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Our definitive ranking of ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ cast members

FX stuck the landing with the final episode of its outstanding miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” Tuesday night. The episode, titled simply “The Verdict,” captured the moments leading up to Simpson’s acquittal  —...Show More Summary

You weren’t the only one who went on a Google binge during ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

There’s a high probability that if you’re currently reading these words, you got to this page by entering search terms into Google. Maybe it was a simple look for “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Or “Marcia Clark hair.” Or, heaven forbid, “Why is O.J. Simpson famous?” Sometimes the world appears to search in unison. For instance, if you […]

‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest is forgettable, and that’s why he’s so good at his job

Like all reporters, I get a lot of email from readers: Some nice, some horrible, some thought-provoking. It’s not often, though, that an email causes me such reflection that I feel compelled to write something. I received a note this week that made me do just that. “I enjoyed your article on ‘American Idol,’ even though I haven’t […]

Here’s how big a news event the O.J. Simpson verdict was in 1995

If you’re too young to remember, you may be wondering: Was the O.J. verdict really such an epic event in America? Or were the producers of “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson” engaging in a bit of dramatic mythologizing? Yes, the O.J. verdict was a mammoth moment for American media — and American society. The Washington […]

Yes, Gay Talese actually admires many women writers. Social media, not so much.

Three days after he unexpectedly became the subject of a literati controversy that erupted in social media, renowned journalist Gay Talese clarified the remarks that set off a storm: Yes, he told the Boston Globe, he admires many, many women writers. He just didn’t know enough of them when he was growing up. Talese, 84, […]

Amy Schumer’s reaction to Glamour’s ‘plus-size’ issue is still a win for the magazine

Earlier this week, Glamour magazine published a special issue celebrating plus-size women. Supermodel and cover star Ashley Graham was psyched, calling it “a special issue dedicated to your curves!” and used the hashtag #beautybeyondsize. Show More Summary

Robert Mapplethorpe baffled conservative critics — and his own father

The new HBO documentary about Robert Mapplethorpe has renewed interest in the provocative art photographer who became a sensation before his early death and a flashpoint for controversy after it. A year after he died — and in the months after the name “Mapplethorpe” became synonymous with a raging debate over arts funding that inflamed […]

Josh Gracin on life after ‘American Idol’ and why he’s ‘furious’ at TMZ

Country singer Josh Gracin is one of the most successful “American Idol” contestants of all time, but he won’t be attending the final episode on Thursday night. And he wants people to know why. First, he has scheduling conflicts. Still, there’s another issue: When “Idol” producers asked if he would perform on the season finale, […]

Washington’s most stunning protest was all about art. Here’s what it looked like.

Want people to remember your rally? Want your protest to pack a punch? Then hire some artists. Washington has been the site of many bigger protests. But not many were as stunning and memorable — yet relatively simple — as the one that a group of artists mounted at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in […]

TV keeps killing off lesbian characters. The fans of one show have revolted.

A few weeks ago, the CW’s sci-fi teen dystopia show “The 100? did something television shows do all of the time: It killed off a major character. The reaction to this particular onscreen death, however, was different. Some fans were initially unable to sleep. An anonymous fan on Tumblr talked about wanting to hurt themselves, prompting the writer of the episode to […]

If Sarah Burgess’s story doesn’t inspire you to start writing that play…

NEW YORK — Imagine you’re a struggling playwright, pecking away at scripts in writer’s colonies and downtown collectives, and a call comes from a top-of-the-line off-Broadway company to say that it is interested in your play. Now imagine the company’s esteemed artistic director, in tandem with the director of Broadway’s latest musical mega-hit, decide to mount […]

Kesha says she was offered ‘freedom’ if she recanted her rape claim

In a furious Instagram post Sunday, embattled pop star Kesha claimed she had been offered “freedom” — presumably from her binding contract with Sony producer Lukasz Gottwald, aka “Dr. Luke” — if she publicly recanted her accusation that he sexually assaulted her. She made it clear that this offer had outraged her. “I would have […]

Taylor Swift said her boyfriend’s name out loud. Why did the Internet lose its mind?

At the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night (yes, that’s a thing), something very significant happened in the celebrity universe: Taylor Swift said her boyfriend’s name out loud. That’s right — out loud. Swift stood during her acceptance speech for Best Tour, thanking fans for selling out her 1989 World Tour around the globe, when […]

ACM Awards 2016: Complete list of winners, best and worst moments

The Chris Stapleton Awards – er, the Academy of Country Music Awards went pretty much as expected Sunday night, as Stapleton (who has experienced a stunning run of success in the last five months) took home all the trophies. Okay, maybe not all of them. “Thank you for Chris Stapleton for not being a group,” […]

20 years ago, the Unabomber arrest and Ron Brown plane crash made a startling A1

April 3, 1996 was an unusually busy breaking-news day in The Washington Post newsroom. Just as the National staff was preparing to launch a major package of stories about the arrest that day of Ted Kaczynski — the suspect in the Unabomber saga that the Post had been closely entwined with for months — word […]

Caitlyn Jenner is joining the cast of ‘Transparent’

Two powerful influences in transgender activism are joining forces. Olympian-turned-TV-personality Caitlyn Jenner is joining the cast of “Transparent,” the Amazon series about a transgender woman and her family. The union is a “dream come true” for “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway, who was inspired to create the hit show after her own father came out as […]

Peter Dinklage tells ‘Saturday Night Live’ what he knows about Jon Snow

“Let’s get this out of the way. I have no idea if Jon Snow is really dead.” That’s how “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage started his “Saturday Night Live” monologue. Well, first he said, “I’m Peter Dinklage, and if you don’t know who I am, then congratulations — you’re not a nerd.” But if […]

Gay Talese can’t name a single woman writer who inspired him. Thankfully, Twitter has a few suggestions.

Legendary journalist and author Gay Talese said on Saturday afternoon that he couldn’t name a single woman writer who shaped his work. Speaking at a Boston University conference called “The Power of Narrative,” Talese, 84, further alienated...Show More Summary

Jon Stewart just saved a runaway bull in Queens. Here’s the backstory.

To feel better about the state of humanity, you should probably watch this video of former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart lovingly feed hay to a bull who escaped while being transported to a slaughterhouse in Queens. “Everybody likes hay,” Stewart says in his unmistakable cadence. “Everybody.” According to NBC4 New York, Stewart and his […]

Morgan Freeman has been traveling around the world learning about how we see God

The man famous for his godly voice and portraying God in “Bruce Almighty” doesn’t believe in God — at least in the traditional way. Morgan Freeman believes that man invented God. But that doesn’t mean he is an atheist. “My opinion does not question the existence of God, merely how we arrived at the existence […]

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