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Jan 16, 2013 6:35PM ET
Today in show business news: Carrie Bradshaw is left on the cutting-room floor, Betty White gets another big birthday party, and USA wants its own Andy Cohen show.
Jan 16, 2013 6:03PM ET
American Idol returns with its new, potentially volatile judging team, and there will be Mariah. And fighting. And maybe some singing, too.
Jan 16, 2013 5:16PM ET
In a lengthy new exposé, Deadspin reports that the saga of Lennay Kekua, the Notre Dame star's alleged girlfriend whose narrative was part of the Fighting Irish's return to the national spotlight, was dreamt up as a hoax perpetrated one of his friends.
Jan 16, 2013 4:33PM ET
What if we all dated according to the "trends" spotted by the New York Post? 'Twould be an interesting relationship world indeed. And where would the paper itself fall in all of that?
Jan 16, 2013 4:22PM ET
Turns out it was a conscious decision, the prequel's showrunner tells The Atlantic Wire, and one that echoes how the franchise has approached the iconic buildings since September 11, 2001.
Jan 16, 2013 3:48PM ET
Foster, bumbling around a contemporary pop culture reference at the Golden Globes, said "I'm not Honey Boo Boo child" to emphasize how highly she values her own privacy. But GLAAD seems intrigued enough in its annual Media Awards.
Jan 16, 2013 3:41PM ET
Time to add #FreeChiefKeef to the lexicon of hip hop hashtags. The young Chicago rapper was jailed yesterday for violating his probation, and—bizarrely enough—the music taste-makers at Pitchfork might've helped put him behind bars.
Jan 16, 2013 2:56PM ET
The I-beat-Meryl thing wasn't a dig — it was a joke! And if the new SNL jokes are any indication, there's a lot more Lovable Jennifer Lawrence where that came from.
Jan 16, 2013 1:58PM ET
What happens when people grow up and cease to use the crayons of their childhood creative pursuits and endeavors? Not to worry, there are crayons for adulthood, too!
Jan 16, 2013 1:28PM ET
Lawrence Wright's long look at Scientology, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief, is set for release tomorrow, and reviews, for the most part, have been overwhelmingly positive. But why?
Jan 16, 2013 1:26PM ET
The actor, writer, and something-or-other is all over the Sundance Film Festival lineup and the films to which his name are attached are, frankly, NSFW. Let's look at what will be on view in Park City,
Jan 16, 2013 11:24AM ET
Last night a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall proved what book publishing and his fans have long known about John Green: There's something deeply powerful about not only the popular Y.A. books he writes, but also about the man himself.
Jan 16, 2013 10:46AM ET
Today in celebrity news: Hawkeye will soon be a daddy, Naomi and Liev have left New York, and Prince Harry is more eligible than anyone else.
Jan 15, 2013 6:37PM ET
Discovered: Lighting up might not lead to dumbing down; playing music can put you on a natural high; black carbon is twice as bad as we thought; evidence that obesity is inherited.
Jan 15, 2013 6:14PM ET
As AMC revived its all-too-serial murder show for a third season, the move left many of The Killing's critics unsure what to make of what they're calling a "red herring" — even if they're finally getting that new case they've been waiting for.
Jan 15, 2013 6:00PM ET
Shock and awe! Not all tony British actors are enthralled with Downton Abbey!
Jan 15, 2013 4:53PM ET
Don't look now, and don't blame the bad karaoke, but Lena Dunham really cannot do wrong: According to recent numbers online and off, HBO's Girls has become a kingmaker to just-under-the-radar musicians, sending their record sales abuzz
Jan 15, 2013 3:56PM ET
The festival is typically a hotbed of independent and disease, and with a virulent flu season, the Park City Medical Center is handing out 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer over the 10-day fest when it begins Thursday.
Jan 15, 2013 2:46PM ET
Twitter is now analyzing just how much the Oscars dominate the social conversation — and just how much Zero Dark Thirty pissed people off — with their official new Twitter Oscars Index.
Jan 15, 2013 12:50PM ET
Lohan never seems to make things easy.
Jan 15, 2013 12:10PM ET
A New York retail magnate bequeathed a trove of artwork, but after a series of recent high-tech inspections, many of the donations turned out to be fake. And because of the benefactor's will, the museum can't even throw them out.
Jan 15, 2013 11:02AM ET
Here's the story of the unusual, sweet-and-sour conundrum that arises when an Olympic gold medalist returns to dominate the competition.
Jan 15, 2013 9:40AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Jan 15, 2013 9:34AM ET
The author of The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons is at it again, filling the world with shadowy symbols and codes and not being very clear about anything. But if you don't figure it out in the end, don't worry: He'll tell you.
Jan 14, 2013 11:09PM ET
China's Great Firewall of Internet censorship has become household knowledge in recent years, but the extent to which the country controls all forms of media is less well known.
Jan 14, 2013 5:28PM ET
Today in show business news: NBC had a big hit last night, Showtime did pretty well too, and a deserving actress gets a big role.
Jan 14, 2013 5:18PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Jan 14, 2013 5:00PM ET
Face it: You're probably at least a little bit interested in the prequel that arrives on the CW tonight. So let's break down where this new thing stands in relation to the HBO show you've probably memorized by now.
Jan 14, 2013 3:08PM ET
Last night wasn't just a night of teary triumph in Hollywood. It was also a night of teary heartbreak in rural England, as the second installment of Downton Abbey's third season aired on PBS and further punished an already terribly mistreated character. Read no further lest ye want spoilers.
Jan 14, 2013 2:32PM ET
We knew Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was definitely not directing Star Wars: Episode VII, but he is apparently working on his own Star Wars project.