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How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier

The man behind the infamous dossier that raises the possibility that Donald Trump may be vulnerable to Kremlin blackmail is Russia expert Christopher Steele, formerly of M.I.6. Here’s the story of his investigation.<p>There’s a row of Victorian terraced houses on a side street in London’s Belgravia …

Vladimir Putin

What Does the Legion End of Credits Scene Mean?

Noah Hawley’s experimental FX shows leans into its Marvel legacy.<p>As many outlets (including this one) tried to warn you, the FX series <i>Legion</i> wrapped up tonight with a little nugget of a scene partway through the end credits. No, <b>Samuel L. Jackson’s</b> Nick Fury did not show up. And, no, David Haller</b> …

TV

This Question Has Followed Chelsea Clinton for Years

And she has a definitive answer.<p>As the only child of two political giants, <b>Chelsea Clinton</b> has long been the focus of overwhelming public attention. There is one question in particular, though, that has followed her for much of her life, she told <i>Variety</i> in a new interview. She answered it (again): …

Hillary Clinton

Bill Cosby Would Prefer to Leave Those Pesky Quaalude-Related Details Out of Sexual-Assault Trial

“Any discussion of quaaludes would only divert the jury away from its duty of weighing the evidence as to Ms. Constand, the only alleged victim.”<p>This past December, <b>Bill Cosby’s</b> legal team failed to convince a Pennsylvania judge to toss out the incriminating deposition that the comedian gave over a …

Lawsuits

Jeff Bezos Is Officially The World’s Second Richest Person

He made $1.5 billion on Wednesday alone.<p>It’s a good day to be <b>Jeff Bezos</b>. On Wednesday, the Amazon founder and C.E.O. added $1.5 billion to his war chest, making his net worth $75.6 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, as Amazon shares rose to $18.32. Now, in addition to the many …

Amazon

Karen Pence’s Red Batphone (and More Revelations from Her Latest Profile)

How the Pences have taken their marital devotion to the White House.<p>Certain things about <b>Mike</b> and <b>Karen Pence’s</b> marriage are canon by now. Before they were married, she had a cross engraved with the word “yes,” ready for the moment that he proposed. They kept his and hers offices in the Indiana State …

Hollywood

Even ExxonMobil is Begging Trump to Show the Environment Mercy

The oil and gas giant has urged the White House not to abandon the Paris climate accord.<p>ExxonMobil is a multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Texas. In 2014, it was the second-most profitable company in the Fortune 500. It is considered one of the “supermajors,” i.e., the seven biggest …

Wall Street

Ben Schwartz Explains His Unofficial Audition for Hamilton

The actor relives some of his finest Instagram moments for Vanity Fair’s “My Grams.”<p><i>In this series, celebrities crack open their Instagram accounts and break down the inspiration and meaning behind some of their favorite photos. Here, actor and comedian Ben Schwartz takes his followers back to his</i> …

Hollywood

Amal Clooney’s Work, Explained by International Human Rights Lawyers

Clooney is one of the most famous women in the world, but to understand what she actually does, we turned to the experts.<p>Most celebrity humanitarians—including <b>Bono, Oprah,</b> and <b>Angelina Jolie</b>—were famous <i>before</i> they were advocates. Not so for <b>Amal Clooney.</b> She went from a respected international …

Human Rights

The Academy Is at a Crossroads in the Wake of the Best Picture Fiasco

Though the board of governors decided Tuesday not to fire the accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, more tough decisions lie ahead.<p>On Oscar night, in the first moments after the biggest screwup in Academy Awards history, the two women who run the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences rose …

The Oscars

How Beauty Brand Tatcha Became a Philanthropic Success Story

Next up in our series on beauty brands that give back, Tatcha teaches us that true beauty stems from within.<p>Even if you don’t know who <b>Victoria Tsai</b> is, you will certainly recognize her beauty brand, <b>Tatcha</b>. Impeccably presented and exquisitely packaged, every item in her exceptional line of skincare …

Skin Care

Two Former Christie Allies Sentenced to Prison for Bridgegate Conspiracy

Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly will serve 24 and 18 months, respectively.<p>A little over six months after the long-awaited trial of “Bridgegate” co-conspirators <b>Bill Baroni</b> and <b>Bridget Anne Kelly</b> began, the former <b>Chris Christie</b> allies were handed their fates on Wednesday. Found guilty on all counts …

Chris Christie

Pixar Introduces Coco’s Lovable Dog With All-New Short

The canine sidekick takes center stage in new short film.<p>Pixar's short films are more than your standard corporate marketing ploy. Some of them win Academy Awards! So when Pixar decides to introduce a character from the upcoming <i>Coco</i> via a short film, that introduction is going to have an arc, …

Hollywood

Sasheer Zamata: “It’s Like a Sporting Event” When Alec Baldwin Plays Trump on S.N.L.

The comedian also dives deep into the circumstances surrounding her casting on NBC’s hallowed sketch show.<p>A lot of people think that <i>Saturday Night Live</i> cast member <b>Sasheer Zamata</b> must have an old family name. But as she reveals in her first stand-up special, <i>Pizza Mind,</i> her first name actually came …

Hollywood

High Hopes for Downsizing

CinemaCon dispatches, another step toward a writers’ strike, and NBC is right on time.<p>It’s Wednesday, and I’m sad to be missing a vital-sounding panel at CinemaCon today called “A Profitable Mix: Adult Beverages at the Movies.”<p>Hello from Los Angeles, where we’re harboring high hopes for <b>Alexander</b> …

Hollywood

Legion: A Spoiler-Free Public Service Announcement About Tonight’s Finale

Will Professor X finally appear?<p>The first thing we should make abundantly clear about tonight’s episode of <i>Legion</i> is that it <i>is</i>, in fact, the final one of the season. FX and <b>Noah Hawley</b>, in their infinite wisdom, have delivered a brisk, efficient eight-episode foray into the mind of David Haller (<b>Dan</b> …

Hollywood

Inside the Fight to Keep Fatal Attraction’s Original Ending

Glenn Close hated the new ending. So did Sherry Lansing and director Adrian Lyne. So why’d they change it?<p>If you hate the ending to <i>Fatal Attraction,</i> you’re not alone. <b>Glenn Close,</b> the film’s villainous star, hated it too—so much that she got into a shouting match with co-star <b>Michael Douglas</b> about it.<p>…

Hollywood

Is This the Smoking Gun in the Devin Nunes Fiasco?

It appears the House Intelligence chairman coordinated with the White House to protect Trump from embarrassment.<p>The House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election has reportedly ground to a halt amid growing evidence that its Republican …

Government

Panicked Trump Backers Plan Media Blitz Highlighting His Greatest Hits

Strangely, there’s no mention of the whole health-care fiasco.<p>The past two months have not gone particularly well for <b>Donald J. Trump.</b> On Monday, Gallup reported that the president’s approval rating had fallen to a historic low of 36 percent, a dismal new level of unpopularity well below anything</b> …

Donald Trump

Allison Williams on Filming Get Out, Wrapping Girls, and Life as a Blonde

The actress was a guest on this week’s episode of Vanity Fair’s pop-culture podcast, In the Limelight.<p>For <b>Allison Williams</b>, the spring of 2017 includes both a thrilling beginning and a bittersweet ending. Earlier this month, the actress made her feature-film debut in <i>Get Out</i>, <b>Jordan Peele’s</b> horror …

Hollywood

The Mystery of Paul Manafort Takes Another Strange Turn

New reports raise questions about whether Trump’s former campaign manager was involved in money laundering.<p>With the exception of <b>Donald Trump</b>, no one name has surfaced as frequently—or drawn as much scrutiny—in the present Russian melodrama as <b>Paul Manafort</b>. Facing active investigations by the …

Donald Trump

Why Alec Baldwin Fell “Madly in Love” With Kate McKinnon on S.N.L.

It’s all about the sketch M.V.P.’s enormous talent.<p>From Chevy Chase to <b>Eddie Murphy</b> to Chris Farley to <b>Will Ferrell,</b> each generation of <i>Saturday Night Live</i> has boasted one clear Most Valuable Player—the sketch comedian who makes the biggest splash each week, proving the person's got big things ahead …

Hollywood

NBC’s Olympics Coverage Is Adapting to the Digital Age

The peacock’s plans for the 2018 Winter Olympics should please those still smarting from its coverage of 2016’s summer ceremony.<p>Remember the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio? What a time: <b>Hope Solo</b> dissed the Swedish soccer team, there was that whole <b>Ryan Lochte</b> mess, and, oh yeah, the games also …

Rio Olympics

Hillary Clinton Calls Out Donald Trump, Michelle Obama–Style

During a speech that emulated Michelle Obama’s, Clinton put the current administration on notice.<p>In her first major public speech since the election, <b>Hillary Clinton</b> made pointed statements about <b>President Trump’s</b> policies and the blatant sexism in his administration. She did so without naming anyone …

Hillary Clinton

How Close Is the W.G.A. to Another Writers’ Strike, Really?

The W.G.A. East’s council is prepping its members to ask for one.<p>The Writers Guild of America is preparing for a strike—again. Nearly a decade since the picketing that went on for 100 days in 2007, bringing the entertainment industry to its knees, the W.G.A.’s East and West divisions are steeling …

Hollywood

How Trump Can Still Make a Comeback

It’s not likely, but it’s not politically impossible, either. It simply relies on a highly unscientific alienation of both parties in favor of a few particularly popular measures.<p>After the failure of Trumpcare, <b>Donald Trump</b> and the Republican Party are sorting through post-hurricane wreckage. What …

Democracy

Britain Pulls the Trigger on Europe’s Brexit Nightmare

So long, Europe. Best of luck with Marine Le Pen.<p><b>Tim Barrow</b>, British ambassador to the E.U., has hand delivered a letter to <b>Donald Tusk</b>, officially confirming the U.K.’s intention to leave the European Union, which is expected to happen by March 2019. Roughly 350 steps, Barrow’s was a short but …

Brexit

George Clooney Says His Stint on ER Prepared Him for Twins

Also, three names he and Amal won’t be using.<p>Since <b>George</b> and <b>Amal Clooney</b> confirmed in February that they’re having twins, the actor has remained firmly in the “all baby talk, all the time (thanks to interview questions)” stage of celebrity parenthood.<p>He and <b>Julianne Moore</b> were on hand at CinemaCon …

Hollywood

Victoria Beckham’s Airport Style Explains Why She Never Smiles

Her cheeky airport look is for sale on her Web site.<p><b>Victoria Beckham</b> rarely smiles, but she actually has a sense of humor about it. The fashion designer was photographed arriving at L.A.X. airport on Tuesday wearing a graphic T-shirt of her own design that read: “Fashion Stole My Smile.” She paired …

Fashion

Anne Hathaway Shines Bright at the Premiere of Her New, Quirky Monster Movie

On the scene at the New York premiere of Colossal.<p>A few minutes before the premiere of <i>Colossal</i> began Tuesday night, the film’s director, <b>Nacho Vigalondo,</b> addressed the audience—umbrellas at their feet on a rainy New York evening—packed inside the AMC Lincoln Square Theater. Vigalondo spent a few …

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