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The 8 styles of prom book covers

My own high school prom was a dry, cheap, chaste affair, but if you’re the parent of a teenager this month, you may be facing bills — and anxieties — that rival buying a car. When my daughter went to prom, a few years ago, I was stunned by the attendant costs and rituals (hair preparation […]

‘Scandal’ recap Season 4, Episode 21: ‘A few good women’

We’re a week away from “Scandal’s” season finale and all roads lead to Rowan. This week’s episode has me convinced that Papa Pope has a hand in everything that has ever happened on “Scandal.” I mean, he probaby picks the background music (which is always perfect, if we’re being honest). We knew going in that Rowan was planning […]

Leanne Cope’s surprising leap from ballerina to Tony-nominated Broadway star

Leanne Cope, the Tony-nominated star of “An American in Paris” on Broadway, never saw herself as musical theater actress. “I thought maybe once I’d retired I’d join an amateur dramatic society,” says the ballerina on leave from London’s Royal Ballet. She was by no means a luminary of the celebrated troupe. Big ballet companies grade […]

Obviously that explicit Diddy-Cassie perfume commercial was never going to be a Macy’s ad

It happens every year during the Super Bowl, and it’s a brilliant PR move: A brand releases a racy or generally terrible commercial that has no chance making it on television. Of course, then it gets the sexy label of being “banned” from TV, meaning more people will flock to see it online. Sean “Diddy” […]

Larry Wilmore hosted a refreshingly frank discussion about menstruation on the ‘Nightly Show’

Well, here’s something you don’t see very often: One man, hosting a panel with three women about periods, on television, without a hint of discomfort among them. Wednesday night, comedian Susie Essman, “Madame President” author Nicole Wallace, and “Nightly Show” writer Holly Walker joined host Larry Wilmore in a chat on the topic. At one point […]

Is your favorite TV show canceled? A guide to what’s renewed and what’s gone for good.

So, Fox canceled “The Mindy Project” last night. (Don’t worry yet, it could be saved by Hulu.) But that’s just a taste of what we’re in for over the next week: It’s that time of year when all the broadcast networks set their fall schedules, and as a result, decide the fates of all their […]

Here’s a shameless post about the new ‘Magic Mike XXL’ trailer because, well, look at it

Good people of the Internet, the new trailer for “Magic Mike XXL” has arrived. Here are some words about said trailer, should you care to read them: It pretty much obliterates any arguments for this newfangled dad-bod trend. Human Ken doll Matt Bomer is back and just as Ken doll-y as ever. “He looks like […]

On Wednesdays, we write about ‘Mean Girls': The ‘Mean Moms’ spinoff is happening

You go, Glen Coco! “Mean Moms,” a “Mean Girls” spinoff, is definitely in the works according to a Deadline exclusive. Sean Anders, who directed “Horrible Bosses 2,” will be directing the spinoff of Tina Fey’s hit film from 2004, possibly starring Jennifer Aniston. It will be based on a book by Rosalind Wiseman, whose “Queen Bees and Wannabes” […]

Why Amy Schumer is officially the new John Oliver

Three makes a trend, so it’s official: Amy Schumer is the new John Oliver. For three weeks in a row, like clockwork, Schumer has had a sketch go viral the morning after it aired on her Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer.” At this rate, we expect it to continue — the same thing happened every week […]

Reliving a decade of dance hits on YouTube

  To mark its 10th anniversary, YouTube has released a playlist of some of the site’s most popular dance videos from the past decade. Are you ready for an archeological dig of your meanderings among Gangnam-stylers, dubsteppers, flashmobbers and assorted ordinary dudes with a soundtrack? One of the latter helped propel the success of dance […]

Seeing Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara pretend to be life-long BFFs is hilarious

One of the joys of being an actor — and we’re using the word “joys” loosely here — is that your job rarely ends once you’ve shot your last take, if you’re lucky enough to be in a film with a marketing budget. As such, we submit that Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon are very, […]

National Endowment for the Arts awards $74 million in grants

The National Endowment for the Arts Wednesday announced $74 million in 1,023 grants to arts programs in all 50 states, including $2.4 million to organizations and projects in the District, $2.6 million in Maryland and $1.3 million in Virginia. The majority of the funds, more than $48.8 million, goes to the NEA’s 63 state and […]

Innovative D.C. literacy program wins cash and kudos

An innovative literacy program in Washington called Reach Incorporated won major recognition — and major cash — this week. Since 2010, the program has hired teenagers who are struggling with reading and trained them as tutors for grade-school children. On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced that Reach won a $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize. The annual […]

Miss that ‘Scrubs’ reunion on TV last night? Here’s what happened.

It’s been five years since NBC’s medical comedy “Scrubs” went off the air. After spending nine seasons developing quite a passionate cult following, fans regularly clamor for a reunion and freak out when the stars are in Instagram photos together. However, many of those diehard viewers probably missed the fact that an impressive “Scrubs” reunion happened […]

Rick Warren’s weight-loss plan named Christian Book of the Year

Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. Bestselling pastor Rick Warren won the Christian Book of the Year Award Tuesday night for his weight-loss book, “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life,” written with doctors Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman. The Book of the Year award was presented, along with additional prizes in various categories, at the Evangelical […]

A Washington artist helps bring Genghis Khan to Philadelphia

When the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute on May 9, Gankhuyag “Ganna” Natsag expects a special guest to be in attendance — in spirit, not in body. “We believe Genghis Khan is looking at us from the sky,” says the Mongolian American artist who has contributed to the traveling show, which runs […]

Beyoncé got what she wanted. She made us look. But what did we actually see?

Beyoncé got what she wanted. She arrived during the last moments of the Met Gala red carpet ceremony and she sent social media and the assembled photographers into a frenzy. She was wearing a concoction by Givenchy that can only loosely be called a dress as it was more like a bedazzled scrim. It had […]

Tony Awards team chosen to produce 2015 Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center has tapped the creative team behind the Tony Awards as the new executive producers of the 38th-annual Kennedy Center Honors in December. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are replacing George Stevens Jr., who created the event in 1978 and nurtured it into a highlight of Washington’s cultural scene. […]

Sarah Jessica Parker’s headdress and Beyonce’s near-nudity: What you missed from the 2015 Met Gala

The Metropolitan Museum of Art held its annual gala to benefit its Costume Institute Monday night. Here are the highlights you missed. Some were really mad about the theme Originally, this year’s theme was “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion.” That eventually changed to “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Jezebel predicted a host […]

The fantasy of China: Why the new Met exhibition is a big, beautiful lie

NEW YORK — The first thing to accept about “China: Through The Looking Glass,” the spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is that it is not meant to be a critical assessment of the fashion industry’s non-fiction, politically correct relationship with China’s culture, history or its people. The displayed ballgowns, evening robes and […]

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