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‘Downton Abbey’ recap: Why do you have to be like that, Barrow?

You didn’t think we were going to let a little blizzard keep us from writing this week’s “Downton” recap, did you? With enough beer and chocolate, you can accomplish anything. If it’s all right with you, I’ll start with a complaint. No, it’s not about the weather. Four episodes into this final season and wimpy […]

Donald Rumsfeld has an app

Donald Rumsfeld has an app. No, it’s not called “Angry Kurds,” or “Find My WMD” (although wouldn’t that be something?). It is a game called “Churchill Solitaire.” It is free, and it is not easy. “No, it’s not — it’s challenging! It’s strategic,” the former secretary of Defense said on the phone Sunday, while hustling […]

The weirdest movie at Sundance stars Daniel Radcliffe as an inquisitive, flatulent corpse

There’s always some stiff competition for Weirdest Movie of Sundance, and 2016 has some solid contenders. It could have been “The Lobster,” a satire that takes place in a universe where singletons who fail to couple up are hunted down, tranquilized, then turned into an animal of their choosing. (Hey, at least they get to […]

How Ronda Rousey dealt with high school bullies, according to SNL

UFC star Ronda Rousey appeared on “Saturday Night Live” to be entertaining and funny – but don’t we always want to see her throw a few punches? In this weekend’s episode, SNL imagined what would happen if Rousey, a mixed-martial artist, was bullied by a group of the cool kids (the worst kids) in high school. It doesn’t end well for […]

Ice cream guy: Making winter great again — and again.

It is the first big snow of the year. And so, as always, children are pulling out snow boots. Mothers are mixing hot chocolate and neighbors are shoveling their walks. And, as he has been doing for five years now, Zach Burroughs is back, dashing across across 15th Street and onto your Facebook and Twitter […]

How to sink your chances at an Oscar. (File under: Charlotte Rampling.)

That could have been thundersnow you heard earlier. But more likely it was the sound of a thousand Hollywood publicists simultaneously smacking their foreheads as word of Charlotte Rampling’s controversial remarks on the Oscars’ diversity boycott spread. Show More Summary

When Stephen King helps adapt his work for the screen, it’s usually a disaster. ‘11.22.63’ is different.

There have been plenty of beloved adaptations of Stephen King’s writing. “The Shining,” “Stand By Me,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Misery” and “Carrie” are just a few of the acclaimed movies based on his books and stories. These titles have something else in common too. King had nothing to do with their transition from page to screen. […]

Molly Shannon is the latest sad clown of Sundance

As the closing credits rolled for “Other People” during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a familiar sound reverberated around the theater: the barely audible sniffles of people futilely trying to conceal their crying. Interestingly, the woman to trigger so much weeping was Molly Shannon, the same comedian who made us laugh while kicking, […]

Academy announces major changes to membership amid #OscarsSoWhite backlash

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced major changes to its membership structure Friday following a week of fierce criticism over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees. Membership will no longer be a guaranteed lifetime appointment and current members inactive in the industry could see their voting rights removed. The […]

Snow pun intended

What if Dorothy had been in a blizzard instead of a tornado? Or if Mad Max encountered flurries and not a sandstorm? We envisioned what a few movies would look like with a wintry twist.  

Six photos that show the intensity of abortion clinic protests

For nearly two years, Wendi Kent, an abortion-rights activist and photojournalist based in Madison, Wis., has been documenting anti-abortion protesters at some of the most targeted clinics in the country. Her “Faces of the Fight” project was inspired by a “Wanted”-style poster created by an anti-abortion group two years ago, which included the faces of an […]

A win for Bill Cosby: Judge tosses out defamation suit

A federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby on Thursday, ruling that the allegations in the suit “do not support a claim for defamation” according to state law. Renita Hill, a 48-year-old from the Pittsburgh area, filed the civil suit in late last year, claiming that the comedian and his […]

Ronda Rousey’s SNL appearance will help us find out if she can actually act

Even if you’re not into mixed martial arts, there’s a pretty good chance you know Ronda Rousey. The current No. 1 bantamweight female fighter has become an unstoppable pop-culture force over the past year. She’s hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. She signed a deal a few days ago to star in a movie with Tina Fey based on a […]

Your blizzard binge-watching guide

After days of hype and poorly-handled freakouts, the storm of the century is finally on our doorstep. Now there is nothing left to do but hunker down, cover up and engage in our new storm survival tradition: binge watching. To that end, six Washington Post reporters and critics decided to share recommendations for shows and movies that will […]

The Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer ‘backlash’ shows how easily celebrities can fall into this trap

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are suddenly best friends after a year spent frolicking on vacation and writing a movie script. After the past two weeks, they have one more thing in common: They fell into a trap. Specifically, that celebrity trap in which people assume that you are the characters you play. Not the characters […]

Amy Schumer denies stealing jokes: ‘That would be so stupid for me to do that’

Comedy superstar Amy Schumer is vehemently denying claims that she stole jokes from several other comedians — including Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan and the late Patrice O’Neal. The accusations against the Emmy-winning...Show More Summary

Will Smith will also boycott the Academy Awards as #OscarsSoWhite backlash grows

An Academy Awards boycott that stemmed from the lack of racial diversity among Oscar nominees has grown, with Will Smith saying Thursday that he is joining his wife in skipping this year’s ceremony. “No, my wife is not going; it’d be awkward for me to show up with Charlize [Theron],” Smith said on Good Morning […]

Why Jamie-Lynn Sigler kept her multiple sclerosis secret for 15 years

“Sopranos” and “Entourage” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been keeping a secret for 15 years: She has multiple sclerosis. The 34-year-old actress revealed her MS diagnosis to People magazine, which also featured photos from her wedding last weekend to Cutter Dykstra, who plays for the Washington Nationals’ minor league team. Show More Summary

Smithsonian donor David Rubenstein gives $10 million to African American museum

Smithsonian Regent David Rubenstein has donated $10 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, one of the largest gifts made to the institution that is expected to open in September. Rubenstein, who is co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, has now contributed $44.7 million to the Smithsonian. The gift – […]

Did you notice Sarah Palin’s sweater? Good. You were supposed to.

Sarah Palin returned to center stage of a presidential campaign yesterday —  a few years older but still wearing her signature rimless eyeglasses. Her auburn hair is bouncier. And her keen ability to capture the spotlight is not at all diminished. The former Alaska governor was in Ames, Iowa, to endorse GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. […]

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