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Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director Sends Bold Anti-Trump Message Without Attending Ceremony

Asghar Farhadi has sent two prominent Iranian-Americans to the Oscars in his stead.<p><b>Donald Trump’s</b> attempted travel ban struck a chord with many in Hollywood who are planning to attend this Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, and with one director who isn‘t. <b>Asghar Farhadi</b>, director of the 2012 Oscar-winning <i>A</i> …

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Trump Administration Recruited Intelligence Officials, Members of Congress to Dispute President’s Russia Ties

Officials made calls to news outlets to offer their White House-approved version of the story.<p>While <b>Donald Trump’s</b> ties with Russia have been under investigation by the F.B.I. for weeks, the Trump administration has enlisted senior members of intelligence agencies and Congress to dispute the issue …

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Jake Tapper Only Has One Word for Donald Trump’s Exclusion of the Media

“Let’s not make any mistake about what’s happening here.”<p>On Friday, reputable media outlets including CNN and <i>The New York Times</i> learned that they were barred from a White House off-camera press briefing with <b>Sean Spicer</b>. CNN anchor <b>Jake Tapper</b> had just one choice word for what this unprecedented move …

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Homeland Security Report: Countries Impacted by Muslim Ban “Unlikely” to Be Predictor of Terrorism

The draft of a D.H.S. report is yet another blow to Donald Trump’s controversial executive order.<p>With one study published on Friday night, the Department of Homeland Security upended the premise of one of <b>Donald Trump’s</b> most controversial actions during his short administration. According to a draft …

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Taraji P. Henson Calls Hidden Figures “The Proudest Moment of My Career”

Vanity Fair and Genesis toasted Hidden Figures at Spago on Friday evening.<p>Hollywood has a habit of basking in its own successes, with a full season’s worth of award shows—culminating with this Sunday’s Oscars—to prove it. But this year’s awards procession served a greater purpose for <i>Hidden Figures</i>, …

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A Sneak Peek Inside Oscar Rehearsals With Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Legend

The Moana and La La Land teams hit the Oscar stage, and 16-year-old newcomer Auli'i Cravalho stakes her claim.<p><b>Lin-Manuel Miranda</b> stepped onto the stage of Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Friday afternoon whistling <i>La La Land’s</i> “City of Stars,” his Oscar night competition, and wearing a hoodie that said on …

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George Clooney Called Out Donald Trump at France’s César Awards

With a little “translation” help from Jean Dujardin.<p><b>George Clooney</b> hasn’t kept quiet about his feelings regarding <b>Donald Trump’s</b> presidency, and he’s not about to stop now. While accepting an honorary César Award at France’s equivalent of the Oscars on Friday, Clooney spoke about the importance of …

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Brie Larson Joins Meryl Streep in the Fight Against Trump: “Artists are the Ones that the Politicians Fear”

The most recent best actress winner and the grand dame of Hollywood gave inspirational speeches at the annual Women in Film pre-Oscars cocktail party.<p><b>Meryl Streep</b> is proud to be one of this year’s 46 female Academy Award nominees. The 20-time Oscar nominated actress celebrated her historic honor by …

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Michael J. Fox, John Cho, and More Stars Ditched an Oscar Party for a Pro-Immigrant Rally

At the UTA-hosted United Voices rally, Hollywood went to bat for the ant-Trump resistance.<p>When one of the industry’s most powerful talent agencies, UTA, throws a political rally, it will still be a little bit Hollywood. This is to say that the protest of Trump’s immigration ban, held outside of …

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What to Expect Backstage at the Oscars

VF’s Hollywood Correspondent Rebecca Keegan has been a fly on the wall backstage at the Oscars for years, and joins Little Gold Men to share her stories from inside. Plus, a conversation with Oscar nominee Kevin O’Connell, and our final Oscar predictions, for best director and best picture.<p>The …

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A Leaked Blueprint for Trumpcare Reveals Millions Could Lose Coverage

“Not everybody is going to have health care.”<p>Before an energized crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, <b>Mike Pence</b> boldly proclaimed that after seven years of futile attempts to dismantle President <b>Barack Obama’s</b> signature health-care law, the G.O.P. is the on cusp …

Health Care

What’s Next for Cat Marnell?

On the heels of a whirlwind publicity tour for her memoir How to Murder Your Life, the party-girl memoirist could be a TV queen, a lifestyle guru—or a media maven.<p>On the heels of a whirlwind publicity tour for her hit memoir, <i>How to Murder Your Life</i>, <b>Cat Marnell</b> has a refreshing sense of humor about …

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Why President Al Franken Isn’t a Joke

Will the Minnesota senator emerge as the leader that the Democratic Party desperately needs?<p>It is often said these days that the trouble with the Democrats is that they lack a “bench.” This is usually said to be because <b>Bill</b> and <b>Hillary Clinton</b> allegedly “sucked all the oxygen out of the room.” And …

U.S. Politics

Trump’s Little Deportation Plan Could Cost $500 Billion

Did the president not mention that?<p>There are plenty reasons to take issue with <b>Donald Trump’s</b> plans for mass deportation that have nothing to do with money. There are, of course, the ethical questions raised by expanding the definition of “removable aliens” to include people who pose no threat and …

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It’s Three Days Before the Oscars, and This Nominee Hasn't Seen Her Dress

Allison Schroeder might have the most red-carpet zen of any Oscar nominee right now.<p>Say you’re headed to the Oscars for the first time. Not only that, but you’re nominated, so you’re walking the red carpet. Also, you just had a baby a few months before and are still recovering from a fractured …

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What’s New on Netflix in March

And what to watch before it disappears forever.<p>As awards season finally (finally!) winds to a close, our thoughts turn to a new topic: what are we supposed to watch <i>now</i>? Luckily, Netflix has us covered with a gaggle of brand-new streamables, designed to take our minds off of the cold, cruel real …

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What to Watch on Cable, in Theaters, and Youtube in March

From Planet Earth II to a new Kristen Stewart indie, VF.com critic Richard Lawson shares his must-see list.

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White House Excludes Critical Press Outlets from Press Briefing

The New York Times and CNN were among the organizations that were denied access.<p>Hours after President <b>Donald Trump</b> delivered a speech in which he declared his love of the First Amendment and bashed “fake news,” the White House blocked reporters from a number of news organizations from attending a …

Here’s Where the Stars Will Quietly Freak Out on Oscar Night

A sneak peek inside the greenroom at the 89th Academy Awards.<p>After the blinding flashbulbs of the red carpet but before the white-hot spotlight of the Oscar stage, Academy Awards performers and presenters cool out in the Oscar greenroom—which this year is, quite literally, green.<p>Rolex, which …

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Amal Clooney Wore a Formfitting White Gown for the César Awards

The mother-to-be chose custom Versace for the event.<p><b>George Clooney</b> may have been the one receiving an award on Friday night at the César Awards in Paris, but it was his wife, <b>Amal</b>, who won the night in her formfitting gown. Her crisp white custom Atelier Versace gown featured ombréd feathering, …

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Can Uber Fend Off Its Roiling Drama?

Nick Bilton speaks to Brad Stone, author of The Upstarts.<p>It has been a pretty rough month for Uber. C.E.O. <b>Travis Kalanick</b> was forced to step down from his seat on President <b>Steven Bannon</b> . . ., oops, I mean President <b>Donald Trump’s</b>, economic advisory council. Then, in a scandal that seems to have …

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Bill Cosby Faced with Another Setback in Upcoming Court Case

Judge Steven T. O’Neill has allowed the testimony of one more woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.<p>On Friday, <b>Judge Steven T. O’Neill</b> of the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, ruled that an additional woman who has accused <b>Bill Cosby</b> of sexual assault is allowed …

Misogyny

Connie Britton Exits Nashville for Greener, Big-Screen Pastures

The future is already looking bright for this TV star.<p><b>This post contains spoilers for Nashville Season 5, Episode 9.</b><p>Rest in peace, Rayna.<p>On Thursday’s installment of <i>Nashville,</i> <b>Connie Britton’s</b> character died due to injuries from a car crash, leaving behind a devastated fanbase sobbing as her girls …

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Meet Adir Abergel, the Artist Behind Hollywood’s Hottest Hairstyles

Serving up hairstyle goals, everywhere he goes.<p>If there’s any one way to best describe L.A.-based hairstylist-to-the-stars <b>Adir Abergel</b>, it’s “committed.” For one, he started in hair when he was just 16 (he is now 39, for perspective). Just this month, he not only launched a stunning hair-accessory …

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Hollywood, Your Next Auteur Has Arrived

Welcoming Jordan Peele to the director’s chair and bracing for Oscar weekend.<p>Well, my friends, the time has come. Raise the roof and have some fun. Throw away the work to be done...<p>Wait a minute, no. Who are we kidding? It’s Oscar weekend, and that means I’ll be a busy bee, bringing dispatches from …

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Conan O’Brien Asks Mexicans for Donations to Build Trump’s Border Wall

“If you donate 500 pesos, you get your name on a brick in the wall. And you have to act now, because there’s only going to be 800 million of these.”<p>As we all know, that whole “make Mexico pay for the wall” thing hasn’t worked out quite as well as <b>Donald Trump</b> promised it would during his campaign. …

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Experts Warn Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy the U.S. Agriculture Industry

Great work, everyone.<p>President <b>Donald Trump</b> has big, phenomenal plans to make America great again. One pillar of that plan, Trump claimed on the campaign trail, is to bring back jobs. Another is to punish U.S. companies that move their manufacturing outside the country (<i>especially</i> to that wretched …

Immigration

Beyoncé Sends Her Support to L.G.B.T.Q. Students in Rare Facebook Post

In the wake of Trump’s rollbacks on protections for transgender students, the singer posted her support for young L.G.B.T.Q. people.<p>After <b>President Trump</b> rescinded protections for transgender students in public schools this week, much of the entertainment industry, including <b>Jackie Evancho</b>, one of …

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