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5 ways that 'Black Panther' celebrates and elevates black women

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:52:01 -0500

The latest Marvel superhero movie is a step in the right direction for women of color on the silver screen.


'Wrinkle' star Storm Reid learning from Ava DuVernay

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:36:01 -0500

Teenage actress Storm Reid says she's learning to be humble and stay prepared from her 'A Wrinkle in Time' director Ava DuVernay. (Nov. 3)


5 ways to celebrate 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' on its 50th anniversary

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:12:19 -0500

The late children's TV icon is having a pop culture moment, with an upcoming PBS special, documentary and feature film starring Tom Hanks.


TODAY Show's Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie pick top 2018 Winter Olympic events this week

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:56:18 -0500

Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb of NBC's The Today Show share the events they are most excited about in the second week of the 2018 Winter Olympics.


Do villains get too much of the spotlight (and empathy) in 'Versace,' 'Waco' and 'Tonya'?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:45:36 -0500

Two TV shows and a film examine important social issues but neglect the wronged by focusing so much on wrongdoers.


Allison Janney 'proud to wear black' at BAFTAs

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:42:59 -0500

At the U.K. premiere of awards contender 'I, Tonya,' stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney discuss wearing black on the BAFTA red carpet in support of the Time's Up movement. (Feb. 16)


Movies we can't wait to see in 2018

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:41:28 -0500


John Oliver on 'Last Week Tonight' return, and that infamous sitdown with Dustin Hoffman

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:14:14 -0500

John Oliver is readying a fifth season of HBO's Emmy-winning 'Last Week Tonight.' He took three months off, but it was hardly a vacation.


Stars join forces with activists on BAFTA awards red carpet

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:05:24 -0500

Actors including Andrea Riseborough and Gemma Arterton were accompanied by activists at the event. Rough cut (no reporter narration) Video provided by Reuters


'S.I.' Swimsuit Issue models reunite in NYC

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:41:17 -0500


Did Duchess Kate join the black-dress movement at BAFTAs? Sort of ...

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:37:34 -0500

The royals tend to avoid political statements, so many wondered if Kate would join show solidarity for victims of sexual harassment.


First lady Melania Trump: Style Diary

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:07:40 -0500


Duchess Kate: Style Diary

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:57:33 -0500


Omarosa thinks Hillary Clinton would've made an 'exceptional' president

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:26:17 -0500

"She was just a strong woman," 'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman told her housemate Ross Mathews.


Saddest celeb breakups of the last year

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:12:49 -0500


'Black Panther' breakout Letitia Wright is a new kind of Disney princess

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:01:07 -0500

The British actress stars as Black Panther's younger sister, Shuri, the tech genius princess of Wakanda.


New book puts readers inside the Watergate, one of Washington's most notorious addresses

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:10:54 -0500

New book lets readers move into the Watergate, Washington's most notorious address.


11 burning questions about the Prince Harry, Meghan Markle royal wedding

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 18:39:58 -0500

What will she wear? Who will be there? Who will be her 'Pippa' bridesmaid? Prince Harry/Meghan Markle royal wedding questions abound.


In 'Educated,' the inspiring story of an isolated young woman determined to learn

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:52:15 -0500

In her new memoir, 'Educated,' Tara Westover recounts how she left an isolated childhood behind to go to college and beyond. A 4-star review.


5 books not to miss this week, including James Patterson's 'Fifty Fifty'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:00:03 -0500

Look for a new Harriet Blue thriller from James Patterson and Candice Fox. Plus a history of The Watergate, the place.


John Oliver calls America a 'beautiful mess of contradictions'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:02:17 -0500

"Sometimes, what's great and terrible about us is just impossible to separate," Oliver said as he defended America to the rest of the world.


List: All of the Hollywood power players accused of sexual assault or harassment

Sat, 3 Feb 2018 14:25:57 -0500

The fall of media mogul Harvey Weinstein following sexual assault allegations shook Hollywood — and brought other accusations forward in its wake.


Fergie apologizes for jazzy National Anthem at NBA All-Star game

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:17:36 -0500

After causing controversy at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday with a slowed-down jazzy rendition of the National Anthem, Fergie has issued a formal apology for her divisive performance


'Creed II': Stallone shares fan art with Rocky, Ivan Drago and their protégés

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:39:45 -0500

It looks like Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) is ready to fight the son of Ivan Drago in the sequel to the 'Rocky' spinoff.


BAFTA 2018: Stars wear black in nod to 'Time’s Up'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:29:17 -0500


How much longer will 'auteur' filmmakers torment women for art?

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 13:27:48 -0500

Thanks to Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood's new/old scandal is abusing performers for "authenticity."


Hidden details in Picasso painting reveal a whole new landscape

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:15:45 -0500

Researchers have uncovered something rather remarkable just below the painted surface of a Picasso. Nathan Rousseau Smith explains.


Day in celebrities

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:12 -0500


Gallery: Hail to our pop-culture presidents

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:16:01 -0500


Trump trolls Oprah following '60 Minutes' appearance

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:40:21 -0500

A panel of 14 Michigan voters came away understanding each other a little more. Trump came away mad.


Court told Geoffrey Rush inappropriately touched actress

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:34:14 -0500

The alleged incident supposedly occurred three years ago while Geoffrey Rush was starring in 'King Lear.'


London Fashion Week 2018: See all the runway looks

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:24:17 -0500


Passages 2018: those we’ve lost through the year

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:29:21 -0500


News & views: It's time to leave Jennifer Aniston alone

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:25:53 -0500

News & views: With Aniston's separation from Justin Theroux, the "Poor Jen" trope is back. Here's why that's a bad thing.


10 new TV shows you need to watch this winter

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 10:42:16 -0500

Penélope Cruz, Bryan Cranston and Josh Radnor are just a few of the big names appearing in fresh cable and network offerings in the next few months.


'Black Panther' roars to a record $192M first weekend at the box office

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:09:44 -0500

Wakanda forever! Marvel's latest superhero movie, starring Chadwick Boseman, set multiple records.


TV gets a new dose of medical dramas: Life-or-death situations boost genre's appeal

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:53:19 -0500

A TV genre that had its heyday years ago with 'ER,' 'Chicago Hope,' 'House' and more seems to be returning in a major way.


Four great new fiction titles for teens and John Green fans

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:00:01 -0500

Young fans of 'Star Wars,' John Green novels and mysteries will want to check out these new titles for teen readers.


Stars and activists unite to say "Time's Up" at the BAFTAs

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:58 -0500

Celebrities wore black and brought activists to a politically charged BAFTA award ceremony on Sunday night, in order to promote the Time's Up movement against sexual harassment. Jayson Mansaray reports. Video provided by Reuters


Netflix in February: What's new and expiring

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:12:52 -0500

'Kill Bill,' 'Ocean's 11,' and Netflix's new 'Altered Carbon' are among the offerings perfect for cold winter nights.


Britain's biggest female stars launch own version of Time's Up ahead of BAFTAs

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:00:16 -0500

Nearly 200 actresses, including Kate Winslet and Emma Watson, have announced a new fund to help end sexual misconduct.


Iconic Hot Wheels race to 50th Anniversary

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:37:14 -0500

The hot little die-cast toy has been running for 50 fast years.


'Three Billboards' wins as women make waves at the BAFTA Awards

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:46:29 -0500

Women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated Sunday's British Academy Film Awards in London.


'Game Night' trailer perfect for serious trivia nerds

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:53:35 -0500

Starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, "Game Night" follows a murder mystery party that gets a little too real.


Exclusive: Go behind the scenes of 'A Wrinkle in Time' with Oprah Winfrey

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:42:41 -0500

Ava DuVernay's sci-fi adventure, adapted from the beloved Madeleine L'Engle novel, hits theaters March 9. We've got your exclusive access.


'Blade Runner 2049' wins top prize from American Society of Cinematographers

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:20:10 -0500

Could Oscar be next for Roger Deakins, who has his 14th Academy Award nomination for the film? Angelina Jolie was also an honoree.


TV tonight: PBS explores the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:01 -0500

What’s worth watching, and what might not be, in prime time.


Black Panther smashes box office, Hollywood norms

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:11:08 -0500

Black Panther's record-setting opening weekend is being welcomed from Hollywood to Africa's Nollywood for its portrayal of Africans and African-Americans in the first blockbuster featuring a black superhero and an almost entirely black cast. Conway G. Gittens reports. Video provided by Reuters


Actress Mayim Bialik slams NRA, calls for 'civil disobedience'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:07:48 -0500

Actress Mayim Bialik is going after the NRA, calling for civil disobedience in the wake of the Florida school shooting.


Terry Crews: From racist black characters to ‘Black Panther,’ we’ve come so far

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:50:26 -0500

Terry Crews relied on sports and music stars to fill in where black superheroes were missing — until now.