‘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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Oscar Nominations 2019: ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Black Panther’ Break Ground

Netflix got its first best picture nod. The 91st Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24.
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Can Conan O’Brien Reinvent ‘Conan’?

On Tuesday, O’Brien returns to his TBS late-night show, which has a new half-hour format. Will that make the program competitive, and is that even what he wants?
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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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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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To Get This Artist’s Message, You Have to Look Really Closely

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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The Carpetbagger: What Do the Oscars Gain by Losing a Host?

With Kevin Hart gone and a plan to proceed with no comic in charge, the show theoretically should be shorter. But the host’s importance is both overrated and underrated.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Biggest Twist? Coming Full Circle

The director said his new film, “Glass,” was the toughest he has ever made. Yet the man once called “the Next Spielberg” says he is back where he wants to be.
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The Hunt for the Nazi Loot Still Sitting on Library Shelves

The art stolen by the Nazis has gotten more attention, but millions of books were also looted from Jews, and others, and have yet to be returned.
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Why It Could Be Hard to Mute R. Kelly

Many people have called for repercussions against the R&B star following a documentary about his treatment of women, but legal and commercial hurdles stand in the way.
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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 Carpetbagger: Wakanda for Oscar?

Director Ryan Coogler and his female department heads helped bring “Black Panther” to life. Will they get the credit they’re due?
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‘Bird Box’ Is Full of Plot Holes. We Tried (and Sometimes Failed) to Plug Them.

For a certain type of fan, half the fun of watching a movie is pointing out the logical inconsistencies. “Bird Box” gave us plenty.
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The Carpetbagger: Why the Golden Globes’ Surprise Wins Aren’t So Surprising

How did “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” prevail while big hits like “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther” stumbled?
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Critic’s Notebook: How ‘Chappelle’s Show’ and ‘The Boondocks’ Kept Us Laughing at R. Kelly

In the early 2000s, it was easier to mock the singer than wrestle with his alleged crimes. The documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” makes that difficult now.
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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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‘Broad City’ Is Ending. Be at Peace With That. The Creators Are.

In a freewheeling interview, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, stars of “Broad City,” explain why they ended the show and why they look forward to life without it.
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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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10 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2019

A Frida Kahlo show. A live “Great Gatsby” marathon. “Fleabag” takes the stage. Here are some of our most anticipated events of the early new year.
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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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‘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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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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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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‘On the Basis of Sex’ Review: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became ‘Notorious’

This brisk biopic shows how the future Supreme Court justice made history, from her days at Harvard Law School to a decisive early case.
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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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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Review: A Truck Full of Sugar Can’t Make This Uplift Go Down

In this charmless follow-up to the 1964 film, Mary Poppins is back to take matters firmly in hand. There will be discipline, and song.
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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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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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Church Leaders Accuse Princeton of Keeping Looted 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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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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Movies Starring Women Earn More Than Male-Led Films, Study Finds

The research, covering 2014 to 2017, also showed the power of films that pass the Bechdel test, in which two female characters discuss something other than a man.
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Album Review: XXXTentacion Left Splinters Amid the Wreckage on ‘Skins’

The singer and rapper was known for blending genres and channeling disaffection. His first posthumous album is a threadbare version of the work that made him famous.
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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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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, Drake and Women Lead the Way

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: ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Vice’ Lead the Golden Globes Nominations

“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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‘Clueless’ Was Amy Heckerling’s Masterpiece. Is She Done With It? As If.

Heckerling, the pioneering director behind “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” is turning “Clueless” into a musical. Will she finally get her due?
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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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culture 2018: The Best TV Shows of 2018

Another year brought another embarrassment of TV riches, as departing favorites gave way to audacious new series, and streaming services brought viewers a world of outstanding foreign fare.
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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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George R.R. Martin on How ‘Nightflyers’ Made ‘Game of Thrones’ Possible

The author discusses “Nightflyers” on Syfy, whitewashing of his work, future “sexing” and ideas for other “Game of Thrones” prequels.
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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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An Appraisal: David Mamet on Ricky Jay, a Great Astonisher and ‘Truest Friend’

“He achieved fame,” the playwright says of the master of magic who recently died. “But like the warrior monk or Hasidic master, he sought perfection.”
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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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Bertolucci’s Best Movies Streaming Now: ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ ’1900’ and More

The Italian director explored lives big and small, his touch both sweeping and intimate. He was also controversial. Here’s a closer look at his work.
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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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Critic’s Notebook: Paula Jones, Reconsidered

Twenty years after Bill Clinton was impeached, “The Clinton Affair” and “Slow Burn” put the women who accused him of sexual misconduct in a new light.
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‘My Brilliant Friend’: Here’s What to Know About the HBO Adaptation

Based on the first book of the beloved Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante, the series faces high expectations. How does it fare? Here’s what to read.
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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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William Goldman, Screenwriting Star and Hollywood Skeptic, Dies at 87

He won Oscars for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men.” But his jaundiced view of the movie business was well known.
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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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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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Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Is an Intimate Epic

HBO’s newest series is a faithful rendering of the story by Elena Ferrante and a counterpoint to cable drama’s testosterone-driven past.
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Stan Lee’s 11 Best Cameos and Where to Stream Them

The comics legend had dozens of winking cameos across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as in indie films and on TV, both live-action and animated.
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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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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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Critic’s Pick: Meet Warhol, Again, in This Brilliant Whitney Show

A sweeping retrospective shows a personal side of the Pop master — his hopes, fears, faith — and reasserts his power for a new generation.
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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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Critic’s Notebook: Hip-Hop Rivalries Aren’t New. But the Battlefields Have Changed.

Tensions between the most prominent figures of rap were once confined to music. The social media era demands another approach.
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Review: A Sex Scandal Upends a Campaign in ‘The Front Runner’

Hugh Jackman plays Gary Hart in Jason Reitman’s real-life morality play.
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Brown Point Shoes Arrive, 200 Years After White Ones

Ballet dancers of color have long painted, dyed or covered point shoes in makeup to match their skin. Could this small barrier to inclusion finally be disappearing?
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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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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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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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Heard the One About the Disabled Muslim Comic From Jersey?

With a television development deal for a semi-autobiographical show, Maysoon Zayid is hoping to push marginalized groups into the mainstream.
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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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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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Critic’s Notebook: Fox News and Trump Reboot a Fearmongering TV Drama From 2014

In the last midterms, specious stories about immigration and terror were in heavy fall rotation. It looks like we’re experiencing a rerun.
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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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Eve Ewing Blasts From Chicago to Space, With a Boost from Marvel

She is a sociologist, poet, Twitter maven, Chicago cultural celebrity and newly minted Marvel Comics writer. But don’t ask Dr. Ewing about her superpowers.
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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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‘Halloween’ Review: Babysitters (and Jamie Lee Curtis) Beware!

David Gordon Green’s sequel to the horror classic brings Michael Myers back for blood.
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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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Tom Stoppard, Always Tackling ‘The Hard Problem’

Can a drama about the nature of consciousness be emotional, too? For its latest production, he’s tinkered with the script to firmly answer yes.
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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: ‘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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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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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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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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Vulgar Texts and Dancer Turmoil Force City Ballet to Look in the Mirror

The country’s premier ballet company, rocked by accusations against its former leader and three male dancers, is now reassessing its culture.
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David Hockney Wouldn’t Paint the Queen. But He Made Her a Stained-Glass Window.

The British painter says he is not a churchgoer, but on Tuesday a window that he designed was formally dedicated in Westminster Abbey.
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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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‘S.N.L.’ Has Matt Damon Play Brett Kavanaugh in 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: A High-Stakes Hearing Raises Two Voices, One Quiet, One Loud

The political and gender divide in America played out on TV not just in what Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh said, but how they said it.
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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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Critic’s Notebook: The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience’

I went to as many Instagramable “museums,” “factories” and “mansions” as I could. They nearly broke me.
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Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison; Bail Is Denied

Mr. Cosby was convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a woman he had mentored.
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Bill Cosby Sentencing: Live Updates

A psychologist testified that Mr. Cosby had a personality disorder that drove him to seek sex with nonconsenting partners, a depiction that the defense challenged.
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The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)

Turning the page with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, its first new music director since 1976, the Met is readying new works — and planning forays into its city.
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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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Creativity From the Chaos of Hurricane Maria

One year later, artists in Puerto Rico and those attached to the island talk about how the devastation and its aftermath influenced their work.
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New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay

The editor, Ian Buruma, left as the magazine faced a backlash after publishing an essay by a Canadian radio personality who lost his job and reputation following sexual misconduct allegations.
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The Best and Worst Moments of the 2018 Emmys

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards were dominated by “diversity,” “Mrs. Maisel” and a surprise proposal.
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Emmys Briefing: 2018 Emmy Awards: What to Watch For

Will the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards be a battle of former champions? Many eyes are on “Game of Thrones” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
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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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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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On Comedy: The Netflix Executives Who Bent Comedy to Their Will

The streaming service neutralized Comedy Central and HBO by relying on taste clusters rather than traditional demographics. But there have been major missteps, too.
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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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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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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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City Ballet and Chase Finlay Sued by Woman Who Says Nude Photos of Her Were Shared

Alexandra Waterbury, 19, accused New York City Ballet of fostering a “fraternity-like atmosphere.”
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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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Critic’s Notebok: At the Telluride Film Festival, the Past Isn’t Safe at All

At this year’s edition, the movies looked ahead (to the Oscars) and back into history, none better than Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical “Roma.”
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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 Funeral: Thousands Gather to Honor the ‘Queen of Soul’

People 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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Paul Taylor Dies at 88; Brought Poetry and Lyricism to Modern Dance

Mr. Taylor’s poignant and exuberant works entered the repertory of numerous dance companies. His own company has been one of the world’s superlative troupes.
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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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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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An Appraisal: Neil Simon Drew Big Laughs, Then Came a Cultural Shift

Though he remains the greatest American comic playwright, Mr. Simon was standing over a fault line in the culture that eventually pulled him down.
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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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Plácido Domingo, Opera Superstar, Achieves the Unthinkable: 150 Roles

The 77-year-old singer will reach a virtually unheard-of milestone when he sings his 150th role at the Salzburg Festival in Austria on Thursday.
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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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‘This Story Transcends Race’: Kevin Kwan on the Appeal of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

The author of the novel, from which the movie was adapted, talks about how the film is opening new doors for its cast and why it’s making white men cry.
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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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