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Dec 20, 2012 4:51PM ET
League officials cancelled a new slate of games today and have, essentially, set an unofficial drop-dead date for the lockout talks. If a deal isn't reached by Jan. 14, there won't be hockey this season — period.
Dec 20, 2012 3:18PM ET
Yes, Jersey Shore's last episode has arrived, bringing to a close a phenomenon — and an American era of sorts — that was both sordid and silly, full of the kind of cheap voyeurism whose subjects quickly became self-aware.
Dec 20, 2012 2:59PM ET
The commentator will not be losing his job for calling the Redskins quarterback a "cornball brother." Instead, he's being suspended for 30 days before he can return to work.
Dec 20, 2012 1:00PM ET
Not only is the Modern Seinfeld account a hit on Twitter, but now the New York Times Magazine has a profile of Jerry Seinfeld, proving that he's still doing what he's always done best.
Dec 20, 2012 10:36AM ET
There's something about the new trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby we've seen before, but it's not F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic story of social striving in 1920s New York.
Dec 20, 2012 10:19AM ET
Today in celebrity news: The world's most popular boy band gets tatted-up, an American has won Miss Universe, and the Queen extends a gracious invitation to Kate Middleton's parents.
Dec 20, 2012 8:16AM ET
The Middlesteins novelist sleeps with her phone on the floor next to her bed, but leaves it at home each morning as she writes for an hour in a notebook without facing a screen.
Dec 19, 2012 11:12PM ET
We already knew that Zero Dark Thirty messed up a couple of details about the bin Laden raid, but now, some senators would like the filmmakers to know they're straight up "incorrect."
Dec 19, 2012 6:48PM ET
Today in show business news: The Hobbit has more gold than Smaug, The Voice is bigger than ever, and the new Michael Bay movie sure looks terrific.
Dec 19, 2012 6:10PM ET
The actor and newly celebrated director traveled to Washington and met with Senator John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday, sending the Internet into a fit of speculation that he might be pushing for Kerry's seat.
Dec 19, 2012 5:56PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Dec 19, 2012 5:20PM ET
Here we have two halves of a half-true story: moving scenes of a family facing disaster, stuffed up against a mini-thriller of doom and a goopy feel-good drama. Is this a real-life fable of survival, or a sober look at an unimaginable catastrophe?
Dec 19, 2012 5:00PM ET
This is the stuff nightmares are made of: two women were running illegal, after-hours dentist services for people without insurance out of the office where they worked during the day.
Dec 19, 2012 3:54PM ET
We've compiled a (festive) diagnostic guide to various reading styles for your seasonal enjoyment, with book suggestions for each. Happy reading!
Dec 19, 2012 1:09PM ET
Time can have its real person of the year, but not-real people can influence us, too, and in 2012, fake characters mattered. From Katniss to Bane and Zero Dark Thirty's Maya, here's our alternative list.
Dec 19, 2012 11:56AM ET
The official teaser for Terrence Malick's To the Wonder is out, and it's being described as very "Malick-y."
Dec 19, 2012 11:12AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: Tom Cruise goes clubbing in New York City, Katie Holmes has a (too) low-key birthday, and Brad Pitt and Miley Cyrus celebrate their birthdays very differently.
Dec 19, 2012 10:15AM ET
If you have or are part of something called a "family," you can bet that someone's going to want, need, and expect a photo of the two or three or five or 17 of you this season. And these days, they expect you looking cheery and doing something fun.
Dec 18, 2012 6:14PM ET
Jen Doll rounded up the year's worst words today, setting one of our commenters off on a mini-rant about noun-ified verbs.
Dec 18, 2012 5:52PM ET
Today in show business news: Lifetime makes some bad changes to its once big show, Game of Thrones gets supersized, and Natasha Lyonne is back.
Dec 18, 2012 5:50PM ET
Dec 18, 2012 1:49PM ET
California's biggest music festival is still months away, but Coachella speculation is already in full swing. With the Rolling Stones and Daft Punk among the rumored headliners, let's take a look at the likelihood of them topping the bill.
Dec 18, 2012 1:20PM ET
Let's not call it revolutionary, but as an excuse to talk about the show one last time, let's at least say that Gossip Girl did, in some strange way, make its little mark on this big, broad culture of ours.
Dec 18, 2012 1:12PM ET
Out of deference to the victims' families, and also in a likely effort to avoid controversy, movie studios and television networks have altered their schedules and amended their plans. Also: dictionaries.
Dec 18, 2012 12:44PM ET
We knew the NHL lockout was horrible and stupid and making everyone really mad, but we didn't know it was this bad and horrible and making everyone this mad.
Dec 18, 2012 12:32PM ET
There is no better way for a semantic-minded person to remember the year than with those words we'd just as soon never write or see or hear spoken again. From "artisanal" to "curate," "gaffe" to "legitimate rape," and "meggings" to "ugh," here's our list.
Dec 18, 2012 11:24AM ET
Today in celebrity news: The "singer" has unfortunate timing with her hit song, Justin Timberlake discovers SantaCon, and Donald Trump gets what he deserves.
Dec 18, 2012 11:02AM ET
The first question to ask oneself, right now, is "Am I a Christmas tree type of person?" If you are, read on! If you're not, read on, too, because you may find yourself becoming one.
Dec 18, 2012 10:50AM ET
Paul Thomas Anderson's film was shut out of the drama category at the Golden Globes, but last night it dominated the Toronto Film Critics Association awards, so at least it has its fans.
Dec 18, 2012 9:18AM ET
Ignoring the will of the people — or at least the hacking collective 4chan, which hacked its online poll in favor of the North Korean Supreme Leader — Time's 2012 Person of the Year shortlist includes the usual mixed bag.