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Jaden Smith Wants to Make Sure He’s Understood

On his new album, the previously sphinx-like teen speaks from the heart.<p><b>Jaden Smith</b> can rhyme about fast Teslas or guide your meditations, and he knows (that you know) you’ll listen either way. Much as the 19-year-old rapper-actor-fashion plate-entrepreneur’s early career could have been …

Jaden Smith

Inside the First Oscars Event of the Season

On this week‘s Little Gold Men podcast, the Academy schmoozing begins, with a side of worrying about Hollywood’s ongoing sexual-misconduct scandal.<p>On Saturday night, Hollywood‘s best and brightest had the chance to dress up, practice their schmoozing, and thank the Academy. The main Oscar ceremony …

Winston Churchill

Jay-Z Writes a New York Times Op-Ed About Meek Mill’s Prison Sentence

“Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine,” the rapper wrote.<p>During a Dallas concert last week, <b>Jay-Z</b> stopped his set to speak out about rapper <b>Meek Mill’s</b> recent prison sentence. “He’s 30 now. He’s been on probation for 11 years. Fucking 11 years. Judge gave him two to four …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Rachel Maddow Grapples with a New Media Duty: Cataloguing Awful Behavior

Let's talk about that photo of Al Franken.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>“This is my life now,” <b>Rachel Maddow</b> quipped with a certain melancholy Thursday evening, kidding on the square as she recounted the latest on <b>Roy Moore</b> and, later, the new revelation about Senator</b> …

The Most Surprising Awards Movie of the Year

Can It Break Through With Oscar Voters?<p>It’s Friday, and the Sexiest Man Alive is the one who can put together this goddamn IKEA desk.<p>Hello from Los Angeles, where some Oscar contenders are acting like real clowns, <b>Robert Pattinson</b> is <i>definitely</i> giving us a vibe, and it’s finally time to roll the …

Movies

With “Frankenstein” Tweets, Trump Steps In His Own Moral Minefield

The president's eagerness to rip Franken only highlights his own moral bankruptcy—and the 16-plus women who have accused him of worse.<p>In a normal Republican administration, an allegation that Senator <b>Al Franken,</b> a Democrat, had groped a woman as she slept, accompanied by a damning photo, would be a …

Donald Trump

Interior Department Says It Can’t Explain Zinke’s Private Jet Use Because of Obama

Apparently it’s Obama’s fault that Ryan Zinke’s office can’t produce documents to justify his use of government jets.<p>Earlier this year, a not-insignificant-number of Trump officials were revealed to have a problem: addicted to flying private, the richest Cabinet in history compounded the issue by …

Ryan Zinke

Get Your First Look at Maye Musk, CoverGirl

Now with a beauty contract with CoverGirl and Olay, there’s no stopping this late bloomer.<p>In a time where everything feels like it’s skewing younger, kudos to CoverGirl and Olay for keeping it real by embracing cultural diversity and age-defying attitude. First with <b>Nura Afia,</b> the hijab-wearing …

Beauty

Trump’s “Coffee Boy” Keeps Sabotaging His Russia Story

George Papadopoulos told foreign contacts he was a significant player on the campaign—and claims Trump gave him a “blank check” for a White House job.<p>The chaos of the Trump-campaign circus attracted a variety of eccentrics, grifters, hustlers, résumé-inflators and Russophiles from which the White …

Donald Trump

Why Zuckerberg’s New “Trust Indicators” Can’t Fix Fake News

A system providing additional context for publishers is too little, too late in a world where basic facts and mainstream publications are quickly written off as partisan.<p>When Daily Beast correspondent <b>Michael Tomasky</b> took a recent dive into snopes.com, what he found there alarmed him. “As I toggled …

Journalism

Transparent Co-Star Accuses Jeffrey Tambor of Sexual Misconduct

This is the second allegation that has been made about the Emmy-winning actor.<p><b>Jeffrey Tambor</b> is facing a second round of sexual misconduct allegations, this time from his <i>Transparent</i> co-star <b>Trace Lysette.</b> The actress, according to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, alleges that the star made lewd remarks toward …

Awards

Quentin Tarantino Is Ditching Weinstein for Sony

Various studios put out all the stops to win over the director, who has parted ways with his longtime distribution partner Harvey Weinstein.<p>In the end, the Whiskey Sours weren’t enough. Deadline Hollywood announced Friday morning that Sony Pictures, led by <b>Tom Rothman,</b> has pulled off the impossible, …

Quentin Tarantino

Katy Perry Backs Out From Victoria’s Secret Show as she’s Banned From China Indefinitely

She will be replaced by Harry Styles, who hopefully has never offended the People’s Republic.<p>The problems are not dying down for Victoria’s Secret. On Thursday it was reported that both the media and some of the models scheduled to attend the lingerie company’s annual fashion show in Shanghai were …

Katy Perry

What Went Unsaid in Ben Affleck and Colbert’s Awkward Sexual Misconduct Discussion

This Justice League press tour has not turned out to be what the actor likely expected.<p>Before <b>Ben Affleck</b> appeared on <i>Late Show</i> this week, he probably knew what he was walking into. Given the slew of sexual misconduct accusations and revelations that have been swirling through the entertainment …

Batman

Why Even Simpsons Fans Should Have a Problem With Apu

Comedian Hari Kondabolu on his thought-provoking documentary, which examines the troubling life and legacy of Hank Azaria’s Simpsons staple.<p><b>Hari Kondabolu</b> wants you to know that he loves <i>The Simpsons.</i> Seriously. But he has a bone to pick with Apu Nahasapeemapetilon—or at least the way the character …

TV

Robert Pattinson Reinvents Himself in in Good Time

Playing a criminal with mental illness has brought the recovering Twilight star his best reviews and a new attitude about filmmaking.<p>Brooding and aloof, two adjectives often associated with actor <b>Robert Pattinson</b>, are two that do little to currently describe the 31-year old former heartthrob. Rather …

Robert Pattinson

Serena Williams Gave Her Wedding Guests Tennis Trophies of Their Own

Williams and Alexis Ohanian were married at a New Orleans ceremony with a Beauty and the Beast theme.<p><b>Serena Williams</b> and <b>Alexis Ohanian</b> got married on Thursday at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, in what was reportedly a <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>-themed wedding that drew a guest list of …

Tennis

Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah Don’t Spare Al Franken

The allegations against the senator (and ex-comedian) are “horrifying”—and “this does not bode well for Louis C.K.’s Senate hopes.”<p>“As a fellow comedian, I long admired <b>Al Franken,</b>” admitted <b>Stephen Colbert</b> Thursday night. “But I’ve got to say, this does not bode well for <b>Louis C.K.’s</b> Senate …

Comedy

Why the Hell Is Steve Bannon Still Defending Roy Moore?

Bannon, for all his self-destructive instincts, understands his base better than anybody. “People can whine and complain and say whatever they say quietly, but I think Steve probably knows this: they’re not going to do anything about it.”<p>There was a brief moment this week where it looked like <b>Steve</b> …

Donald Trump

Trump Community Outreach Official Apologizes for Racist Comments

Jamie Johnson, who leads the department’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, previously accused blacks of “laziness, drug use, and sexual promiscuity.”<p>In an administration in which the head of the Environmental Protection Agency sued the organization 14 times as a private citizen; …

EPA

Willem Dafoe, Your Favorite Movie Villain, Plays This Awards Season’s Most Heartwarming Character

The twice Oscar-nominated actor has starred in over 80 movies in his four-decade career. The Florida Project has brought him new acclaim.<p>Long before <b>Willem Dafoe</b> earned either of his Oscar nominations (for <i>Platoon</i> and <i>Shadow of the Vampire</i>); played Jesus (in <i>The Last Temptation of Christ</i>); or worked …

TV

Back Is the Grown-Up Peep Show We Need Right Now

Creator Simon Blackwell on cult comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s latest—a decidedly adult Britcom.<p>It was a sad, sad day for many <i>Peep Show</i> fans when the El Dude Brothers said their last goodbyes two years ago—but thankfully, there’s now a new <b>David Mitchell</b> and <b>Robert Webb</b> joint in town. And …

TV

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Retains Ivana Trump’s Former Divorce Firm

The world is small, and it will always need divorce lawyers.<p><b>Harvey Weinstein,</b> the fallen film titan who is also in the midst of a divorce, has, according to Page Six, retained the services of <b>Steven Silpe.</b> He’s a partner at Garr Silpe, the same law firm that mediated <b>Ivana Trump’s</b> 1997 split from the …

Ivana Trump

Sarah Silverman Addresses Louis C.K., “the Elephant Masturbating in the Room”

“I hope it’s O.K. if I am at once very angry for the women he wronged and the culture that enabled it,” the comedian says in a monologue that will air Thursday night. “And also sad, because he’s my friend. But I believe with all my heart that this moment in time is essential.”<p>Ever since <b>Louis C.K.</b> …

Comedy

Jared Kushner Forgot to Mention Contacts About a “Russian Backdoor”

Boy Wonder is under fire yet again for failing to turn over documents related to the Russia probe.<p>White House princeling <b>Jared Kushner</b> seems to have an unfortunate habit of forgetting, misplacing, or overlooking critical government documents. In July, he offered a painful mea culpa for initially …

Donald Trump

Meryl Streep and Cher Once Stopped an Attacker

“And the thug ran away; it was a miracle.”<p><b>Meryl Streep</b> surprised the Committee to Protect Journalists at the organization’s annual awards Wednesday, where the Oscar winner also had a few unexpected things to say, per <i>People</i>. She revealed in her speech two instances of physical violence in her …

Meryl Streep

Trump Budget Director Expected to Take Over Agency He Called a “Sick, Sad Joke”

The president will likely install Mick Mulvaney at the top of Republicans’ most reviled agency.<p>On Wednesday night, Republicans scored a victory when <b>Richard Cordray</b> announced his decision to resign as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Dodd-Frank-born agency that conservatives …

Donald Trump

Inside the History-Making, $450 Million Leonardo da Vinci Auction

The bidding went so high, and so fast, even the auctioneer didn’t know what would happen next.<p>History was made on West 49th Street on Wednesday night.<p>It started with a letter and a number, 9B, an otherwise meaningless alphanumeric code that now represents the largest sum ever paid for a work of art …

Art History

Roy Moore’s Lawyer Keeps Making Things Worse

Attorney Trenton Garmon suggests foreign-born reporters should be more sympathetic to dating teens.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>As <i>The Hill</i> (among an army of others) noted, “An attorney for Alabama Senate candidate <b>Roy Moore</b> seemed to suggest Wednesday that MSNBC host</b> …

Michelle Obama

This Christmas Will Have a Little Less Mariah Carey

The singer is resting while she recovers from an upper respiratory infection.<p>Since she released “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in 1994, <b>Mariah Carey</b> has pretty much owned the holiday. Year after year, Google trends for the song and her name spike each holiday season, especially last year, …

Mariah Carey