When Extremes Attract: Dance and Horror’s New Pas de Deux

Gaspar Noé’s “Climax” is the latest movie to push the ecstatic, frightening qualities of dance into horror. A body holds plenty of space for terror.
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‘Captain Marvel’s’ Cat Was Actually Four Cats. Here’s How That Worked.

Reggie took the lead, the rambunctious Archie stepped in for scratching, Gonzo could be held, and Rizzo was a backup. Training them wasn’t as hard as you’d think.
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Iggy Pop Is Fine With Being the Godfather of Punk

In an interview, the influential proto-punk frontman discusses the Sex Pistols, Lester Bangs, drugs and “Punk,” his new documentary series on Epix.
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Streaming Movie Review: ‘Girl’ Review: A Transgender Portrait of Uncommon Depth

This divisive film about a young dancer wisely disposes of “will they find out?” questions in favor of psychological depth and verisimilitude.
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‘Billions,’ ‘Succession’ and the Making of Wealth Porn

How modern billionaire TV shows capture the lifestyles of the 1 percent of the 1 percent.
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Amy Schumer Doesn’t Care What You Think (That Much)

Taking harsh criticism and facing motherhood, the comedian acknowledged mistakes, saying, “I’m down to evolve.” Then again, she doesn’t want to be too careful.
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Critic’s Notebook: Nine Concerts in Seven Days at the World’s Most Famous Concert Hall

Carnegie Hall manages to present the vast sprawl of the classical field in the 21st century better than almost anywhere else.
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Dr. Funky Butt and Me: My Friendship with the Real Donald Shirley

An author recalls the pianist at the center of “Green Book” as erudite, salty and not a little opinionated.
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Critic’s Notebook: On CBS, R. Kelly Was Trapped in the Camera Eye

Gayle King’s explosive interview with the R&B singer, accused of preying on women and girls, pitted fire vs. ice-cool.
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‘Mockingbird’ Play Publisher Demands $500,000 From Harper Lee Estate

A filing seeking arbitration says the estate allowed eight theaters around the United States to stage “To Kill a Mockingbird,” then flip-flopped at the last minute.
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Aidy Bryant Found Her Confidence on ‘SNL.’ On ‘Shrill’ She Found Herself.

The bittersweet Hulu comedy, based on the memoir by Lindy West, has deep personal resonance for the “S.N.L.” veteran.
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Adam Driver and Keri Russell Share a Stage and Then, Maybe, Lightsabers

Before the force is with them, Keri Russell and Adam Driver, who will both appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” bring an unruly love story to Broadway.
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Her Husband Did the Unthinkable. This Is a Play About Everything After.

When her husband was arrested on child pornography charges, Maddie Corman watched her world fall apart. Then she made a play about it.
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‘Leaving Neverland’ Part 2 Recap: ‘The Abuse Was a Bomb That Dropped in Our Lives’

The second half of the HBO documentary covers Jackson’s legal troubles, his accusers’ decisions to come forward and the impact on their families.
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Michael Jackson Fans Are Tenacious. ‘Leaving Neverland’ Has Them Poised for Battle.

A new documentary detailing allegations of sexual abuse has the pop star’s most activist supporters ready to jump on Twitter and YouTube to defend his name.
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A Word With: America Ferrera on Why People Should See Themselves on TV

She talks about “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Superstore,” and taking the ugly out of “Ugly Betty.”
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Critic’s Notebook: At New York City Ballet, Progress but Not Equality

Wendy Whelan has been chosen to run City Ballet with Jonathan Stafford, but her professional title is missing a prefix, as in co-artistic director.
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Critic’s Notebook: New York Has a Public Housing Problem. Does London Have an Answer?

After listening to residents, Hackney upgraded its council estates with sleek new apartments, mixing subsidized and market-rate tenants.
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Michael Jackson Cast a Spell. ‘Leaving Neverland’ Breaks It.

In a new documentary on HBO, two men accuse the star of sexually abusing them as children. Our critic wrestles with their stories, and his own fandom.
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A ‘Tradition’ Omission: I Had Never Seen ‘Fiddler’ Until Now.

Growing up in a traditional Jewish household made the legendary musical a piece to resent, not embrace. So much has changed since.
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What ‘Green Book’ Says About the Academy. Our Critics on the Oscars.

Manohla Dargis, A.O. Scott and Wesley Morris all note that the night was impressively inclusive, but on the best picture winner, they aren’t in agreement.
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The Best and Worst Moments of the 2019 Oscars

A more diverse winners’, a best-picture blunder, a joyous victory and misbegotten acceptance — these were the highs and lows as we saw them.
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Reporter’s Notebook: The One Big Awards Show That Didn’t Lock Out Women Directors

The Independent Spirit Awards nominated a record number of female directors. Why did no other award-giving groups come close to following suit?
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R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Sexual Abuse in Chicago

The R&B singer was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were underage. His attorney said “there’s no merit to any of this.”
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What to See in New York City This Spring

Broadway, Wagner’s “Ring,” the opening of the Shed: what our critics and writers are looking forward to this season.
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Jussie Smollett Arrested on Felony Charge, Accused of Faking Own Assault

The “Empire” actor was accused of staging the assault he reported as a hate crime to Chicago police in January.
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Critic’s Pick: Review: Early Hollywood in Black and White in ‘Vera Stark’

Lynn Nottage’s barbed satire looks at the narrow options offered African-American actresses in a movie industry that can’t shake stereotypes.
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Critic’s Notebook: A Man You Can Bait with a Skit

Wounded by a “Saturday Night Live” spoof, President Trump reacts with part heavy-handed threat, part celebrity ego.
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Jussie Smollett Timeline: Mystery Deepens as Police Review Case

Here’s a timeline to help keep track of the twists and turns in the reported assault on Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor.
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On ‘S.N.L.’, Alec Baldwin Mocks President Trump’s Emergency Declaration

In one of his increasingly infrequent appearances as Trump, Baldwin lampooned the president’s Rose Garden news conference, including its strange singsong portion.
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Ryan Adams Album Release Canceled Amid Report of F.B.I. Inquiry

“Big Colors,” the first of three albums scheduled for this year, is on hold after the musician was accused of explicit communication with an underage fan. He denies the claims.
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A Pop Culture Shock After the Trip of a Lifetime

Our 52 Places Traveler thought she could rely on downloads as armor against the unknowns of global travel. That’s not how it went down.
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Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid a Price.

Several women say Adams offered to jumpstart their music careers, then pursued them sexually and in some cases retaliated when they spurned him. He denies the claims.
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The Lonely Life of a Black Talent Agent in Hollywood

With few colleagues of color in the four big agencies, these representatives have an impact on what is produced. But they also face isolation and other barriers.
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The Best and Worst of the Grammys

Drake showed up (and got cut off), Brandi Carlile provided a thrill and Alicia Keys brought the chill. From powerhouse performances to mismatched collaborations, here’s how we saw the show.
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Grammy Awards 2019: Kacey Musgraves Leads a Big Year for Women

At a ceremony dominated by female performers and presenters, Musgraves won album of the year for “Golden Hour,” as well as three other awards.
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A Word With: Anna Paquin on Bad Behavior and Keeping the Drama Onscreen

She talks about her latest role as a morally questionable publicist in the Pop TV series, “Flack,” and keeping her own life out of the public glare.
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Landmark Broadway Deal Gives Actors a Piece of the Profits

Performers and stage managers who help develop hit shows will share in the riches following an agreement reached Friday between their union and producers.
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Lagos, City of Hustle, Builds an Art ‘Ecosystem’

West Africa’s new art destination is a sprawling megacity with a generation of artists, gallerists and collectors powering the scene.
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Pavlova’s Shoes, Nijinsky’s Diary, and Other Dance Treasures From the Public Library

The library’s dance division — the largest, most eclectic collection of dance materials in the world — turns 75. We picked some rarities.
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Critic’s Notebook: Trump, Political TV’s Protagonist, Now Has to Share the Spotlight

The State of the Union address suggested that America’s political drama was becoming an ensemble, not a one-man show anymore.
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MoMA to Close, Then Open Doors to More Expansive View of Art

Don’t plan to visit MoMA this summer. It’s closing for renovations that will put a new focus on work by women and artists of color. The results will shake up every gallery.
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Maroon 5 Barely Leaves a Mark at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

The rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi joined Adam Levine’s band for a toothless performance free of politics.
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A Word With: Kelly Rowland on Playing Gladys Knight: ‘I Just Wanted to Soak Her Up’

Rowland discusses her role in BET’s “American Soul,” the politics of the Super Bowl, R. Kelly and the message she’s bringing at this stage in life.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Sundance Film Festival Comes Through (Again!)

With “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “Clemency” and more, this year’s festival had plenty of good and even great movies if not a consensus favorite.
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The Producer Has a History. So Does This Civil War-Era Musical.

“Paradise Square” is the most expensive show Berkeley Repertory Theater has ever done. Its creators are prestigious, its major patron notorious.
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Another Go for Charles and Di, This Time With Music

The creators of “Memphis,” including a longtime member of Bon Jovi, are behind the new show that explores the fallout from a seemingly fairy-tale marriage.
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You Know the Lorena Bobbitt Story. But Not All of It.

In the 1990s, she was the topic of tabloid headlines and comedy skits. Now, as a documentary series takes on the story, she opens up about how that one night changed her life.
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‘Mary Poppins,’ and a Nanny’s Shameful Flirting With Blackface

The racial caricatures of the original P.L. Travers novels find disturbing echoes in the new movie and its beloved 1964 forerunner.
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‘Rent Live’ Review: How Do You Measure a Show You Were Never Meant to See?

Fox’s TV production of the hit musical hardly went off as planned. What to make of this barely live show?
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Steve Martin Appears as Roger Stone

Wearing a pinstripe suit and projecting his voice at maximum volume, Martin played Stone, the longtime Trump adviser who was arrested on Friday.
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‘Hamlet’ in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

A joint production by a Boston theater company and Google hopes to bring high-quality Shakespeare to wider audiences, and new audiences into theaters.
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What Penn Badgley Wants Us to Learn From ‘You’

When viewers swooned over his creepy character on the hit series, Badgley fired back on social media. Now, he reflects on his tweets and the show’s impact.
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‘I Am the Night’: Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine Explore the Black Dahlia Mystery

Between “Wonder Woman” movies, Jenkins and Pine teamed up for a noir-soaked limited series with roots in the 1947 murder.
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‘Green Book’ and ‘Miss Daisy’ Fuel a Racial Fantasy. Mookie Knew Better.

In many Oscar bait movies, interracial friendships come with a paycheck, and follow the white character’s journey to enlightenment.
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Live Updates: Oscar Nominations 2019: ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead the Way

Both films received 10 nominations, and Netflix got its first best picture nod. The 91st Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24.
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On Display at the People’s House: A Century of Persistence

Chirlane McCray sets a populist tone with an exhibition of female artists, long underrepresented at Gracie Mansion.
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A Word With: Anne Hathaway Dares You Not to Look Away

She talks about playing a femme fatale in “Serenity,” doing “The Hustle” with Rebel Wilson, stealing the show in “Ocean’s 8” and Hollywood’s echo chamber of men.
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His Art, Their Ideas: Did Robert Indiana Lose Control of His Work?

Private text messages entered as evidence in a legal dispute raise new questions about whether the artist fully designed his final works.
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Can Art Make Something Happen?

With “This Land,” David Opdyke melds art and activism, hoping to inspire urgent changes in vision, one postcard, and viewer, at a time.
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Yalitza Aparicio of ‘Roma’ and the Politics of Stardom in Mexico

The film’s star was on her way to being a teacher when she landed the role. Now she’s part of a conversation about Indigenous people and inequality.
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‘Project Blue Book’ Is Based on a True U.F.O. Story. Here It Is.

Here are the actual events behind History’s popular new series on the Air Force’s program to investigate and debunk U.F.O.s.
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The Met Opera Has a Gay Conductor. Yes, That Matters.

Openly gay performing arts leaders are still rare. So it was a breath of fresh air to chat about coming out and Celine Dion with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his partner.
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Sara Gilbert Balances Her Lives on ‘The Conners’ and ‘The Talk’

A producer and star of both shows, she found herself at the heart of two of television’s most intensely examined recent controversies.
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A Word With: Matthew Goode Knows How to Charm. Just Ask Lady Mary and Princess Margaret.

Goode talks about playing a vampire in “A Discovery of Witches.” He also discusses the “Downton Abbey” movie and bidding farewell to “The Crown.”
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings ‘Hamilton’ to a Troubled but Appreciative Puerto Rico

The show’s creator hopes its 17-day run in San Juan will call attention to the struggling island’s needs as well as its riches.
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A Real-World Battle Over Dancing Avatars: Did Fortnite Steal the Floss?

Three performers are suing the makers of the video game Fortnite, saying it is selling their dance moves without their permission. Can they win?
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‘The Sopranos’ 20th Anniversary: Here’s Your Complete Guide to Rewatching It

New to the series? Already a fan? Our spoiler-light guide offers several different watching strategies, based on your commitment level.
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The Demolition Artist: 3 Critics Debate Ivo van Hove

Visionary stylist or one-trick pony? With “Network” on Broadway and “All About Eve” on the horizon, the multimedia-mad stage director is ready for his close-up.
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Mary Boone, Art Dealer, Cites Early Trauma in Bid to Avoid Prison

The New York gallerist faces a possible prison term of three years after pleading guilty to tax evasion.
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The Best and Worst of the Golden Globes

It was a big night for Sandra Oh and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “A Star Is Born” had it rougher. From heartfelt hosts to snoozy speeches, here’s how we saw the show.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Game of Thrones’ Does Not Say What Donald Trump Thinks It Does

The president’s appropriation of the show’s tagline and imagery suggests he doesn’t know what happened to the wall — or what it really means.
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Ellen DeGeneres: Academy Should Reinstate Kevin Hart as Oscars Host

In an interview released Friday, DeGeneres told Hart that she called the academy to ask it to make him the host of the award.
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The Choreographed Cacophony of ‘Ferryman’

With a cast of 21, plus a live goose and rabbit, the dizzying number of comings and goings in this Broadway show requires an incredible attention to detail.
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Mexico City as the Director of ‘Roma’ Remembers It (and Hears It)

Alfonso Cuarón revisits the sights and sounds of the neighborhood that inspired his critically acclaimed film.
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The Good, the Bad and ‘Black Panther’

Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott, the chief film critics of The New York Times, look back at a year of rage, silliness and sublimity at the movies.
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A Father Confronts His ‘Spider-Verse’ Problem

His sons identify so deeply with the Afro-Latino hero that a conversation about the movie’s deep structural flaw is impossible.
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Critic’s Notebook: What It’s Like to Be a Female Movie Critic in the #MeToo Era

For Manohla Dargis, who spent a lifetime loving movies, ordinary, unremarkable sexism was so much harder to glide over. And it deserves outrage too.
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Critic’s Notebook: Hail, Dance, and Farewell to the Critic’s Life

Our departing chief dance critic, Alastair Macaulay, looks back on his tenure: the dance he has reviewed, and the scene today.
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The Arts: Photos We Loved in 2018

Kanye West. Philip Roth. Opera. Jazz. Salsa. King Kong. Tonya Harding. We can go on, but why don’t you see for yourself.
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‘Black Mirror’ Gives Power to the People

Interactive filmmaking, where the viewers take control, has always been a technology in search of an audience. Netflix thinks the time is right.
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Bringing to Life the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Only Her Family Knows

Her nephew wrote the new biopic about her, “On the Basis of Sex.” Her grandson has a part. And the justice and her daughter reviewed draft after draft.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Passion for Puerto Rico

The island has shaped the “Hamilton” creator’s identity. Now he’s bringing the musical to San Juan, and things are getting complicated.
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Artists We Lost in 2018, in Their Words

Quotes from notable actors, musicians, writers and dancers who made us laugh and cry and look at the world in new, myriad ways.
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They Look Like the Emperors’ Clocks. But Are They Real?

A legal dispute in New York is part of a broader questioning of the authenticity of some ornate timepieces that have come on the market from China.
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Dick Van Dyke on ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and Dancing at 93

The actor who starred in the original film dislikes the new one’s animation and says the biggest challenge wasn’t the hoofing but finally getting the accent right.
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The Carpetbagger: Rob Lowe on Dancing With Snow White and Getting the Last Laugh

The last time the Oscars went hostless, he did a duet that went down in history — and not in a good way. “I managed to convince myself that I’d killed it.”
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Review: A Watered-Down ‘Watership Down’ on Netflix

This four-part adaptation makes Richard Adams’s epic of rabbit civilization less scary, but stiff C.G.I. and timid choices sacrifice some of its dark poetry.
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On Comedy: Should Aziz Ansari and Louis C.K. Talk About Accusations Onstage?

The comics are taking opposite tacks as they return, but the art of comedy relies on personas. What happens when those constructs no longer ring true?
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Steven Spielberg on Storytelling’s Power to Fight Hate

The director is reissuing “Schindler’s List,” as he expands the mission of the Shoah Foundation through video testimonies of genocide survivors.
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The Carpetbagger: How Dolly Parton Nearly Hired Our Columnist Away

Spoiler alert: He’s still writing for us and not singing for her. But it’s just one example of the way the star has sweet-talked her way into the Oscar race.
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How Peter Jackson Made WWI Footage Seem Astonishingly New

The director restored archival combat film to pristine clarity for “They Shall Not Grow Old.”
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Church Leaders Sue Princeton Over ‘Stolen’ Manuscripts

In a lawsuit, officials of the Eastern Orthodox Church say the university has four manuscripts that were looted from a monastery in Greece in 1917.
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The Director James Wan: If ‘Aquaman’ Doesn’t Work, Blame Me

He took on this film thinking the superhero had few fans. Then some other DC movies didn’t excite the public; now the new one faces unexpected pressure.
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‘Mortal Engines’: How the Filmmakers Created a Roaming London

The makers of this science fiction film discuss what was required to turn a sprawling city into a giant R.V.
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The Best Classical Music of 2018

In a year of beginnings, the Jaap van Zweden era started at the New York Philharmonic, and the 92-year-old composer Gyorgy Kurtag’s first opera had its premiere.
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On Comedy: Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think

Feeling boxed in by her reputation for kindness, the comic is weighing whether to leave daytime TV, as her wife wants, or to stay, as her brother urges.
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My Brilliant Friend: Has HBO’s ‘’My Brilliant Friend’ Finale Left You Wanting More?

Times staff discuss the highs and lows of the eight-episode season adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel.
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A Yacht, a Monet, a See-Through Piano: The U.S. Collects on a Fugitive’s Shopping Spree

The government is trying to recoup the many assets of Jho Low, a Malaysian financier at the center of an international fraud case who had very expensive tastes.
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Dana Carvey Remembers George Bush, From Muse to Friend

The former president’s best-known impersonator looks back on his surprise invitation to the White House, and the 25-year friendship that followed.
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Taylor Swift? Cardi B? The 2019 Grammy Nominations’ Snubs and Surprises

Younger artists racked up more nods than legacy acts — and one of pop’s biggest stars — as the Grammys made some major adjustments.
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2019 Grammy Nominations: Kendrick Lamar Leads, and Women Dominate Major Categories

Facing criticism for a lack of diversity, the Recording Academy shifted its show’s processes, giving a crop of young and less heralded artists a chance to shine.
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Golden Globes Briefing: Golden Globes 2019: ‘Vice’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead

“Vice” nabbed six nominations while “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “The Favourite” all received five. The global smash “Black Panther” was nominated for best drama.
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The Best Movies of 2018

Our chief film critics single out a Mexican remembrance of things past and four American documentaries about the way we live now.
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The Best Theater of 2018

It was a year when classics were reincarnated in deceptively modest interpretations, conventional story forms were tossed aside and strong voices roared.
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How 3 Actors Overcame Trump’s Travel Ban to Take the New York Stage

Two Iranians and a Syrian were allowed entry to perform “The Jungle,” a play about refugees, after urgings by Sting and an ex-archbishop of Canterbury.
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The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and More in December

The holiday season is in full swing. As you gather with family and loved ones, this month’s roundup highlights TV shows and movies for all to enjoy.
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The New Vanguard: Makaya McCraven Sees the Future of Jazz Through Layers of History

The Chicago-based drummer keeps expanding his communal improvisational process. He released the album “Universal Beings” in October to wide acclaim.
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Rare Photo Is a Teenage van Gogh, but Not Vincent

A photo long thought to be one of two known pictures of the artist’s face is actually of his brother Theo, researchers in Amsterdam said.
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Emerging From Migos as His Own Man: The Metamorphosis of Offset

As the rapper readies a solo album that reveals more about his interior life than ever before, he talks about Cardi B, his car crash and his path to fame.
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The Director’s Cut: A Label Often Redefined, Now by Lars von Trier

The filmmaker is releasing his version of “The House That Jack Built” before the official one. What a director’s cut means has changed over the years.
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In a Texas Art Mecca, Humble Adobe Now Carries a High Cost

In Marfa, Tex., officials have raised taxes on adobe homes, pinching upscale homeowners as well as lower-income families who have lived there for decades.
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On Comedy: 3 Savvy Comics Who Shine Where Sex and Politics Intersect

Janelle James, Liza Treyger and Emmy Blotnick smuggle funny political jokes into bits on dating and relationships.
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Theater’s Latest Prompt: Don’t Act Your Age!

In “Usual Girls,” “Dance Nation” and other plays, actors are playing characters that are sometimes decades younger than they are. Here’s how it works.
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Peeling Back the Paint to Discover Bruegel’s Secrets

New technology allows researchers to look beneath the layers of the Dutch master’s works, revealing some macabre details.
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Olivia Colman: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears the Crowns

Olivia Colman has been a quiet star in Britain for a decade. But with two royal roles ahead, she’s reluctantly stepping into the spotlight.
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Critic’s Pick: ‘The Favourite’ Review: Scheming for Power in a Kinky Palace Triangle

Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, turns 18th-century royal intrigue into sublime and ridiculous comedy.
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‘Network’ in an Age of Fake News and Fury

Even the cast and creators are working out what the stage adaptation of the prescient 1976 film means right now.
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Table for Three: Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross on the Power of Women’s Stories

The former first lady and a star of ABC’s “black-ish” talk about Mrs. Obama’s memoir, feeling “good enough” and what it really means to “go high.”
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Brace Yourself in Act II: Trigger Warnings Come to the Stage

A number of American theaters are posting specific and comprehensive advisories about sensitive material, while others are resisting the trend.
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‘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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