short segment can turn anonymity into immortality and bottom-of-the-list Amazon sales into a bolt to the top. Before departing this week, Stewart gave one final plug to a book close to his heart.  […]

Jon Stewart’s penultimate ‘Daily Show’ episode is basically a Louis C.K. comedian lovefest

You can definitely tell “The Daily Show” staff is devoting all its energy to the final show on Thursday. Jon Stewart’s penultimate episode Wednesday was mostly a “Daily Show” clip job of Stewart’s takedowns and funny sounds he’s made over the years. Then, it was an interview with Louis C.K., which basically turned into a comedian […]

Idris Elba is the first man on the cover of Maxim. He probably won’t be the last.

Well, one thing is certain: this is no longer the Maxim of your adolescence. Wednesday, the magazine best known for its Hot 100 — a shameless annual list of the women it deems the world’s sexiest — debuted its first cover solely featuring a male model, actor Idris Elba (the magazine previously featured Tony Parker […]

Smithsonian African Art director breaks silence on Cosby exhibition controversy

Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, has made her first substantial public comment on the controversy surrounding the museum’s controversial exhibition of art from the collection of Bill and Camille Cosby. Writing on the Web site The Root, Cole defended keeping the collection on view, even as allegations of sexual […]

Newseum acquires Jon Stewart’s anchor desk following final taping of ‘The Daily Show’

The Newseum will acquire the set of “The Daily Show” following Thursday’s final taping of Jon Stewart’s popular late-night show, museum officials said. The anchor desk, globe and props from the show will become part of the permanent collection after Stewart ends his 16-year run. Stewart first hosted the Comedy Central show in 1999 and […]

Do you color-code your books? You showed us with #waposhelfie.

So what the heck do your books mean to you? Sacred sources of wisdom? Memories? Or decorative accessories? A growing trend in the design world is organizing shelves of books by color, called color blocking. Obviously, there’s a lot of opinions on this, and we got that when we ran a photo of a gorgeous house […]

How ‘Indecision 2000? changed everything for Jon Stewart and ‘The Daily Show’

Six days after Election Day 2000, the American political climate was in chaos. That night on “The Daily Show” – as had become tradition – Jon Stewart astutely summed things up as the government scrambled to figure out whether George W. Bush or Al Gore would be the next president. “We’re still in the middle […]

NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’ has its Dorothy, and Queen Latifah will play the Wiz

Maybe we won’t have to hate-watch this after all. If NBC keeps following the trend line of its live musical productions — that is, each slightly less horrible than the last — there’s a solid chance that maybe it won’t make a complete mess of “The Wiz Live!” The network announced today that it has […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 6, Episode 9: ‘Last Dance’

I’ll admit it: senior prom ended up being better than I expected. I got a little verklempt seeing our girls make it to his high school milestone and I appreciated their A+ fashion game. The obligatory cliffhanger ending was made palatable by some genuine surprises along the way. The best of these was Veronica Hastings and the rest […]

Yes, those ‘Daily Show’ field pieces are real, and no, the people featured don’t regret it

“The Daily Show” is spilling all sorts of behind-the-scenes secrets before Jon Stewart signs off for good this week, and on Tuesday night, the show answered one of the most commonly-asked questions: Seriously, are those people in the field pieces real? You know the ones: Where the correspondents go out and interview people who say things like […]

Kelly Osbourne in trouble for offensive comment on TV — after she criticized Giuliana Rancic for the same thing

Remember a few months ago when Kelly Osbourne not only publicly shamed Giuliana Rancic for her offensive comment on “Fashion Police,” but quit in protest? Now Osbourne knows how Rancic may have felt. While appearing on “The View” Tuesday,...Show More Summary

Designer Arnold Scaasi dressed first ladies, celebrities and socialites. How? In feminine shapes, bold colors and sheer pants.

Over the course of a career that lasted more than 50 years, designer Arnold Scaasi dressed both first ladies and celebrities and his greatest skill may very well have been in never blurring the line between the two very different kinds of fame. Scaasi, 85, died early Tuesday morning in New York, according to family […]

University names first director of Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

George Washington University has appointed Sanjit Sethi as the first director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, which became part of the university’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences last year. Sethi comes to Washington from the Santa Fe Art Institute, where he has served as director for the past two years. […]

Important feud update: Taylor Swift and Kanye West are friends now

Oh, celebrities — always feuding, whether slamming each other during interviews or throwing passive aggressive shade via Twitter. It’s hard to keep track, so it’s always a relief when one officially ends for good: And as of Tuesday, that includes the epic feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. No, really, it’s true: We have […]

Ice-T, Coco and the enduring weirdness of daytime television

There are some pretty amazing oddities out there if you turn on the television at noon on a weekday. As of Monday, that included a puppy fashion show on the debut episode of “Ice and Coco,” a new syndicated daytime talk show starring actor/rapper Ice-T and his wife, model Coco Austin. Daytime television is a tough business: […]

Jon Stewart tells Amy Schumer she made the right call turning down ‘Daily Show’ hosting job

To kick off his final week after 16 years of hosting “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart started with a segment about the Koch brothers and then ripped Fox News Channel for calling him a “tool of the Obama administration” without backing up their claims. He then tried to sign off with a mic drop/explosion graphic…and remembered […]

Jon Stewart’s friends, enemies and frenemies through the years on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart is famous for a lot of things after 16 years on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” but one legacy will certainly be — his takedowns. It quickly became clear after Stewart took over as host: You didn’t want to be on his bad side. However, as scathing as Stewart could be, he also had some […]

Boston Symphony Orchestra extends contract for music director Andris Nelsons

Earlier this year, the chatter in the classical music world was whether Andris Nelsons, the young Latvian conductor who had re-invigorated the Boston Symphony Orchestra, would be selected to lead the Berlin Philharmonic. A fake Tweet even announced he got the job. He didn’t. And today, the BSO announced that Nelsons, who is 36, has […]

How has Tom Cruise’s public image impacted ‘Mission: Impossible’ box office numbers?

It’s always tough for an actor with a dramatic personal life: Can the public separate their real persona from the characters they play? Tom Cruise, a polarizing figure known for his off-screen drama, has faced that dilemma multiple times. That includes this weekend, when “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” hit theaters. The film raked in $56 million, one of […]

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