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Sarah Jessica Parker is teasing ‘Sex and the City 3.’ Didn’t everyone hate the second one?

With one Instagram post, Sarah Jessica Parker has sufficiently worked the Internet into a tizzy over the possibility of a third “Sex and the City” movie. Parker posted a picture of herself trotting out of Bloomingdale’s, wearing a simple white dress and gold pumps that recalled the Halston Heritage frock she wore in “Sex and the […]

ABC’s fall schedule: A new, weirder ‘Muppets’ — but otherwise, lots of stability

TV Upfront Week usually brings lots of changes — but for ABC’s fall schedule, viewers can find comfort in the familiar. The network’s prime-time lineup will stay mostly the same, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said Tuesday afternoon in a conference call with reporters. The Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night schedules (see below) won’t be […]

1920: Cranking up the Roaring Twenties

Everybody loves the Twenties, or at least the pop-culture idea of the Twenties. Flappers, Fitzgerald, profits, sex, bootleg liquor, jazz. Former television journalist, author and self-described “non-academic historian” Eric Burns prefers a grittier motif. At the time, “the symbol of America was more accurately a kid getting up at 4 a.m. to deliver ice blocks […]

No, Jay Leno is not going to be one of the last guests on ‘Letterman’

You can always count on things to get interesting whenever Howard Stern, ever the troublemaker, pays a visit to the “Late Show,” so it wasn’t too much of a surprise last night when Stern threw this curveball at host David Letterman. After complaining about how his first appearance on the show did not result in […]

Mary Ruefle on poetry — ‘a wandering little drift of unidentified sound’

The poet Mary Ruefle knows how to put words down on the page — and how to take them away. In 2006, she published “A Little White Shadow,” a collection she “wrote” by whiting out most of the text in a 19th-century book. The few surviving words create strange and haunting poems like this: “Seven […]

Artist Michael Heizer, in the Nevada desert for 43 years, returns to New York City with a pair of $2 million rocks

He has long been viewed as a mystical cowboy artist, unyielding, unforgiving and rarely interviewed. Michael Heizer has lived for decades about as far as a man could from the glass-clinking, New York gallery set. So there was considerable excitement last week when the artist, now 70, emerged from the Nevada desert for what would […]

Stephanie Mills will join NBC’s live-action version of ‘The Wiz.’ Here’s how we’d cast the rest of the show.

Hark! The first news of casting for NBC’s next live-action musical has arrived. Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy in the 1975 Broadway production of the musical, will return as Auntie Em, according to a report by Entertainment Weekly. NBC made the announcement Monday during their upfronts presentation. The network has said that it’s looking for […]

Bobbi Kristina Brown ‘not progressing at all,’ grandmother Cissy Houston says

Cissy Houston says the condition of her granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has not changed and the 22-year-old has shown no improvement. “She’s the same, she’s not progressing at all,” Houston told Entertainment Tonight over the weekend. “She’s the same.” [Family drama, runaway rumors and the tabloid fodder of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s tragedy] Houston is the mother […]

‘American Idol’ to end next year, ‘The X Files’ to debut in midseason and more details from Fox’s fall schedule

Next year will truly bring the end of an era: “American Idol” will air its 15th and final season. The groundbreaking singing competition series, which paved the way for so many other reality shows over the last decade, has plans to air a “season-long celebratory event,” Fox announced Monday when revealing its fall schedule for the […]

‘Pericles’ and a Posner ‘Merchant’ adaptation for Folger in 2015-16

The Folger Theatre will shake up its Shakespeare in 2015-16 with everything from a premiere piece using Elizabeth I’s words to a new “retelling” of “The Merchant of Venice” by Aaron Posner, lately branded as an adaptor of Anton Chekhov (“Stupid F-ing Bird,” “Life Sucks”). The lineup: “texts and beheadings/Elizabeth R” (Sept. 19-Oct 4), created […]

‘Mad Men': Matt Weiner’s ‘Milk and Honey’ meditation on motherhood

This post contains details about the episode of “Mad Men” that aired May 10.  One of the most memorable images of Betty Draper is from season one of “Mad Men.” In “Shoot,” we eventually encounter Betty standing in her yard in Rye, N.Y., in a pale pink dressing down, grasping a child’s BB gun, cigarette hanging […]

How Sofia Vergara picked up Carmen Miranda’s legacy — and ran with it

It’s been more than 70 years since Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda rose to fame as the “Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat,” becoming one of the highest-paid actresses of the 1940s and encouraging Americans to try bananas in the process. Now, another Latina, Sofia Vergara, has held fast to the mantle of highest-paid […]

‘Revenge’ dies: An obituary for a once-great show that quickly went downhill

“Revenge,” a once-promising, deliciously drama-filled ABC primetime series about a woman avenging her father’s death by taking down the rich and famous of the Hamptons, died on Sunday night. It was four seasons old. Causes of death were...Show More Summary

‘Game of Thrones’ recap, season 5 episode 5: ‘Kill the boy’ and watch out for those Stone Men

A new location, a new kind-of-undead menace, a rare Drogon sighting, a coming battle for Winterfell and a romance angle that feels completely tacked on. We’re now officially at the halfway point of the season. Here are the five biggest takeaways from Sunday’s episode. [Related: Alyssa Rosenberg reviews this week’s episode] 1. Is Khaleesi back? […]

Do ‘Good Wife’ stars Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi hate each other? Inside the Alicia-Kalinda conspiracy.

During “The Good Wife” sixth season finale on Sunday night, attorney Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) had a scene together. In the same room. If you say “who cares?” then you’re not one of the many “Good Wife” viewers wrapped up in one of the most intriguing television mysteries of our time: […]

Artist Chris Burden, once nailed to a car, later creator of iconic Los Angeles sculpture, dies at 69

Chris Burden, first known as a performance artist willing to be shot for his work, later for crafting sculptures that ranged from elaborate working machines to iconic monuments, died of malignant melanoma Sunday at 69. His death came as a surprise to most, as he had kept his battle largely secret. And it came not […]

On the next episode of AMC’s ‘Mad Men': Say goodbye to those nonsensical previews

“Look at me.” “You’re talking to yourself.” “What are you doing here?” “Somebody you wanna meet?” “I’m not gonna back out of that.” “Stop brushing your hair!” “Go away!” If you’ve ever heard the phrase “on the next episode of AMC’s ‘Mad Men’,” then you know the footage that follows is more confusing than any subplot on […]

NBC’s fall schedule: ‘Heroes Reborn’ on Thursdays, Neil Patrick Harris variety show joins ‘The Voice’ on Tuesdays

NBC is banking on “Heroes”  — and no, this isn’t 2006. “Heroes Reborn,” the reboot of the former hit sci-fi series, will anchor the all-important Thursday nights at 8 p.m., followed by “The Blacklist,” the network announced Sunday when revealing its fall schedule for the 2015-2016 TV season. Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris’s much-anticipated variety series (titled […]

Will ‘The Good Wife’ be renewed? Creators respond and break down the Season 6 finale.

The creators of “The Good Wife,” the CBS legal drama often named one of the best shows on television, have some thoughts about Sunday night’s upcoming finale. But before we get to anything, is this going to be a situation where we get an insane cliffhanger and then a network mercilessly cancels a show? After all, CBS […]

The 8 styles of prom book covers

My own high school prom was a dry, cheap, chaste affair, but if you’re the parent of a teenager this month, you may be facing bills — and anxieties — that rival buying a car. When my daughter went to prom, a few years ago, I was stunned by the attendant costs and rituals (hair preparation […]

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