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CMT Music Awards: Best and worst moments; Tim McGraw wins in an upset

In a huge CMT Music Awards shocker, Carrie Underwood did not win for video of the year. Seriously! Underwood, who has won the show’s most coveted trophy six out of the last nine years, lost to Tim McGraw. It’s a little unfair though, because McGraw’s emotional video for “Humble and Kind” used footage from an […]

What should we expect from ‘The Americans’ going forward? ‘Breaking Bad’ might offer a clue.

Note: This post contains details about the Season 4 finale of “The Americans” — and, for what it’s worth, some details about “Breaking Bad.” “The Americans” is undeniably one of the best shows on television, but fans of the FX drama may have been holding their collective breaths for a moment that didn’t come in Wednesday’s […]

Jennifer Hudson did a sensational birthday tribute to Prince. Here’s what you can see of it.

Prince would have turned 58 today — and on Monday night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America paid tribute to him at its annual awards in New York, with a show-closing medley by Jennifer Hudson. And apparently, it was fabulous. Or so say the lucky folks who were there; the show isn’t televised, and […]

Dani Levinas, collector and businessman, takes helm of expanded board at Phillips Collection

Entrepreneur and contemporary art collector Dani Levinas has been elected chairman of the board of trustees at the Phillips Collection, the private modern art museum near Dupont Circle in Washington. Levinas, who is a D.C. resident, takes control of a dramatically expanded governing body. At the Monday meeting that elected him to the board as […]

Broadway-bound ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to play Belasco Theatre

Broadway-bound “Dear Evan Hansen,” the acclaimed musical birthed at Arena Stage last summer that went on to a sold-out off-Broadway run, has set an official opening night of Dec. 4 at the Belasco Theatre, the show’s producers said Tuesday. Show More Summary

The fashion industry declared Beyoncé an icon last night. Until recently, she didn’t deserve it.

NEW YORK — The fashion industry gave out its annual awards Monday night, celebrating the best that the frock trade had to offer over the last year. It honored makers of handbags and shoes, mens’ tailoring, women’s sportswear — and the enduring talent of Norma Kamali, who gave the world the famous “sleeping bag” coat. […]

Why did the movie ‘Me Before You’ cut an implied sexual assault from the book?

Like all films adapted from beloved books, “Me Before You” — based on the best-selling novel from British author Jojo Moyes — will be heavily scrutinized by faithful readers. For the most part, the movie sticks to the novel; which makes sense, since Moyes wrote the screenplay. Curiously, however, there’s one small plot point missing in […]

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Stark reversals of fortune

It was impossible to miss. In an episode in which we find out The Hound is still alive, it’s Arya who is basically left for dead after getting stabbed in the stomach multiple times by her nemesis, Waif. “The Broken Man” also showed us the sorry state of two formerly great houses, as the remnants […]

Look who’s back on ‘Game of Thrones’

This post contains spoilers from the most recent episode of “Game of Thrones.” The Hound’s alive! And while, yes, we totally saw that coming, it was still thrilling to see the hulk of a man back on screen. What could this mean? Will he exact vengeance on his brother, the new and improved Mountain? Will […]

Miss DC Deshauna Barber wins the Miss USA pageant

For the first time in 14 years, Miss D.C. took home the crown at the Miss USA Pageant on Sunday night. Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old IT analyst and Army officer, won out over Miss Georgia and Miss Hawaii, who was the runner-up. More to come…

Jack Black will actually die one day, but the celebrity death hoax is here to stay

It has killed Jackie Chan, Britney Spears, Morgan Freeman and Justin Bieber. And now, the epidemic has selected its next victim. “I’m sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother.” This message appeared early Sunday morning on the Twitter account of Tenacious D, the band […]

Muhammad Ali’s grace broke the mold of a heavyweight champion

Has there ever been an athlete more beautiful than Muhammad Ali?  The quick, bouncing footwork, the smooth twist of his waist, the whip of his jabs: With a body by Michelangelo, the world’s greatest boxer was a paragon of grace. Ali put his opponents in pain, gleefully goading Joe Frazier to fuel one of the […]

Mark your calendars for the summer’s best in theater, dance, art and music

As temperatures rise, arts critics say it’s time to start planning opportunities for enlightenment. Let our Summer Arts Preview be your guide. Philip Kennicott, Peggy McGlone, Anne Midgette, Peter Marks, Sarah Kaufman, Chris Richards and Ann Hornaday weigh in on some of the most exciting events happening in the Washington area this summer.  In a happy […]

‘Me Before You’ has a disabled main character — but activists are angry. Here’s why.

Hollywood has a history of snubbing minority groups, but there’s been some incremental progress recently. Just look at “Master of None,” “Creed,” “Transparent,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” Disabled characters,Show More Summary

Celebrity cameos make the Lonely Island’s ‘Popstar’ much funnier, but which one is best?

Former “Saturday Night Live” star Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island guys take to the big screen this weekend with faux-music documentary “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” and the film — which opens Friday — is getting solidly mediocre reviews. But there’s one element that truly elevates the film: An epic list of celebrity cameos. […]

Of course Taylor Swift should write songs about Calvin Harris. It’s literally her job.

Friendly relations between Scotland and America. @calvinharris A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Jul 3, 2015 at 4:33pm PDT It didn’t take long for Taylor Swift’s breakup with Calvin Harris to become a big joke on social media. All together now: She’s totally going to write a song about him!!! That’s the basic […]

Prince died from an accidental overdose of a powerful painkiller, autopsy shows

Prince died from an accidental overdose of a powerful opioid, according to autopsy results released Thursday. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office report lists the cause of death as an accident, the result of self-administering the drug fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that’s more powerful than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. […]

The 100 greatest descriptions of Donald Trump’s hair ever written

The first known published description of Donald Trump’s hair, as an entity that deserved its own description, was mild. “His sandy hair is probably a bit long by standards of the corporate world,” read a 1984 newspaper profile of the then-38-year-old mogul. “With the sides slicked back just a bit.” Three decades later, describing the […]

Anderson Cooper returns to ‘Live!’ with Kelly Ripa, makes a good case to be new co-host

Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa reunited on Live! With Kelly, and things got frisky: https://t.co/JOHUgVfW4I pic.twitter.com/ta2OqiQ54K — E! News (@enews) June 1, 2016 As soon as Michael Strahan announced in April that he was stepping...Show More Summary

The Dixie Chicks are back on tour in America today. Here’s why it’s a big deal.

On Wednesday night at an amphitheater in Cincinnati, the Dixie Chicks will take the stage in front of thousands. It’s a significant moment for the Texas trio, as it marks the first time they’ll headline a tour in America in 10 years. After everything that happened with the polarizing group, who would have thought Natalie Maines, Emily […]

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