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Yahoo! BooksJan 19, 2019
Trump government shutdown - live: President to make 'major announcement' on border dispute amid Mueller probe reports
Donald Trump is set to make a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the US-Mexico border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over funding for his proposed wall continues into its fifth week. The White House has not provided any details about what exactly the president will reveal at 3pm EST today (8pm UK time), but he is not expected to sign the national emergency declaration he has been threatening to use for several weeks. Mr Trump has been in a standoff with Democrats in Congress for the past 29 days after he refused to sign a government funding bill without $5.7 billion for his border wall.

Special counsel disputes explosive report on Trump lawyer testimony (Yahoo! Books)

Yahoo! ArtsJan 19, 2019
Feds confirm jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials confirmed Friday that a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television was jailed in the U.S. as a material witness and has not been charged with any crime, according to court papers.

VultureJan 19, 2019
16 Years Later, Laura Linney Still Isn't Over Her Love Actually Make Out Scene

Perhaps the main point of contention for repeat viewers of Love Actually comes from Laura Linney and Rodrigo Santoro's storyline, when, after an unbearably long stagnant period as coworkers, they finally get all horned up for each other and initiate a bang session in her apartment — only for Linney's ... More »

Yahoo! ArtsJan 19, 2019
Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in Syria
Syria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution to its devastating eight-year war as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Saturday. "I think now that we have an opportunity, because nearly in Syria we have a ceasefire now, in the northeast of Syria and the north of Syria, and the efforts of fighting terrorism has achieved good results," Nasr Hariri told Reuters in an interview in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based. Hariri, the opposition's chief negotiator in U.N. peace talks, met with the newly appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday.

Yahoo! BooksJan 19, 2019
Winter storm slows travel in Plains states, heads east
CHICAGO (AP) — After leaving slick roads and runways in the Midwest, a winter storm inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow.

NYTimes ArtsJan 19, 2019
Profile: A South Carolina Judge Writes a Book About a Predecessor, an Unsung Giant of Civil Rights Law
When Richard Gergel was assigned to the same courtroom as J. Waties Waring, he vowed to ensure that, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, Waring would "long be remembered."

VultureJan 18, 2019
Sean Penn's The First Is Taking A Giant Leap Off Hulu After One Season

Looks like you'll just have to assume the rest of man's colonization of Mars went swimmingly. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The First, the streaming platform's space drama starring Sean Penn, has been canceled. The series from House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon premiered on September 14, 2018. In the ... More »

Hulu Cancels Sean Penn Drama ‘The First' After the First Season (Yahoo! TV)

Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
5 Seconds Of Summer Experience Heartbreak In an Abandoned Race Track In 'Lie To Me' Music Video: Watch
5 Seconds of Summer visually portray the numbing yet (literally) explosive feeling of heartbreak in their latest music video for "Lie To Me....

Ariana Grande's '7 Rings' & 4 Other Songs That Sampled 'The Sound of Music' (Billboard Music News)

Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
Sheryl Crow, Hozier & Robert Plant Set for Third Annual Love Rocks NYC Benefit Concert
Fashion designer John Varvatos and New York real estate broker Greg Williamson have announced the third annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert for God...

AV Club FilmsJan 18, 2019
Kanye to need no introduction on the next season of Letterman's Netflix chat show
David Letterman's Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction works by breaking down the often elaborated-upon talk show formula into its most simple, elemental form: One conversation, one legendary host, one guest. (Plus a few field segments, but let's be honest: That's not why anybody's tuning in.) That format…


Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
Watch Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus Perform 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' Backed by String Section
The collaborative duo of producer Mark Ronson and singer Miley Cyrus are back with a unique performance of their song "Nothing Breaks Like a...

Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
Ariana Grande, James Blake, CupcakKe, Maggie Rogers & More: Must-Hear Music Podcast
Happy 2019! On the first Must-Hear Music podcast of the year, we're looking at everything from Ariana Grande's Sound of Music interpolating...

Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
R. Kelly's 'Ignition' & 'I Believe I Can Fly' Return to Charts After 'Surviving R. Kelly'
In the wake of Lifetime's six-part Surviving R. Kelly documentary series, which aired on the network from Jan. 3-5, two of the titular artist...

VultureJan 18, 2019
David Letterman Interviewed Kanye West for His Netflix Talk Show

This week Kanye West taped an interview with David Letterman for an upcoming episode of the latter's Netflix talk show, Vulture has confirmed. Multiple sources say Ye and Dave chatted Monday in Los Angeles, with one person who was in the audience saying a big portion of the conversation revolved ... More »

Netflix Reboots True Crime & Paranormal Series ‘Unsolved Mysteries' With ‘Stranger Things' EP Shawn Levy (Yahoo! TV)

AV Club FilmsJan 18, 2019
Sean Penn no longer gets to be a sad astronaut for Hulu
Bad news for everyone who got a real kick out of watching Sean Penn act so goddamn sad about having to go to stupid, majestic Mars: Hulu has canceled Penn's TV series The First, possibly because they, like the rest of us, kind of, sort of, forgot that it exists. (A non-trivial portion of us may or may not have gotten…


NYTimes ArtsJan 18, 2019
Ready for ‘Glass'? Here's What to Remember From ‘Unbreakable' and ‘Split'
M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" completes an original superhero trilogy that began in 2000 with "Unbreakable." Need a refresher? We've broken down the basics.

Roger Ebert Movie ReviewsJan 18, 2019
Adult Life Skills
The author of "Adèle" and "The Perfect Nanny" (one of the Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2018) likes that her shelves are a mess: "It takes me a long time to find the book I need, and very often I find another one I had totally forgotten about."

VultureJan 18, 2019
Wendy Williams to Take Extended Break From Talk Show to Work on ‘Personal and Physical Well-Being'

As of Friday, Wendy Williams will be taking a "necessary, extended break" from The Wendy Williams Show due to medical problems, reportedly stemming in part from complications from Graves' disease. "As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, ... More »

Yahoo! BooksJan 18, 2019
Trump, North Korea's Kim to hold second summit in late February
The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of Kim Yong Chol, a hardline former spy chief, and marked a sign of movement in a denuclearization effort that has stalled since a landmark meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12. "President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

BBC Entertainment & ArtsJan 18, 2019
R Kelly and Sony-owned RCA record label end ties - US media
The reported split follows claims of sexual abuse made against the R&B star, which he denies.

Yahoo! BooksJan 18, 2019
Romney backs Trump in shutdown showdown, questions Pelosi
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Friday he supports President Donald Trump's push for a border wall that has led to a government shutdown and questioned why Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't agree to "another few miles" of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
Cardi B Says 'I Like It,' 'Taki Taki' & 'Baby Shark' Are Among Kulture's Favorite Songs
Cardi B and Offset's daughter Kulture is already a hip-hop fan, and more importantly, a fan of her parents' music. Cardi took to Twitter on...

Playbill NewsJan 18, 2019
Inside Rehearsals for The World Premiere of Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical
The new musical, written by and starring Laiona Michelle, will begin performances at the George Street Playhouse January 29.

Yahoo! BooksJan 18, 2019
Pursuing R. Kelly: Could he end up convicted of sex crimes like Bill Cosby?
The R&B star is fighting multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, but could he be charged with a crime and convicted?

VultureJan 18, 2019
Deerhunter Front Man Bradford Cox Dissects Some of Deerhunter's Best Songs

It's natural to feel control slipping away when you're talking on the phone with Deerhunter front man Bradford Cox, and that's probably a good thing. Offhand comments can lead to 15 unbroken minutes of response, rotating boasts, poignancy, or wry meta-commentary on the whole endeavor of making music, being in ... More »

Playbill NewsJan 18, 2019
Go Inside Rehearsals for the U.K. Premiere of Cost of Living
Martyna Majok's Pulitzer Prizing-winning play will begin performances at the Hampstead Theatre January 24.

Yahoo! ArtsJan 18, 2019
Donald Trump meets with North Korea envoy; second summit with Kim Jong Un being discussed
Kim Yong Chol, a high-level official in North Korea's Communist government, met earlier with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.

New York Times BooksJan 18, 2019
Inside the List: A Novelist Who's Made a Career Writing About ‘The Only Woman in the Room'
Marie Benedict writes books inspired by women whose achievements have been overlooked by history, including Einstein's first wife and the film star and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

NYTimes ArtsJan 18, 2019
Mary Oliver, 83, Prize-Winning Poet of the Natural World, Is Dead
With its plain language and minute attention to flora and fauna, her uplifting verse was widely popular and her readings drew throngs. But critics were divided.

Yahoo! TVJan 18, 2019
Sarah Paulson Is "the 1 Person on Planet Earth" Who Still Hasn't Seen Bird Box, Despite Being in Bird Box
The Netflix movie Bird Box was, as Kim Kardashian learned pretty quickly, an instant hit. In fact, it has allegedly been watched by 80 million people since the first four weeks following its release.

Gizmodo Netflix Says It Won't Pull Controversial Footage of Actual Deadly Incident From Bird Box | J (AV Club Films)
Netflix shows Bird Box and Elite drive subscriber growth (BBC Entertainment & Arts)

Yahoo! ArtsJan 18, 2019
Calabasas campground murder: Family of Tristan Beaudette file $90M claim over his death
The family of the man shot and killed while camping with his daughters at Malibu Creek State Park has filed a $90 million claim over his death.

Yahoo! TVJan 18, 2019
'AGT' Champ Terry Fator's Mom Accuses Him of Elder Abuse, Questions His Reaction to His Sister's Death
Famed ventriloquist Terry Fator has been accused of elder abuse by his mother and not answering lingering questions about his sister's death.

Yahoo! ArtsJan 18, 2019
Special Counsel Labels Bombshell BuzzFeed Report ‘Not Accurate' in Rare Statement
A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller took the unusual step Friday of publicly correcting an inaccurate BuzzFeed News report that accused President Trump of suborning perjury. "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to BuzzFeed. The statement was issued in response to a bombshell report, which cited two law enforcement officials and alleged Trump directed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about when exactly plans to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow concluded.

Yahoo! ArtsJan 18, 2019
Snow: Flight cancellations now stretch into Sunday
Airlines are already canceling flights ahead of a new winter storm forecast to bring snow and ice from the Great Plains to the Midwest and Northeast.

Yahoo! ArtsJan 18, 2019
Weekend winter storm sweeping from Midwest to New England
CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm started sweeping across the Midwest on Friday, leading to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow.

Time EntertainmentJan 18, 2019
Let's Talk About the Ending of Glass
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Unbreakable, Split and Glass. Twenty years after The Sixth Sense shocked audiences, M. Night Shyamalan's name has become synonymous with the twist ending. The director cemented that notion in 2017 when Split left viewers with a teaser that revealed that the horror film was, in fact, a stealth sequel…

TV by the NumbersJan 18, 2019
‘Mom' and ‘Fam' adjust down: Thursday final ratings
Final broadcast primetime live same-day ratings for Thursday, January… Entertainment NewsJan 18, 2019
The Week in Movie News: ‘Ghostbusters 3' in the Works, First ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home' Trailer and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: BIG NEWS Ghostbusters 3 in the works: Sony is ready to believe you want more Ghostbusters, as they're moving forward with a third installment of the original movie series from the 1980s. This one will be co-written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II helmer Ivan Reitman. Read everything we know about the sequel...

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AV Club FilmsJan 18, 2019
It's time to finally decide: Is Donnie Darko actually deep, or does it just have a really great soundtrack?
Few films of the last 20 years have generated more, or more divisive, conversation—including on this very site, where it's kicked off discussions about cult film, ideal soundtracks, and the reasons directors should sometimes leave their past work well and truly alone—than Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko . Simultaneously…


AV Club FilmsJan 18, 2019
Jalopnik The New Toyota Supra Needs This | Kotaku As Spreadsheet Of Accused Abusers Spreads, Anime C
Jalopnik The New Toyota Supra Needs This | Kotaku As Spreadsheet Of Accused Abusers Spreads, Anime Conventions Get Their MeToo Movement | Lifehacker What You Need to Know About HDMI 2.1 and 8K TVs in 2019 | Gizmodo 

Yahoo! BooksJan 18, 2019
George W. Bush delivers pizza to Secret Service agents working during government shutdown
"It's time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown," Bush wrote of the shutdown, the longest in American history.

TV by the NumbersJan 18, 2019
Thursday cable ratings: NBA back on top, ‘Dr. Pimple Popper' close behind
This week, the Thursday night cable ratings returned to their…

VultureJan 18, 2019
How Mary Oliver's Biographer Finally Met the Legendary Poet

The acclaimed and wildly popular poet Mary Oliver died yesterday. Lindsay Whalen, whose authorized biography of Oliver is forthcoming from Penguin Press, remembers her subject, and the importance to Oliver of meeting fellow writers and poets "on the page."Mary Oliver wrote the poet James Wright for the first time in ... More »

NYTimes ArtsJan 18, 2019
Gladys Knight, Ahead of Super Bowl Anthem Date, Criticizes Colin Kaepernick
The renowned soul singer said in a statement to Variety that it was "unfortunate that our national anthem has been dragged into this debate."

Gladys Knight defends decision to sing U.S. anthem at Super Bowl (Reuters Entertainment)

Reuters EntertainmentJan 18, 2019
Sony's RCA parts ways with R. Kelly after abuse uproar: media reports
R. Kelly has parted ways with the Sony Music-owned RCA record label, Billboard magazine and Variety reported on Friday, and he no longer appears on the roster of artists on RCA's website.

Yahoo! TVJan 18, 2019
Inside 'Fyre,' the Netflix documentary that everyone will be talking about
It was easy for most of us to mock the Instagram influencers and trust-fund millennials who were duped into attending Fyre Festival, the 2017 "immersive music festival" that turned out to be little more than a handful of disaster tents and slapped-together cheese sandwiches on a strip of rubble in the Bahamas. Instead, Smith looked for the people on the ground: event planners, programmers, construction workers and others who worked in good faith to make the Fyre Festival a reality.

Yahoo! ArtsJan 18, 2019
Sophie Turner Says Sansa Stark's Hair Is Full of Game of Thrones Secrets
That's one insightful 'do

Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
Gladys Knight Speaks on Super Bowl Controversy: 'I Am Here to Give the Anthem Back Its Voice'
Gladys Knight explained her decision to sing the national anthem at the 2019 Super Bowl, in a statement reported by Variety.  Many artists...

Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
Anuel AA & Karol G Open Up About Their Steamy Love Life in 'Secreto' Lyric Translation
Karol G and Anuel AA have officially put all rumors to rest with their latest collaboration, "Secreto," on Jan. 15. After months of fans...

Yahoo! TVJan 18, 2019
Regina King Finally Met Her Celebrity Crush And He Did Not Disappoint
Regina King of "If Beale Street Could Talk" has made a point to avoid

NYTimes ArtsJan 18, 2019
‘Ghostbusters,' ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home': This Week's Best Trailers
The movies won't be coming for a while but clips for those fan favorites along with "John Wick 3," "High Flying Bird" and "Little Woods" were strong too.

Yahoo! TVJan 18, 2019
With The Arrival Of 'Fyre,' The Netflix vs. Hulu Documentary Feud Continues
"Let's just call it what it is," Oren Aks, the former head of design,

TV by the NumbersJan 18, 2019
TV Ratings Thursday: ‘A Million Little Things' ties season high, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine' falls
Broadcast primetime live same-day ratings for Thursday, January 17,…

Billboard Music NewsJan 18, 2019
Sander van Doorn & Frontliner Find Humanity In The Glitch On 'One Love': Exclusive
We're living in strange technologic times. Our devices aim to connect us with humans around the world, and yet it can often feel so chaotic...

Rolling Stone Movie ReviewsJan 18, 2019
‘Fyre' Review: Doc on Disastrous Music Fest Is One Three-Alarm Autopsy
Netflix's look at how greed, corruption and lies led to an epic music-fest fail is an expert portrait of a great American scam artist

NYTimes ArtsJan 18, 2019
A Word With: Anne Hathaway Dares You Not to Look Away
She talks about playing a femme fatale in "Serenity," doing "The Hustle" with Rebel Wilson, stealing the show in "Ocean's 8" and Hollywood's echo chamber of men.

VultureJan 18, 2019
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek Is a Memorable Feature Directing Debut

I'm overselling it wildly, but The Standoff at Sparrow Creek feels like what might happen if David Fincher shot a variation on Reservoir Dogs written by Rod Serling. Somehow both chasmic and claustrophobic, chatty yet somber, Henry Dunham's film presents a series of mind games that might as well be ... More »

Yahoo! ArtsJan 18, 2019
Arctic blasts threaten weekend blizzards, heavy snow and paralyzing ice storms
Heavy snows, strong winds expected from the Corn Belt to New England, with up to 40 inches of snow in some parts.

NYTimes ArtsJan 17, 2019
‘Adult Life Skills' Review: In a Shed, and Out of Time
In this annoyingly quirky British comedy, Jodie Whittaker plays a depressed woman clinging to adolescence.

Billboard Music NewsJan 17, 2019
Madonna Reacts to Mary Oliver's Death: 'Her Words Were a Bridge From Nature to the Spiritual World'
Madonna is honoring one of her favorite poets following the news of her death. "I Raise A Glass and Shed a tear to the passing of one of my...

Billboard Music NewsJan 17, 2019
Deerhunter's Bradford Cox on Obsession, Nostalgia & His Hundreds of Unrecorded Songs
When Deerhunter announced their eighth album Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?, the Atlanta-based band asserted that culture was dying...

New York Times BooksJan 14, 2019
Francine du Plessix Gray, Searching Novelist and Journalist, Is Dead at 88
She explored the obstacles confronting women seeking their place in the world as well as her own privileged but unsettled life under the sway of daunting parents. Entertainment NewsJan 09, 2019
'Glass' Clip: Watch Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy Confront Each Other In This Exclusive Scene

It's the year's first major movie, and it's a sequel almost 20 years in the making. In Glass, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan brings together characters from two of his most beloved films, Unbreakable and Split, for a psychological thriller about the existence of super-powered human beings. On one side you have those who believe they have special unexplainable super powers, like returning characters Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and The Horde (James...

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