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Somehow, Kim Kardashian is one of our most authentic celebrities

Kim Kardashian emerged somewhat of an Internet hero after she released video of Taylor Swift’s friendly chat with Kanye West about his plans to mention her in his song “Famous.” Kardashian and Swift are very different types of celebrities,...Show More Summary

Why Leslie Jones wanted the world to see the hateful tweets she receives

For weeks, the cast of the new, all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot has fired back at sexist critics and misogynist trolls who apparently feel deeply aggrieved to see their fictional childhood heroes portrayed by female actors. But as the movie’s only black star, comedian Leslie Jones has been subjected to a particularly vile level of abuse. On […]

How Michelle Obama’s team wrote the speech that sparked the Melania Trump controversy

Michelle Obama surely understands the pressure Melania Trump was under as she gave a prime-time address at the Republican National Convention last night. Back in 2008, Obama was a hospital executive-turned-aspiring first lady looking to reintroduce herself to the nation after a bruising primary campaign. Her big chance to do that was on stage at […]

Kim Kardashian’s Taylor-Kanye video was a huge invasion of privacy. Why did the Internet celebrate?

For just one second, forget the sordid details of the Taylor Swift-Kanye West-Kim Kardashian Snapchat incident of 2016: Secretly recording a phone call and releasing it on the Internet without the other person’s consent is a pretty gross invasion of privacy. Show More Summary

‘The Bachelorette': As Jordan Rodgers-Aaron Rodgers drama gets messier, where is the show going with this?

Just when you think ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise can’t get any stranger, one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks suddenly becomes a big storyline on the show — without appearing once on camera. And it’s all because of Jordan Rodgers, one of the final four men vying for JoJo Fletcher’s love this season on “The Bachelorette.” […]

‘The Late Show’ brought back Jon Stewart — and Stephen Colbert

For “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the Republican National Convention is like Christmas in July. Literally. Colbert opened Monday’s show with a festive musical number called “Christmas in July” and delivered a series of quips about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the first night of the RNC. Colbert was clearly in his element as he […]

Who are Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr. and why are they at the Republican convention?

The Republican National Convention has quite the line-up of speakers tonight in Cleveland. Not only is Scott Baio speaking, but so is Antonio Sabato Jr. Wait, who? It’s okay to ask. It’s been a while since either of these guys were relevant, and we’re using the term “relevant” pretty loosely. So here’s a refresher for […]

The most baffling (but eye-catching!) Trump protest we have seen in Cleveland thus far

CLEVELAND — Protesting can be such a déclassé affair: the dirt, the sweat, the blood. The lack of gold and marble. The Trump Hut was designed to bring luxury to activism. It sits outside a Masonic temple across the Cuyahoga River from downtown, far from the action of the Republican National Convention, but it makes an […]

Kelly Price sang a song about adultery — at a gospel event. It didn’t go over so well.

R&B singer Kelly Price performed Sunday at the Indiana Black Expo, singing her 2000 remake of Shirley Murdock’s “As We Lay.” It’s one of Price’s more well-known hits — but there was just one problem. Price sang the song — a wistful reflection on a one-night stand with a married man — during the gospel portion of the annual event. […]

What happened in Chicago in 1968, and why is everyone talking about it now?

As the Republican National Convention began in Cleveland Monday, against the backdrop of a particular turbulent summer, everyone seemed to be holding their breath — and echoing the same refrain: Please, don’t let this be like Chicago ’68. In case you need a quick refresher: The 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago was an infamous, […]

Before she was murdered by her brother in an apparent ‘honor killing,’ who was Qandeel Baloch?

#qandeelbaloch A photo posted by Qandeel Baloch (@qandeelbalochquebee) on Jul 15, 2016 at 5:59am PDT “I was determined either to kill myself or kill her.” This was the explanation a Pakistani social media star’s brother gave reporters Sunday when he confessed to strangling her to death. “Money matters,” he continued, “but family honor is more important.” […]

Here’s what the late-night shows have planned for the Republican and Democratic conventions

The Republican National Convention will dominate the news this week, with the Democratic National Convention coming next week, and late-night shows are taking advantage. If you find yourself craving a satirical approach, here’s a rundown of what to expect from some of the most political savvy voices in late-night. Show More Summary

Clinton vs. Trump: Whose celebrity endorsements are better? We tried to make it a fair fight.

Candidates don’t have a lot of say over their celebrity endorsements. They can cross their fingers and call in favors, but they’ll inevitably get stuck with some vocal advocates they don’t want, like the last-picked in a grade school kickball team. Based on numbers, not to mention A-list names, Hillary Clinton is leading the pack. […]

The embarrassing history of ‘Bachelorette’ contestants lying about past relationships

This season of “The Bachelorette” has been teasing a potential scandal since the very first episode, and it will finally come to a head on Monday night: Does Robby Hayes, the 27-year-old Floridian whose occupation is “former competitive swimmer,” have a girlfriend back home?! It’s a valid question, as “The Bachelorette” has an embarrassing history of […]

‘The Night Of': Why a skin condition is a subplot of HBO’s new drama

HBO’s new drama “The Night Of” is earning rave reviews from critics and viewers for its dark, twisted journey through the criminal justice system as Naz (Riz Ahmed), a college student, is accused of murdering a woman he just met.  It’s an emotional, powerful look at our society today, especially for those caught up in legal […]

Read the secret Kanye West/Taylor Swift phone call that Kim Kardashian posted on Snapchat

By now, you may have heard something about Kim Kardashian posting a secret video of a phone call between Taylor Swift and Kanye West on Snapchat on Sunday night and how the Internet went crazy. So what’s going on? The transcript of the entire call is below, but if you need it, here’s the backstory: The feud […]

Welcome to Cleveland! On the eve of the GOP convention, it’s half circus, half police state.

CLEVELAND — Gliding over this nervous notch of the Rust Belt are a few single-engine planes dragging messages for the moment: “HILLARY FOR PRISON.” “PROTECT REAL MARRIAGE.” “HOFBRAUHAUS CLEVELAND.” It’s the eve of the Republican National Convention, and Cleveland is transforming into part circus, part police state. Show More Summary

Great-grandfather Mick Jagger is expecting his eighth child

Mick Jagger is about to become a dad. Again. A publicist for the 72-year-old rocker confirmed to Billboard magazine that the current girlfriend of the Rolling Stones frontman — 29 year-old American ballerina Melanie Hamrick — is pregnant. The child will be Jagger’s eighth. Jagger has seven other children, from four previous relationships. According to the […]

Almost all disabled TV characters are played by able-bodied actors. Can we fix that?

A mere five percent of television characters with a disability are played by an actor with a disability, according to a recent study. The report, by the Ruderman Family Foundation, comes amid efforts to increase diversity and representation...Show More Summary

Great news, Grandpa: The hot new trend in menswear is socks with sandals

NEW YORK — At the John Varvatos show, models did not wear grandpa socks with their sandals. But they were among the few. This is a trend for spring 2017. It is not necessarily an awful trend. There is something comforting and proudly nerdish about walking around in black ankle socks and a pair of […]

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