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James Patterson pledges $1.25 million to school libraries

Just a few months ago, James Patterson finished giving away $1 million to more than 175 independent bookstores nationwide. Now, the bestselling thriller writer is turning to schools with a similar grant program. This morning, Patterson announced his plan to give away $1.25 million to school libraries. In partnership with children’s publisher Scholastic, he will […]

Five things Emma Watson had to say on International Women’s Day

Last fall, a woman whose identity was once synonymous with fictional wizards became the face of a very real problem. On International Women’s Day, she made sure that designation was being put to good use. British actress Emma Watson continued her campaign for gender equality Sunday in a live Facebook conversation  — in which she addressed […]

Die Antwoord is pretty definitely not going to win any Oscars for ‘Chappie’

Filmmakers love to throw a spotlight on their favorite bands by giving musicians prime real estate in their movies’ most memorable scenes. Take Zach Braff shamelessly deploying a Shins lullaby to woo Natalie Portman in “Garden State,” or Mike Nichols setting a quirky mood in “The Graduate” with Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson.” Sofia Coppola […]

Sean Penn takes a stand against manufactured Internet outrage

Once again, Sean Penn isn’t apologizing for his controversial comment at the Academy Awards. You know, when he announced the winner for best picture by saying, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” He and the award’s recipient, “Birdman” director Alejandro González Iñárritu, have known each other since at least 2003, when they worked […]

Who will be SNL’s Hillary Clinton in 2016?

If there’s one thing we know for certain about Hillary Clinton, it’s that: She’s running for president. What her e-mails say The quantity of her pantsuit collection She knows how to laugh at herself. Or at least, the version of herself on “Saturday Night Live,” where she has been a subject of blond-wigged, blazer-clad impersonations […]

Comme Des Garcons and Undercover break all the rules, dazzle the eye at Paris Fashion Week

  Robin Givhan, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer-winning fashion critic, is covering Paris Fashion Week. Follow along as she makes her way from runway to runway. Read her stories on Style Blog and follow her on Twitter: @robingivhan. PARIS — The ballroom at the Westin Hotel here is dizzyingly ornate. Show More Summary

John Galliano redefines Maison Margiela with Paris Fashion Week comeback

PARIS — Designer John Galliano did not take a bow after his ready-to-wear debut at Maison Margiela. The former creative director of Christian Dior, who transformed the pro forma runway bow into a theatrical production with personal costuming and flashing lights, remained behind the scenes. Galliano, who fell from grace after an anti-Semitic rant in […]

BREAKING: Some evil genius made a video game that simulates writing the news on deadline

One thing I really wish about video games is that they were more like work. For journalists, that “dream” is now a reality with the Coop Times, a game that simulates the terrifying feeling of writing on deadline. In this case, the deadline is simulated by an ominous black bar that descends over the screen as you scramble to […]

Novelists applaud Ringling Bros.’s decision to stop using elephants

When Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday that it would eliminate elephants from its performances, the news was celebrated by PETA and the Humane Society. Several novelists who have taken a special interest in animal rights also applauded the decision. Jodi Picoult was “very happy” to hear the news. Her most recent bestselling […]

This freaking app can sanitize the [heck] out of any book

In 2011, an English professor in Alabama published an N-word free version of “Huckleberry Finn” to make Mark Twain’s classic more palatable to public schools. Now, naturally, there’s an app for that. In fact, Clean Reader can instantly sanitize any e-book purchased through its store of more than 1 million titles. For readers who think our culture […]

Leonard Nimoy gets a moving tribute from ‘The Big Bang Theory’

The remembrances and homages have been pouring in for Leonard Nimoy, who died at the age of 83 last week, with the latest coming from the popular CBS show “The Big Bang Theory.” Thursday night’s episode ended with a black-and-white portrait of Nimoy with the words below: “The impact you had on our show and on our lives is […]

Rick Owens, Dries Van Noten let individuality shine at Paris Fashion Week. But what’s gone wrong at Balmain?

Robin Givhan, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer-winning fashion critic, is covering Paris Fashion Week. Follow along as she makes her way from runway to runway. Read her stories on Style Blog and follow her on Twitter: @robingivhan. PARIS — The invitation was hairy. Show More Summary

‘Scandal’ recap Season 4, Episode 14: ‘The Lawn Chair’

“Scandal” is a trending topic on Twitter almost every Thursday, but the chatter around this week’s episode feels a bit louder than usual. In an emotionally charged episode that clearly referenced the events in Ferguson, Olivia Pope faced her most challenging case yet. At one point, she actually uttered the words, “I can’t fix this!” Reactions were definitely […]

Harrison Ford injured in small plane crash at California golf course

Harrison Ford, 72, was hospitalized on Thursday afternoon after he crashed his small vintage plane into a golf course in Venice, Calif., according to multiple reports. At a news conference, the Los Angeles Fire Department would not identify the victim of the crash, citing privacy laws, but said an “approximately” 70-year-old male was taken to […]

What’s the most shocking thing on view at the Bjork exhibition? Music.

Of all the visual delights and exotica on display at the Museum of Modern Art’s Bjork exhibition—androgynous robot sex, canoodling with snakes in the rain forest, and the famous Alexander McQueen “Pagan Poetry” dress with its drafty upper reaches—perhaps the most quietly shocking was the visual presence of actual music. Yes, printed music, pasted on the […]

A brief history of mega-concerts on the Mall

Next month’s Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, featuring No Doubt, Mary J. Blige, Usher and Fall Out Boy is big, but certainly not the most whiz-bang bill the Mall has ever seen. That honor would probably go to 2009?s inaugural concert on the Mall, where Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow rubbed shoulders […]

Robin Givhan at Paris Fashion Week: Balmain, Carven, Roland Mouret

Robin Givhan, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer-winning fashion critic, is covering Paris Fashion Week. Follow along as she makes her way from runway to runway. Read her stories on Style Blog and follow her on Twitter: @robingivhan. Thursday...Show More Summary

Will the show go on or will Thursday’s snow cancel programs – again! – in the city?

This post has been updated. The latest snowstorm has caused most of the District’s cultural institutions to close or cancel performances. The National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History are open today, but the rest of the Smithsonian’s Washington-area museums and the National Zoo are closed. The institution’s museums in […]

Conan O’Brien goes to Cuba: The 5 most ‘Conan’ moments

Nobody likes making a fool of himself more than Conan O’Brien — he repeatedly proves that fact on his TBS late-night talk show. And Wednesday’s special episode was no exception, as Conan became the first late-night host to visit Cuba since the U.S. embargo started in 1962. Good idea? Terrible idea? Leading up to the episode, Conan gave […]

Curtains for Ballet San Jose? Troupe led by Jose Manuel Carreno faces shutdown

Ballet star Jose Manuel Carreno has often played the role of the hero onstage. But his princely charisma and world-class stature may not be enough to stem the financial crisis threatening to shut down the company he has led for less than two years. Ballet San Jose, a troupe of 32 dancers in the Silicon […]

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