Critic’s Notebook: Trump’s Reality TV Supreme Court Rollout, Slick and Substance-Free

President Trump has spent considerable time behaving like a reality-show character, but on Monday night, he stepped into the producer’s role.
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Critic’s Notebook: Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharks!

A New York Aquarium pavilion, with 115 marine species, finally opens this weekend, and the overall effect makes it more of a visible, welcoming presence and neighbor.
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Critic’s Notebook: A Critic Sells Books Down by the Seashore

A bookstore in the village of Wigtown, Scotland, allows people to run the shop while renting an apartment upstairs. A book critic for The Times recently took his turn at the till.
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Critic’s Notebook: How to Save ‘The Conners’ From Roseanne

Maybe the troubled “Roseanne” revival should have just ended. But if it won’t, here are some ways it could get better.
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Critic’s Notebook: Oprah Earned This Museum Show. And It’s a Potent Spectacle.

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

On cable TV and social media, the separation of parents from their children provoked empathy and exposed the emptiness of trolling.
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Critic’s Notebook: In ‘The Americans’ Finale, the Deepest Cuts Don’t Leave a Mark

The finale, like the series, raised questions of who deserved sympathy and why. As always, the answer was complicated.
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13 Reasons Why: Season two is ‘unnecessary’, critics say

The second series premiered on Netflix on Friday.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade

In its aggressively ambitious second season, the FX series was like a rapper obsessed with his own brilliance. The show became cinema.
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Critic’s Notebook: Michelle Wolf Did Her Job. It’s the Correspondents’ Dinner That Is the Problem.

Don’t hire a political comic, then renounce her when she does political comedy.
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Kathy Griffin Nails The Hypocrisy Of Critics Calling On Michelle Wolf To Apologize

“So journalists are willing to demand that a comic hired to roast people apologize but they aren’t willing to demand that Trump or his staff apologize to people?” the comedian tweeted.
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Josh Rosen takes on the NFL … and his critics

In an exclusive interview, the would-be franchise QB goes deep on the NCAA, contemplates the fate of the planet and answers the critics who think he’s radioactive.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Stormy Daniels Out-Trumped Trump

In a “60 Minutes” interview, the pornographic film star was blunt and unapologetic. That might remind you of someone.
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Critic’s Notebook: With James Levine Fired, Should We Rethink Maestro Worship?

The fate of Mr. Levine at the Metropolitan Opera may be an opportunity to consider the vast, almost mystical power granted to conductors.
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Corden slams ‘snobby’ Peter Rabbit film critics

James Corden has hit out at “snobby” critics who claim Beatrix Potter would not have liked the newly released live action Peter Rabbit film.
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Trump told to mute Twitter critics, not block them, by New York judge

A judge says the US president should mute, not block, Twitter users at a hearing in New York.
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#MeToo, Harvey Weinstein and Awkward TV: Our Critics Talk Oscars

In a wide-ranging discussion, our critics examine how the Academy Awards were actually in tune with these polarizing times.
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Critic’s Notebook: Embracing Fashion, Saggers to Sequins, at the Winter Games

This time around, the theatricality and flamboyance that were once frowned upon or ridiculed have been embraced.
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Jennifer Lawrence hits back at dress critics

Jennifer Lawrence says the criticism is a “distraction” from real issues women face.
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Critic’s Notebook: Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction

This Barack Obama Is No Mr. Nice Guy. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the former president contradicts the impression he often made in office of being detached.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Aging Pride’ Challenges the Cult of Youth

An exhibition at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna explores shifting attitudes toward beauty and age as populations grow older.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Rise of the Social Media Fembot

The female cyborg has long been a pop culture fixation, but now feminized tech is all around us, with a true blurring of reality and fantasy.
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What did the critics think of Black Panther?

Marvel’s first black superhero film is nearly here – and early reactions bode well.
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Critic’s Notebook: Céline, Hedi Slimane, and the Grown-Up Woman

The most disruptive designer of his generation is back. But what will it mean for the legions of women who once found their power clothing at Céline?
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Proud Mary’ has a ‘Proud Mary’ Problem

Movies misuse music all the time. The Taraji P. Henson vehicle “Proud Mary” misuses it hilariously.
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Critic’s Notebook: Half-Measures Won’t Erase the Painful Past of Our Monuments

The city says leave three of four existing monuments. Our critic says that may not heal old wounds.
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12 Fashion Moments You Probably Missed at Critics’ Choice Awards 2018

ESC: Fashion Moments You Missed, Yara ShahidiThere are just some things you just can’t catch on an award show red carpet.
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Critic’s Notebook: How HQ Trivia Became the Best Worst Thing on the Internet

Despite a glut of glitches and questions bordering on the ridiculous, the game taps into our universal feeling of being aggrieved.
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Critic’s Choice: The 8 Best Watches of 2017

From the thousands of timepieces released this year, WSJ’s horological expert Michael Clerizo picks the best investments—including a surprising collaboration that (spoiler alert) involves a C.F. Martin guitar.
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Critic’s Notebook: In Jackson, Feeling the Blows, the Bullets and the Tears

The new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum refuses to sugarcoat history. Fine art museums have a lot to learn from the example.
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Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure

It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?
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Critic’s Notebook: With a Little Help From Their Friends (and Agents and Librarians and Fact-Checkers …)

Within the rote exercise of authors’ acknowledgments, truths about family, struggle, pride and terror manage to seep out.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

The latest film in the sci-fi saga gets glowing reviews ahead of its European premiere in London.
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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017

The Times’s critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
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Critic’s Notebook: Should I Put Away My James Levine Recordings?

Our critic reflects on the legacy of the revered Metropolitan Opera conductor, who has been suspended by the company after sexual abuse accusations.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why ‘Wonder,’ the Movie, Can’t Best the Book It’s Based On

The film version of a book often has an unfair advantage. But R.J. Palacio’s best-selling novel offers much more than meets the eye.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why Plays About Sexual Assault Are Too Murky for Our Own Good

He-said, she-said ambiguities are certainly dramatic. But they also ignore hard truths that we need to hear right now.
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Critic’s Notebook: Who We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Weinstein

After Annabella Sciorra told her story about Harvey Weinstein, I watched her work again — and wondered what might have been.
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Critic’s Notebook: Franken and Trump, Hiding Behind Their ‘Jokes’

Men get away with bad behavior under the guise of show business in both comedy and politics. Too often, women are just the material.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Void at the Heart of ‘Gurlitt: Status Report’

Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove of inherited art, hidden for decades, is finally on view in two exhibitions. But bringing it into the light can’t dispel his ghost.
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Critic’s Notebook: What Christian Artifacts of the Middle East Can Show Us About Tolerance

An exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris looks at 2,000 years of Christians in the Arab World. It has a message for France — and for us all.
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Critic’s Notebook: On ‘The Good Doctor,’ the Anti-Antihero Is In

A decade after the rude genius of “House,” ABC’s sentimental hit drama focuses on the “care” part of health care.
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Critic’s Notebook: Louis C.K. and Hollywood’s Canon of Creeps

In his new film “I Love You, Daddy,” the comic surveys male pathologies, nods at Woody Allen and reaffirms cinema’s long history of exploiting women.
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Critic’s Notebook: President Trump Finds His TV Niche in Softball Interviews

The president styles himself a fighter, but when it comes to television, he prefers allies who help mold his image like “The Apprentice” once did.
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Critic’s Notebook: How the Myth of the Artistic Genius Excuses the Abuse of Women

To some, assessing an artist’s work in light of his biography is blasphemous. But it’s time to do away with the idea that they’re separate.
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Critic’s Notebook: George Clooney’s Awkward White Guilt in ‘Suburbicon’

In his directorial projects, it seems that dignified is the only way Mr. Clooney wants to imagine black people.
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Thor out of five: Marvel’s latest has critics raving

Chris Hemsworth is back as superhero Thor in what one critic describes as “a comedy with blockbuster spectacle”.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why the Obamas’ Portrait Choices Matter

The Obamas have chosen Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald: one established artist, one on her way.
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Critic’s Notebook: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. But Hollywood Still Has a Problem.

Women helped build the movie industry, but it has long been a male-dominated enterprise that systematically treats women — as a class — as inferior.
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Blade Runner 2049: What are the critics saying?

Critics have had a first peak at the new Blade Runner – and they’ve “seen things you people wouldn’t believe”.
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Fashion Review: ‘Why You’d Want to Do That Is Beyond Me’: London Fashion Week Faces Down Its Critics

Shows by Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu and Hussein Chalayan took on — or didn’t — the rapidly changing world outside.
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Critic’s Notebook: Best Pictures, Maybe, but Telluride Is Not About Oscars

The film festival has become a showcase for ambitious mainstream filmmaking, like new work from Guillermo del Toro and Greta Gerwig.
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We Haven’t Seen That Before: A Critics’ Conversation About ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’

James Poniewozik and Manohla Dargis talk about “Twin Peaks: The Return,” which was much more than a simple sequel series.
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PSNI hired cyber firm to unmask Twitter critics

The Police Service of Northern Ireland hired a private cybersecurity firm to investigate alleged Twitter accounts of officers mocking senior management.
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Critic’s Notebook: Pop Star Egos Are Pushed Aside at Wacky, Socially Aware MTV V.M.A.s

The show, hosted by Katy Perry, started off with lighthearted tweaks of pop perfectionism, then turned to more serious issues.
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Critic’s Notebook: 10 Days at the Salzburg Festival, Music’s Disneyland

The venerable festival, the center of classical music each summer, ends its first season under Markus Hinterhäuser, viewed as a change agent.
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What do the critics make of Channel 4’s Bake Off?

Viewers have a week to wait before The Great Bake Off returns. But will the wait be worth it?
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Critic’s Notebook: Trump Is Wrong if He Thinks Symphonies Are Superior

When the president bragged about the superiority of Western culture in a speech in Warsaw, he pressed a sore spot for our chief classical critic.
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Critic’s Notebook: This Podcast Is a Love Story, for Your Ears Only

The new podcast “36 Questions” sets a standard for the future of musical theater.
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Critic’s Notebook: In These Orchestras, Youth Meets Musical Beauty

Spending time with the National Youth Orchestras of the United States and China, a critic finds that magical moments become almost commonplace.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Sanrio Makes Anti-Capitalism Adorable, and Profitable

In the shadow of Hello Kitty, its famously cute emblem of consumerism, this company has created a more rebellious genre of heroes in Aggretsuko and Gudetama.
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Critic’s Notebook: In France, Melania Trump Flies the Fashion Flag of Friendship

A wardrobe in red, white and blue signified a new stage in the first lady’s relationship with political image making.
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Critic’s Notebook: Real New York Shows From Raf Simons and Todd Snyder

A Belgian innovator and an Iowa-born traditionalist see to it that New York Fashion Week: Men’s honors its setting.
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Critic’s Notebook: At G-20, Beethoven Sends a Mixed Message to Trump

The Ninth, and its “Ode to Joy” finale, were featured in a concert in front of world leaders on Friday, but the work’s meaning is far from clear.
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Critic’s Take: Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think

In school, the poet Matthew Zapruder writes, we are taught that poetry is inherently “difficult.” Focusing on one interesting word can change that.
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Critic’s Notebook: When Fan Fiction and Reality Collide

The topsy-turvy power dynamics of internet culture are on display in “FANtasies,” a new fan-fiction-inspired web series.
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Critic’s Notebook: How to Think About Bill Cosby and ‘The Cosby Show’

What to do with our fondness for the show is profoundly difficult — especially for African-Americans. Mr. Cosby knows what his work means, and he used it during the trial.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Look of the French Election

Marine Le Pen used costume to cast herself as the mother of France, and Emmanuel Macron’s sober suit was modified as his poll numbers shifted.
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Critic’s Notebook: In Conservative Prime Time, It’s Now Fox and Enemies

After a personnel upheaval, the Fox News Channel’s new evening lineup is not so much pro-Trump as it is anti-anti-Trump.
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Variety TV Critics Discuss the Legacy and Impact of ‘Girls’ (Part 1)

When “Girls” premiered in April 2012, it was almost all that the TV aficionado community could talk about, and it made a giant splash in pop culture, too. Nearly everyone had a strong take on the show Lena Dunham created. Below, Part 1 of Variety’s TV critics’ reflections on the show’s legacy and impact — and why… Read more »

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Twitter forces US to drop demand for Trump critic’s details

A government agency wanted the identity of a Trump critic, but has withdrawn their request.
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review Roundup: What the Critics Are Saying

“Ghost in the Shell” — the polychromatic, Westernized live-action reboot of Masamune Shirow’s cult manga series of the same name — opens wide this weekend. Although Rupert Sanders’ remake has been slammed for its controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson in the film’s (originally Japanese) headlining role, critics have begun to roll out their reviews — and the… Read more »

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Legion’ and the Rise of Surreality TV

A new breed of television shows fits right in with the current environment of fake news, gaslighting and contested objectivity.
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Critic’s Notebook: A Wheelchair on Broadway Isn’t Exploitation. It’s Progress.

Some people are calling Sam Gold’s “The Glass Menagerie” manipulative. I call it vital theater.
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Critic’s Notebook: The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch

The New Directors/New Film Series opens on Wednesday with the joyful “Patti Cake$ ,” one of several features by talented but little-known artists.
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Chrissy Teigen Shuts Down Mom-Shaming Critics: ‘Imagine Being This Miserable’

Chrissy Teigen is not here for mom-shaming.

The outspoken model and mother to 10-month-old daughter Luna hit back at critics who made negative comments about her baby girl.

“Imagine being this miserable. We are fine, thanks,” Teigen, 31, tweeted on Friday, along with a screenshot of the comments.

“Some people are just hell bent on being the f–king worst,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.

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The cookbook author and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model recently revealed her bouts with postpartum depression in a essay for Glamour‘s April cover story, in which she wrote about how her life changed after she and husband John Legend welcomed little Luna. PEOPLE had an exclusive first look at the story Monday.

“Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me,” she wrote.

“I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: ‘Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom,’ ” she said.

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For more on how John Legend balances fame, family and first-time fatherhood, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

The model mom credits her husband John Legend for his unwavering support with helping her through. “He’s exactly as compassionate, patient, loving and understanding as he seems,” she wrote.

“It’s a difficult thing to be a new father and for my wife to be a new mother,” Legend told PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“ advances the level of partnership you share. It’s exciting to see how we as a couple grow together and learn how to react to the challenges and the joys.”


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Critic’s Notebook: Sean Spicer’s Briefings, Cringe TV for an Audience of One

Millions tune in to watch the White House press secretary spin for President Trump. But the real story is what he can’t say and how he doesn’t say it.
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Emma Watson Fires Back At Critics Of Her Vanity Fair Shoot

Emma Watson on Sunday responded to critics who said she strayed from her feminist roots when she posed for a revealing photo in Vanity Fair.

In a recent shoot for the magazine, the 26-year-old “Beauty and the Beast” star appears in a white crocheted jacket with no shirt or bra. The pictures, shot by fashion photographer Tim Walker, sparked backlash across social media and from some media outlets.

Watson told Reuters that she’s simply confused by some of the flak she’s received. “It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is of what feminism is,” she said.

“Feminism is about giving women choice,” she went on. “Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.”

“I’m confused. Most people are confused… I’m always just kind of quietly stunned,” the former “Harry Potter” star added.

Along with the criticism, though, came plenty of support for the photo shoot. 

For her part, Watson enjoyed the photo shoot, calling it “incredibly artistic.”

“I was so thrilled with how kind of interesting and beautiful the photographs [were],” she said. 

Watson has long been an advocate for women’s rights, teaming with the United Nations as a Women Goodwill Ambassador and working on the HeForShe campaign.

“Beauty and the Beast” opens in theaters on March 17.

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Adele has a message for ‘Shrek dress’ critics

Adele has slated critics who said the outfit she wore to the Grammys made her look like Princess Fiona from Shrek.
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Critic’s Notebook: How to Escape Your Political Bubble for a Clearer View

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Critic’s Notebook: How to Fix the Met: Connect Art to Life

The Metropolitan Museum of Art must start by mixing things up — periods, functions, cultures. It also must hire a more diverse staff, and react to the times.
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Yeezy Season 5 Reviews Are in: Why Critics Are Praising Kanye West’s Latest Collection

Kanye West, Blond HairIt’s New York Fashion Week, and the living’s Yeezy.
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Critic’s Notebook: #GrammysSoWhite Came to Life. Will the Awards Face Its Race Problem?

Beyoncé lost the three major categories for album and song to Adele, who praised “Lemonade” in her own acceptance speech.
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Critic’s Notebook: Women Rule Halftime. Can Lady Gaga Make It Rock Again?

Since 2011, female pop stars like Beyoncé, Madonna and Katy Perry have dominated the big game’s halftime spectacle. Lady Gaga is this year’s headliner.
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Critic’s Notebook: Fashion Statement: Dissent on the Runway

At the men’s wear shows in New York, Billy Reid revives the beats, Steve Aoki goes punk, and other designers comment on the recent executive order.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Training Day’ and ‘A.P.B.,’ Where the Rogue Cop Rules

These new shows depict urban America as a hellscape that needs a results-oriented boor to break regulations, crack skulls and restore order.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why ‘1984’ Is a 2017 Must-Read

The George Orwell dystopian novel is a best seller because so much of what it describes can be seen in the early statements and actions of the Trump administration.
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Critic’s Notebook: Wonderful Runway Shows From Two American Designers in Paris

Thom Browne and Rick Owens lead the charge. Solid shows from Hermès and Berluti leave our critic momentarily longing to be ultrarich.
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Critic’s Notebook: Mr. Reality TV Goes to Washington

On Inauguration Day, news broadcasters seemed unnerved by the prospect President Donald J. Trump would remain as combative as he had been while the host of “The Apprentice.”
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T2 Trainspotting: Critics praise film sequel

Critics broadly praise T2 Trainspotting, but many note it will not have the same impact as the original.
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Trainspotting sequel wins over critics

Trainspotting’s long-awaited sequel T2 has won over most critics’ hearts, but expectations were far from great.
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Critic’s Notebook: Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.
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Critic’s Notebook: Trump, Twitter and the Art of His Deal

President-elect Donald J. Trump has always been hooked on recognition. More than ever, tweeting has given him a fitting outlet.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Clothes Defined Michelle Obama

No one understood the role of fashion, and the potential uses of its power, better than the first lady.
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Critic’s Notebook: Donald Trump and the State of Conflict

At a news conference, his language is the language of pre-emptive strikes and confrontation — competing, hitting, winning. And the whole world is his stage.
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Why Apple’s Critics Are Right This Time

Almost since the birth of Apple, critics have declared it was headed in the wrong direction. Today, the most pressing example is Apple’s seeming struggle to execute on its vision for artificial intelligence, writes Christopher Mims.
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National Society of Film Critics: ‘Moonlight’ best picture

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Critic’s Notebook: Presidential Portraits: Staring History in the Face

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Are Critics The Real Dinosaurs In Jurassic World?

I have to admit it – I read critics. The last thing I want to do is take one of my rare evenings off and spend it in a three-hour movie experience that disappoints. So before I decide to commit my time and money to a film, I read what is written, I look at the Tomatometer, and I try and make an informed judgment.

And that’s why Jurassic World may be the end of an era for critical film reviewers.

This story begins in the week before the Dino-Blockbuster was to hit theaters.

Reviewers – who get special early access to preview screenings – had their pencils sharpened. And the reviews were, to put it kindly – brutal.

The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote: “There’s more flab than muscle packed on this galumphing franchise reboot, which, as it lumbers from scene to scene, reminds you of what a great action god Steven Spielberg is. Too bad he didn’t take the reins on this.”

Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern “Mr. Pratt’s charm is no match for the crude filmmaking or the stupid plot that keeps him running around in a constant state of artificial animation.”

The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday wrote: “The most enjoyable moments of an otherwise oddly joyless film actually belong to Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus, who steal the show in an especially amusing scene during a panicked evacuation.”

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“It’s fun enough while it lasts, but somehow, finally, all too much and not enough. The problem isn’t that dinosaurs have ceased to impress us, but that dinosaurs alone are not enough to sustain us,” said Scott Foundas writing in Variety.

As I read the reviews my heart sank. I loved Jurassic Park, and certainly the Hollywood machine was counting on that. But how could Steven Spielberg allow his reputation and legacy to be tarnished so?

The decision was made for me. I wasn’t going to be robbed of my cash, my time, or my fond memories of dinosaurs just so the Hollywood machine could cash in my nostalgic chips.

The critics it seemed were angry at the product placements for BMW, the sexist storyline of Claire Dearing.

Said Marlow Stern in The Daily Beast: “Jurassic World is not good. In fact, it’s aggressively bad.” (LINK)

Says Marlow: Claire Dearing is the park operations manager. “Claire is so careerist, unfeeling, and apparently ‘unmaternal’ that she clacks her heels around barking orders in bangs and a white pantsuit, and when her two young nephews arrive on the scene, she’s so buried in her work mobile that she shoos them away.”

That did it for me, sexist, and overly commercial. I had given up – no DinoDollars would be clawed from my wallet.

Then, with a painful 59 out of 100 on metacritic – the film opened.

And as Scott Mendelson reported here Forbes, the numbers told a very different story.

Thursday Previews: $ 18.8 million. Totally unexpected, and a clue that all the critic’s negative reviews wouldn’t scare away early fans. Friday’s opening day numbers of $ 63.1 million where strong, making it the top Friday gross of all time. By Saturday ticket sales of $ 69.4 million and Sunday with $ 57.2 million made Jurassic World the top Saturday and Sunday grosses of all time. What matters here is that even after the critics slams, early audience came out happy, and shared their feelings on social media. On RottenTomatoes the gap is clear, audiences giving it an 84% thumbs up, while Top Critics have it just 61%.

Monday’s box office of $ 25.3 million and Tuesday’s $ 24.3 million showed continued strong box office as positive world of mouth grew.

In the end Jurassic World had a $ 296.21m seven day total – making it the highest seven day box office of all times.

So, what did I do in all this?

I read all the reviews, and after the Times biting criticism – I decided to take the risk and go anyway, fully expecting to be disappointed at the crass commercialism and sexist storytelling.

And then – I wasn’t. At all. I liked it. It was fun. The dinbansources were big and fierce. The action and popcorn no more (or less) than I was expecting. The product placements no worse than any one big summer action film. James Bond had a BMW logo in it – as well as Heineken Beer.

I came out entertained, and a bit concerned that the Critics may have made a critical mistake. They thought they were going to see a “film” when audiences understood implicitly that they were going to see a movie. A romp. A 90 minute journey into an escapist land of absurdities that didn’t need to make any political points or illuminate any world issues.

OK, sure – the storytelling was a bit soft, and there were some odd bits of editorial where it seemed like some logical links had been left on the cutting room floor. (Example: where did those matches come from?)

But what audiences understood, and the critics forgot, is that the expectations for a summer popcorn blockbuster are pretty simple. Take me to a fun place, don’t make me think too hard, and then bring me back to earth when the ride stops. Jurassic World did that -and did it well.

Is it high art? Nope. Is it Spielberg at his best? Surly not. But that wasn’t ever promised.

So the question here is – how did audiences ignore the scathing critical reviews and shell out $ 300 million. And what does that mean in terms of the value and role of critics going forward. Does social media and instant audience feedback make them obsolete?

It may be – like an evil scientist in the jaws of a Velociraptor – they are toast.

Steven Rosenbaum is serial entrepreneur, author, and filmmaker. His latest book, Curate This! is in print and ebook on Amazon.com. He is the CEO of Waywire.com (enterprise.waywire.com)

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What Critics Thought Of ‘Jaws’ When It Was Released 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago today, summer blockbusters were born. On June 20, 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws arrived in theaters, rewiring Hollywood in ways that are still felt to this day.

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Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise: Fans, Merchandise, and Critics

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‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Defines New Show And Responds To Critics

This fall, ABC will add more diversity to its slate of programming with the new family sitcom “black-ish.” Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne, and executive produced by Larry Wilmore and “America’s Next Top Model” co-creator Kenya Barris, the half-hour comedy series takes a look at one man’s determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his modern African-American family in suburban California.

Some critics have questioned whether the show, which premieres Sept. 24, will resonate with ABC’s viewers. But Barris hopes that “black-ish” will translate as an applicable lesson on race relations and cultural assimilation in today’s America.

During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Barris opened up about the creation of “black-ish,” and offered his thoughts on the importance of the show’s airing amid passionate discussions about race in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere.

How would you define “black-ish”?

I would say it’s an adjective, and I would even say it’s a dynamic adjective. I think some of the controversy has been around the idea that some people think that we’re trying to define what “black” is, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. I think it’s a really inclusive word much less than an exclusionary word, in terms of [how] it really speaks towards the homogenized society we’re living in today … If you look at the main character, Andre Johnson [played by Anderson], from his eyes, he’s raising kids and a family in a time where he looks around at his kids and he feels like their idea of being “black,” from what he remembers growing up, is different from what it was for him…

And I say that in terms of how he looks at his kids, and his kids are at a Macklemore concert or skateboarding. And so the ideology of what he saw, growing up, to be black, there’s a little bit of a filtered, subtracted, watered-down version of that. And so they’re kind of “black-ish” in that version. But then at the same time, he looks around and sees that there’s an additive version when he looks and sees a lot of the cultural impact that black culture has had on what America is today, [how it] has spread beyond our particular race. He sees, Kim Kardashian is “black-ish.” Dirk Nowitzki has a “black-ish” style of playing basketball. And he looks and feels like culture, in general, is at a place where it reached this sort of convergence, where it’s all become sort of this one thing, and we’ve all sort of merged into this big homogenized pot of where we’re [borrowing] from each other. And everyone else, in his eyes, has become a little bit more “black-ish.” So it works both ways.

Did you experience any difficulties or hurdles while shopping the pilot to networks?

We were really lucky. I’ve sold a bunch of pilots, and this time, when I did this pilot, I was like, I didn’t care who bought it. I was kind of like, “This time I’m going to do it honestly. I’m going to try to say, ‘I’ll make the family white or I’ll just make it about a family who just happens to be black.'” And for some reason, sometimes when you just have to go from a purer place, it hits harder. I went to a bunch of production companies and we decided to do it with Laurence Fishburne’s company, because Laurence said he’d be in it. And based on his own life, he immediately got the story … And we sold it everywhere we pitched. I’ll be honest — we got offers in the room almost everywhere we pitched. It was sort of a competitive situation. And we were actually going to go with FX, because we knew they would let us do what we wanted to do. But I’m so glad that we made the decision we did going with ABC, because they have really stepped up and [done] this show where every week we’re like, “They’re letting us do this?” [laughs]

How important was it for you to highlight modern-day situations in which race relations take place — for example, how African-Americans manage to navigate through the dynamics of office politics?

It’s the fundamental premise of the whole show for me. Dave Chappelle has this great joke of how he doesn’t [like] this sort [of] racism in Hollywood where it’s behind closed doors. He likes that old Southern, “fine-brewed to perfection” racism where it’s just in your face. And it’s something more dangerous when it’s not as malicious or done on purpose, when it’s more institutional. Because they don’t get that they’re doing it, and it’s not being done on purpose. And I want to shed light on it, because it works both ways … There’s sort of a duality and a counterintuitiveness to the main character’s problem, because he wants the promotion, but he’s mad that they gave him the promotion of the “Urban Division.” But like his wife says, “You’re mad that they gave you the Urban Division because you think they gave it to you because you’re black. But if they gave the Urban Division to someone white, you’d be mad that they didn’t give it to someone black.”

There’s a counterintuitive [aspect] and a duality to that type of thinking that we deal with every day […] and I want to shed a light on that. I think that this show is a test study. We don’t get a lot of opportunities like this. Unfortunately, if it works, it becomes […] somewhat of an understood standard. But if it doesn’t work, it becomes, “Oh well, that experiment failed. Back to the norm.” And that’s scary.

What are your thoughts on the relevance of the show airing on network television in the midst of the Michael Brown shooting investigation and other race-related news items?

It’s weird. As the pilot had just gotten picked up for a series, the [Donald] Sterling thing came out. And we were like, “Yooo, this is crazy!” And then as that was happening you had the guy in New York [Eric Garner] get strangled […] and it’s like, this is still a part of the world that we’re in. And people want to say, “Well, [President] Barack [Obama] is this…” I think in some aspects, Barack has shot us 25, 30 years into the future. But at the same time he has given people the ability to say, “Well now you don’t have anything else to complain about … We’re no longer a country that has any type of biases. Because look, we have a black president.” But that’s not the case. Ninety-five percent of the biases against Barack, there’s a lot of that that comes from a place that’s saying, “I personally don’t agree with him because he’s black.” It has nothing to do with his policies, but more of the policies coming from a black man.

So I think it’s a really important time for this show to air. I think that I am not trying to get on a pulpit and preach. This is comedy. At its heart, it’s a family comedy. It’s not a political show … We wanted to make this show the same way for me, growing up, “The Cosby Show” was like, “Oh my God! I want that to be my family.” We wanted to make this show aspirational and we wanted to build off of what Dr. Cosby did in a really positive way.

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2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominees: ’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ Dominate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” lead the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees with 13 bids each. Both films are nominated for best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, acting ensemble, director, editing, costume design and makeup.

Alfonso Cuaron’s space odyssey, “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock, also tops the list with 10 nominations, including best picture, actress, director and visual effects. Bullock was also nominated for her comedic performance in “The Heat.” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” ”Her,” ”Captain Phillips” and “Nebraska” received six bids each. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” logged five.

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