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Uncovering Roberto Bolle: Dancer reveals (almost) all in new photo book

If you can’t make it to New York this month to watch the Italian star Roberto Bolle dance with American Ballet Theatre, you can see plenty of him in a coffee-table photo book, “Roberto Bolle: Voyage Into Beauty” (Rizzoli New York, 2015).  Oh yes, there’s oodles of Bolle here. Bolle unclothed, Bolle barely clothed. A […]

’14,’ a documentary on citizenship by birth, premieres in Washington

Who is, or deserves to be, an American citizen is a simple question that gets complicated depending on what else is going on in the culture. Now that immigration is such a preoccupation for some, bills are periodically introduced in Congress to challenge the right of children born in the United States to undocumented immigrant parents to […]

How Esperanza Spalding uses fashion to turn up the volume on her music

The Grammy-winning bassist Esperanza Spalding has been called an “It Girl” by Vogue magazine. She has been featured in Teen Vogue and has shopped for vintage clothing while being trailed by a reporter. A style blog chronicles her socially-conscious fashion choices. She has walked red carpets, played at the White House and performed at the request […]

‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 3 recap: Finished the first two episodes? Let’s discuss.

Surprise! Netflix released the entire season of “Orange is the New Black” Season 3 on Thursday night, sending the Internet into a bit of a frenzy since it happened six hours earlier than advertised. If you’re one of the lucky people who caught the first two episodes already, let’s re-live the highlights: [Everything you need […]

John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress celebrates 15 years with scholarly reunion

Think of it as speed dating for the intelligentsia. The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress celebrated its 15th anniversary Thursday with a series of “Lightning Conversations” that featured almost 70 scholars from more than 600 who have been associated with the global research center. Dubbed ScholarFest, the event featured established academics […]

Netflix tagging: Yes, it’s a real job

Starting in the wee hours of June 12, hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to binge-watch Season 3 of Netflix’s original production “Orange is the New Black.” The payoff for the vast majority of the audience is the satisfaction of consuming a long-awaited update on Piper and the rest of the prison crew. [Everything you need […]

Everything you need to remember about Season 2 of ‘Orange is the New Black’

Vee is (probably) dead, Figueroa is out and Pornstache is headed to prison. In the event that you’d rather not mainline 13 hours of Season 2 just so you’re back up to speed, here’s all you need to know before you start watching the third season of “Orange is the New Black.” The fallout from Piper’s fight with […]

Here’s who has died on ‘Game of Thrones’ this season

We have one episode of “Game of Thrones” left this season, and we’re forecasting a bloodbath. So far, none of this year’s departed has been shocking on a Ned Stark level. Some of the deaths were awful — a little girl is burned at the stake, after all — but all of this season’s worst […]

CMT Awards really love Carrie Underwood, and 10 other lessons from the always-strange show

Welcome back from maternity leave, Carrie Underwood! Not sure if you can tell, but Nashville is really excited that you’re here. In her much-hyped first televised performance since giving birth three months ago, the country superstar landed three trophies at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, including the Video of the Year for her hit “Something in […]

Yes, the Grateful Dead will give disgruntled fans their money back

Sleep well, Grateful Dean is at peace. This week’s Deadhead ticket kerfuffle seems to be over. Promoter Pete Shapiro, bothered by the bad vibes surrounding the upcoming “Fare Thee Well” shows, decided to reach out to a disgruntled fan and blogger, Dean Sottile, to chat out a plan. Now Grateful Dean, who called Shapiro a “jackass” […]

Ready to raise the flag over the Cuban ‘Embassy’…but when?

Peter Mullaly, owner of Eastern Shore Flagpoles, stood across 16th Street NW from the handsome limestone mansion that is the Cuban Interests Section on Wednesday morning and hollered to his crew of flagpole erectors working in the front lawn: “Maybe a little more to the right! Just a pinch that way! Just a pinch!” The […]

Rumsfeld says story mischaracterized his views on Iraq. What did he really say — or mean?

Many, many people over the past 12 years have argued that the invasion and occupation of Iraq was a mistake, but then last weekend Donald Rumsfeld said it, too — or seemed to, according to a headline in the Times of London: “Bush was wrong on Iraq, Rumsfeld says.” Say what? One of the architects of the war, one […]

Will controversy-magnet Raven-Symoné save ‘The View’?

A surefire way to get hired as a permanent co-host on “The View”? Just create so many controversies during your stint as guest-host that ABC really doesn’t have a choice. Hey, it worked for Raven-Symoné! The network announced Wednesday that the 29-year-old actress will officially join the show after nearly three dozen guest appearances. During that time, […]

The case of the missing ‘Grey’

Titillating news from Britain on Wednesday: A copy of EL James’s upcoming novel “Grey” has been purloined! Probably whisked away via helicopter for a wild weekend of spine-breaking and dog-earring pleasure. Holy cow! Somebody’s subconscious must be all tied up in knots.... According to the Daily Mail, Kent Police are “making inquiries after […]

A field guide to the very familiar characters in ‘Jurassic World’

“Jurassic World” tries to be as thrilling as 1993’s “Jurassic Park.” Oh, how it tries. The effort is obvious, especially when it comes to the characters. Each one looks so familiar. And that’s because you’ve seen them all before — although it may have been a couple decades. To refresh your memory, here’s a field guide to the […]

No more champagne for “Gigi”

“Gigi” faced tough odds from the start. Although the new stage version of the 1958 Oscar-winning movie musical boasted a popular young star in Vanessa Hudgens, the show itself had a spotty history, having lasted in a previous Broadway incarnation, in 1973, for only about 100 performances. And then, after a tepidly received debut at the Kennedy Center […]

Librarian of Congress James Billington to resign in January

James Billington, the 13th Library of Congress who has served since 1987, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year. Billington, 86, a Russian scholar appointed by Ronald Reagan, informed his staff in a video message that he will stay on through Jan. 1, 2016. “Leading this great institution alongside all […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 6, Episode 2: ‘Songs of Innocence’

“Sometimes you end up stronger in the broken places.” — Caleb Rivers, delivering the deepest quote in PLL history. It was a sad week on “Pretty Little Liars” as the girls tried to recover from their dollhouse nightmare. After a brief hospital stay, the Liars went to their respective homes and tried to cope with […]

Cartoon Network didn’t bother asking the original ‘Powerpuff Girls’ to be in the series reboot

The women who originally played Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup all tweeted their reactions Tuesday as Cartoon Network revealed the new voices for its “Powerpuff Girls” reboot, which will premiere in 2016. Catherine Cavadini (Blossom),...Show More Summary

How diabolical are the Teen Choice Awards? Look at what happened with One Direction and Zayn Malik.

Fittingly, the Teen Choice Awards generally involve a fair share of angst. Last year, the annual show sent teens into a social media frenzy when it was revealed some winners were informed they won the surfboard trophy six days before voting officially ended (!), meaning the game was rigged. The year before, there was a minor […]

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