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‘Gone Girl’ deftly skewers the Nancy Grace cable TV culture

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

(Warning: This post contains LOTS of spoilers about the movie.) “The hallmark of a sociopath is a lack of empathy,” cable news host Ellen Abbott explains breathlessly to her millions of viewers in “Gone Girl,” the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s twisted mystery novel that ruled the box office last weekend. Underneath Ellen’s face on screen, a […]

Authors faced danger at PEN/Faulkner gala

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

A dozen writers faced great peril Monday night in Washington. They were the guests of honor at the 26th annual gala fundraiser for PEN/Faulkner at the Folger Shakespeare Library. That fancy venue may not sound particularly threatening, but each year, PEN/Faulkner invites a stable of celebrated writers to deliver a short reading on a particular theme. This year: danger! […]

Jennifer Lawrence on hacked photos: ‘Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense.’

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Speaking out for the first time since nude photos of her were hacked and then released online in late August, Jennifer Lawrence opened up to Vanity Fair in a scathing interview. The magazine released early excerpts of the cover story, due out Wednesday, in which Lawrence detailed the extent of her anger to writer Sam […]

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and the evolution of sex songs in country music

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Anyone who has ever heard 1970s star Conway Twitty croon “I Love to Lay You Down” or “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” knows that sex has been a prominent theme in country music for a long, long time. That remains the case, but things sound quite different these days. While country music lyrics have […]

‘Twin Peaks’ is coming back to Showtime with nine new episodes and plenty of questions

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

For a diehard fan of “Twin Peaks,” the news was like getting a bouquet of roses from an old lover who had dumped you, without explanation, a quarter of a century ago: The beloved TV series — easily one of the weirdest to ever call a major network home — which was canceled by ABC […]

After an anti-Semitic rant cost him his job, John Galliano lands at Maison Martin Margiela. Is all forgiven?

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

The announcement this morning that designer John Galliano has been hired as creative director of Maison Martin Margiela raised questions about forgiveness, contrition, the role of publicity in the fashion industry — and whether a celebrated partnership with a local retailer will come to an abrupt end. Galliano was dismissed from his role as creative director […]

Watch John Oliver explain civil forfeiture, aggressive police procedures on ‘Last Week Tonight’

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Come for the jokes about troubling law enforcement tactics, stay for the Washington Post shoutout at the 1:20 mark. Thanks, John Oliver! You can read The Post’s reporting on this topic here.

‘The Princess Bride’ might be made into a musical, and other gems from a Cary Elwes AMA

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

The wonderful thing about cult classics — for fans and for publishing companies — is that they can be rehashed endlessly without going stale. At least, that’s the notion behind actor Cary Elwes’ memoir “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride,” which comes out this month, nearly 30 years after the original […]

‘Gone Girl’: Let’s discuss that ending

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

(Obviously, this post includes many spoilers about the “Gone Girl” movie and book.) So, the “Gone Girl” ending. Let’s discuss. Given the controversy already surrounding the twisted conclusion in the bestselling book (some love it, some want to set it on fire), author Gillian Flynn did not have an easy task in front of her […]

Success is not just a fairytale for this kids bookstore

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Hooray for Books!, a children’s bookstore in Alexandria, Va., wants to start a new chapter, and it’s asking customers for help. Today, the six-year-old store launches a crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo to raise $50,000. Ellen Klein, the owner, finds herself in a familiar post-recession dilemma: Her business is healthy, growing at about 6 percent a  year, but she […]

Boys to men: Why young male stars like Nick Jonas are stripping to show they’re serious

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

It’s a tawdry showbiz ritual: The ingenue, angling to lose the child-star image, decides to relaunch herself as a serious grown-up artist... by stripping to her undies for a sexy photo shoot. It’s trite, and it’s a little sad. But at least it’s not a sexist tradition anymore! Because now the boys — […]

Broadway’s bountifully imaginative ‘Curious Incident’

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

NEW YORK – As she did with “War Horse,” director Marianne Elliott devises in the stimulating new stage adaptation of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” a luminous technological raiment for a story aimed at older children and adults. Last time, the man-made architecture of a life-sized horse raised the proceedings (for which she was […]

It’s Sunday. Are you watching your football, ladies?

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Katy Perry got weird again yesterday, this time on ESPN. She wasn’t performing at halftime or selling chips in a sports bra; she was making football predictions on College Game Day. “I’m picking this one based on looks,” she said before professing her crush on Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight. We’re not sure whose idea it was […]

Poor Marie Antoinette, poor us

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

After work on Friday, I wandered over to the Woolly Mammoth and bought a front-seat ticket to “Marie Antoinette” for $15 — practically peasant prices! The blindingly garish opening scene, complete with paparazzi flashes, suggests a Sofia Coppola treatment, but David Adjmi’s play soon grows much darker. Show More Summary

Poet Mary Szybist on that other Mary

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

“All you can do is fail,” said Mary Szybist about the challenge of measuring herself against the ideal of the Virgin Mary. “There’s something profoundly inhuman about her. She is valued because she is a mother and because she is a virgin. And I am not either. So how do you make your way in […]

How should men respond when they witness sexual harassment?

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

For the past few months, NPR’s “All Things Considered” has been exploring what it means to be a man in America today, and I was pleased to be a part of the conversation on air and online, when I led a chat about shifting gender roles and new questions about social etiquette. In last week’s […]

When to ask for a second date? (Hint: Not during the first!)

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

For the past few months, NPR’s “All Things Considered” has been exploring what it means to be a man in America today, and I was pleased to be a part of the conversation on air and online, when I led a chat about shifting gender roles and new questions about social etiquette. In last week’s […]

Ben Affleck plays a guy with ‘a face you want to punch’ in ‘Gone Girl.’ How does he do?

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

In Gillian Flynn’s novel “Gone Girl,” protagonist Nick Dunne admits right away that “I have a face you want to punch.” “I’m a working-class Irish kid trapped in the body of a total trust-fund [jerk],” says Nick, under suspicion for possibly killing his missing wife, Amy. “I smile a lot to make up for my face, […]

How Adam Sandler became the guilty-pleasure king of rentals

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Adam Sandler is capable of making a cute romantic comedy, usually in the Drew Barrymore genre. And he can make a quirky drama (“Punch Drunk Love,” the forthcoming “Men, Women & Children”) so stirring that critics wonder if they’ve underrated him. But generally Adam Sandler makes, well, Adam Sandler movies — silly, farcical, scatalogical and […]

Marlon James, novelist and exorcist

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

The first time I met Marlon James, he told me about his work as an exorcist. The Jamaican novelist wasn’t speaking just to me, but it felt that way. He was one of five captivating performers at The Moth on Sept. 19 in New York.  The evening was a special celebration of the 20th anniversary of […]

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