Year in Review

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The Cursed Child is all about coming to terms with the legacy of Harry Potter

After a long absence, Harry Potter is back. The script for J.K. Rowling’s <i>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</i> came out in bookstores earlier this week, and it’s a welcome return to familiar magical stomping grounds. What’s most rewarding about this story however, is that it’s grown up with its …

Books

Westworld review – HBO's seamless marriage of robot cowboys and corporate dystopia

The JJ Abrams-produced HBO reboot of Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie is an absolute thrill. Unless you’re one of those robots trapped in a grisly Groundhog Day …<p>I was 10 years old when the film Westworld was first released. At the time it struck me as a less than satisfying synthesis of cool robot …

TV

'Stranger Things': How Netflix's Retro Hit Resurrects the Eighties

It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the …

Retro

Review: 'Captain America: Civil War' explores family, friendship, sacrifice

Spider-Man and Black Panther join Team Iron Man in 'Captain America: Civil War.' USA TODAY<p>It’s almost easier to say what <i>isn’t</i> in <i>Captain America: Civil War</i>, since the latest Marvel movie features deaths, bad feelings all around, alliances formed and broken, two guys with bug names, a kiss and the …

Finding Dory review: eerily beautiful, deeply emotional

<b>Director: Andrew Stanton; Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson,Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sigourney Weaver (voices). Cert U, 103 mins.</b><p>What if Sebastian the Crab has been wrong all this time? “Darling, it’s better / down where it’s …

Animation

Why ‘Hamilton’ Has Heat

A scene from "Hamilton" on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

‘Poetry for the ear’: Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in literature

Photos of the legendary folk singer and songwriter through the years.<p>Legendary folk musician Bob Dylan.<p>Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for work that the Swedish Academy described as “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”<p>He …

Books

Beyoncé's Lemonade: EW Review

You may have heard that Beyoncé put out an album about her husband, Jay Z. You heard wrong: <i>Lemonade</i> is about one person, and that person’s name is Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The famously guarded pop queen pours all of herself into her remarkable sixth album, a raw and intensely personal plunge into …

Beyoncé

Prince's last days: Health scares, thrilling shows, purple pianos

(CNN)At the height of his stardom in the 1980s, Prince was ubiquitous, a marquee star who sold out stadiums, stole the silver screen and slayed fans with his bare-chested sass and sexuality.<p>Then a dispute with his record company in the 1990s changed his worldview and he retreated from the public …

Prince

Exit Bowie, discreetly: 'He thought it honourable to become invisible'

The singer treasured his privacy in New York, with even friends and neighbours unaware of the cancer that killed him – ‘He didn’t want a circus,’ said one<p>David Bowie sought modesty in death, an acquaintance of the singer said on Monday, and thought it honourable after a lifetime in the spotlight to …

David Bowie

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead review – luminous, furious and wildly inventive

This thrilling, genre-bending tale of escape from slavery in the American deep south contains extraordinary prose and uncomfortable home truths<p>As if we needed any more reason to mourn the passing of Barack Obama’s presidency, it’s difficult to believe that either of his potential successors will …

Slavery

Best Books 2016 - Washington Post

Fiction<p>Commonwealth<p>By Ann Patchett<p>An illicit kiss at a christening wrecks two marriages in Los Angeles but blends the six children from different families. As we follow them over the next half century, their stories come into focus the way our own family legends cohere — from scraps of information …

Books

The 25 Best Movies of 2016 (So Far)

As we head into awards season, take a look at the best films the year has brought us.​<p>The year is now more than half over, and a review of the past seven months makes clear that cinephiles have been spoiled with sterling movies, from blockbuster superhero sagas and low-budget horror thrillers to …

Kenneth Lonergan

The 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

<i>Over the next few weeks, Vulture will be publishing our critics' year-end lists. Today, we're looking at the best TV shows and episodes.</i><p>It's always …

TV

Rio Olympics 2016: The most memorable moments

The Rio 2016 Olympics have provided an abundance of memorable moments. Here are some of the best - good, bad, and ugly.<p>One of the first Olympic moments to go viral happened when Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's flag-bearer, appeared at the opening ceremony. The taekwondo athlete emerged topless, wearing …

Olympics

Super Bowl 2016: Broncos' defense dominates as Peyton Manning wins second title

Santa Clara, California (CNN)If this was the final game of Peyton Manning's 18-year career, he couldn't have scripted the ending much better.<p>A 2-yard rushing touchdown from running back C.J. Anderson -- in addition to a defensive score and three field goals from kicker Brandon McManus -- gave the …

Super Bowl

Chicago Cubs win World Series championship with 8-7 victory over Cleveland Indians

Finally.<p>The most epic drought in sports history is over, and the Cubs are world champions.<p>After 108 years of waiting, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series with a wild 8-7, 10-inning Game 7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. The triumph completed their climb back from a …

Baseball

Warriors capture 73rd win to break '95-96 Bulls record

<b>OAKLAND, Calif.</b> -- Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors took their last shot at Michael Jordan and history and they swished it -- for 73.<p>Down …

Basketball

NBA Finals 2016 - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers bask in NBA title glory

OAKLAND, Calif. -- As his last on-court television interview of the night wrapped up, LeBron James walked off the finally silent Oracle Arena floor …

Lebron James

Tom Brady announces he won't fight Deflategate suspension further in court

Tom Brady announced he will not appeal his legal case against the NFL any further, leaving his four–game suspension for his purported role in the Deflategate scandal intact to start the 2016 NFL season. Time_Sports<p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced on his Facebook page that he is …

Peyton Manning to retire Monday after 18 NFL seasons: 7 things to know

After 18 seasons, 71,940 regular-season passing yards, 539 touchdowns and two Lombardi Trophies, Peyton Manning will call it a career on Monday.<p>Peyton Manning is retiring. He informed the Broncos of his decision on Saturday night, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, and there will be …

Super Bowl

Kobe Bryant Puts Exclamation Point on Career with Surreal, Epic Finale

LOS ANGELES — The last game of Kobe Bryant’s career—arguably the most lionized in NBA history—began like just about every other game this season: with the Los Angeles Lakers stuck at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, handicapped by a flimsy screen-door defense and a predictable …

Basketball

A timeline of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest and the athletes who joined him

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests, but has now been joined by athletes from around the sports world.<p>The most noteworthy part of a national anthem before a sporting event used to be a great singing performance or a riveting flyover. Colin Kaepernick changed that. All eyes during the …

How Love Inspired the Voice of the Dodgers to Rise in Song

For years, whenever Vin Scully was asked if he would return for another season as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he responded that he needed the blessing of his wife, Sandi.<p>He did so in 2008, before returning for his 60th season. And it was up to Sandi again in 2013, as it was in 2014 and …

Vin Scully

Notable Lives Lost in 2016: Pictures

Cape Canaveral

John Glenn dies at 95; hero was first American to orbit Earth

When his bell-shaped capsule splashed into the ocean after orbiting Earth again and again, John Glenn emerged an instant hero — the fighter-jock pilot of few words who in just five hours of circling the planet helped cement America’s faith that it could lead the race into outer space.<p>He walked …

John Glenn

Drake Is the Most Streamed Artist on Spotify in 2016 (And All Time)

Spotify has released their year-end charts, presenting the most streamed artists, songs, albums, and genres throughout 2016. For the second consecutive year, Drake tops the most-streamed artist list, with over 4.7 billion streams (more than doubling his 1.8 billion from last year). His album <i>Views</i> …

Drake

Top food trends for 2017

While fads come and go, every year certain trends appear that help shape the culinary landscape of the UK. Here’s what we think 2017 has in store.

Food

Why Obamacare could be the messiest battle of 2017

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's the scenario Obamacare-hating Republicans have dreamed about: Complete control of Washington.<p>But it's already clear that killing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law won't be easy even with Congress in Republican hands and Donald Trump moving into the White House next …

Politics

Republicans Keep Control Of The Senate As Democrats Largely Falter

Republicans willhold on to control of the Senate, according to Associated Press projections. The GOP defied the odds in a year in which it was almost entirely on defense and rode a wave that carried Donald J. Trump to the White House.<p>Even with their best opportunities to gain seats in years, …

Politics