‘S.N.L.’ Takes Aim at the Midterm Elections and Jeff Bezos

The episode was hosted by Steve Carell, who appeared in a reunion of sorts with some of his former cast mates from “The Office.”
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The Carpetbagger: Michael B. Jordan Is Finally in Control. Now What?

“Black Panther” has brought him Oscar buzz and “Creed II” could be another big hit. Still, he’s restless.
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Louis Armstrong’s Life in Letters, Music and Art

Step inside the mind of one of America’s great virtuosos, thanks to a vast archive of his personal writings, home recordings and artistic collages.
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Critic’s Notebook: The End of Endings

How endless sequels, boundless TV revivals and self-perpetuating social media feeds are robbing us of closure.
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You Can’t Spell Cher Without Her (and Her and Her)

How three Broadway actresses capture the essence of one superstar: Thank the costumes, “Burlesque” — and white teeth.
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Stan Lee Is Dead at 95; Superhero of Marvel Comics

Mr. Lee helped create Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and others while overseeing his company’s emergence as a media behemoth.
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In a Netherlands Museum Director, the Nazis Found an Ally

As Dutch museums scour their holdings for Nazi-looted art, historians are revisiting a wartime arts administrator associated with tainted works.
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Backstreet’s Back (on Tour) and More: 6 Things to Know From the Week in Pop Culture

What you need to know from today’s TV, music and movie news.
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Kurt Vonnegut’s Vietnam-Era Play Lands With a Gasp

The novelist’s first play, “Happy Birthday, Wanda June,” is proving its resonance — and some nights, too much so — in a timely new revival.
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When Queen Took ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Live Aid

Freddie Mercury’s set in July 1985 is often called one of the greatest live performances of all time. What made those 21 minutes so memorable?
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Ben Stiller Goes Darker for a Real-Life Prison Break

His mini-series about a 2015 escape in upstate New York feels more like a thriller from a generation ago than the comic work he’s done before.
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Ben Stiller Goes Darker for a Real-Life Prison Break

His mini-series about a 2015 escape in upstate New York feels more like a thriller from a generation ago than the comic work he’s done before.
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Taking Your Child to Work, When Your Job Is Making Theater

Work-life balance is particularly difficult for women in the theater, but a number of experiments are attempting to make the juggling easier.
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Late Night TV in Full Campaign Mode on Eve of Midterms

Hosts are engaging in a level of politicking that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Will it make any difference?
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When a Collision Between Politics and Sex Shocked Americans

As the drama “The Front Runner” chronicles, Gary Hart’s presidential campaign was dogged by questions about his personal life. Would we care today?
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Orson Welles’ Final Movie and More: 7 Things to Know From the Week in Pop Culture

What you need to know from this week’s TV, music and movie news.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda on ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and Movie Musicals

The star shares his five favorite movie musicals, and, yes, he says, “Labyrinth” counts: “It is totally a David Bowie movie musical.”
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WARHOL’S LEGACY: Andy Warhol Inc.: How He Made Business His Art

His decision to turn the spreadsheet and the publicity machine into artistic mediums has touched artists from Damien Hirst to Banksy.
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Jennifer Lopez on Her Power Bossness, ‘Second Act’ and A-Rod

With a new movie and numerous other deals in the works, the star has come to realize Hollywood hasn’t given her her fair share. Now she’s fixing that.
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Barbra Streisand Can’t Get Trump Out of Her Head. So She Sang About Him.

Her new album, “Walls,” is a rare instance of politics permeating her music, and in an interview, she could barely stop talking about her least favorite president.
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On Comedy: Will TV Change the Comedy Cellar? Comics Are About to Find Out

The premier Greenwich Village club is getting into the late-night programming wars at a time when it has been under fire for Louis C.K. appearances.
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A Word With: Hugh Jackman Breaks the Movie Star Rules and Doesn’t Care

Jackman talks about portraying Gary Hart in “The Front Runner,” the next incarnation of “The Greatest Showman,” and why life is better than ever at 50.
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Allison Janae Hamilton’s Spirit Sources

Pine tar and turpentine, climate change and hurricanes affect her fantastical art of the rural South, in a show at Mass MoCA.
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Jerry Seinfeld on Louis C.K., Roseanne and Tense Times in Comedy

Analytical as ever, the comic has strong opinions about disgraced peers like Cosby. He says the audience is always right (even about his #MeToo joke).
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Frankenstein at 200

Mary Shelley’s creation is the rare story to pass from literature into common myth, inspiring a seemingly endless stream of adaptations.
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The Beastie Boys Put Down the Mic and Pick Up the Pen

After the death of Adam Yauch, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz worked to capture the groundbreaking group’s aesthetic and legacy on the page. Here’s how they did it.
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Tippi Hedren, Hitchcock’s ‘Marnie,’ Loves the Met’s Opera

The star of the story’s film version flew in from California for the premiere, and stayed at the cast party past midnight.
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Critic’s Pick: Review: A Thrilling ‘Ferryman’ Serves Up a Glorious Harvest Feast

Jez Butterworth’s great, sprawling drama of rural Northern Ireland during the Troubles bares a culture’s contradictions through riveting storytelling.
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Bella Thorne’s Cats, Big Bird and More: Your Week in Pop Culture

What you need to know from this week’s TV, music and movie news.
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Live Review: Elton John Stays Flashy on the Long Road to Farewell

The English musician conquered American pop radio in the 1970s and never entirely left. Now he’s on a three-year tour celebrating his many hits for the last time.
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Met and Brooklyn Museums Will Not Use Saudi Money for Programs on the Middle East

As more details emerged about the fate of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the museums said they would use their own money for events originally supported by Saudi funds.
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Can Hasan Minhaj Make Topical Comedy Work on Netflix?

With “Patriot Act,” the former “Daily Show” correspondent plans to cover news most late-night hosts ignore, and looks to defy Netflix’s spotty talk show track record.
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Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years

Mr. Spinney’s remarkable run as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, two of the most beloved characters on television, will end this week.
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Julian Schnabel and the Great Painters, Side by Side

The visual artist and movie director has moved some pieces in the Musée d’Orsay’s collection, hanging his paintings alongside ones by van Gogh, Monet and Cézanne.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Chicago Is Changing Theater, One Storefront at a Time

Can tiny companies thrive in the shadow of major institutions? In this theater-mad city, the question may actually run the other way.
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insidE the WRITERS’ ROOM: ‘Better Call Saul’: How to Cook Up the Perfect Con

For four seasons, the writers of “Saul” have slowly been transforming Jimmy McGill into the slimy Saul Goodman. In this video, they broke down a pivotal scene before the season finale.
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Better Call Saul: ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 Finale Recap: Suckers!

Jimmy’s slide into Saul continues as Mike faces a brutal choice.
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For Aasif Mandvi, a 20-Year-Old Play Now Feels Like ‘Political Resistance’

“Sakina’s Restaurant,” which put him on the map, has new resonance, which is why he’s summoning the energy to play all its roles all over again.
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Bill Cosby’s Legal Woes Now Shift to Civil Court

Largely on hold while his criminal case unfolded, the suits from 10 women who say he also sexually assaulted them will now proceed in Massachusetts and California.
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Critic’s Notebook: In ‘A Star Is Born,’ Lady Gaga Pits Pop Against Authenticity

The movie reflects a battle that’s played out in her own career, between the perceived ephemerality of pop and the assumed durability of “real” music.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Better Call Saul’ Is Great TV. Well, Part of It Is.

The Season 4 finale reached a long-promised milestone for a “Breaking Bad” prequel that’s part moral investigation, part Easter-egg factory.
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How Banksy’s Prank Might Boost His Prices: ‘It’s a Part of Art History’

The artist’s remotely shredded “Girl With Balloon” was meant to poke fun at excesses of the auction world. Yet now his prices look set to soar.
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Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

The British street artist Banksy appeared to pull off one of his most spectacular pranks on Friday night, with a frame that shredded his “Girl With Balloon” after it sold.
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The Nazi Downstairs: A Jewish Woman’s Tale of Hiding in Her Home

A search for a lost masterpiece uncovered a woman’s harrowing account of escaping deportation, and possibly death, while spying on a Nazi at close range.
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Hoaxers Slip Breastaurants and Dog-Park Sex Into Journals

Three academics tested a theory about the intellectual integrity of peer-reviewed “grievance studies” by cooking up, and publishing, their own.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Only Hollywood Abuser I Want to Hear From Is a Horse

In a TV season filled with very special #MeToo episodes, a few standout shows like “BoJack Horseman” commit to telling a bigger story.
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Matthew Weiner on Life After ‘Mad Men,’ Sexual Harassment and His New Amazon Show

The Emmy-winning TV creator talks about his return to television with “The Romanoffs” and addresses a harassment allegation.
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Riddle of a Scandalous French Painting Is Solved, Researcher Says

Until now, the identity of the subject in Gustave Courbet’s “The Origin of the World,” a meticulous close-up of a woman’s genitals, was unknown.
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Kanye West Ends ‘S.N.L.’ With Speech About Trump and Bullying

The monologue, delivered in a red Make America Great Again hat, discussed racism and Democrats.
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Matt Damon Plays Brett Kavanaugh in ‘S.N.L.’ Season Premiere

Meanwhile, the musical guest, Kanye West, drew attention for his extensive post-show remarks.
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Yo-Yo Ma Wants Bach to Save the World

With a new recording and a two-year, 36-city world tour, the classical musician of our civic life is pairing art and community action.
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Critic’s Notebook: Finding Common Ground at El Museo del Barrio

Two shows attempt to bridge the rift in a museum’s mission: to honor its Barrio roots — and reach a global audience.
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Bradley Cooper Is Not Really Into This Profile

In “A Star Is Born,” his directorial debut, Mr. Cooper wrangles with the celebrity industrial complex. So you can imagine how this interview went.
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Reactions to the Cosby Sentence: Accusers and Allies Speak

As news of Bill Cosby’s prison sentence spread, accusers and others reacted to the verdict.
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Bill Cosby Sentencing: Decision Day Begins

Many experts anticipate that Mr. Cosby, whose conviction was the first major one of the #MeToo era, will be sent to prison for a number of years.
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Bill Cosby Sentencing: Live Updates on Sexual Assault Conviction

At his hearing Monday, the disgraced entertainer, 81, could be sent to prison for many years.
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Was This Homage to Bratwurst Really Designed by Robert Indiana?

The sausage company that commissioned it believes it was, despite a disputed image of the artist that may have been altered.
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Glenstone, a Private Art Xanadu, Invests $200 Million in a Public Vision

This expanded private museum in Maryland gets a tax break for Mitchell and Emily Wei Rales. But artists say it also gives the world an exciting place to view their work.
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How Robyn, Pop’s Glittery Rebel, Danced Her Way Back From Darkness

After enduring an emotional crash, a breakup and the death of a mentor, the Swedish star has her first album in eight years and the most transcendent song of her career.
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New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay

The editor, Ian Buruma, left after a backlash regarding an essay by a Canadian radio personality who lost his job after sexual misconduct allegations.
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Will Bill Cosby’s Trip From America’s Dad to Sex Offender End in Prison?

The judge who sentences him next week will confront a frail old man convicted of sexually assaulting one woman, but accused of abuse by many others.
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Emmys Briefing: Emmys 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Win Big Awards

It’s a tie: HBO and Netflix won 23 Emmys each. And it was a big night for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which took five more awards.
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Profile: Jill Lepore on Writing the Story of America (in 1,000 Pages or Less)

After writing a shelf of books mining forgotten incidents and obscure lives, the Harvard scholar and New Yorker writer offers history on a grand scale.
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the new season: Movie Stars Have Heroines, Too

We asked actresses, directors and writers with this fall’s films to tell us about the forerunners they admire. Tilda Swinton, Rashida Jones, Michelle Rodriguez and others explain in their own words.
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Art Review: At the Met Museum, the Grand Enigmas of Delacroix

A glorious retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art introduces a precocious prophet of the modern age.
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Critic’s notebook: The Best New Social Thriller Is a Podcast

“Adventures in New America” and “The Horror of Dolores Roach” take fiction podcasts to new heights with mash-ups of horror, comedy and social commentary.
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Gender Is a Construct. Christine and the Queens Built a Bulldozer.

This French pop singer’s new album, “Chris,” an ode to “horny, hungry and ambitious” women, is a timely personal and political breakthrough.
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‘She Should Be Revered, and She Is Not’

With two more high-profile plays opening in New York this season — and a huge movie deal in the works — Theresa Rebeck’s time may have come.
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The Billionaire Who Bought Trump’s Mansion Faces Scrutiny in Monaco

Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian mining magnate, is suspected of using perks to curry favor with officials, who arrested a businessman he is feuding with.
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Mac Miller, Rapper Who Wrestled With Fame and Addiction, Dies at 26

The musician, who released five albums, began his career as a mischievous party-starter but turned toward darker themes.
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Burt Reynolds Dies at 82; Made Hearts Throb and Audiences Laugh

Mr. Reynolds carried on a long love affair with moviegoers even though his performances were often more memorable than the films that contained them.
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A Darker, Deeper Jim Carrey Returns to TV With ‘Kidding’

Mr. Carrey, the beloved funnyman of “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “Dumb and Dumber” fame, is back in his first ongoing TV role since “In Living Color.” But he’s not in a laughing mood.
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Sarah Lucas, Unmasked: From Perverse to Profound

Not widely known on this side of the Atlantic, the British sculptor has a show at the New Museum this fall that may cause jaws to drop.
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Cher Has Never Been a Huge Cher Fan. But She Loves Being Cher.

With a new album of Abba covers, a Broadway musical about her life and a no-holds-barred take on her career, the 72-year-old pop icon is as outspoken as ever.
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As TV Seeks Diverse Writing Ranks, Rising Demand Meets Short Supply

Shows are scrambling to hire more minorities, but the pipeline of experienced writers is thin, a problem of the industry’s own making.
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Critic’s Notebook: In a Hometown Send-Off, Aretha Franklin Belongs to Everyone

The gospel church, the pop public, the city of Detroit: The “Queen of Soul” was part of them all, but they didn’t define her singular gifts.
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Aretha Franklin’s Funeral: Stars, Dignitaries and Fans Honor the Queen of Soul

Thousands packed a Detroit church to pay respects to a musical giant whose legacy was evident in several hours of tributes in song.
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Critic’s Notebook: One Last Time, McCain Counterprograms Trump

The senator’s memorials laid out his vision of civic life, and said a lot, indirectly, about someone who was conspicuous by his absence.
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An Artist Ascendant: Simone Leigh Moves Into the Mainstream

With her first major New York gallery show and an important public commission, the artist spotlights African-American women “left out of history.”
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Aretha Franklin’s Fans Say Goodbye, With Tears and Dance Moves

People waited hours to see the Queen of Soul at a public viewing inside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
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Ethan Hawke Is Still Taking Ethan Hawke Extremely Seriously

The critics used to hate him, but he worked in defiance of them. Now they’re rapturous, and he’s not sure what to do.
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Neil Simon, Broadway Master of Comedy, Is Dead at 91

Mr. Simon started out writing for television and later wrote for the movies, but his plays were his biggest successes, among them “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park.”
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On Comedy: This May Be the Most Polarizing Comedy Special of the Year

For his new set on HBO, Drew Michael drops the audience and adds a fictional girlfriend. The result is sarcastic club humor that feels like a French new wave film.
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What Will the Future Be Like? These Objects Help Us Imagine

An exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London examines how technological and social change will alter the way we live.
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In Praise of Bernstein as Conductor: Movement That Mesmerized

To his fans, especially the baby boomers who were the target audience for his Young People’s Concerts, his theatrical podium persona was thrilling.
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Brash, Confident and Democratic: How Bernstein Symbolized America

Five writers on what made the protean Bernstein, born 100 years ago, one of the most indelible figures in the history of the arts.
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Jack Ryan Still Just Wants to Sit at a Desk

Jack Ryan, the C.I.A. analyst at the center of many Tom Clancy novels, has long been popular in Hollywood. A look at how the character has evolved.
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Kelly Marie Tran: I Won’t Be Marginalized by Online Harassment

The “Star Wars” actress was “brainwashed into believing that my existence was limited to the boundaries of another person’s approval.” Now she’s taking a stand.
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Sacha Baron Cohen Pranked Me, Can I Sue? Yes. Win? Not So Much.

Mr. Cohen has been sued many times. There’s a reason he rarely loses: His unsuspecting subjects don’t read the fine print.
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Aretha Franklin’s Music Powered Memorable Moments Onscreen

In “Moonlight,” “Murphy Brown,” “Blues Brothers” and more, Ms. Franklin’s catalog was called on to sweeten or deepen a scene.
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‘Amazing Grace’: How Aretha Franklin Took Us All to Church

Recorded at a Baptist church in South Los Angeles in 1972, the album is an artist reaching another level.
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Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

With hits like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” she defined a female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable.
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In This ‘Oklahoma!,’ She Loves Her and He Loves Him

A production with same-sex leads is one of many signs that directors are approaching the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with new eyes.
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They All Love a ‘Yellow Submarine’: Very Young Beatles Fans Sing Along

Families, most with small children, gathered at Film Forum for a special screening of the 1968 movie that let them share their love of the group.
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An Appraisal: V.S. Naipaul, a Writer of Many Contradictions and Obvious Greatness

Naipaul, who died at 85 on Saturday, was a self-styled heir to Joseph Conrad, and a legitimate one.
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From Harlem to Herrang: An Original Lindy Hopper Blooms in Sweden

At an annual dance camp, Norma Miller, 98, is a direct link to the history of the Lindy Hop, a dance craze born in Harlem in the 1920s.
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Eighth Graders Watch ‘Eighth Grade’ and Relate (and Also Cringe)

Teenagers turned out in droves for free all-ages screenings of Bo Burnham’s drama about being 13. The movie reminded them of their own middle-school hell.
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Transforming Tulsa, Starting with a Park

Can a billionaire bring together his divided city? With Gathering Place, George B. Kaiser and Michael Van Valkenburgh challenge what an urban park can be.
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Langston Hughes Just Got a Year Older

How a random late-night online search led to new discoveries about the poet’s birth and early years.
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Why Did It Take So Long to See a Cast Like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’?

With much riding on the first major Hollywood film with a majority Asian cast and crew since 1993, the makers faced questions about identity.
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The ‘Bachelorette’ Makes Her Choice. Will She Regret It?

Becca Kufrin ended up choosing a man who, unknown to her during filming, had a habit of liking insensitive Instagram posts.
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Syria’s Women Prisoners, Drawn by an Artist Who Was One

Azza Abo Rebieh got her guards to give her pencils and paper, then began sketching the faces and habits of fellow inmates in Syria’s notorious detention system.
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Newseum Says It Made a Mistake and Pulls ‘Fake News’ Shirts

“Journalists are not the enemy of the people,” the Washington museum dedicated to celebrating the First Amendment said on Saturday.
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‘Better Call Saul’ Starts Its Fourth Season, Still Waiting for Saul

AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ prequel continues to find ways to spin out the adventures of Jimmy McGill, the shyster lawyer who will someday become Saul Goodman.
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Review: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Squeeze Triumph From Reconciliation

For their On the Run II tour, pop’s most powerful couple perform the third act of their high-stakes play about faithfulness and disappointment.
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A Rock Band Flirts with German Taboos, and Finds a Huge Following

Frei.Wild has become one of the most popular bands in Germany. But critics say the group fosters anti-immigrant sentiment and right-wing nationalism.
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How Robert Indiana’s Caretaker Came to Control His Artistic Legacy

The late artist’s caretaker, whose loyalty has been questioned by some, will run a foundation that will shepherd Mr. Indiana’s art and create a new museum.
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What Do 525 Ventriloquists Do at a Convention? Ask Their Dummies

Scenes from an annual “vent” gathering in Kentucky, where puppets rule and their masters crave respect for an unappreciated art form.
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INTERNETTING with amanda hess: Dogs Took Over the Internet. Our Souls Are at Stake.

Dogs are order. Cats are chaos. Dogs are loyal and compliant. Cats are … not. Why has the internet suddenly switched its allegiance? Episode 1 of our video series.
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An Influential French Director Is Accused of Sexual Abuse. The Reaction Has Been Muted.

Allegations against Luc Besson have not set off a chain reaction in the French film industry, showing how #MeToo has played out differently.
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A Word With: Uzo Aduba Gives Voice to Hidden Figures

Ms. Aduba talks about the new season of “Orange Is the New Black”; her character, Suzanne; and her mission to tell the stories of overlooked women.
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Bayreuth’s First American Director Made Wagner a Feminist. What Now?

The visionary director Yuval Sharon, whose “Lohengrin” opened the Bayreuth Festival this week, is on a mission to redefine opera in the United States.
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An Artist Unites North and South Korea, Stitch by Stitch

Through smugglers and bribes, Kyungah Ham employs embroiderers in the Hermit Kingdom to sew her designs, an extraordinary and risky collaboration.
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Finding Music in Shakespeare, Suffragists and Mitch McConnell

A rising star in musical theater, Shaina Taub is a fiercely political singer-songwriter who is writing the lyrics for her first Broadway show, with Elton John.
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Art Review: Rammellzee, From Living Letters to Living Sculpture

The universe of the graffiti master turned astrofunk storyteller in a bracing show reveals his lifelong battle against the limitations of form.
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Books News: Missing Malcolm X Writings, Long a Mystery, Are Sold

Rumored lost portions of his autobiography were bought by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, along with the manuscript of the book.
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Billy Joel’s Got a Good Job and Hits in His Head

He stopped making new pop music in 1993, but his fans stuck around. Celebrating his 100th Madison Square Garden show, he spoke about writing songs and staying alive.
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On Comedy: If Comedy Is Making You Feel Bad, You’re Not Paying Attention

The belief that stand-ups might be able to change the world is so 2016. But dumping on the power of comedy now ignores what the art form has become.
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The Comedy-Destroying, Soul-Affirming Art of Hannah Gadsby

Creating the furious standup special “Nanette” was an act of self-preservation for the Australian star. The result has been a sensation “beyond my comprehension.”
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She Gave Millions to Artists Without Credit. Until Now.

The artist Susan Unterberg, acting anonymously, has distributed more than $ 5.5 million over 22 years to 220 underrecognized female artists over age 40.
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How Benny Blanco Became the Most Popular Oddball in Pop Music

The producer and songwriter has worked with Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Kanye West and just about everyone else. Now he’s putting out songs of his own.
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‘Simpsons’ Creator Matt Groening Says Debate Around Apu Is ‘Tainted’

Amid discussion about whether Apu is an Indian stereotype, Mr. Groening shares his feelings about the character and explains why the criticism caught him off guard.
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A Starring Role for Hollywood’s Sexual Zelig

“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” details the story of Scotty Bowers, who says he ran a gay and bisexual prostitution ring for the stars for decades.
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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen Is Back. Should We Care?

“Who Is America?” on Showtime reprises the comedian’s gotcha techniques at a time when people don’t need to be tricked into saying embarrassing things.
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A Word With: Andy Samberg Has a New Late-Night Gig: Being a Dad

Mr. Samberg talks about “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” NBC’s rescue of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and how fatherhood is a little like “S.N.L.”
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Dance? Easy. The Ballerina Tiler Peck Leaves Her Comfort Zone.

A new documentary follows this New York City Ballet dancer as she directs an evening she put together. It changed her: “I know I could run a company.”
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How a Director Uncovered Whitney Houston’s Secret Pain

The director of a new documentary said he consulted addiction experts and repeatedly interviewed her brothers to reveal her childhood abuse.
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It’s the Movie Hit of the Summer: Why ‘The Kissing Booth’ Clicked

The Netflix movie is based on a book by a real teenager, adapted by a fan of ’80s teen rom-coms and features stars who actually became a couple.
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A Canadian Museum Promotes Indigenous Art. But Don’t Call It ‘Indian.’

Will a debate over terminology at the Art Gallery of Ontario help the progress of artists who are underrepresented in United States museums?
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Oakland in Their Bones, and in Their Films

For the first time in the city’s long history as a cultural wellspring, it is fertile ground for filmmakers like the writer-stars of “Blindspotting.” What took so long?
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How One Tweet About Nicki Minaj Spiraled Into Internet Chaos

A hip-hop writer became the target of superfan ire — and the rapper’s own fury — after she posted a message about Ms. Minaj’s musical direction.
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Record Breaking or Not, Trump Crowds Get Elton John on Repeat

At a Montana Trump rally, there was mockery of #MeToo and the “fake news” media and bragging about breaking records for drawing crowds.
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In This Play About Race, ‘People Need to Be Uncomfortable’

There have been complaints that “Fairview,” currently at Soho Rep, goes too far and complaints that it doesn’t go far enough.
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Four Musicals on Three Continents: An Australian Company’s Big Bet

Global Creatures, a company founded by a wealthy Australian, is breaking into theater with high-profile, big-budget productions, including “King Kong” on Broadway.
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If It’s on ‘Love Island,’ Britain’s Talking About It

A reality show featuring young Brits hooking up and breaking up is attracting millions of viewers to a second-tier network, and no small amount of finger-wagging.
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Protests Shutter a Show That Cast White Singers as Black Slaves

“Slav,” a show featuring white singers performing black slave songs, has been canceled at the Montreal International Jazz Festival following criticism of cultural appropriation.
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Review: ‘Sharp Objects’ Cuts Slow but Deep

Amy Adams is remarkable as a self-destructive reporter in a murder mystery that’s really an investigation into her own past.
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The New Season of ‘GLOW’ Is Even Better Than the First. Except for One Thing.

This season the show takes one relationship in a new direction, and the result feels tired.
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Lakeith Stanfield Is Playing Us All

The new symbol of Hollywood weird, who is starring in “Sorry to Bother You,” refuses to be categorized as part of a movement. “I’m just doing me.”
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The First Time: Shirley Manson: The First Time I Cut Myself

Trapped in an unhealthy relationship, this musician found relief and power in self-harming. Today, she vigilantly avoids the patterns that got her there.
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On Comedy: A Netflix Experiment Gives Deserving Comics Their 15 Minutes

Instead of hourlong specials, these bite-sized sets let you in on one of comedy’s biggest secrets: the funniest stand-ups are the ones you’ve never heard of.
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Unwelcome Sound on Germany’s Stages: Musicians Who Boycott Israel

Performers who support a movement protesting the treatment of Palestinians are clashing with German sensibilities.
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Behind Lincoln Center’s White Travertine Facade: Infighting and Indecision

Four leaders in five years. New initiatives that come and go. Financial pressures. The tumult that is challenging Lincoln Center and its future.
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Critic’s Notebook: As the Frick Expands, New York City Music Suffers

The Frick Collection’s music room, reminiscent of a 19th-century salon, is an ideal space for chamber music. So why is the museum getting rid of it?
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Ashley Bouder, the Feminist Ballerina With a Mission

The Ashley Bouder Project’s goal? To promote the work of women and other underrepresented voices in the slow-to-change world of ballet.
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A Director Looks for Beauty in Her Home’s Opioid Struggle

With “Recovery Boys,” Elaine McMillion Sheldon aimed to tell the story of West Virginia’s opioid epidemic through the eyes of people who are fighting through it.
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The Amy Adams Method

Few actors are as unshowy, or unshakable. With “Sharp Objects,” in which she plays a self-destructive journalist, the five-time Oscar nominee keeps evolving.
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After #MeToo, the Ripple Effect

As the harassment conversation shifts to “what’s next?”, small networks of women are helping to lay the groundwork for legal and institutional change.
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Benicio Del Toro, Hollywood’s Instant Antihero, Goes the Distance

The economical actor has burned brightly in all his films, from “The Usual Suspects” to “The Last Jedi.” Now, with an action franchise and a mini-series, he’s learning to linger.
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Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?

It’s not the Mary Martin vehicle you loved as a child. But Bernstein’s version is getting a rare revival at the Bard SummerScape festival.
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Critic’s Notebook: How to Save ‘The Conners’ From Roseanne

Maybe the troubled “Roseanne” revival should have just ended. But if it won’t, here are some ways it could get better.
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Meet the 11-Year-Old Girls Whose Music Wowed the Philharmonic

Jordan Millar and Camryn Cowan joined an after-school program to learn how to compose. Now tens of thousands have heard their work.
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Critic’s Notebook: Oprah Earned This Museum Show. And It’s a Potent Spectacle.

An exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture captures what Oprah Winfrey and her TV show have meant.
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Critic’s Notebook: Images of the Border Crises Speak Louder Than ‘Womp Womp’

On cable TV and social media, the separation of parents from their children provoked empathy and exposed the emptiness of trolling.
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Josh Brolin Fears the Summer of Josh Brolin

He’s starring in the two biggest blockbusters of the season, cleaned up his life and has clout he never dreamed of. And that’s the problem.
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