Venice Film Review: Timothée Chalamet in ‘The King’

The older he gets (he’s now 23), the more Timothée Chalemet looks like a svelte, neurasthenic-rock-star version of Daniel Day-Lewis. In “The King,” a sprawling but intimate royal-court medieval pageant movie, he plays Hal, the Prince of Wales, who will become Henry V. In the early scenes, when Hal is a dissolute party boy, drinking […]

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson marries partner Lauren Hashian

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has married his long-term partner Lauren Hashian in Hawaii.
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Piero Tosi, ‘The Leopard,’ ‘Death in Venice’ Costume Designer, Dies at 92

Piero Tosi, a famed costume designer who worked on films such as “The Leopard” and “Death in Venice,” died Saturday in Rome, the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation announced on Facebook. He was 92. Over the course of his 50 year career, Tosi established himself as one of Hollywood’s greatest costume designers, earning five Oscar nominations for costume […]

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Disney Is Turning ‘The Little Mermaid’ Into a Fragrance

“The Little Mermaid” is getting her own fragrance.
On the heels of the live-action remake of Disney’s “The Lion King,” attention now is turning to another beloved Disney film, “The Little Mermaid.” The 30-year-old animated movie is getting two live-action reboots, one starring musician and actress Halle Bailey — who with sister Chloe perform under the moniker Chloe x Halle — as the titular character. The second is a live-action musical with “Moana” actress Auli’I Cravalho, Queen Latifah and Shaggy to air Nov. 5 on ABC.

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In anticipation of both reboots, Disney has teamed up with indie beauty brand DefineMe to collaborate on a series of fragrances that take inspiration from Disney princesses, the first being Ariel. The fragrance features a beach-y scent, blended with ingredients like neroli, bergamot, jasmine and lilac. The bottle takes inspiration straight from Ariel, designed to resemble the character’s green mermaid tail and finished with a shell-like top.

The fragrance, which will retail for $ 88 for a 75-ml. bottle and $ 28 for a 9-ml. bottle, will be revealed at Beautycon in

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Gemma Chan in Talks to Join Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan is in talks to join Marvel’s “The Eternals” sources tell Variety. Chan would join previously announced cast members Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani. Earlier this year, Chan portrayed Minn-Erva in “Captain Marvel,” but its unknown if she will be playing the same […]

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‘The new normal’: Why fighting in the NHL has dropped to historic lows

The rate of fights has decreased for the past decade. Former NHL enforcers weigh in on the trend and whether fighting will one day cease entirely.
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First Look: Trailer for Venice Competition Film ‘The Painted Bird’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety has been given exclusive access to the international trailer for Vaclav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird,” which world premieres in competition at the Venice Film Festival, and screens at the Toronto Film Festival in the Special Presentations section. The cast, led by Petr Kotlar, includes Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgard, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Barry Pepper, […]

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‘The Lion King’: Disney Targets Nostalgic Adults With High-End Merchandise

Does Nala wear lipstick? Probably not, but “Lion King” fans can celebrate the release of the live-action remake with a new line of makeup that’s part of a whole pride of other items themed to Disney’s live action redo. For about $ 40, the Can’t Wait to Be Queen eyeshadow palette by Luminess Cosmetics includes shades […]

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‘The Lion King’ London Premiere Brings Out Meghan Markle and Beyonce

Entertainment industry royalty rubbed shoulders with the real thing at “The Lion King” premiere in London on Sunday evening. Meghan Markle, the duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, walked the yellow carpet at the Leicester Square premiere, as did a starry lineup from the U.S. and U.K. Among the many stars in attendance […]

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Beyoncé Meets Meghan and Harry at “The Lion King” UK Premiere

It’s been a star-studded weekend of events in the UK with the Wimbledon finals, but perhaps the hottest ticket in town was the London premiere of “The Lion King” on Sunday night.
The hotly-anticipated remake of the blockbuster 1994 Disney animated film, which hits theaters this week, stars Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles Carter, who voice Simba and Nala, respectively. While the presence of Beyoncé on any red carpet is a royal event by Hollywood standards (case in point: when Knowles Carter and daughter Blue Ivy Carter showed up to the film’s Los Angeles premiere in matching custom Alexander McQueen), the addition of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made Sunday night’s premiere a true royal affair.
Beyoncé  and Jay-Z, who actually gave a shoutout to the Duchess displaying a portrait of her behind them in an Instagram post upon receiving their Brit Award in February, met Meghan and Harry for the first time on the red carpet, as seen on this video that’s gone viral.
Knowles Carter wore a custom draped gold gown from Cong Tri, while the Duchess and new mother of baby Archie wore a black A-line Jason Wu dress with a sheer illusion top and sleeves. In the video,

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Beyoncé Meets Meghan and Harry at “The Lion King” UK Premiere

It’s been a star-studded weekend of events in the UK with the Wimbledon finals, but perhaps the hottest ticket in town was the London premiere of “The Lion King” on Sunday night.
The hotly-anticipated remake of the blockbuster 1994 Disney animated film, which hits theaters this week, stars Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles Carter, who voice Simba and Nala, respectively. While the presence of Beyoncé on any red carpet is a royal event by Hollywood standards (case in point: when Knowles Carter and daughter Blue Ivy Carter showed up to the film’s Los Angeles premiere in matching custom Alexander McQueen), the addition of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made Sunday night’s premiere a true royal affair.
Beyoncé  and Jay-Z, who actually gave a shoutout to the Duchess displaying a portrait of her behind them in an Instagram post upon receiving their Brit Award in February, met Meghan and Harry for the first time on the red carpet, as seen on this video that’s gone viral.
Knowles Carter wore a custom draped gold gown from Cong Tri, while the Duchess and new mother of baby Archie wore a black A-line Jason Wu dress with a sheer illusion top and sleeves. In the video,

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Netflix’s Stranger Things: Season 3, Episode 4 – ‘The Sauna Test’ Review

Most of the Hawkins crew reunite when things heat up in Season 3, Episode 4 – “The Sauna Test.”
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Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Wear Matching Alexander McQueen to ‘The Lion King’ Premiere

All eyes were on Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Carter at the premiere of the anticipated film, “The Lion King” in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The mother-daughter duo set the Internet into a frenzy with their rare red carpet appearance together. Beyoncé wore a custom, crystal-embroidered tuxedo dress by Alexander McQueen, matching her seven-year-old daughter, who sported a similar beaded blazer outfit, also by the designer.

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Beyoncé, who voices adult Nala in the “The Lion King,” was joined by the rest of the cast at the premiere, including Donald Glover, who voices adult Simba; Seth Rogen, who voices Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner, who voices Timon. The film is a live-action reboot of the award-winning Disney classic from 1994. The new “Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau and includes original music on the film’s album, which is curated and produced by Beyoncé.
This isn’t the first time Beyoncé and her daughter have matched on the red

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‘The Office’ vs. ‘It’s Always Sunny’: Steve Carell Responds to Rob McElhenney’s On-Set Taunts

Rob McElhenney of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has ignited a turf feud with Steve Carell after posting an Instagram video taunting “The Office” star from the Dunder Mifflin set. In response, Carell offered the olive branch of a crossover episode. McElhenney posted an Instagram video from the parking lot famous as the set of […]

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Chargers: We’re ‘the team to beat in the NFL.’ Can they prove it?

The Chargers didn’t make many headlines this offseason, but Los Angeles defensive end Melvin Ingram believes they are “the team to beat in the NFL.”
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult Feud in ‘The Current War’ Trailer (Watch)

101 Studios has released an official new trailer for the Martin Scorcese-produced thriller, “The Current War,”  offering a glimpse into the dramatic 19th century battle over electricity that became known as the “war of the currents.” The film, which is a dramatization of real-life events, will follow the tumultuous journey of Thomas Edison, played by […]

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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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Arquette: New role is ‘the opposite of every maternal instinct’

When Patricia Arquette was a child she wanted to be a nun.
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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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Listen: Natalie Morales Forgives Justin Theroux For Looking Too Hot in ‘The Leftovers’

Natalie Morales’ character on the new NBC sitcom “Abby’s” is believed to be the first bisexual lead on a primetime sitcom. But Morales notes that it’s not the character’s defining characteristic. “It’s one of the many things about her but it doesn’t define our show,” she told Variety‘s “My Favorite Episode” podcast. “I’ve been really […]

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Nonfiction: Dismantling the Myth of ‘The Heartland’

The new book by the historian Kristin L. Hoganson explodes conventional ideas about the Midwest as America’s “insulated core” — the wellspring of its values and identity.
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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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How ‘The New Negroes’ Sets Out to Redefine ‘What it Means to be a Black Creative in America Now’

Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle know the title of their new Comedy Central show, “The New Negroes,” will cause a few double takes. The hosting duo thought about changing it, but then thought again. “I like that it’s provocative, that it’s not easily explained or that there’s no easy answer to what it means. […]

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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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‘Come From Away,’ ‘Company,’ ‘The Inheritance’ Score at Olivier Awards

A gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” the 9/11-related musical “Come From Away,” and a seven-hour gay-themed play, “The Inheritance,” each won four Olivier Awards in London on Sunday. Stage icon Patti LuPone took home one of the Oliviers – Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys – for “Company,” for best supporting actress in a musical. […]

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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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Barry Malkin, ‘The Godfather: Part II’ Editor, Dies at 80

Film editor Barry Malkin, who was nominated for two Oscars for Francis Ford Coppola films “The Godfather: Part III” and “The Cotton Club,” died Thursday. He was 80. Malkin’s career in film editing last more than 40 years, and he is credited for working on more than 30 films in his lifetime. Most notably, he […]

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‘The Virtues,’ ‘Just for Today,’ ‘Mytho’ Take Top Honors at Series Mania

Three series from strong creative voices – Shane Meadows’ “The Virtues,” Nir Bergman’s “Just for Today” and the Fabrice Gobert-directed, and Netflix-backed, “Mytho” – shared  major honors at an enlarged, hectic 10th Series Mania, now firmly established in festival, industry and discussion forum terms as one of the major TV events in Europe. A story […]

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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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June Harding, ‘The Trouble With Angels’ Actress, Dies at 81

June Harding, who starred in “The Trouble With Angels” and “The Richard Boone Show,” has died. She was 81. Harding died in hospice care in Deer Isle, Maine, on March 22, her brother, John, confirmed with the Richmond Times-Dispatch of Richmond, Va. The actress made her debut on Broadway in the comedy “Take Her, She’s […]

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Inside ‘The OA’ And Its Most Outlandish Twist Yet

Star Jason Isaacs weighs in on Part 2’s insane finale, spoilers and all.
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Taco Bell And Weed Smoke Inspired Harmony Korine’s Surprisingly Sweet ‘The Beach Bum’

The provocative director returns with a sunny stoner comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg. We talked to him about, well, everything.
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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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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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Riot Games Consulted on ‘The Simpsons’ Esports Episode

Esports has made it into the world of “The Simpsons.” Sunday’s episode of America’s longest-running sitcom series, titled “E My Sports,” will see Bart Simpson begin to excel at video game competitions with Homer as his passionate coach. When Lisa attempts to bring her father back to earth, however, chaos ensues. Whalen Rozelle and Jarred […]

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Howard A. Rodman’s Book ‘The Great Eastern’ to Be Adapted Into Movie

Howard A. Rodman’s upcoming book will be getting the big-screen treatment. “The Great Eastern,” set to be published in early June by Melville House Books, has been acquired by Great Point Media — a London-based content and media company. Rodman, the former Writers Guild of America West president, will also write the screenplay for the […]

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With Shows Like ‘The Other Two,’ Comedy Central Looks Beyond Its Core

The network’s primary audience has long been young white guys. A slate of new shows demonstrate how the brand is expanding beyond that more than ever before.
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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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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Names Lindsey Vonn Brand Ambassador

Now that she’s hung up her skis, Lindsey Vonn is turning her attention to fashion.
The celebrated skier, who is retiring from competitive racing, has become the first global ambassador for Project Rock, a line developed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in partnership with Under Armour. Vonn is sponsored by Under Armour. 
“What I find so inspiring about Dwayne is that he always gives 110 percent in everything that he does,” Vonn said. “He basically stands for 100 percent authenticity and 100 percent effort.” 
In a video posted on the Under Armour site on Tuesday, Vonn is pictured in the gym and talking about exercise with Johnson to get the message out about the collection, which is targeted at all athletes regardless of their age, gender, race, creed, sexuality or skill level, according to the brand.
She said the Project Rock collection “doesn’t necessary stand for everything in the gym. It stands for a lifestyle and how you approach life.”
Johnson broke the news on his Instagram account on Tuesday morning, calling Vonn: “A woman who I’ve known, admired and respected over the years. ‬‪The hardest worker in the room. ‬‪The best worker in the room.”
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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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Sebastian Stan Replaces Chris Evans in Netflix’s ‘The Devil All the Time’

Sebastian Stan is starring in Netflix’s backwoods drama “The Devil All the Time” after Chris Evans had to depart due to scheduling conflicts. Stan will appeal alongside Tom Holland, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Riley Keough, and Bill Skarsgard. The film is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel and set in a […]

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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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‘The Tackle’ ended SB34, and started a friendship

Super Bowl XXXIV ended with Mike Jones tackling Kevin Dyson at the 1. How did Dyson overcome it? By starting a friendship with the man who tackled him.

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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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Watch live: Debut episode of ‘The Bounce’

The Bounce is a high octane presentation of the Association unlike anywhere else on television or digital media, with loads of exclusive content.

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Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)

“The Crown” has found its Iron Lady. Gillian Anderson is said to have signed on to play British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the much-praised Netflix drama series. Anderson’s casting was first reported by the Sunday Times. A Netflix rep declined to comment on the report. Anderson is the latest notable […]

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‘The Division 2’ Story Trailer Depicts Nation in Turmoil, Dates Private Beta

The latest trailer for “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2” shows the US in turmoil after warring factions take over, as shared by Ubisoft via its YouTube channel Wednesday. There’s talk in the story trailer of overcoming a virus outbreak (a throwback to the first game, “Tom Clancy’s The Division”) but it is revealed that violent […]

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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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‘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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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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How Clint Eastwood and Arturo Sandoval Bonded Over Jazz for ‘The Mule’ Score

Cuban-born musician Arturo Sandoval is well known as a top trumpeter and recording artist in the jazz world. Now, at 69, he’s thinking of changing careers, and hopes his score for Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” based on the story of an elderly Midwestern horticulturist who stumbles into a job transporting cocaine for the Mexican cartel, […]

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How Kenny Rogers Aced ‘The Gambler’

As he recorded Don Schlitz’s song, the country singer found soulful inspiration in Ray Charles and the Old West.
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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 Bureau’ Director Laila Marrakchi Unveils New Feature Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

High-profile Paris-based Moroccan filmmaker Laila Marrakchi (“Rock the Casbah,” “Marock”) is partnering up with Backup Films (“Donnybrook”) and Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”) on “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece,” her long-gestating English-language project based on Annabel Pitcher’s bestselling novel. The book has been translated into more than 20 languages and has earned many […]

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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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‘The Lion King’ Trailer Sets Disney Record for Most Views in 24 Hours

Anticipation for Disney’s rollout of live action adaptations can sometimes be lukewarm, but that’s clearly not the case with “The Lion King.” The teaser trailer for the upcoming “live action” feature — which is really just photoreal animation — accumulated 224.6 million views globally in its first 24 hours, becoming Disney’s most watched trailer in […]

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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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The glory days of ‘Rocket’ and ‘The Missile’

With Notre Dame and Syracuse squaring off in this weekend's marquee matchup, it's a good time to revisit the impact the Ismail brothers had on both programs.

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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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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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Kenneth Cole Partners With Broadway’s ‘The Prom’ to Support LGBTQI+ Equality

Kenneth Cole has joined forces with Broadway’s new musical comedy, “The Prom,” to support human rights of LBGTQI+ people and equality.
The partnership includes a fund-raising initiative for the UN Foundation in support of UN Free & Equal, a global public information campaign of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to promote the fair and equal rights of LGBTQI+ people globally.
“The Prom,” which has been in preview, officially opens Nov. 15. The musical takes place in a small town in Indiana, where a high school student isn’t permitted to bring her girlfriend to their prom. Several actors travel to Indiana to support the girls’ cause.
“We have been supporting social justice and equal rights issues since its inception and specifically for the LGBTQI+ community for over 25 years,” said Kenneth Cole, chairman and chief creative officer of Kenneth Cole Productions. “We’re proud to partner with ‘The Prom,’ not just because it is an extraordinary theatrical production, but also because of the shared values it portrays and the important story of inclusion and acceptance that it brings to life.”
Inspired by the Act 1 finale of “The Prom,” Cole has designed a custom T-shirt which reads, “Today Is Not a

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The Crucial Mistake of ‘The Front Runner’: It Turns Gary Hart Into a Poster Boy for Idealism (Column)

“The Front Runner,” Jason Reitman’s political docudrama about the disaster that befell Gary Hart’s 1988 campaign for the presidency (a perfect storm of private sin, public voyeurism, and journalistic hubris), is a movie that pulses with the twitchy electronic-nerve-ending hunger of mass media. Reitman, a director of up-front humanity and skill, has figured out a […]

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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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Synchronicity Films this month scored the U.K.’s second-largest drama launch of the year with BBC One’s “The Cry,” and the series’ distributor, DRG, announced further international pre-sales at Mipcom for the Jenna Coleman-led series. Following a previously unveiled co-production deal with ABC in Australia and distribution in the U.S. with Sundance Now, DRG has now […]

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Tom Stoppard, Always Tackling ‘The Hard Problem’

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Magnus Nilsson’s ‘The Nordic Baking Book’ Is a Bible for Bakers

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‘The Walking Dead’ Game Developer Hit With 90% Staff Layoffs as 225 Are Let Go

The team behind the highly successful narratively-driven “The Walking Dead” video game adaptation was rocked with massive layoffs this week, with nearly 90 percent of the estimates 250 employees let go, a source with the company who asked not to be named told Variety. The remaining employees will finish the Netflix “Minecraft: Story Mode” interactive series. The […]

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‘The Nun’ Heading for Franchise-Best $44 Million Box Office Opening

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New Hall of Famer Jason Kidd was ‘the first LeBron’

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‘The Polo Life’ Airs Labor Day Weekend, Offers Inside View of the Sport

USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL), which is the official licensing arm and broadcaster of the United States Polo Association (USPA), has teamed with the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council (TDC) in sponsoring a new television and digital show titled, “The Polo Life.” The USPAGL described the show as a “30-minute experience that takes viewers inside the sport and lifestyle surrounding the world of polo.”
“The Polo Life” aims to reach more than 60 million households, and will air this coming Labor Day weekend on the TVG Network, which specializes in equestrian sports. The program broadcasts nationally, and will include airing on ThePalmBeaches.tv — making it available in Palm Beach County hotels and resorts — as well as on Roku.
Additionally, the USPAGL said it will place the show in “many of the 1,000 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores that span 100 countries, as well as on multiple digital platforms, including the company’s Web site at uspolo.org, reaching millions of consumers and sports fans globally.”
The backdrop of the show is Palm Beach County, and the producers aim to take viewers “through a sneak peek into the world of polo” while also offering content “for both polo enthusiasts and novices alike.
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Wrestler Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies aged 63

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The dog days of summer are upon us. And no, not just because “Dog Days,” the canine comedy starring Finn Wolfhard, Nina Dobrev, and Vanessa Hudgens, opens on Wednesday. Unless “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” remains exceptionally strong in its third outing, it looks like a low-$ 20 million debut from Warner Bros.’ big-budget shark thriller “The […]

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‘The Wife’ Director Björn Runge Sets ‘Remember Me’ as Next Film (EXCLUSIVE)

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HBO Latin America Greenlights Second Season of ‘The Bronze Garden’

HBO Latin America has greenlit a second season of Argentine thriller series “The Bronze Garden” (“El Jardin de Bronce”), which has aired across 50 HBO international markets, including HBO Spain and HBO Nordic. The eight-episode thriller centered on an architect in desperate search for his four-year-old daughter who vanished with her babysitter in a Buenos […]

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It’s the Movie Hit of the Summer: Why ‘The Kissing Booth’ Clicked

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Police: Operator in Self-Driving Uber Crash Was Streaming ‘The Voice’

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Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Loves the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Wedding Planning: ‘Most Guys’ Don’t Get It

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is having a blast planning his upcoming nuptials to fiancée Lauren Pesce.

“We are in the sweet spot right now and having fun planning the wedding,” the Jersey Shore Family Vacation star tells PEOPLE at the Lunch with the Jersey Shore event at Little Dom’s restaurant in Los Angeles on Friday.

While Sorrentino, 35, admits that he’s been leaving most of the big decisions up to his bride-to-be, he says he’s really enjoyed checking out different venues — and tasting all those wedding cakes!

“I don’t think most guys realize how much goes into planning a wedding. I told her, ‘Babe, just do whatever you want to do,’ ” he adds.

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Sorrentino and Pesce, 33, who got engaged on Valentine’s Day, met in 2004 in college and dated for about four years, splitting before the original run of Jersey Shore premiered in 2009. After the MTV series wrapped in 2012, they rekindled the romance and have been together for over four years.

While Pesce previously told PEOPLE the couple didn’t “have a date” picked out yet, she revealed the couple’s “dream was always to go to the motherland and get married in Italy.”

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Sorrentino, who is also celebrating 30 months of sobriety, went on to tell PEOPLE that his time with his Jersey Shore castmates was vastly different this time around.

“I was able to make good decisions, stay faithful to my girlfriend back home and stay positive,” he remarks. “I was definitely a little worried about going to the clubs with these guys who can drink and being back in that environment, but I was able to do it.”

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Sorrentino, who has battled with a prescription painkiller addiction in the past, previously told PEOPLE that he credits his fiancée with helping him turn his life around.

“What I dreamed of, the expectations I had set for him, him getting healthy and sober — I didn’t know that our relationship would survive had those miracles not happened, and they did,” Pesce said. “He put in the hard work and thanks to the faith in God that we have, we’re in the position we’re in today.”

“She’s definitely my better half and the reason why I strive to be the best version of myself and to fight for our future,” Sorrentino added. “And to show a good example to her, her family and everyone watching — because my life has been under a microscope. I have a lot to prove.”

And as Sorrentino awaits his June 20 sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion in a New Jersey federal court in January, he’s maintaining a positive outlook and is hoping for the best — even though he’s facing up to five years in prison.

“I’ve done everything in my power to better myself,” he told PEOPLE prior to the season premiere of Jersey Shore Family Vacation. “I really feel that I’m in the best situation possible.”

“We should receive some closure,” he added. “And I’ll try to move forward with my life.”


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Drake’s ‘I’m Upset’ Video Was ‘The Reunion We’ve Always Wanted,’ Says ‘Degrassi’ Cast

Drake’s former castmates from “Degrassi: The Next Generation” had a blast reuniting for his latest video, “I’m Upset,” shot this past weekend in downtown Toronto from the Air Canada Centre, where the rap star’s beloved Raptors play basketball. He released the video Wednesday night and it already has more than 2.5 million views on YouTube. […]

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How Orin Wolf Orchestrated a Tony Coup With ‘The Band’s Visit’

He wasn’t a big-league producer. But he fell in love with a small Israeli film and spent years getting it to the stage. His musical won 10 awards on Sunday.
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‘The Americans’ Cast & Creators on the ‘Heartbreaking’ Series Finale: ‘It Just Felt Right’

It’s barely been two weeks since their critically acclaimed series wrapped its six-season run on FX, but the cast and creators of “The Americans” reunited Sunday at the ATX Festival in Austin, TX to deconstruct the “heartbreaking” series finale. On hand were showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, executive producer Chris Long and series stars Keri Russell […]

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‘Empire’ Alum Grace Byers Joins ‘The Gifted’ Season 2 at Fox

Grace Byers is staying in the Fox fold, with the now former “Empire” actress joining the Fox-Marvel series “The Gifted” for its upcoming second season. Byers will play Reeva, described as a smart, charming, authoritative, elegant, beautiful woman who is ruthless in her efforts to fight for her people. She leads an elite band of followers […]

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Film Review: ‘The Story of a Summer Lover’

With his third feature, rising Romanian director Paul Negoescu (“A Month in Thailand,” “Two Lottery Tickets”) reaches back to a time when Woody Allen’s name was associated with intelligent romantic comedies and jazz, delivering a film drenched in Allen-esque situations replanted in Bucharest. That in itself is fine, yet while “The Story of a Summer […]

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Ariana Grande: Manchester Arena attack showed ‘the worst of humanity’

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In her new book, Melissa Broder manages to knead together the genres of magical realism — a merman presumed to be real — and erotic literature.
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Confidence, self-sufficiency and a certain amount of audacity were the themes of an hour-plus-long appearance by DIY rapper Russ at New York University’s Steinhardt School on Wednesday, where he told the story behind his own path to success and gave advice on the positives and pitfalls along the way. The 25-year-old Atlanta-based MC’s official debut […]

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Bob Mackie Designing Wardrobe for ‘The Cher Show’ Coming to Broadway

Bob Mackie is once again collaborating with Cher in designing costumes for “The Cher Show,” a forthcoming musical based on the singer’s life and career, which debuts with a yet-to-be-announced cast at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago on June 12 before making its way to Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in the fall.
For decades, Mackie has designed glitzy stage costumes and red carpet looks for the 71-year-old Grammy winner, notably the barely there black-sequined gown Cher wore in 1988 when she took home the best actress Oscar for her role in “Moonstruck.” Cher has also won two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award, but this project — which features a musical score comprised of the California native’s chart-topping hits — could land the singer her first Tony Award.
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The 77-year-old designer, who has also

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Robert Arthur, Music Director for ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ Dies at 89

Robert Arthur, the music director for “The Ed Sullivan Show” from the 1950s through the ’70s, died on Jan. 21. He was 89. A Long Island native, Arthur graduated from Colgate University with degrees in economics and Spanish, and began a career as an accompanist, conductor, and arranger. He was drafted into the United States […]

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‘The Shape of Water’ Leads Oscar Nominations With 13

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‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao Receives Inaugural Bonnie Award

Chloe Zhao, who produced, directed and wrote the Western drama “The Rider,” has won Film Independent’s inaugural Bonnie Award, given to recognize a mid-career female director. The trophy, which includes a $ 50,000 grant, was presented to Zhao at the organization’s Spirit Awards brunch at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Her film, which debuted at the […]

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Books of The Times: ‘The Woman in the Window’ Nods to Classics Old and New, From Hitchcock to ‘The Girl on the Train’

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Performs Powerfully in Limited Opening

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” has debuted strongly in its platform opening with $ 495,000 at nine sites for Friday-Sunday for an impressive $ 55,000 per location average. “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, is projected to take in another $ 215,000 on Christmas Day on Monday for a $ 720,o00 four-day […]

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Broadway Review: ‘The Children’

Pack your bags, people — the apocalypse is coming. This warning comes to you courtesy of Lucy Kirkwood, whose cautionary disaster drama, “The Children,” scared the wits out of audiences at London’s Royal Court Theater and promises to do the same on Broadway, where it recently opened in a Manhattan Theatre Club production. Its sterling […]

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‘The Shape of Water’ Leads Golden Globes

Many establishment names received nods while some critically lauded newcomers went empty-handed as Monday’s Golden Globe nominations kicked off the awards season.
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Live Briefing: 2018 Golden Globe Nominations Led by ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Big Little Lies’

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy, led the way with seven nominations, while the newspaper drama “The Post” had six.
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‘The Crown’ Star Vanessa Kirby on the ‘Privilege’ of Playing Princess Margaret

If the first season of “The Crown” probed the sibling rivalry between Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and her sister Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), the second season takes the gloves off. The two women are driven even further apart as the ever-more headstrong Margaret continues her ill-fated search for love. Yet Kirby says the more she’s […]

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Legal Expert Thinks Cyntoia Brown Has Chance of Early Release: ‘The National Focus Helps’

The advocacy surrounding the case of Cyntoia Brown — the sex-trafficked teen serving a life sentence for murdering a man who solicited her — might help her obtain early release, a legal expert tells PEOPLE.

University of Memphis professor Steve Mulroy tells PEOPLE that Brown — the 29-year-old woman who, at the age of 16, murdered a 43-year-old man — could have her life sentence commuted by this time next year.

The decision to free her rests entirely with Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Haslam has been Tennessee’s governor since 2011, and his term in office ends after 2018.

“Usually, a governor will wait until the end of their second term to make any commutations. If he takes any action at all, it would not be until late next year,” Mulroy says, noting that Haslam has not granted a commutation while in office.

Last month, interest in Brown’s case spiked online when Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna both shared a post on social media featuring an image of Brown, and a statement about her case.

Rapper T.I. and actress Cara Delivigne have also used their platforms to shine new light on the case, and are calling on lawmakers to intervene. Kardashian West vowed in a social media post that she would have her attorneys look into Brown’s conviction to see if anything can be done to help her.

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Brown, who was raped several times as the child of an alcoholic mother, was a teen victim of sex trafficking in Tennessee in 2004 when she fatally shot Johnny Mitchell Allen. The middle-age man had solicited sex from her, according to court documents. Brown becomes eligible for parole after she turns 69.

Brown said she was forced to prostitute by an older boyfriend who essentially became the underage girl’s pimp, taking the money that she would make. She admitted she shot Allen in the back of the head, but claimed she shot him in self-defense because she allegedly saw him reach for his gun.

Brown told cops she did not know who Allen was before he solicited her for sex. After driving to his home, she alleged he showed her his guns before they got into his bed together. Subsequently, she said, he reached underneath his bed for what she thought was a gun, so she pulled a .40-caliber handgun out of her purse and shot him.

However, the jury rejected her claim of self-defense and found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.

Brown’s attorneys have stated their intention to file a clemency petition before Christmas.

Mulroy tells PEOPLE commutations are something of a rarity in Tennessee, with less than 1 percent of all such requests granted.

“But in this case, I think the national focus helps,” Mulroy explains. “There is also a compelling argument for commutation here. The governor only has a year left in office, and has tended to be more moderate than your average Tennessee Republican, who are tough on law and order issues. I suppose there’s a chance it could happen.”

Typically in Tennessee, parole boards consider commutation requests. But Brown won’t be eligible for parole for decades, says Mulroy, who has been teaching law at the University of Memphis for 17 years.

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According to Mulroy, Haslam could move to commute Brown’s sentence entirely, reducing it to time served, or he could shave off enough time to make her “parole eligible, which would allow the parole board to consider her case.”

From what Mulroy’s read about Brown, she’s a good candidate for early release by the parole board.

“The legal standard for commutation of a sentence is someone who makes exceptional strides in self-improvement and rehabilitation, to the point where they are no longer considered to be a threat,” he explains. “She appears to be a model prisoner and got a bachelor’s degree. In addition to the tragic circumstances that got her to commit the crime in the first place, and the national spotlight she now has on her case, since she has been incarcerated, she really seems to have turned her life around.”


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Review: ‘The Crown’ Season 2 Takes the Queen From Scandal to Scandal

Netflix’s award-winning series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II covers war, sex and the difficulties of managing a royally messed up family.
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Miss Jamaica Celebrates Being ‘the First Afro Queen to Make It Thus Far’ in Miss Universe Pageant

 

The 2017 Miss Universe pageant host Steve Harvey correctly announced the winner’s name without any confusion (unlike in 2015). But if you were to go on social media during last night’s show, you would have thought Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett took home the crown because Twitter was going wild for her.

The 23-year-old contestant embraced her natural hair, wearing an afro hairstyle during the competition and the social media response was overwhelming. Fans gave the second runner-up an outpouring of love and even started the hashtag, “#MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon.”

“I did not win but I got what I was seeking,” Bennett wrote on Instagram. “I won the hearts of many, I got to highlight Deaf awareness, I stand as the first afro queen to have made it thus far, I represented my little island and I received allll the love one could possibly wish for…. THANK YOU!!! I came, I conquered and if you know me, then you know that’s just another story and you will be seeing a lot more from me💃😉👑 To all the queens that represented, congrats and to our new Miss Universe @demileighnp go conquer the world you are indeed a gem!😍😙

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Miss South Africa Has Been Crowned Miss Universe 2017

The 2017 Miss Universe pageant was full of contestants with inspiring stories. In addition to Bennett’s empowering move, the winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa, teaches self-defense after being held at gunpoint one month after winning the Miss South Africa pageant.


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‘The seizures have got more frequent and more violent’

Services to diagnose, treat and provide on-going care are failing patients across the spectrum of neurological disorders, according to a latest report
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: Not So Kosher

Amy Sherman-Palladino’s latest show features great one-liners, endearing performances and a visually opulent representation of New York in the nascent “Mad Men” era—but its Jewish milieu make no sense.
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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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Diddy, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Walk to Judge Fox’s ‘The Four’

New Fox singing competition show “The Four: Battle for Stardom” has locked in its judges’ panel. The network announced today that Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and music executive Charlie Walk will make up the “Four,” which premieres on Jan. 4. Never one to humblebrag, Diddy, who also served in a similar capacity […]

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Whitney Cummings Comedy ‘The Female Brain’ Sells to IFC (EXCLUSIVE)

IFC Films has nabbed U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Whitney Cummings’s “The Female Brain.” The ensemble comedy is based on a book of the same name by neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine — it’s a bestseller that made the controversial argument that women’s behavior differed from that of men because of hormonal differences. “The Female Brain” […]

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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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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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Netflix Acquires ‘The Open House’ Starring ’13 Reasons Why’ Actor Dylan Minnette (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the thriller “The Open House” starring “13 Reasons Why” breakout Dylan Minnette, sources tell Variety. Written and directed by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote, “The Open House” centers on a teenager (Minnette) and his mother (Piercey Dalton) who find themselves besieged by threatening forces when they move into a […]

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Review: All Life’s a Swirling Proscenium in ‘The Red Shoes’

The staging is the star in Matthew Bourne’s pass-the-popcorn adaptation of the movie.
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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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Broadway Box Office: Promising Start for ‘The Band’s Visit’

“Springsteen on Broadway” had the megabucks launch — and continues to do huge business — but the other show to begin previews around the same time, “The Band’s Visit,” is showing its own signs of (admittedly more modest) promise, with sales fueled by its well-received Off Broadway run last season. The weekly gross for the […]

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Alfonso Cuarón on the Lumière Fest, ‘The Shape of Water,’ His Upcoming Film, and Mexico Earthquake Fundraising

For Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon is not only an event that celebrates cinema but also a relaxing opportunity to catch up with old friends without the stress of the film industry’s business aspects. “It’s beloved by filmmakers because it’s a cinephile festival,” Cuarón told Variety. “It’s not competitive. It’s […]

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