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Yahoo! BooksFeb 28, 2020
The Coronavirus Epidemic Is Xi Jinping's Epic Fail
HONG KONG—China's President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has been eager to cast himself as the driving force behind the country's efforts to contain the the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it brings. And the World Health Organization has heaped praise on Xi. Yet it's clear, as new epicenters have emerged in South Korea, Iran, Italy, and Japan, that China has failed to contain the disease whose existence it was reluctant to acknowledge in the first place.Iran Can't Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It's Trying Hard—and Putting the World in DangerEarlier this month, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Xi embodies the "political commitment" and "political leadership" required to weather this crisis. (Note that China's financial contributions to the WHO are second only to the United States.) In the same obsequious vein, the WHO has refused to define the outbreak with the scary word "pandemic." Instead, the health organization's officials say the world should be "in a phase of preparedness" for such a thing.But the Chinese Communist Party has not been prepared, and its command structure is in disarray. To project the image of centralized order, Xi spoke to 170,000 officials via teleconference on Sunday, outlining a grand plan in China's "war" to combat COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.Repeatedly, Chinese officials have made hash out of critical steps to prevent the sickness' spread, because by the time they realize people are falling ill,

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BBC Entertainment & ArtsFeb 28, 2020
Roman Polanski: Walkout as he wins best director at 'French Oscars'
The Polish-French director is wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old in the 1970s.

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Amid Protests, Roman Polanski Wins Best Director at France's Oscars (NYTimes Arts)

Billboard Music NewsFeb 28, 2020
Breaking Down Lady Gaga's ‘Stupid Love,' Taylor Swift's ‘The Man' Video & More on First Stream Podcast
Chelsea Briggs and Fernando Ventura break it all down on this week's episode of Billboard's First Stream Live podcast.

Time EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
How The Invisible Man Based Its Gaslighting Thriller on Real-Life Stories of Abuse
Writer-director Leigh Wannell and star Elisabeth Moss on weaving the realities of domestic violence into the new adaptation

NYTimes ArtsFeb 28, 2020
Lee Phillip Bell, Soap Opera Creator and Talk Show Host, Dies at 91
She and her husband developed "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" while she also worked as a broadcast journalist in Chicago.

Time EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
The Invisible Man Obscures Its Enemy, But Elisabeth Moss Is Unmissable
Leigh Whannell's jaggedly effective psychological horror thriller plays to the actor's strengths

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Elisabeth Moss is visibly great in Blumhouse's new take on The Invisible Man (AV Club Films)

Yahoo! BooksFeb 28, 2020
Fifth Diamond Princess passenger dies in Japan; MSC ship gets 'clean bill of health'
A male British passenger from the Diamond Princess has died, making him the fifth passenger from the quarantined Princess ship to succumb to COVID-19.


Yahoo! TVFeb 28, 2020
Pound the alarm: Nicki Minaj is back behind a judges' table on ‘RuPaul's Drag Race' premiere
Once again, the hip-hop Barbie was slinging barbs, like when she read contestant Heidi N Closet for filth, saying, "I hate, hate, hate your hair and makeup today!"


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Yahoo! BooksFeb 28, 2020
Kim warns of 'serious consequences' if virus reaches North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the "serious consequences" of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country, state media reported Saturday. Kim told a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea that the fight against the virus was a "crucial state affair for the defence of the people" that required maximum discipline, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).


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NYTimes ArtsFeb 28, 2020
How Can a Kid Today Hear His Inner Voice?
In Sara Pennypacker's "Here in the Real World," an 11-year-old skips out on the horrors of noisy summer "Rec" to build a secret kingdom in an abandoned lot.

NYTimes ArtsFeb 28, 2020
An Opera About Colonialism Shows How History Warps
"Sweet Land," in a Los Angeles park, is a parable for our time about Hosts and Arrivals.

VultureFeb 28, 2020
Lady Gaga's Message Remains Clear on ‘Stupid Love': Just Dance
Gaga knows her audience too well.

NYTimes ArtsFeb 28, 2020
Trustee Who Funds Climate Change Deniers Leaves Natural History Board
Rebekah Mercer, whose family foundation was a major Trump donor, stepped down from the museum when her term expired in December.

Billboard Music NewsFeb 28, 2020
Lady Gaga Talks ‘Stupid Love' And New Album: ‘We Are Definitely Dancing'
Gaga poured all her heart and cosmic energy into her forthcoming full-length project, the followup to 2016's Joanne.

Billboard Music NewsFeb 28, 2020
Harry Styles Reveals the Lizzo Song He Wishes He Wrote & Plays 1D at Secret NYC Show
The super secret location of Harry Styles' Friday evening SiriusXM x Pandora show (on Feb. 28) wasn't revealed until the morning of, but once fans arrived at the address given — 66N 6th — it was right there on the marquee: Harry Styles was playing the 650-person capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg.…

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VultureFeb 28, 2020
Portrait of A Lady On Fire Star Storms Out of Awards After Roman Polanski Wins
Polanski skipped the César Awards to avoid a "public lynching" by feminist activists.

Billboard Music NewsFeb 28, 2020
Finally! Roddy Ricch Drops a Video for ‘The Box'
Roddy Ricch finally unveiled his video for his smash hit, "The Box."

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Reuters EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
Polanski wins Cesar Award for best director, prompting walkout protest
Roman Polanski scooped France's Cesar Award for best directing for his film "An Officer and a Spy" on Friday, prompting a walkout by several women in the audience in protest at honoring a man facing rape accusations.

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Playbill NewsFeb 28, 2020
Broadway's How I Learned to Drive, Starring Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse, Meets the Press
Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play will begin performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre March 22.

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Yahoo! BooksFeb 28, 2020
North Korea's Kim guides military drills, warns 'serious consequences' if virus breaks out: KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw military drills on Friday, state media KCNA said on Saturday, a rare public outing amid efforts to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus in the isolated country. North Korea has not confirmed any cases of the virus, but state media said a month-long quarantine period had been imposed for people showing symptoms and "high-intensity" measures were taken including reinforcing checks in border regions and at airports and sea ports. On Feb. 16, Kim made his first public appearance in 22 days to visit a mausoleum marking the anniversary of the birth of his father and late leader Kim Jong Il.


Yahoo! ArtsFeb 28, 2020
I Fought the Taliban. Now I'm Ready to Meet Them at the Ballot Box.
Afghanistan Vice President-elect Amrullah Saleh's family was tortured by the Taliban. Now he's ready to give peace a chance.


Yahoo! ArtsFeb 28, 2020
Pennsylvania man charged with kidnapping woman found dead in Nevada desert
The naked body of Jaime Rae Feden, 33, was discovered in Lincoln County, north of Las Vegas.


NYTimes ArtsFeb 28, 2020
A Devastating (and Darkly Hilarious) New Novel From the ‘Westworld' Writer Charles Yu
"Interior Chinatown" follows the story of an Asian-American actor struggling against clichéd roles and stereotypes, both at work and in his real life.

Rolling Stone Movie ReviewsFeb 28, 2020
‘The Whistlers' Review: When Pulp Fiction Met Romanian New Wave Perfection
All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun—and a filmmaker who understands how to use those elements as a philosophical depth charge

Time EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
CBS Suspends Production of Travel Competition Show The Amazing Race as Coronavirus Spreads
CBS announced that it is suspending all production of the "The Amazing Race" season 33 as coronavirus continues to spread around the world.

VultureFeb 28, 2020
Here Are All The Movies and TV Shows Affected By Coronavirus
Films and TV shows are being delayed as the virus spreads across the world.

Billboard Music NewsFeb 28, 2020
Lizzo Hit With ‘Truth Hurts' Lawsuit by Songwriting Brothers
Uncredited songwriters claiming ownership over Lizzo's breakout hit "Truth Hurts" are taking their case to the courts. Brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, along with Justin "Yves" Rothman, have filed a counterclaim against the superstar singer born Melissa Jefferson, demanding they be compensated for their contribution to the song based off an earlier writing session with…

Time EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
Inside Queen Sono, Netflix's First African Original Series
As Queen Sono tries to eavesdrop on the suspicious conversation between two men sitting near her at a stylish Zanzibar rooftop bar, her grandmother calls her, asking in isiZulu when she's going to come to church. Minutes later, Queen has set aside her personal life and is fully embroiled in her mission, fending off two…

Yahoo! BooksFeb 28, 2020
Stock markets are headed for a 40 percent plunge, says economist who predicted financial crisis
The end of a very rough week for U.S. markets brought a worrying prediction.While one expert warned fallout from the global coronavirus outbreak could be "worse than the financial crisis" of 2008, the economist who correctly predicted that very crisis is now saying the idea of a major global recession "doesn't sound too farfetched."Nouriel Roubini, a New York University business professor and market prognosticator who foretold the housing bubble burst, told Yahoo Finance on Friday to expect "severe" consequences as the coronavirus continues to rattle markets. How severe? He told Der Spiegel it could be worse than investors even believe at this point, predicting "global equities to tank by 30 to 40 percent this year."He said people "prefer to believe in miracles," (not necessarily referencing President Trump's prediction the coronavirus will "disappear ... like a miracle,") and don't realize the "simple math" tells us that realistically, a squeezed Chinese economy will mean downturns around the globe. "This crisis will spill over and result in a disaster," said Roubini.Roubini, who is often nicknamed Dr. Doom for his frequent pessimistic predictions, also saw doom and gloom for Trump's future as president as a result of any economic strife. Asked by Der Spiegel, Roubini said Trump would likely try to benefit politically from the outbreak, but "will lose the election, that's for sure." Pointing to past incumbent presidents getting ousted amid geopolitical

Billboard Music NewsFeb 28, 2020
TGIF: Justin Bieber Welcomes the Weekend in Steamy Calvin Klein Ad
Justin Bieber is part of the star-studded Calvin Klein Spring 2020 campaign, and he strips down to just boxer briefs in the latest ad.

Reuters EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
Polanski rape accusations overshadow French cinema award ceremony
Veteran film director Roman Polanski served as lightning rod and punch line at Friday's Cesar Awards, the biggest night on the French cinema calendar, with protesters highlighting charges of rape against Polanski and the ceremony's host quipping about paedophilia.

Yahoo! BooksFeb 28, 2020
Trump tries to shift blame as virus outbreak rattles markets
As global markets plunged amid growing fears about the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump and his allies pulled from a familiar playbook Friday and blamed others for the slide. The president's team responded to the biggest one-week Wall Street sell-off in more than a decade with a deflection strategy, playing down the threat and eagerly parceling out responsibility to Democrats, the media and the entrenched government bureaucracy. Trump tweeted that "The Do Nothing Democrats" had wasted time on impeachment and "anything else they could do to make the Republican Party look bad" while defending his own response, which many Democrats have deemed sluggish and scattershot.


AV Club FilmsFeb 28, 2020
Songwriters countersue Lizzo over copyright of "Truth Hurts"
Grammy-winning artist Lizzo's ascent to unfettered pop stardom looked deceptively easy thanks to the unprecedented second life of her 2017 sleeper hit "Truth Hurts." However, the singer-rapper-flutist began facing backlash from creators once the song floated to the top of the Billboard charts. Her most vocal…

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Reuters EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
Polanski movie collects first trophy at Cesar Awards in France
Roman Polanski's film "An Officer and a Spy" collected its first Cesar Award out of 12 nominations on Friday, scooping the prize for best costume designer.

Yahoo! ArtsFeb 28, 2020
210 people have reportedly died from coronavirus in Iran, but the government is saying the death toll is only 34
The death toll in Iran from the novel coronavirus could be far higher than the government is letting on.


AV Club FilmsFeb 28, 2020
Our critics sing a happy tune about the delightful Romanian neo-noir The Whistlers
Welcome back to another edition of Film Club. This week, senior writer Katie Rife is joined by contributor Ignatiy Vishnevetsky to discuss some new releases. Earlier today, our critics took a gander at The Invisible Man. Now, they dig into Corneliu Porumboiu's deligthful neo-noir, The Whistlers.

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Time EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
Here Are the 12 New Books You Should Read in March
Many of the best new books this month ask readers to think about consequences. How can a decision one individual makes alter the course of several lives? In James McBride's latest novel, a single act of violence sends shockwaves through a tight-knit Brooklyn community. In Kevin Nguyen's debut, two overworked and under-appreciated employees at a…

NYTimes ArtsFeb 28, 2020
Graphic Novels Your Kid (Probably) Hasn't Read Yet
If your grade-schooler has devoured all the Dog Man and Wimpy Kid books, everything by Raina Telgemeier and Jeff Smith's "Bone," hand them one of these standouts.

NYTimes ArtsFeb 28, 2020
Graphic Nonfiction Books for Fact-Loving Visual Kids
In addition to excellent graphic fiction, publishers have also been providing young readers with quality graphic nonfiction books.

Yahoo! TVFeb 28, 2020
CBS Suspends ‘The Amazing Race' Production Over Coronavirus Fears (EXCLUSIVE)
CBS has temporarily shut down production of Season 33 of "The Amazing Race" amid the increasing number of cases of coronavirus worldwide, Variety has learned exclusively. The move was undertaken "out of an abundance of caution," as the respiratory virus has not impacted anyone directly involved with the show. "Due to increased concerns and uncertainty […]


Billboard Music NewsFeb 28, 2020
Are Justin Bieber & J Balvin Collaborating (Again)?
A video of Justin Bieber surfaced where he is seen busting some dance moves to a Latin tune while filming a music video.

Reuters EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
Anti-Polanski protesters clash with French police outside award ceremony
French police clashed briefly on Friday with protesters over an awards ceremony in which a film by veteran director Roman Polanski, who is facing rape accusations, has won a dozen nominations.

AV Club FilmsFeb 28, 2020
André Benjamin and Eve Lindley on the puzzle-box that is Dispatches From Elsewhere
From its opening moments, when Richard E. Grant directly addresses the camera, Dispatches From Elsewhere makes it clear that this is not your average cable drama. AMC's enigmatic new series—created by and starring Jason Segel—presents a puzzle-box narrative unlike any other, inviting its audience to chase down…

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Time EntertainmentFeb 28, 2020
‘More Than a Diversity Box to Be Checked.' Eve Lindley Is Poised to Become the Breakout Star of Dispatches From Elsewhere
The trans actor, who was couch-surfing just a few years ago, is a lead cast member of a new show opposite Jason Segel, André 3000 and Sally Field

Yahoo! BooksFeb 28, 2020
Donald Trump Jr. accuses Democrats of hoping coronavirus 'kills millions of people'
Amid growing fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the United States, Donald Trump Jr. on Friday accused Democrats of hoping that the disease kills millions of Americans to thwart his father's chances of reelection.


Billboard Music NewsFeb 28, 2020
First Stream: New Music From Lady Gaga, SZA & Justin Timberlake, Lil Baby & More
Billboard's First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday's most essential releases.  This week, Lady Gaga is ready to just dance (again), SZA and JT are ready to play with the Trolls, and Lil Baby declares that it's his turn.

New York Times MoviesFeb 28, 2020
Nobody Messes With the Jesus (Except for John Turturro)
What do you get when you combine the weirdly beloved bowler from the 1998 American classic "The Big Lebowski" and a divisive 1974 French comedy? John Turturro's new farce.

Yahoo! ArtsFeb 28, 2020
Coronavirus fallout could be 'worse than the financial crisis,' expert warns
Scott Minerd, Guggenheim Partners' global CIO, has a dire warning about the fallout of the coronavirus crisis: it could potentially be "worse than the financial crisis."Minerd told Axios as much on Friday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Thursday plunged 1,191 points, the worst one-day point drop ever.Amid what's set to be the worst week for the stock market since the financial crisis, former Federal Reserve official Kevin Warsh penned a Wall Street Journal piece recently joining the call for the Fed to take action. Specifically, Warsh wrote the Fed should "announce a 0.25-percentage-point interest-rate cut and make clear it's open-minded about further action," as well as "encourage other central banks to take appropriate simultaneous action to loosen monetary policy in their jurisdictions."Minerd, who is a member of the the New York Fed's investor advisory committee, told Axios he expects a statement about "some sort of monetary coordination." But he suggested that this, unfortunately, is unlikely to help that much."You can cut rates and that helps alleviate some of the problem," he told Axios. "But with a shock like this, monetary policy is pretty impotent. Cutting rates 100 basis points isn't going to do anything."Minerd previously spoke to CNN on Thursday, warning that "we are just beginning to see the sell-off." On Friday morning, the Dow was down 800 points.More stories from theweek.com Stock markets are headed for a 40 percent plunge, says economist who predicted f

Rolling Stone Movie NewsFeb 28, 2020
‘The Jesus Rolls': See Pete Davidson in Exclusive Clip From Quasi-‘Lebowski' Sequel
John Turturro reprises role of brash bowler in remake of French comedy Les Valseuses

Yahoo! BooksFeb 28, 2020
I've taken 6 flights in a month throughout Asia as the coronavirus spreads — here's how the outbreak forced me to change how I travel
In the last four weeks, I've taken six fights throughout Asia - half domestic, half international. Here is what I have learned.


NYTimes ArtsFeb 28, 2020
‘All the Bright Places' Review: Love Amid Trauma
Elle Fanning and Justice Smith breathe life into a film about mental illness and the healing power of love.

Billboard Music NewsFeb 27, 2020
Who Does Taylor Swift Look Like as ‘The Man'?
Taylor Swift literally turned into "The Man" in her new music video.

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Playbill NewsFeb 27, 2020
Wayne Duvall, Adrian Blake Enscoe, More Join John Gallagher Jr. and Stark Sands for World Premiere of Swept Away
The musical from the Avett Brothers has found its complete cast and creative team.

VultureFeb 27, 2020
Altered Carbon Season-Premiere Recap: Under My Skin
Kovacs is back in action with a fancy new sleeve that looks like a Marvel superhero — specifically Anthony Mackie.

NYTimes ArtsFeb 27, 2020
‘Star Trek: Picard' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap: Hugh Are My Friend
Picard finds himself in uncomfortable but familiar surroundings. For Soji, it's basically the opposite.

NYTimes ArtsFeb 27, 2020
In ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere,' Art Imitates Art Imitating Life
A prismatic new TV series, created by Jason Segel, adapts an alternate-reality game — and his own existential crisis.

AV Club FilmsFeb 27, 2020
Let's untangle the connection between Mike Bloomberg, romantic horse stories, and Bionicle novels
We all know lots of trivia about Mike Bloomberg at this point. Nobody will be surprised to learn that he's responsible for giving the world the racist stop and frisk policy, that he can't stop getting in trouble for acting like real piece of shit to the women who work for him, that he likes to hang out with Donald…

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AV Club FilmsFeb 27, 2020
Spy thriller Queen Sono is Netflix's newest binge-worthy series
Queen Sono will gain attention for being Netflix's first African original series. It certainly deserves attention for breaking barriers in Netflix's programming, but that is far from the show's greatest achievement: Queen Sono is one of the best originals Netflix has released in years. In six episodes, the series does…

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Roger Ebert Movie ReviewsFeb 27, 2020
After Parasite: House of Hummingbird and Other Highpoints of Modern South Korean Cinema
C.A. Johnson's play stars Kara Young in a full-body, whole-heart, tensed-muscle performance.

AV Club FilmsFeb 27, 2020
Altered Carbon's showrunner on Anthony Mackie and the "more personal" mystery of season 2
Taking over the universe of Altered Carbon could seem like a daunting proposition. After all, the first season of Netflix's sci-fi detective yarn was reportedly the most expensive in TV history; add to that the incredibly complex plotlines and miasma of characters and futuristic conceits, and the idea of seizing the…

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Time EntertainmentFeb 05, 2020
10 Children's Books to Read This Winter, Reviewed By Kids
What should kids read this winter? The editors of TIME for Kids selected 10 recently released books for middle-grade readers. From graphic novels and memoirs to works of historical fiction—there are options for bookworms, reluctant readers and every kid in between. Our team of TIME for Kids Kid Reporters read and reviewed our picks. Here's…
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