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Beach Bunny's airborne pop-punk calls out toxic dudes, with irrepressible glee

Lili Trifilio of Beach Bunny laughingly recalls the enthusiasm with which she and her friends celebrated the New Year's Eve before last.

"We were like, '2020! New decade! Best year ever!'" the singer and guitarist says.

The year to come, of course, had other plans.

Yet for all the turmoil that turned out to be in store, 2020 actually did end ...Read more

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Yes, Bernie Sanders is laughing at those viral inauguration memes too

Sen. Bernie Sanders is feeling the Bern — and the love — after a photo of him sitting alone in his face mask, winter coat and patchwork mittens at Wednesday's presidential inauguration went viral.

On Thursday's episode of "Late Night With Seth Meyers," Sanders was amused by the now-ubiquitous image, which has Twitter hailing the Vermont ...Read more

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John Krasinski, Dan Levy, Regina King will host 'SNL' as new episodes return

“Saturday Night Live” is getting back to work soon, with three upcoming hosts and three musical guests announced Friday by NBC.

The sketch show returns Jan. 30 with “A Quiet Place Part II” actor John Krasinski at the helm and musician Machine Gun Kelly making his first appearance on the show. Krasinski had been slated to host last March...Read more

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Venerable NBC anchor Tom Brokaw retiring from award-winning 55-year career

One-time NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, a presence in America’s living rooms for more than two decades and the longtime face of the network, retired Friday after an award-winning 55-year career.

Brokaw, who turns 81 next month, came to the network’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in 1976 as host of the “Today” show before moving to the ...Read more

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Dave Chappelle's Austin shows canceled after comedian tests positive for COVID-19

AUSTIN, Texas — Just a couple days after photos that show Dave Chappelle hanging out in Austin with other celebrities went viral, the legendary comedian has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the cancellation of his upcoming comedy shows at Stubb's this week.

A spokeswoman for Chappelle confirmed the positive coronavirus test results to...Read more

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'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' chosen as Black Film Critics Circle's best film of 2020

Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is off to the races with early honors as awards season heats up.

The George C. Wolfe-directed historical drama was named best film of the year by the Black Film Critics Circle organization on Thursday.

The production, based on late playwright August Wilson's acclaimed Broadway play of the same name,...Read more

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Olivia Jade returns to YouTube after admitting her 'insane privilege,' apologizing for college scandal

Olivia Jade Giannulli has returned from her yearlong YouTube hiatus after admitting her “insane privilege” and apologizing last month for her role in the college admissions scandal.

The beauty vlogger, 21, has been mostly absent from the medium since her “Full House” actress mom Lori Loughlin and fashion designer dad Mossimo Giannulli ...Read more

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Broadway dance legend Bob Avian, co-choreographer of 'A Chorus Line,' dead at 83

Bob Avian, the Tony-winning dance legend who co-choreographed “A Chorus Line” with Michael Bennett and was a lead producer on “Dreamgirls,” has died.

He was 83.

Avian passed away Thursday at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering cardiac arrest, spokesman Matt Polk said in a statement.

His death was not ...Read more

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New York had Cole Escola down and out. Now they're part of comedy's queer new wave

While isolated in a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment this spring, Cole Escola decided to do what no network or streaming service had, to that point, been willing to do: turn the sold-out stage show "Help! I'm Stuck!" into a TV special.

The forced solitude of the pandemic presented an opportunity: "That's exactly the low bar that this show needs,"...Read more

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You may not know John Carroll Lynch's name but you know his face in these great films

In his early movies, John Carroll Lynch was lucky if he got a name.

The actor's eight-year stint in the Guthrie Theater company, in such plays as "As You Like It" and "The Man Who Came to Dinner" in the late '80s and early '90s, overlapped with a boom in Minnesota filmmaking. He was often cast in roles that were as rewarding as their anonymous ...Read more

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'The Sister' review: Hulu's slow-burn thriller was a hit in Britain — for good reason

“The Sister,” a British hit that debuts on Hulu this week, adapts the 2008 Neil Cross novel “Burial” and makes for a clammy, sparingly vicious crime story with a “Blood Simple” hook. Will the guilt-ridden protagonist played by Russell Tovey — purveyor of the best deceptive, dry-mouthed alibi delivery in modern television — get ...Read more

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Nina Metz: 'WandaVision' plays games with sitcom tropes, but takes a risk that the post-rerun generation won't get the gag

If you spent any kind of time in front of the television during your childhood and you’re over the age of 40, you’ll recognize the TV tropes — and in some instances, the specific shows — referenced in the new Marvel series “WandaVision” on Disney+.

In the early going, the show eschews your typical superhero storyline in favor of ...Read more

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'Vivid' Dakota Johnson brings humor, heart to 'Our Friend'

Why on Earth have we not heard more about "Our Friend"?

After debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, the tear-jerker has taken a year and a half to reach theaters. It's about cancer, which is probably a strike against it. One of its three stars is Casey Affleck, who has been dogged by allegations of misconduct and a public non-...Read more

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What's next for TV now that Trump has left the White House?

“The Good Fight” was the only TV show that truly understood President Trump.

A few did OK. “Jane the Virgin,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Madam Secretary,” “One Day at a Time” and “Superstore” all tackled ICE and anti-immigration policies. “American Horror Story,” for all the faults of its “Cult” season, properly...Read more

Mary McNamara: Please stop comparing Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki to 'The West Wing's' C.J. Cregg

Does anyone know if Jen Psaki likes goldfish?

The little orange crackers, I mean, not the aquatic creatures. Because it would be super-embarrassing if some member of the White House press corps showed up at her office one evening bearing a fishbowl and an ingratiating smile when all she wanted was a handful of salty snacks.

You know, like ...Read more

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President Biden's inauguration on track to top Trump's in TV ratings

NEW YORK — President Joe Biden’s inauguration was watched by more than 30 million TV viewers Wednesday and will likely top the average for Donald Trump’s ceremony in 2017, according to early Nielsen data.

The combined total for cable news channels CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC is 29.6 million — larger ...Read more

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Commentary: Trump treated the arts as an adversary. Biden's first day told a different story

On the first day of the Biden administration, we had already seen something almost entirely missing from Washington over the last four years: A-list stars. Also, music. In the inauguration itself there were Lady Gaga, with her golden microphone and in-ear monitors singing the "Star-Spangled Banner"; Jennifer Lopez's medley of "This Land Is Your ...Read more

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Music stars bring songs of hope to Biden inauguration, but COVID-19 and Trump cast long shadows

Given the credible fears of a domestic terrorist attack that preceded Joe Biden's bow as president on Wednesday, you had to be at least a little bit surprised by inauguration organizers' decision to end the festivities with a fireworks display that left much of the nation's capital shrouded in smoke.

But then to worry too much about scaring ...Read more

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Review: 'No Man's Land': An immigration tale told with empathy and humanity

The Times is committed to reviewing theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.

"No Man's Land" comes out of the blue to comment ...Read more

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Television Q&A: What's with the island in the Allstate commercials?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Allstate features an island in one of their commercials. Can you tell me more about this island such as location, population, etc.?

A: The island was so small and charming that some viewers wondered if it was even real. Fact-checking site Snopes.com looked into this and determined there was an actual...Read more