‘Game of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey and Awkwafina Join ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Voice Cast

Lena Headey has set her “Game of Thrones” follow up role. She is joining the voice cast of the Netflix animated series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” alongside Awkwafina, Benedict Wong, Sigourney Weaver, Hannah John-Kamen and Dave Goelz. The series based on Jim Henson’s fantasy world of “The Dark Crystal” is coming to Netflix this […]

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘For Sama’ Win Top Awards at Nantucket Film Festival

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and Syria documentary “For Sama” emerged as the top winners at the 24th annual Nantucket Film Festival. The festival, which concludes today, as ever put the emphasis on screenwriters and emerging talents. Director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Sundance hit “Brittany Runs a Marathon” had a number of […]

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Benjamin Watson from ‘The New Dad’s Playbook’: Love is everything

The veteran tight end reflects on his book about fatherhood and the challenges of balancing relationships at home with the demands of an NFL career.
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TV Review: The New York Times’ ‘The Weekly’

It’s a tough time for the news business, with local publications having endured, or not, the collapse of the print-ad industry. The few truly national dailies, only slightly less beholden to changes in the wind, have had to adjust as well — seeking, in the short term, avenues towards financial stability and, in the slightly […]

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‘The Big Hurt’ Joining MVP Collections as Partner

Two years after launching, MVP Collections, a men’s big and tall brand founded by former Major League Baseball All-Star Mo Vaughn, has brought on a partner to expand the company’s visibility and reach.
Frank Thomas, “The Big Hurt,” a two-time MVP and MLB Hall of Famer, has joined the brand and will front four capsule collections that will launch for fall.
Thomas, an analyst for Fox Sports who is also on the broadcast team for NBC Sports Chicago, will become the brand’s third partner, along with Vaughn and Diane Cutuli-Bennett, a former Kellwood executive.
In an interview with WWD, Vaughn said he and Thomas have been friends since their college playing days and developed a mutual respect after being pitted against each other for decades. “He’s a professional and a great representative for our team,” Vaughn said. “Plus, he’s the customer.”
Thomas, who said he’s 6-feet 5-inches and nearly 300 pounds, said he saw the MVP Collections line in a DXL store in 2017 and was immediately drawn to it. “The clothes are hot and fashionable,” he said, adding, “no one takes care of the big guy. I’ve always loved fashion and this is right up my alley.”
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The Match Factory Sells Marco Bellocchio’s ‘The Traitor’ Around The World

The Match Factory has closed-out deals on Marco Bellocchio’s ‘The Traitor’ for most of the world following the Mafia drama’s Cannes competition premiere which has propelled the pic to the number two spot on Italy’s box office chart. Besides Sony Pictures Classic’s previously announced acquisition of “The Traitor” for North and Latin America, Scandinavia, Australia […]

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Karim Ainouz on Cannes Un Certain Regard’s ‘The Invisible Life’

CANNES  —  Karim Aïnouz’s “The Invisible Life” begins with two  sisters, not much over 20, Eurídice (Carol Duarte) and Guida (Julia Stockler) sitting by the shore of one of the multiple bays around Rio de Janeiro, a lush tropical forest behind. They have all their life in front of them. Guida suddenly dashes off clambering […]

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‘The Square’ Director Ruben Östlund on Follow Up Black Comedy ‘Triangle of Sadness’

Director Ruben Östlund, who won the 2017 Palme d’Or and was Oscar nominated for “The Square,” says he is assembling an A-list international cast for his follow-up film project. The English-language dark comedy “Triangle of Sadness,” which centers on a male fashion model and his fashion model girlfriend who have attained celebrity status as a […]

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Kendall Jenner Says She Sometimes Gets ”The Fever” When It Comes to Wanting Babies

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Prince Memoir, ‘The Beautiful Ones,’ to Be Released in October

The memoir Prince was working on at the time of his death is coming out Oct. 29, according to the Associated Press. Publisher Random House confirmed Monday that “The Beautiful Ones” will combine Prince’s unfinished manuscript with rare photos, scrapbooks and lyrics. Announced just weeks before his 2016 death, the 288-page book, issued in partnership […]

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Books of The Times: Documenting Undocumented Lives in ‘The Body Papers’

In her memoir-in-essays, Grace Talusan writes about her experience as an immigrant to the United States, her survival of childhood abuse and returning to visit the Philippines, her native country.
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Bulgari Reveals Two Movies for 2019 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Celestial’ and ‘The 4th Wave’

THE SEVENTH ART: Bulgari owes a lot to the film industry.
That’s according to chief executive officer Jean-Christophe Babin who, speaking on a recent afternoon from the Bulgari offices in New York, said movies played a huge role in contributing to the company’s popularity in the Sixties and Seventies.
“We were a tiny family company then,” he explained. “Actors and producers from the U.S. came to Rome, spent months here and discovered the store on Via Dei Condotti. It was a side they’d never seen before, made of contrast, of volume, Cabochon — it totally defined the new rules of jewelry.”
Bulgari’s wares — which actresses like Elizabeth Taylor and Sharon Stone coveted — created a style which established contact between the Hollywood community working on movies at Cinecittà Studios in Rome. Word of mouth gradually drove the global development of the company.
It makes sense, then, that Bulgari would participate in the realm of filmmaking today. For 2019, the brand is continuing this tradition of working alongside the arts as artisans, as the official jeweler of the Tribeca Film Festival, Bulgari has partnered with Tribeca Studios on two short films — part of their multiyear series highlighting trailblazing women working in

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‘The Queen’s Corgi’ Enjoys Banner Opening at French B.O.

“The Queen’s Corgi,” the 3D animated adventure tale directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, had a banner opening in France on Wednesday, scoring the country’s best first-day haul for an independent European animated film. Written by Rob Sprackling and Johnny Smith, the pair behind “Gnomeo and Juliet,” “The Queen’s Corgi” grossed approximately €304,000 euros […]

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‘The Wedding of the Century,’ With Kate Moss and Bette Midler

Marc Jacobs and Char Defrancesco celebrated their union with dancing, drag queens and 700 guests at the old Four Seasons.
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Game Of Thrones: ‘The first episode will knock people sideways’

Thronecast presenter and Game Of Thrones super-fan Jamie East says there will be events that “knock people sideways” right from the very first episode of the final series – and warns that a lot of the heroes of Westeros “probably won’t make it”.
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Obsidian’s Creative Team Talks ‘The Outer Worlds,’ ‘Fallout,’ More

It’s been a busy few years for Obsidian Entertainment. Originally founded in 2003 by a slew of industry vets, Obsidian spent its early years working mostly on licensed content, like the fan-favorite “Fallout” spinoff “New Vegas,” released in 2010. After a spat of financial troubles, the studio launched a 2012 crowd-funding campaign for an original […]

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New Book Reveals Stunning Misconduct And Dysfunction At ABC’s ‘The View’

“Ladies Who Punch” details some of the never-reported scandals that plagued the hit TV talk show.
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Taco Bell And Weed Smoke Inspired Harmony Korine’s Surprisingly Sweet ‘The Beach Bum’

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Books of The Times: ‘The Old Drift’ Is a Dazzling Debut Spanning Four Generations

Namwali Serpell’s first novel is about the fortunes of three families with ties to Zambia, the landlocked country in southern Africa.
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Series Mania: Freddie Highmore Talks ‘The Good Doctor,’ Arsenal, Norman Bates

LILLE, France —  God, Freddie Highmore’s good at crying. There’s a scene in “Neverland,” screened at his Series Mania masterclass, where he’s acting opposite Johnny Depp. His mother has just died. Highmore sits on a park bench, clutching a notebook, which she helped as tears well in his eyes, and he tries to keep in […]

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China clones ‘the Sherlock Holmes’ of police dogs

Scientists in China have cloned what they call the “Sherlock Holmes of police dogs” in a bid to cut training times and costs.
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Books of The Times: A Writer Gets Candid About Marriage and Humiliation in ‘The Trouble With Men’

David Shields describes his new book as “a short, intensive immersion into the perils, limits and possibilities of human intimacy.”
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Uninhabitable Earth,’ Apocalypse Is Now

David Wallace-Wells’s book, expanding on his viral article in New York magazine, is a lushly written look at the “climate chaos” that will increasingly take over our lives.
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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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Game of Thrones Season 8 Set to Include ‘The Longest Consecutive Battle Sequence Ever’

It sounds as thought the entirety of one of Game of Thrones’ six remaining episodes will be a battle sequence.

While this story doesn’t contain direct spoilers, those who want to know nothing about GoT Season 8 should turn away now.

A new set report from Entertainment Weekly, reveals that one episode will feature the battle of Winterfell, pitting human allies against the army of the Night King.

It’ll bring together the most major GoT characters in one place since the show’s first episode and is apparently ‘expected to be the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film’.

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Books of The Times: ‘The Border’ Is a Stunning and Timely Conclusion to Don Winslow’s Drug-War Trilogy

The third novel in this propulsive, violent series trains a fictional lens on some of today’s most pressing issues, including the opioid crisis and political corruption.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Threat,’ Andrew McCabe Issues the Latest Warning Call About Trump’s America

This memoir by the former deputy director of the F.B.I. joins a roster of recent and alarming books by high-ranking members of the United States’ justice and intelligence communities.
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Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is […]

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Apple’s Revenue and Profit Drop: ‘The iPhone Has Matured’

Apple Inc. posted a quarterly decline in both revenue and profit, the first time in more than a decade for the December quarter, underlining its need to reignite slowing iPhone sales and get more growth from services.
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Apple’s Revenue and Profit Drop: ‘The iPhone Has Matured’

Apple Inc. posted a quarterly decline in both revenue and profit, the first time in more than a decade for the December quarter, underlining its need to reignite slowing iPhone sales and get more growth from services.
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Profile: In ‘The End of Loneliness,’ a German-Swiss Novelist Confronts Death and Loss

Benedict Wells’s fourth novel is his first to be translated into English after gaining much praise in Europe.
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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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Books of The Times: The Real-Life Story of ‘The Last Whalers’ Reads Like a First-Rate Novel

Doug Bock Clark’s first book is an immersive, densely reported look at a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who live on a remote Indonesian island.
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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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Film Review: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

A likable enough, Amblin-esque update to the classic Arthurian legend, “The Kid Who Would Be King” is hardly the first time a group of adolescents have saved England from supernatural harm in a Joe Cornish movie. That said, much of the attitude and originality that drew fans to the irreverent writer-director’s inner-city alien-invasion debut “Attack […]

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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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Books of The Times: Dangerously Deep Sleep Is Contagious in ‘The Dreamers’

Karen Thompson Walker’s second novel is about a virus that causes people to nod off for very long periods and dream in disastrous premonitions.
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‘The New Childhood’ and How Games, Social Media Are Good For Kids

Jordan Shapiro’s new book “The New Childhood,” was released on December 31.  Shapiro, an influential columnist, thinker, and teacher, dedicated many years to exploring and writing about education in the digital age and how it impacts children and families. I know Shapiro’s work through my time at Games for Change, where he proved an active […]

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TV Review: ‘The Masked Singer’

At first glance, Fox’s “The Masked Singer” sure seems like confirmation that TV’s finally strayed too far from the eyes of God and may S/He have mercy on our souls. In the palpably strained words of host Nick Cannon, the competitive singing show’s “not just a whodunnit, it’s a who SUNG it.” Celebrities hide their identities […]

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Books of The Times: In ‘The Earth Dies Streaming,’ Film Criticism That Transcends Raves and Pans

A. S. Hamrah, the resident movie critic of the journal n+1, is committed to his ambivalence, conveying it with a mixture of precision and conviction.
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Profile: With ‘The Friend,’ Sigrid Nunez Becomes an Overnight Literary Sensation, 23 Years and Eight Books Later

More than two decades after critics declared her “a writer of uncommon talent,” Nunez won the National Book Award.
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‘The Witch Elm,’ ‘Dopesick’ and More: Janet Maslin’s Favorite Books of 2018

The former staff critic and frequent contributor to The Times writes about her best reading experiences of the year.
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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix

The dysfunctional-family superheroes of “The Umbrella Academy” are landing on Netflix worldwide on Feb. 15, 2019. The live-action series is based on the “Umbrella Academy” comic books created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix original series comprises 10 one-hour episodes. “The Umbrella Academy” stars […]

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‘The NHS turned its back on mum – and it cost us £250,000’

How a family spent thousands of pounds on care after being let down by the health and care system.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Governesses’ Offers Subtle Lessons in Shame, Constraint and Lust

Anne Serre’s slender work of fiction, recently translated from the French, is about three carnal but innocent women working for a large family.
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‘Vox Lox’ Director Brady Corbet on His Next Project, ‘The Brutalist’

Brady Corbet, whose latest film “Vox Lux” with Natalie Portman and Jude Law has been drawing some awards buzz, talked to Variety about the themes of his next project, “The Brutalist” while attending Stockholm Film Festival. Unveiled in September, the rough plot of “The Brutalist” revolves around a Hungarian-born Jewish architect who emigrates to the […]

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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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Books of The Times: ‘The Condition of Secrecy’ Teems With Love for Language and the Natural World

In her wide-ranging essays, the Danish writer Inger Christensen, who died in 2009, cuts her towering erudition with mischief and generosity.
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Books News: Sigrid Nunez Wins National Book Award for ‘The Friend’

The judges called the novel an “exquisitely written and deeply humane exploration of grief.” This year also saw the addition of a new category, for translated literature.
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Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider Get Ready for ‘The Other Two’

 Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider were on hand during one of the most memorable seasons in the recent history of “Saturday Night Live.” They are hoping for a repeat of sorts at Comedy Central. When “The Other Two” debuts on Comedy Central on January 24, it won’t have impressions of President Trump or clever music […]

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Sigrid Nunez Wins 2018 National Book Award for ‘The Friend’

The judges called the novel an “exquisitely written and deeply humane exploration of grief.”
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Boy Meets World’s Danielle Fishel Marries Jensen Karp: ‘The Best Day of My Life’

Danielle Fishel is married!

The Boy Meet’s World alum has tied the knot with Drop the Mic executive producer Jensen Karp, she confirmed on social media over the weekend.

“Mr. & Mrs. Karp. Established 11/04/2018,” Fishel, 37, wrote on Instagram alongside a wedding photo that showed off the delicate, lace short-sleeves of her wedding gown.

Sharing another photo from the nuptials — taken by B.O.B. Photography — Karp, 38, wrote, “Today I married my soulmate. We were surrounded by family and friends and it was the best day of my life.”

He added, “I also ate 3 donuts after dinner. Unrelated. @daniellefishel, I love you so much and thank you for giving me this smile.”

Guests included Fishel’s Boy Meets World costars Ben Savage and Will Friedle, along with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Karp’s groomsman John Mayer, who serenaded the newlyweds with his cover of Beyoncé‘s “XO” for their first dance.

“Jensen brought many new and wonderful friends into my life and the friendship of @johnmayer is at the top of the list. His immense talent is only overshadowed by his humor, his heart, his sincerity, his loyalty, his candor, and his generous spirit,” Fishel captioned a video from the wedding.

“We are beyond grateful and thrilled that he was not only a groomsman but agreed to sing our first dance song. I’m obsessed with his cover of this song (XO by @beyoncé) and he played it for us live at the Forum last year simply because I told him how much I loved it. Thank you, John, for all of it.”


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Jensen brought many new and wonderful friends into my life and the friendship of @johnmayer is at the top of the list. His immense talent is only overshadowed by his humor, his heart, his sincerity, his loyalty, his candor, and his generous spirit. We are beyond grateful and thrilled that he was not only a groomsman but agreed to sing our first dance song. I’m obsessed with his cover of this song (XO by @beyoncé) and he played it for us live at the Forum last year simply because I told him how much I loved it. Thank you, John, for all of it. Video by: @atomictangerinefilmco Coordinator: @union3events @lisagaskarth Photographer: @jillianbob Make-up: @julie4makeup Hair: @_hairbylaurie P.S. you guys are stuck with me posting pictures from this amazing day for a few days so #dealwithit. 😜😘

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Forever stuck at the kids’ table. Congratulations Jensen ❤ Danielle.

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Fishel, best known for playing Topanga Lawrence on Boy Meets World and the spin-off Girl Meets World, announced her engagement to Karp in March 2018.

WATCH: Boy Meets World Alum Danielle Fishel Is Engaged: ‘No One Is More Excited Than I Am’

“I woke up today thinking it would be a normal day and it was anything but normal. I put on my Genghis Cohen t-shirt and went to see @jensenclan88 at work where I proceeded to screw up a very romantic marriage proposal by being too efficient (this is very on brand for me). The future Mr. and Mrs. Karp are now engaged and no one is more excited than I am,” Fishel wrote.

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“We got engaged today. I don’t have anything witty or funny to say to accompany this picture. She is just the greatest person in the world and to imagine someone I went to high school with was always my person, is remarkable. You never know,” Karp captioned the same photo.

This is the second marriage for Fishel, who divorced ex-husband Tim Belusko in March 2016 after two years of marriage.


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‘Billions’ Producers Pitch Debut Feature from Charlotte Glynn, ‘The Gymnast,’ at Los Cabos

LOS CABOS, Mexico — Sundance nominee and National Board of Review grant winning short filmmaker Charlotte Glynn is preparing her fiction feature debut, “The Gymnast,” and met with Variety to discuss the project at the Los Cabos market and festival where she is participating in the Films in Development section. A Pittsburgh-raised New York transplant, Glynn has made waves […]

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Books of The Times: The Wheels Come Off an American Journey in Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Feral Detective’

In Lethem’s 11th novel, a wisecracking woman goes in search of her friend’s missing daughter — and elusive truths about her country.
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‘The real Super Mario’ dies aged 84

The video game hero was named after property developer Mario Segale in the 1980s.
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Gaumont’s ‘The Emperor of Paris’ Pre-Sells to International Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Jean-Francois Richet’s crime thriller “The Emperor of Paris” has been pre-sold by Gaumont to major territories. The crime thriller stars Vincent Cassel as Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Napoleon’s reign. The cast includes Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor, Fabrice Luchini and James Thierée. Gaumont, which is hosting screenings […]

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‘The Crown’ Costumes to Be Spotlighted in Exhibition Next Year at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

While many fans of “The Crown” are still pining over lead actress Claire Foy’s decision to move on to other roles, they will be able to find remnants of her Queen Elizabeth II portrayal next year at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.
Her character’s wedding dress from the Netflix drama will be among the 40 ensembles spotlighted in “Costuming the Crown.” The lead actress ended her two-season run by winning the Best Actress award at this year’s Emmys. With Olivia Colman taking on Foy’s royal part, Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Emerald Fennell stepping in as Camilla Parker Bowles, the third season of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama is underway.
Back in Wilmington, Del., Kim Collison, manager of exhibitions and collection planning and her team at the museum are finessing the museum’s upcoming show, which will be held in the Winterthur Galleries starting March 30. Working with Left Bank Pictures, which produces the series with Sony Pictures Television, the exhibition will feature an assortment of accoutrements — tiaras, epaulets, medals and the like — along with the period-appropriate ensembles.
Winterthur first displayed a costume from “The Crown” last fall, when the first coronation dress that was used

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Actor Scott Wilson of ‘The Walking Dead’ Remembered at Memorial

Scott Wilson, an acting veteran of half a century who was a high-profile member “The Walking Dead” cast, was remembered warmly at memorial ceremonies Saturday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Wilson died at the age of 76 after a battle with leukemia on Oct. 6. The premiere episode of the ninth season of “The Walking […]

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Books of The Times: Tana French Is at Her Suspenseful Best in ‘The Witch Elm’

In French’s new novel, a young man struggles to make sense of his own memory and identity after barely surviving an attack.
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What Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino’s Jersey Shore Costars Have Said About His Tax Evasion Case

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino‘s Jersey Shore family will always have his back.

On Friday, Sorrentino, 36, is being sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion in January. Speaking to PEOPLE in April ahead of the Jersey Shore Family Vacation season premiere, the cast of the hit show weighed in on their friend’s legal case, rallying behind him as best as they could.

“I really, really hope he doesn’t wind up having to go to jail,” said Deena Cortese, 31. “When it comes to prison, I don’t think anybody is prepared for that. I’m hoping that they go easy on him. He became such a better person — and he was a villain for so long. We couldn’t even stand him, and now he’s so different. I can’t wait for people to see how much he’s changed.”

Jenni “JWoww” Farley, 32, said she calls Sorrentino “The Inspiration” instead of “The Situation” now.

“He has such a different view on life now,” she said. “I’m so proud of how far he has come.”

Indeed, Sorrentino has worked hard to turn his life around: The day before his sentencing, he celebrated being 34 months sober after battling a years-long prescription painkiller addiction.

“He’s not an a—hole any more,” said Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, 30. “He’s full of life and positive energy.”

“I’m hoping for positive results for him,” she added. “And he survived a house with us raging lunatics sober and so positive, so god forbid he goes, jail should be a breeze.”

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 32, famously feuded with Sorrentino throughout the show’s original run — but now, he’s proud of his former foe.

“I always knew what he was doing behind cameras and nobody else knew,” he recalled. “I knew about his addictions and his bad habits, and that kind of ate at me. Because here this guy was, causing all this trouble, and it wasn’t really him. It was the demons inside of him.”

“It took him hitting rock bottom to humble him out and bring out the good person inside of him,” he continued. “Some people need that, and I’m sorry for the stuff that he’s going through — but it has made him a better person. We were very thankful that we got to live with Mike this time, and not ‘The Situation.’ ”

Vinny Guadagnino and Pauly “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio agree.

“He’s a completely different person,” said Guadagnino, 30. “I mean, Mike went from being the guy that you didn’t want to be around to being a guy that is actually uplifting and inspirational. He holds his head high — he’s more positive than me.”

DelVecchio, 38, admitted Sorrentino used to be quite the “arrogant a—hole.”

“That’s not the case anymore,” he said. “He’s like a gentleman now, he’s sweet. It’s the weirdest thing for me. Sometimes on the show I’m like, ‘Mike, can you say something negative to somebody? Please?!’ ”

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As for how their friend would handle prison?

“That’s some scary stuff, I’ve got to be honest,” said DelVecchio. “I wouldn’t wish what he’s going through on anybody. I really hope that he doesn’t have to go away. I mean, that would be the worst thing that could ever happen.”

But if it came down to it, Guadagnino said he thinks Sorrentino would “handle it better than any of us.”

“I think he would handle it better than a lot of people out there, just because his mind is very positive right now,” he said. “He accepts everything and he takes everything one day at a time. He has all the tools to get through what he’s going through.”


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Chrissy Teigen Laughs while Watching John Legend Pull Double Daddy Duty: ‘The Eyes Say Help’

John Legend certainly has his hands full taking care of his two children!

In a hilarious video shared by the 39-year-old singer’s wife Chrissy Teigen on Friday, Legend patiently tries to burp the couple’s 6-week-old son Miles Theodore as their daughter Luna Simone, 2, loses her balance while sitting on her father’s shoulders — and grabs onto his face so she doesn’t slip any further.

“Ahh, good burp, good burp,” Legend says while all of this action is taking place around him, as Teigen can be heard laughing in the background.

“Bahahahahaha,” she captioned the sweet video.

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The mother of two went on to share an image from Legend’s double daddy duty experience on her Instagram Story, captioning it: “The eyes say ‘help.’ “

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Teigen also poked fun at herself while documenting another parenting moment this week.

Alongside a photo of herself holding her two children, the 32-year-old cookbook author joked about the struggle that comes with having two children under the age of three and trying to get the perfect family Instagram photograph.

“Should I post the one where his head looks unsupported but my face looks good and Luna is over it, the one where his head is supported but my face is just okay and Luna is over it, or him crying and my face looks okay and luna is over it?” she wrote in the caption.

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Since welcoming the couple’s second child in May, both Legend and his wife have been taking some time off from work in order to spend more time with their family.

“There’s a lot of family days,” Legend told PEOPLE last month. “We’ve been home a lot. We haven’t been working much at all. I’ve barely been working and Chrissy hasn’t really been working at all, and so we spend a lot of time at home. We just enjoy each other’s company.”

“A lot of it’s just the nuts and bolts of making sure Miles is fed. Making sure he sleeps well. Making sure we burp him. Making sure we change his diaper. It’s just the practical everyday things of being a parent, and so we’re immersed in that time in his life right now,” he added.

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Legend also added that Luna is really taking to her role as a big sister.

“She tries to play with him. She takes care of him too. She’ll feed him. She’ll pat his little head. She’s very loving with him,” he remarked.


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JAY-Z Reveals ‘the Most Beautiful Thing’ Daughter Blue Ivy Has Ever Told Him

JAY-Z is opening up about his close relationship with his daughter Blue Ivy.

The 48-year-old rapper will appear on David Letterman‘s new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, on Friday. In a sneak peek of the episode, which Today premiered on Wednesday, the father of three recounted one of his favorite moments he’s shared with his eldest child.

“I told her to get in the car the other day because she was asking a thousand questions and we had to leave for school,” he told the talk show host. “So we’re driving, and I hear a little voice. ‘Dad?’ I turn around and she said, ‘I didn’t like when you told me to get in the car the way you told me. It hurt my feelings.’ ”

Though she’s only 6, JAY-Z was proud of his little girl for speaking her mind and standing up for herself. “That’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever said to me,” he said.

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JAY-Z’s chat with Letterman is filled with candid confessions.

In a clip released Monday, the Roc Nation founder opened up about the time his mother Gloria Carter came out to him — a conversation that he said left him weeping tears of joy.

“Imagine having to live your life as someone else and you think you’re protecting your kids. And for my mother to have to live as someone that she wasn’t and hide and protect her kids … didn’t want to embarrass her kids for all this time. And for her to sit in front of me and say, ‘I think I love someone…’ I mean, I really cried. That’s a real story,” JAY-Z said.

“I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free,” he continued, explaining that he later celebrated her sexuality in a duet titled “Smile,” from his June album, 4:44. “This happened eight months ago when the album was being made. She told me. I made the song the next day.”

He also described the distinct qualities individual rappers bring to the table, proving his point with impressions of Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

“You can have a great voice, and you can just almost say anything,” JAY-Z said. “I think Snoop Dogg has a great voice — he can say ‘One-two-three and to the four.’ I was like ‘Oh my God.’ It just sounds good, right?”

“Or you can be someone like Eminem and just have amazing cadence and syncopation,” he said, imitating the rapper’s style. “There’s percussion inside the music, so there’s multiple ways to be really good. Some people just have it all.”

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JAY is the latest star to sit down with the former late-night host on his new program. Letterman’s guest roster for the series includes such names as George ClooneyMalala YousafzaiTina FeyHoward Stern and President Barack Obama.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: JAY-Z premieres Friday on Netflix.


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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Jokes He’s ‘Surrounded by Only Women’ After Announcing Baby Girl News

It’s raining girls for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Shortly after the actor announced that he and girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting their second child togeether – another little girl! – he stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where the host congratulated him on the new addition to the family.

“Lauren and I are so happy,” the 45-year-old star said, before pointing out that it’s normal for him to be the only guy in a family of women. (The baby girl will be Johnson’s third daughter. He and Hashian share Jasmine Lia, who turns 2 on Dec. 16, and he’s also father to 16-year-old Simone Garcia Johnson.)

“The crazy thing is, I was raised by women, and still to this day, I’m totally and completely, 100 percent surrounded by only women!” Johnson said. “And I love it.”

DeGeneres replied, “That’s actually a good thing.”

“It’s a wonderful thing,” he agreed.

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Johnson also welcomed a surprise guest during the Ellen appearance: his Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle costar Kevin Hart, who just welcomed a new baby himself.

DeGeneres said Hart was supposed to appear on her show a few weeks ago, but he missed it for a pretty good reason: his wife, model Eniko Parrish, went into labor with son Kenzo Kash, born Nov. 21.

“It was tough. I had to choose,” the 38-year-old comedian joked. “She was like four centimeters dilated, and I was like, ‘It’s the baby or Ellen.’ It was a conversation.”

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Hart also congratulated his pal for his new addition, but not without making a jab.

“He can’t make boys!” Hart quipped.

But Johnson quickly shot back, “Well, once Kevin finds out who the dad is for his boy, it’s going to be beautiful,” causing Hart to crack up.

On Monday, Johnson and Hashian stepped out for the Los Angeles premiere of his upcoming film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the TCL Chinese Theatre where the actor lovingly put his hand around his partner of a decade while the singer/songwriter cradled her baby bump.

Johnson announced the baby news on Monday with a little help from the pair’s daughter Jasmine.

“Our Jasmine Lia would like to make a big announcement – IT’S A GIRL,” the former WWE star captioned a photo of his toddler posing in front of the family Christmas tree with a sign that read, “It’s a Girl! Can’t wait to be a big sister! And finally be the boss!”

He concluded the caption, writing, “@laurenhashianofficial and I are boundlessly grateful for this blessing as this spring we’ll welcome our second baby. Plus, Jazzy is excited to boss around and protect her lil’ sis. And once again, big daddy is completely surrounded by beautiful estrogen and loving, powerful female mana. All girls. One dude. And a boy dog. I wouldn’t have it any other way. #ItsAGirl #GratefulMan #TequilaTime.”


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Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis, Flimmer Team Up on Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment is teaming up with Berlin-based Flimmer to co-produce a modern-day screen adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” The film follows 15-year-old Tim Walker, who is sent from London to the Austrian Alps to attend the renowned Mozart boarding school, where he discovers a centuries-old forgotten passageway into the fantastic […]

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The special connection between Isaiah Thomas and ‘the bravest boy in the world’

At the Cavs’ annual “Big Shots and Little Stars” fundraiser, the shortest player in the NBA found inspiration in 5-year-old Gavin Heileman, who has been fighting cancer for two years and takes pride in being the shortest person in his class.
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Books of The Times: Marguerite Duras’s ‘The Lover,’ and Notebooks That Enrich It

Duras’s best-known novel has been reissued in an Everyman’s Library edition, alongside her “Wartime Notebooks” and “Practicalities,” a collection of essays.
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How ‘The Good Doctor’ Redefines the TV Hero

The recipe for the surprise ABC hit about a doctor with autism that has outperformed ‘This Is Us’ and ‘NCIS.’
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In ‘Raising Trump’ and ‘The Kardashians,’ Two Portraits of Modern American Matriarchy

James Wolcott on two books about the larger-than-life dynasties shaping our cultural and political lives.
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Review: If You See One Opera This Year, Make It ‘The Exterminating Angel’

The composer Thomas Adès’s audacious new opera based on Luis Buñuel’s surreal 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel” triumphed at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Books of The Times: John Grisham Prosecutes For-Profit Law Schools in ‘The Rooster Bar’

Grisham’s new novel translates the ethical and economic issues raised by student-entrapping practices into the high drama of a swift legal thriller.
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Books of The Times: ‘The State of Affairs’ Examines Our Cheating Hearts

The sex and relationship guru Esther Perel’s new book is about the variety of reasons that people stray, and about the paradox of reconciling the erotic and the domestic.
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‘The Walking Dead’: A Viewers Guide for Non-Viewers

Ahead of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 premiere on Sunday, here’s why the zombie saga is TV’s hottest show.
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‘The Walking Dead’ at 100: Still a Hit, but for How Much Longer?

As the zombie apocalypse drama returns for Season 8, the AMC series is looking to rebound from a stretch of storytelling shenanigans that alienated viewers.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick’ Gives Off a Bright Light

Hardwick scrutinized the work of American writers ranging from Melville and Wharton to Capote and Didion, as well as topics like the civil rights movement and feminism.
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San Sebastián: Glenn Close Discusses ‘The Wife,’ Finding Inspiration, How to Celebrate Award Wins

SAN SEBASTIAN — There are few careers that boast the diversity and longevity of that of Glenn Close. There is neither medium nor genre that the actress has not worked in on some level. Typically recognized for her dramatic roles, think “Fatal Attraction,” Close has appeared in comedies: “The Stepford Wives,” “Louie,” animation: “Family Guy,” […]

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Natascha McElhone to Exit ‘Designated Survivor,’ Joins Hulu Mars Series ‘The First’

“Designated Survivor” star Natascha McElhone will depart the ABC drama after its second season to join the upcoming Hulu series “The First,” Variety has confirmed. McElhone will star opposite Sean Penn in “The First.” More to come…

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Books of The Times: ‘The Far Away Brothers’ Breathes Vivid Life Into Immigration Issues

Lauren Markham’s impeccably timed and intimately reported book follows twin teenage brothers on their journey from El Salvador to California.
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Books News: Looking for Buddhist Wisdom in ‘The Princess Bride’

In a new book, Ethan Nichtern divines lessons about love, family and Buddhism from the cult classic. Just don’t expect Inigo Montoya to find enlightenment.
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Through Veterans’ Stories, Ken Burns Explores ‘The Vietnam War’

In 18-hour PBS series ‘The Vietnam War,’ Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ask American and Vietnamese vets to share their experiences
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Review: HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Works a Vibrant Hustle in the Naked City

You may be thinking of David Simon’s new series as That Porn Show, but it’s all about character and capitalism.
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Books of The Times: Salman Rushdie’s Prose Joins the Circus in ‘The Golden House’

Rushdie’s 13th novel is exhausting, but it’s a treat when focused on a villain who resembles Donald Trump.
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Private Life of a Modern Woman’

It’s a moment we’ve witnessed in the movies a thousand times. Two people are fighting, one of them holding a gun, and when the other one tries to wrest it from him, they tussle a bit and the gun just…goes off. Boom! Like that. It’s an “accident” that has the cosmic convenience of killing somebody who… Read more »

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‘The President Show’ Takes Donald Trump To A Charm School For Manners

No school can hold this man.
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‘The Deuce’ Recalls Sex and Sleaze in 1970s Times Square

The new HBO series aims to explore the repercussions of a business dependent upon the sale of the flesh without slipping into preachy puritanism or flat-out pornography.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Bettencourt Affair,’ a Buffet for Scandal Aficionados

Tom Sancton’s book recounts the implications and intrigue that surrounded the L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt’s relationship with a younger man.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Burning Girl,’ About Intense Pre-Teenage Friendship, Never Catches Fire

In her new novel, Claire Messud writes about “secret sisters,” “umbilically linked and inseparable,” and about how their bond dissolves.
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SANFIC: Andrés Lubert Gets Personal about his Chilean Dictatorship-Era Doc, ‘The Color of the Chameleon’

SANTIAGO DE CHILE –Today Jorge Lubert is a camera-man and journalist who has been to some of the most dangerous places in the world to cover human rights issues. It’s not the career path that Pinochet’s fascist regime had in mind when they kidnapped, tortured, and brainwashed him when he was only 21 years old…. Read more »

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Art Review: Editta Sherman’s Long Reign as ‘The Duchess of Carnegie Hall’

Royalty photographs royalty in an exhibition of portraits by Ms. Sherman at the New-York Historical Society.
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Bang Your Head To This Heavy Metal Cover Of ‘The Simpsons’ Theme

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Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Dark Dark,’ Beguiling Tales of Women in Metamorphosis

In this short-story collection by Samantha Hunt, dreamlike images operate in service to feminist themes and earthbound ideas.
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Books of The Times: Boom, Bust and a Berkshires Interloper in ‘The Locals’

Jonathan Dee’s novel follows a family from post-9/11 Manhattan to small-town Massachusetts. Class antagonism follows.
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‘The Emoji Movie’ Has A 0 Percent Rating On Rotten Tomatoes So Far

And somehow, even that doesn’t adequately summarize how bad the reviews are.
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‘The President Show’ Brings Mario Cantone’s Scaramucci Into The Family

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