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Sep 7, 2012 10:47AM ET
Today in books and publishing: a Japanese man stole 1,170 library books; Zadie Smith profiles Jay-Z; Proust audiobook coming; DJ Junot Díaz.
Sep 7, 2012 8:53AM ET
Labor Day has come and gone, it gets dark slightly earlier every day, and all the kids are back in school. Meaning fall is basically here (actual solstice be damned), and with the season come fall movies.
Sep 6, 2012 8:48PM ET
Oi, this is a hard one. Us Weekly reports the first couple of comedy, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, are separating after nine years (!) together.
Sep 6, 2012 6:46PM ET
Today in showbiz news: The CW is the latest to take a crack at the world's most famous lady superhero, Katey Sagal could have a fun new project, and Renee Zellweger switches careers.
Sep 6, 2012 6:04PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Sep 6, 2012 4:13PM ET
One of the highly anticipated Y.A. novels this fall is by 22-year-old debut author Jessica Khoury. Out this week from Penguin's Razorbill imprint, it's called Origin, and, with the film rights acquired by Scott Steindorff, it's getting a lot of buzz. It may even be your Hunger Games replacement read of the season.
Sep 6, 2012 3:52PM ET
You, American Downton Abbey fan have a dilemma: Do we seek out bootlegs and torrents and all that illegal dirty business to watch the show in real-time with the Brits and thus (hopefully) when it airs next week avoid any spoilers, or do we patriotically wait to watch with the rest of our countrymen in January?
Sep 6, 2012 2:39PM ET
Tonight we see the confluence of three major, celebrity-filled, potentially world-changing events: the final night of the Democratic National Convention, the MTV Video Music Awards, and Fashion's Night Out.
Sep 6, 2012 10:52AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: Kristen Stewart may still be sending signals to Robert Pattinson, learn more about Alec Baldwin's daughter than you ever needed to know, and be horrified by how much money The Situation makes.
Sep 6, 2012 10:42AM ET
Today in books and publishing: the Portnoy's Complaint author will be profiled; lit-trolls run amok; Kobo announces new e-readers; a debate on bookselling economics.
Sep 6, 2012 10:33AM ET
You might say, haven't there always been men's departments? Do not underestimate the power of the new gender-based selling. As Eric Wilson writes in the New York Times, "it would seem that the fight for gender equality has finally come to the place where one might least expect it."
Sep 5, 2012 11:02PM ET
Oh yes. ITV released the full trailer for series 3 of Downton Abbey late Wednesday night, and now we're left with only one question. Is it September 16* yet?
Sep 5, 2012 6:43PM ET
Three beautiful, award-winning actresses will be appearing at one of Hollywood For Ugly People's biggest events. Elsewhere in showbiz news: Showtime gets in the Bob De Niro business, Vivica A. Fox gets in the Lifetime business, and Richard Linklater pulls a fast one on us.
Sep 5, 2012 5:54PM ET
Discovered: The functions of 'junk' DNA; time slows for athletes; tigers go nocturnal to live alongside humans; and, no, we can't see the future.
Sep 5, 2012 5:48PM ET
Sep 5, 2012 4:29PM ET
There's much to learn about the way we dine from a piece in today's New York Times by Susanne Craig. It follows an awesome linguistic restaurant chart from Ben Schott that appeared in the paper in early August listing a variety of the terms and acronyms assorted restaurant waitstaff use to describe guests.
Sep 5, 2012 4:24PM ET
American Pie star Jason Biggs tweeted some nasty things about Paul Ryan's wife Janna during the RNC. It did not go over well with conservative media site Twitchy.com, a Twitter curation site owned by pundit Michelle Malkin.
Sep 5, 2012 4:20PM ET
The organizers behind the disastrous Bloc music festival in London last July are finally talking about what went wrong. Their statement reads like a how-to guide for ruining music festivals.
Sep 5, 2012 2:47PM ET
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — the TLC reality show about pageant child Alana and her proud redneck family — has become a viral sensation and gained ratings success, but how much is the family actually getting?
Sep 5, 2012 1:57PM ET
Judy Blume, formative author for generations of girls and boys, is 74. She's still writing and she's still teaching us lessons, this time, about breast cancer in the form of a blog post, that went up today, titled !@#$% Happens.
Sep 5, 2012 1:43PM ET
After the FBI denied that the hacker group AntiSec got yesterday's published Apple UDID data from them, Apple is also saying that they never gave any information up to the bureau, making an FBI hack look less likely.
Sep 5, 2012 1:35PM ET
The Paralympics. Those got underway last Wednesday and last until this Sunday (Jay Z is joining Coldplay and Rihanna at the closing ceremony on Sunday), but here in the U.S. few have been paying much attention. Since you might not have seen them, here are some great moments you've probably missed.
Sep 5, 2012 11:29AM ET
Iconic young adult novelist Judy Blume has been privately battling breast cancer, she wrote in her blog today.
Sep 5, 2012 10:54AM ET
Today in books and publishing: former Komen executive criticizes Planned Parenthood; Geoff Dyer on Joseph Conrad; Brooklyn Book Festival breaks record; comic strip entered in DoJ suit.
Sep 5, 2012 10:51AM ET
Two young rising stars find love with each other, Anna Wintour prepares for the debut of a rival's magazine, and Pippa Middleton continues to take New York.
Sep 4, 2012 11:49PM ET
The President was going to spoil MTV's biggest party of the year on Thursday night, so they're just going to start and finish an hour earlier than they usually do instead of going head-to-head against him. That's not very rock n' roll, guys.
Sep 4, 2012 7:24PM ET
Today, we looked at the literary shortcomings of authors who fake glowing reviews of their own books. Unlike those bland sockpuppeteers, our commenters praise themselves with style.
Sep 4, 2012 6:56PM ET
CBS has decided to rework an old movie hit for the small screen. Elsewhere in showbiz news: Michael Fassbender tries comedy, TBS makes a strange renewal, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters looks pretty miserable.
Sep 4, 2012 6:28PM ET
NBC has put the pilot episode of its new serialized mystery adventure show Revolution on Hulu and, curious to answer a burning question, we gave it a watch. Our question was this: Why is everyone fighting with swords?
Sep 4, 2012 5:48PM ET