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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 04/10/2014

Lindsay Lohan, Oprah, David Letterman: Comedy dream team. Who knew?

The trio had a very entertaining interaction on Wednesday night’s “Late Show.”

By Emily Yahr  |  10:27 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 04/09/2014

How MTV’s ’16 and Pregnant’ led to declining teen birth rates

A study shows that, despite fears to the contrary, the show encouraged teens to use contraception.

By Jessica Goldstein  |  05:08 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014

This designer just made Comic Sans, the Internet’s most hated font, cool again

Craig Rozynski says his redesign of the popular (and polarizing) font will win over even its most vocal haters.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014

A generation learned Nirvana songs on guitar tab Web sites. But now? Nevermind.

In some ways, the rise and fall of tab sites encapsulates greater trends in the music industry over the past 20 years.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014

The latest ‘new Twitter’ is here. Remember when it looked like this?

Users complain that the latest Twitter redesign looks too much like Facebook -- but users complain after every redesign.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014

This vending machine tweets about you every time you buy a snack

The future is here ... and it’s telling everyone how many candy bars you eat.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Meet the technology that could make GIFs obsolete

WebMs just got the blessing of one of the Internet’s foremost trendsetters. Could they kill GIFs once and for all?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014

The new Scrabble word will be either ‘zen’ or ‘geocache’

Did geocachers hijack Hasbro’s crowdsourced contest?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/09/2014

George W. Bush sourced his paintings from Google. So what?!

In defense of the president-turned-painter’s “lazy” process.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/09/2014

David Reynolds wins PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize

“The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century.”

By Timothy R. Smith  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Why is it called the ‘Heartbleed Bug’?

It’s an oddly epic name for a very technical computer error. That’s no accident.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:08 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 04/09/2014

The Ultimate Warrior was a wrestling legend who now shares a fate with many other wrestling legends

A huge star in the ‘90s, his death at an early age is just the latest in an industry plagued with this problem

By David Malitz  |  01:54 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 04/09/2014

New in paperback April 1 -- April 9

Looking for a good book these wondrous days of Spring? Here are four books just out in paperback

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:44 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Finalists named for Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah” is on the shortlist for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Cat Deeley talks going from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ host to Hulu comedy villain

The Emmy-nominated British host always wanted to try acting; she got her chance on new Web series “Deadbeat.“

By Emily Yahr  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, TV

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/09/2014

D.C. used bookstore back open

Carpe Librum, a D.C. used bookstore, opens after reorganizing its shelves

By Timothy R. Smith  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Update: Film version of Stephen Amidon’s ‘Human Capital’ a hit in Italy

American premiere is at the Tribeca Festival on April 18.

By Ron Charles  |  09:27 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 04/08/2014

‘Game of Thrones’ renewed for fifth and sixth seasons

The news is entirely non-surprising, but a double renewal is the ultimate sign of good faith.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:24 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Poll: People really hate the music kids are listening to these days

Out of 1,000 people, many think this the worst decade for music: Even though we’re only three years in.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:12 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Rascal Flatts admits yes, they did lip sync at the ACM Awards. Here’s why people are so mad about it.

The country music audience has very little tolerance for anything fake.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:02 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 04/08/2014

David Guterson looks back 20 years later on ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’

He was a high school English teacher when his first novel was published -- and changed his life.

By Ron Charles  |  09:45 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 11:14 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Peaches Geldof and how social media can add an extra layer of sadness to a tragic story

In an era where people flock to deceased celebrity Twitter accounts out of morbid curiosity, your last post memorializes you forever.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:14 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  celebrities

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 04/07/2014

‘Game of Thrones’ brings giant ratings for HBO with Season 4 premiere

About 6.6 million people tuned in, an enormous number for a pay cable channel.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:08 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Peter Matthiessen interview coming in Smithsonian magazine

The writer, who died on April 5, speaks about his last novel, “In Paradise,” and the nature of evil.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Comedian John Pinette dies at 50, months after telling fans he was ‘physically spent’

The stand-up was known for famously appearing in the ‘Seinfeld’ series finale.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  celebrities

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Richard Ford coming to D.C. this week

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Frank Bascombe series and “Canada.”

By Ron Charles  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:08 AM ET, 04/07/2014

ACM Awards: Big winners, best and worst performances, most awkward moments

Miranda Lambert won big and there were lots of jokes about sex and marijuana.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:08 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 04/06/2014

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: ‘The Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.’

As Season 4 begins, we get reacquainted with the many miserable inhabitants of Westeros and get introduced to an intriguing newcomer.

By David Malitz  |  10:00 PM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Recap, TV

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 04/06/2014

The justice doth protest too much, methinks

Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens reiterates his doubts about Shakespeare’s identity.

By Ron Charles  |  11:43 AM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Study: People like restaurants better when it’s warm outside

Diners leave the best restaurant reviews “on sunny days between 70 and 100 degrees.“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:36 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/04/2014

David Letterman’s replacement: Rounding up the ridiculous ideas

Gordon Ramsay? Kathy Griffin? Hey, how about Dane Cook?

By Emily Yahr  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/04/2014

‘Veep’ debuts third season: How accurate is the HBO comedy?

The comedy has received praise for picking up on the nuances of D.C. culture, but what about the political details?

By Emily Yahr  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/04/2014

‘Captain America 2 directors talk filming in D.C., casting Robert Redford and the movie’s very timely politics

Before Redford got involved, he told them, “I don’t know what these movies are. But my grandkids love them.“

By Emily Yahr  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2014

More paintings from the Bush atelier

George Bush unveils his paintings on ‘Today Show’

By Philip Kennicott  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/04/2014

What was fake on the Internet this week: Banksy, bison and #SelfieBot

The fifth installment in a weekly series that debunks the Web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Celebrating the legacy of Seamus Heaney

Tribute at the Folger Library on April 7 will bring together writers and the Irish Ambassador

By Ron Charles  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/04/2014

‘Scandal’ recap Season 3, episode 16: ‘The Fluffer’

Abby fills in for Olivia. Liv and Rowan set their sights on B613.

By Bethonie Butler  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 AM ET, 04/04/2014

David Letterman explains why he decided it was time to retire. It has something to do with birds.

It was a long, long story that started when he and his 10-year-old son went fishing.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:51 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Denzel Washington in Broadway’s resonant new “A Raisin in the Sun”

Denzel Washington in a new Broadway revival of “Raisin in the Sun.“

By Peter Marks  |  09:00 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Some of David Letterman’s best moments through the years, from the serious to the very strange

After three decades in late-night TV, it’s almost impossible to choose which moment is the most memorable.

By Emily Yahr  |  07:39 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Here’s what happened the moment David Letterman announced his retirement (transcript + video)

The late-night talk show host broke the news on his own terms.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:17 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/03/2014

David Letterman announces he will retire in 2015

The longtime host of CBS’s “Late Show” made the announcement at Thursday’s taping.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:52 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Jesse James -- America’s mythic bank robber, my lost cousin

The fabled outlaw was shot to death 132 years ago today.

By Ron Charles  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Sarah Palin and family’s long, complicated history with reality TV: A timeline

The former Alaska governor is starring in a new docu-series; it’s one of several over the years.

By Emily Yahr  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Taylor Mac’s ‘Hir’ Won’t be here, at Studio Theatre

Conflict over director causes playwright to pull play from Studio season.

By Peter Marks  |  05:48 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Erdem’s feminine designs highlight the changing style of Washington

By Cara Kelly  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fashion

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Shakira, college basketball, ‘Noah’: Stuff people liked this week

The top TV shows, movies, albums and songs.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:07 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music, TV

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Jane Goodall’s ‘Seeds of Hope’ reissued a year after being pulled from shelves

Goodall says busy work schedule was partly to blame for the unattributed material in first edition.

By Steven Levingston  |  01:30 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Michael Strahan confirms he’s about to join ‘Good Morning America’

It would only be on a part-time basis; he’s not leaving “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”

By Emily Yahr  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Karen Joy Fowler wins PEN/Faulkner Award

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” explores chimp-human relations

By Ron Charles  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Ranking ‘How I Met Your Mother’ among highly anticipated (and disappointing) TV finales

Where does ‘HIMYM’ fall on the Disappointment Scale compared to ‘Lost,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and more?

By Emily Yahr  |  04:51 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/01/2014

The “How I Met Your Mother” finale and avoidable disappointment

In sticking with plans made years earlier, the show’s creators failed to live up to how good the show was way back when

By Mark Berman  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 04/01/2014

‘Game of Thrones,’ the one true battle: Readers vs. Watchers

There has been an unspoken peace between TV watchers and “A Song of Ice and Fire” readers. Is that in jeopardy as the show catches up to the books?

By Barry Schwartz  |  12:58 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 04/01/2014

D.C. first lady or first dude? Washington may have to wait til next election

It looks like Washington DC won’t have a real first lady--again.

By Manuel Roig-Franzia  |  12:48 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 04/01/2014

The story ’60 Minutes’ missed: Book reviews delivered by drones

The promise of no more false hope from critics.

By Ron Charles  |  09:51 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 06:07 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Next Season Preview: Folger Theatre 2014-15 season

Two favorite Folger actresses, Holly Twyford and Kate Eastwood Norris square off in “Mary Stuart.“

By Peter Marks  |  06:07 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 03/31/2014

‘How I Met Your Mother’ finale: So, how did it all end?

That was...quite a finale.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:44 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Drew Carey talks ‘Price is Right’ swap with Craig Ferguson, ‘DWTS,’ ‘Whose Line’

Longtime friends Carey and Ferguson switch places for April Fools’ Day.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:05 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Tom Lindenfeld: Muriel Bowser’s (honorary) dope fiend

Tom Lindenfeld, an edgy and irreverent campaign strategist, could end up as one of the big winners of Tuesday’s mayoral election.

By Manuel Roig-Franzia  |  03:21 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 03/31/2014

20 things that are currently ‘cool,’ according to teenagers

Someone asked the teens of Reddit “what’s cool nowadays.” More than 14,000 responded.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:50 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/31/2014

‘Frozen’ just became history’s top-grossing animated film. Here’s what that says about economics.

Sure, Frozen broke sales records. But those records are only getting easier to break.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 03/31/2014

Kids’ Choice Awards really aren’t just for kids anymore

Hey, maybe some kids really ARE fans of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

By Emily Yahr  |  11:05 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 03/31/2014

Shakespeare looking good for a 450-year-old

Folger Library to throw free birthday bash for the Bard on April 6.

By Ron Charles  |  09:53 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014

‘The Walking Dead’ season finale recap: End of the line?

Find out who survived and where they’ve ended up.

By Margaret Ely  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Recap, TV

Posted at 11:49 PM ET, 03/30/2014

‘The Good Wife’ follows shocking death with brutal episode: The 5 most emotional moments

Between Alicia’s reaction and those imaginary scenes with Will, it was a tough hour to watch.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:49 PM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 03/30/2014

‘Good Morning America’ shake-up: Amy Robach replaces Josh Elliott

Elliott, unhappy with his current salary, is departing for NBC Sports.

By Emily Yahr  |  08:05 PM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2014

Next Season Preview: Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre’s new season will feature two world premieres by female playwrights.

By Peter Marks  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/28/2014

Anthony Weiner’s first Business Insider column: Tesla vs. Christie

Anthony Weiner’s first Business Insider column: Tesla vs. Christie

By Rachel Dry  |  12:31 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/28/2014

What was fake on the Internet this week: Kim Jong Un, insane clowns and the apocalypse

The fourth installment in a weekly series that debunks the Web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Why ‘How I Met Your Mother’ connected so deeply with the younger generation

The show looked at life with a “different perspective” and a deep sense of nostalgia, star Josh Radnor speculates.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:01 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Q&A with Justin Peck: A Ballet for Beyonce, and Other Musings

Justin Peck has made half a dozen works for City Ballet, which performs the Washington premiere of his “Year of the Rabbit” at the Kennedy Center in April.

By Sarah Kaufman  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beyonce, Justin Peck, Kennedy Center, New York City Ballet, sarah kaufman, Super Bowl

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/28/2014

No. 1 reviewer on Goodreads is a ‘speed demon’

California writer Nenia Campbell has reviewed more than 1,500 books in the last 12 months.

By Ron Charles  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/28/2014

‘Noah’ finally debuts in theaters after lots of controversy. How accurate is it?

How accurate is Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic?

By Emily Yahr  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Stephen Colbert controversy illustrates extreme difference between TV and Twitter audiences

A #CancelColbert hashtag was born when the comedian’s tweet was taken out of context.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014

‘Scandal’ recap Season 3, Episode 15: Family affairs

Jerry and Karen exist!

By Bethonie Butler  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/27/2014

As ‘Psych’ ends, an appreciation for non-prestige dramas that get little attention but plenty of fans

Why are so many stable, well-done shows left in the dust?

By Emily Yahr  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Remembering the 86-year-old YouTube star who kept the Internet young

Peter Oakley recorded more than 400 popular YouTube videos about his life and urged other seniors to go online.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Michael Bay takes on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and it’s exactly what you would expect

Lots of explosions and Megan Fox.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:19 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Why does the Internet love remixing “Let It Go”? A Q&A with remix wizard RAC

“It has those qualities. It has that chorus. People heard it, and they heard potential.“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/27/2014

The slow, sad death of Last.fm

Last.fm used to know about bands and web trends before they were cool. But now it’s getting left behind.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Big Buddha from Buddha Bar halved, reborn in Miami Beach

D.C. design and fabrication studio shipped it in two parts and bonded it back together.

By Dan Zak  |  12:19 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Fox plans meanest reality show ever, tricks women into thinking they might marry Prince Harry

Even for reality TV, ‘I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’’ is a pretty awful hoax.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/27/2014

U.S. Customs howled against ‘Howl’ 57 years ago

Washington Post book reviewer — and pornography expert — Carolyn See recalls when ‘the government went nuts.’

By Ron Charles  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 03/26/2014

‘Dancing With the Stars,’ NCAA basketball, ‘Divergent’: Stuff people liked this week

The top TV shows, movies, albums and songs.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:07 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 03/26/2014

1957 was the best-ever year for movies (and other surprising insights from IMDb)

But thanks to IMDb, we can at last quantify things like, say, the best move made in 1985.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:24 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Apple: Multicultural emoji are coming soon

The company is finally responding to a debate about race and representation that has rocked the Internet for months.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:46 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Anthony Marra among Anisfield-Wolf award winners

The Washington native is honored once again for “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.“

By Ron Charles  |  07:59 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

How to explain ‘How I Met Your Mother’ to someone who has never seen an episode

Warning: You will sound insane.

By Emily Yahr  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin split

The A-list couple had been married for 10 years.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:33 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  celebrities

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Guinness World Record for most YouTube subscribers goes to a weird Swedish bro you’ve probably never heard of

Felix Kjellberg, who goes by the handle PewDiePie, has more than 25 million subscribers on the site.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:16 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Don’t put your savings in Alice Munro coins

New commemorative coin is best for people who invest in good books.

By Ron Charles  |  04:33 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Why we are (still) talking about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Vogue cover

The April cover calls into question what we deem worthy of one of the most coveted spots in the fashion industry.

By Cara Kelly  |  03:15 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fashion

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 03/25/2014

The Freedom Tower skydivers weren’t the first: Here’s the insane, morbid history of urban BASE-jumping

Three parachutists are in the news today for jumping from the Freedom Tower -- but it’s been done many times before.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:56 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 03/25/2014

The month’s best music: YG, Obnox, 100s, Shakira and others

A ranked selection of notable new recordings we heard in March.

By Chris Richards  |  02:26 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 03/25/2014

‘The Good Wife’ controversial decision: Josh Charles, creators defend violent ending

Everyone is trying to convince viewers that the brutal death will reinvent the show.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:10 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/25/2014

‘The Portlandia Activity Book’ already has a bird on it

Art projects guaranteed to help you Portland-actualize.

By Ron Charles  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

After 80 years, Monopoly is finally adding house rules

Players can vote on the game’s Facebook page until April 3.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Shigeru Ban wins the Pritzker Architecture Prize

Shigeru Ban, the eminent Japanese architect who has pioneered the use of unorthodox materials, has been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession’s highest honor.

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:42 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Architecture

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Canevari’s Big Dance: Why We Love His Nae Nae

The Mercer player’s happiness was impossible to resist.

By Sarah Kaufman  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  canevari, kaufman dance, march madness, mercer, nae nae, sarah kaufman, wearetoonz

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/24/2014

The MH370 text: What it says about grief, and communication, in 2014

Can a text message express compassion? Do our digital ties really bind us?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 03/24/2014

GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie dies: Former bandmates pay tribute to the man known as Oderus Urungus

The one-of-a-kind heavy metal band was known for its outrageous costumes and concerts.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Washington journalists to celebrate children’s books for 826DC

Event on March 27 will raise money for writing programs for D.C. kids.

By Ron Charles  |  09:50 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Terminus, finally

From a romantic reunion to awkward comments from the eccentric Dr. Euguene Porter, tonight’s episode had a little bit of everything.

By Margaret Ely  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Recap

Posted at 12:22 AM ET, 03/24/2014

‘The Good Wife’ kills off major character in truly shocking moment

Um. Who saw that coming?

By Emily Yahr  |  12:22 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 11:32 PM ET, 03/23/2014

James Rebhorn dies at age 65: A look back at his movie, TV roles

Look back at some of the character actor’s best-known roles

By Emily Yahr  |  11:32 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, TV

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Former U.S. congressman Patrick J. Kennedy to publish memoir in 2015

“A Common Struggle: A Very Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.”

By Steven Levingston  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Michelle Obama trades in hiking shorts for casual black

What does Michelle Obama wear to hike to the top of the Great Wall?

By Krissah Thompson  |  01:47 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 03/22/2014

Would ‘Divergent’ be getting such bad reviews if ‘The Hunger Games’ didn’t exist?

With the success of the Jennifer Lawrence series, this new trilogy never really had a chance to stand on its own.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:08 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West are the world’s most talked about couple. Vogue says so.

They finally made the cover of the elite mag, in all their hashtagged glory.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:27 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  celebrities

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Google Will Eat Itself: A Q&A with the creators of a subversive, oddly timeless piece of conceptual art

The project uses money from Google ads to buy Google shares, a commentary on monopolies and the Internet.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 03/21/2014

‘Big Brother’ comes to D.C.: Talking to the casting director behind the polarizing show

Robyn Kass has seen it all in years of finding reality TV contestants, including last season’s controversial crop.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:29 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Michelle Obama wore 3.1 Phillip Lim to meet China’s First Lady

What the world’s most fashionable First Ladies wore when they met for the first time.

By Krissah Thompson  |  10:35 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 03/21/2014

The Christian Book Award asks, ‘Who is the greatest?’

Critics who scoff at Christian fiction probably haven’t read it lately.

By Ron Charles  |  09:53 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 03/21/2014

A Catholic nun, in full habit, sang Alicia Keys on Italy’s version of ‘The Voice’

“I hope that Pope Francis will call me now,” she joked.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:53 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 03/21/2014

What was fake on the Internet this week: Kurt Cobain, James Bond and desert island rescues

The third installment in a weekly series that debunks the Web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:10 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/21/2014

‘House of Cards’ recap Season 2, Episode 8: ‘Why does everything have to be a struggle?’

The secret of Claire’s long-running affair is about to get out.

By Emily Yahr  |  08:43 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Scandal recap Season 3, Episode 14: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Some alliances were made. Others were broken.

By Bethonie Butler  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 03/20/2014

“Aladdin” opens on Broadway

“Animated” doesn’t begin to describe the frantic, screwball version of Disney’s “Aladdin” that opened Thursday night on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

By Peter Marks  |  09:00 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Post Magazine story on the National Zoo’s longest serving keeper makes Congressional Record

Profile of zookeeper entered into the Record of record

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 03/20/2014

The problem with those viral ‘hot guy’ marathon selfies

They’re actually sexist. And kind of weird.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:14 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 03/20/2014

The band that ‘hacked’ Spotify to fund its next tour is actually only hurting other independent bands

It’s a funny gimmick -- even Spotify seems amused -- but the issues it addresses are all too serious.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:58 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Moral of Alec Baldwin’s role on ‘Law & Order: SVU’: The media ruins everything.

Fittingly, Baldwin’s character (a slimy tabloid reporter) winds up destroying lives.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 03/20/2014

New Twitter feature lets you view anyone’s first tweet, thrills navel-gazing Twitter-users everywhere

Don’t be surprised that they’re all about ... Twitter.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:46 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Last night’s ‘amazing’ ‘Wheel of Fortune’ guess wasn’t actually that amazing

Emil only had 53 words to choose from, and most of them were ridiculous.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Another ‘A Splendid Wake’ for D.C.’s cultural history

Group to hold its second public meeting on March 21 at GW.

By Ron Charles  |  09:31 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 03/19/2014

‘The Bachelor,’ ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘Frozen’: What people are watching and listening to

‘Need for Speed’ didn’t go No. 1, but it did drum up some interest.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:30 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music, TV

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Wes Anderson’s best color palettes

For all your wedding-planning and home-decorating needs, or something.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 03/19/2014

What will ‘The Giver’ look like as a sci-fi action flick?

Needles are plunged into arms; evil planes shoot through the sky and snatch people off the ground.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:15 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Mapping the Disney universe (and its mind-boggling fan theories)

‘Frozen’ took place in Norway, ‘Tangled’ is actually set in Poland, and other theories from the Disney conspiracy set.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Movies

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Comedian Joe Mande on Adidas stealing his idea, corporations on Twitter, the NBA

The “Parks and Rec” writer says he coined the “House of Guards” nickname that Adidas is now claiming as its own

By David Malitz  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 03/19/2014

The best ‘traditional western’ in a nontraditional era

Gary Schanbacher’s “Crossing Purgatory” wins Spur Award.

By Ron Charles  |  09:37 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/19/2014

‘Glee’ rings in 100th episode by focusing on the past: Here’s every song the cast reinvented

The Fox dramedy has fizzled, so why not reflect on the glory days of when it was a groundbreaking hit?

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Next Season Preview: Signature Theatre

By Peter Marks  |  06:00 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Next Season Preview: Ford’s Theatre

By Peter Marks  |  06:00 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Miley Cyrus twerks at a New Orleans karaoke bar, regrets nothing

Cyrus, who took her act to the birthplace of twerking, clearly learned nothing from the VMAs.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Meet the man who chronicled his heart-breaking love story in Yelp reviews

“It’s strange -- in New York, so many love stories unfold in bars and restaurants.“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:20 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/18/2014

These are all the Internet’s ‘best’ theories on Malaysia Flight 370 s disappearance

Aliens, cloaking devices and a 2012 Pitbull song -- what will conspiracy theorists think of next?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Mick Jagger speaks out about girlfriend L’Wren Scott’s death

“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” the singer wrote.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  celebrities

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Everything you need to know about Michelle Obama’s trip to China

Everything you need to know about the first lady’s solo trip.

By Krissah Thompson  |  10:53 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Obama

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/18/2014

The best western poetry never rides off into the sunset

California poet Amy Glynn has won the 2014 Spur Award for poetry.

By Ron Charles  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Chainsmokers’ ‘#Selfie’ track: A study in desperation to go viral

Promoted by a social media company, the song puts one more nail in the coffin of the ‘organic’ viral music video.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014

‘Dancing With the Stars’ premiere: Ranking the contestants (and Erin Andrews)

Rivalries, love triangles, overcoming tragedy: How did the dancers do on the first night?

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Angus T. Jones opens up about leaving ‘Two and a Half Men’ over religious beliefs

“I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t okay with it, but I was still doing it,” he told a Houston TV station.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:47 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Meet Cloak, the ‘antisocial’ network that helps you avoid people

Cloak, an “incognito mode for real life,” is the inevitable backlash to our over-active social media.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:06 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Every act I saw at SXSW ranked and reviewed in the form of a haiku

This year’s decidedly mellower festival allowed space for contemplation

By Chris Richards  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Wayne Knight death hoax: How and why these hoaxes happen -- and how to stop them

Wayne Knight is fortunately still alive! But it’s only a matter of time until another celebrity “dies” online.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie coming to Washington-area library

Adichie’s novel “Americanah” won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction last week.

By Ron Charles  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/17/2014

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Breaking point

For a while, danger has come from what zombie is outside, not from what’s already inside. Tonight’s episode changed that.

By Margaret Ely  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Recap, TV

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/16/2014

Three great moments from the National Book Critics Circle awards

NBCC posts video of the awards ceremony Thursday night in New York

By Ron Charles  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Using the wisdom of crowds to pick the next teen romance bestseller

The Swoon Reads community helped choose Sandy Hall’s “A Little Something Different” for publication. Now, they need to choose the cover.

By Ron Charles  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014

‘Veronica Mars’ FAQ: Before you see the movie, here’s what you need to know about the show

Never seen it? Big fan but forgot what happened in the series finale? All of the facts in one place.

By Megan McDonough and Emily Yahr  |  04:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Next Season Preview: Synetic Theater presents ‘Hunting Cockroaches’

A preview of the 2014-2015 season at the Crystal City-based Synetic Theater.

By Peter Marks  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014

How to memorize a thousand digits of pi (or just about anything, really)

Mnemotechnists -- people who memorize things for fun -- actually use techniques you can teach yourself.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Internet

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 03/14/2014

‘Orange Is the New Black’ is now a comedy -- for award season, anyway

Submitted as a comedy? Nominations! Submitted as a drama? Snubbed. Netflix makes an easy choice.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:21 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Aaron Paul in ‘Need for Speed,’ and how the movie star-to-TV stigma has flipped

Movie stars used to raise eyebrows for “deigning” to do television. Now, prestige TV stars get flack for appearing in big-budget action flicks.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:45 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 03/14/2014

What was fake on the Internet this week: Wine machines, strangers kissing and Will Smith

The second installment in a weekly series that debunks the Web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:23 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/14/2014

A pot of literary gold for D.C. commuters on St. Patrick’s Day

Free copies of “What’s the Story” will be distributed at downtown Metro stations

By Ron Charles  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014

‘Scandal’ recap Season 3, Episode 13: They’re all murderers

Everyone is insane. Sally, more so.

By Bethonie Butler  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Snakes in a cab

What happens when a cabbie-turned-comedian makes his passengers share a backseat with a snake?

By Sandi Moynihan  |  05:49 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 03/13/2014

A new report says selfies are causing young women to get more plastic surgery. Here’s why it’s wrong.

This survey fits too well into a popular (and flawed) cultural narrative: Kids take selfies, and selfies are bad.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:56 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/13/2014

‘Veronica Mars’ creator Rob Thomas explains how his canceled show rose from the ashes for a groundbreaking movie

“It’s strange how much momentum there was being off the air for seven years,” he says.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 03/13/2014

16 years of Google homepages

Google just redesigned its search page -- again! Here’s how it’s changed since 1998.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:38 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Every single question Arthur Chu got wrong on tonight’s ‘Jeopardy!’

The notorious Jeopardy “hacker” ended his 11-episode streak after flubbing a question about the British monarchy.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:00 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 03/12/2014

‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ Rick Ross: What people are watching and listening to

People love zombies. And Jim Parsons.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:42 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music, TV

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Possible names for the web included ‘Mine of Information,’ ‘The Information Mine,’ and ‘Mesh’

... plus other fascinating insights from Tim Berners-Lee’s Reddit AMA.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:51 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 03/12/2014

‘Za’ is a word, but ‘ok’ isn’t? Scrabble finally updating its official dictionary

Hasbro, the maker of the classic board game, is crowdsourcing new submissions on Facebook.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:34 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/12/2014

‘The Bachelor’ fallout continues with ABC spin, defensive tweets, feuding tabloids

Chris Harrison says he was just trying to help in the fiery finale.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  celebrities, TV

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/12/2014

36 ways the Web has changed us

The Web turned 25 years old today. Here’s a look at what it’s created -- and destroyed.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Pulling the brake on the Amtrak writer’s residency

The romance of writing in transit is chilled by the cost and fine print.

By Dan Zak  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Poetry magazine joins with D.C.’s Split This Rock festival

Anne Waldman, Yusef Komunyakaa and Eduardo Corral will be among the guests, March 27-30.

By Ron Charles  |  08:33 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 08:12 PM ET, 03/11/2014

One local author joins a flock of tweets in Twitter Fiction Festival

Lara Prescott won one of 25 official slots in this week’s live-streaming storytelling event.

By Ron Charles  |  08:12 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Remembering Joe McGinniss, author of one of the best nonfiction books ever

‘Fatal Vision’ remains a nearly unmatched clinic in muscular storytelling

By Gene Weingarten  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/11/2014

How to easily watch any movie from your computer for free

PopcornTime makes torrenting as easy as Netflix. The only problem? It’s illegal.

By Ron Charles  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 03/11/2014

13 celebrity homes for rent on AirBnB

The listings -- and their prices -- make interesting illustrations of our celebrity worship culture.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:48 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014

The happiest post we’ve ever done

Different cities around the world offer their own video takes on Pharrell’s hit “Happy.”

By David Beard  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Terry Teachout among finalists for $10,000 Marfield Prize for arts writing

Annual award from the Arts Club of Washington will be presented April 26.

By Ron Charles  |  11:51 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Edward Snowden at SXSW, and the Constitution as wallpaper

The man charged with espionage appeared Monday in front of the backdrop of the nation’s founding document.

By Dan Zak  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/11/2014

A quick guide to ‘Between Two Ferns,’ the Galifianakis comedy that featured Obama

Yes, it’s always that awkward.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/11/2014

‘The Bachelor’ implodes in real time during most awkward finale ever, thanks to Juan Pablo

This year’s star thinks he and the winner deserve privacy now that the show is done. The producers clearly disagree.

By Ron Charles  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 03/10/2014

‘True Detective’ finale draws 3.5 million viewers, thousands of tweets

It was a series high for the HBO drama.

By Emily Yahr and Caitlin Dewey  |  07:00 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/10/2014

‘Raising Hope’ canceled as Fox picks up ‘New Girl,’ ‘Mindy Project,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

It’s been a wild few days for the network’s comedies.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Some Peeps-piration for this year’s diorama contest [animation]

The 2014 Peeps Diorama Contest is underway. What story will you tell? The Washington Post shares one of its creations.

By Casey Capachi  |  05:05 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 03/10/2014

’300: Rise of an Empire’ rakes in money at the box office while reviews are brutal (but hilarious)

Even if the movie was a drag, it’s sure fun reading the scathing reviews.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:04 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 03/10/2014

#etiquette: Lena Dunham tweeted an offensive joke, then deleted it. Good call or not?

She apologized, but was that enough?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:04 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, TV

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/10/2014

George Saunders wins $67,000 for first Folio Prize

The list of finalists for the award was dominated by American writers

By Ron Charles  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Beyonce appears in Lean In PSA, ends no debates over her feminism

Bey can’t tell women to bow down and stand up at the same time.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:45 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Juan Pablo Galavis: Who is he and why should you care? A primer on ‘The Bachelor’ finale

Everything you need to know about this

By Emily Yahr  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 03/10/2014

First J.K. Rowling, now Bitcoin’s founder: How a computer program analyzes language to solve author mysteries

Linguist Patrick Juola says Newsweek was wrong about the founder of Bitcoin.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:13 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/10/2014

‘Lindsay’ premiere: 5 most upsetting moments from Lindsay Lohan’s reality show

If you couldn’t stomach it, don’t worry -- we hate-watched so you didn’t have to.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  celebrities, TV

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 03/10/2014

New Rooster app crows about good books, young and old

Some of the biggest names in the tech industry are behind this book-delivery app.

By Ron Charles  |  09:36 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/10/2014

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Solo survival

If the zombie apocalypse has taught these people anything, it’s to stick together.

By  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/09/2014

Lena Dunham hosted ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and yes, she got naked (Liam Neeson and Jon Hamm showed up, too)

The “Girls” creator/star parodied her own show and “Scandal.”

By Emily Yahr  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/08/2014

H&M is making a $99 wedding dress. Here’s what that says about economics.

The dress basically turns the traditional psychology of weddings on its head.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Adam Carolla on his new reality show, carpentry and thoughts on Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube pranks

Did you know the comedian and former “Man Show” host is fiercely passionate about construction?

By Emily Yahr  |  04:03 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  celebrities, TV

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/07/2014

The 25 most popular things to give up for Lent online

Hundreds of people have bravely sacrificed Snapchat, selfies and Lil Boosie, according to a fascinating Twitter tracker.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 03/07/2014

‘House of Cards’ recap Season 2, Episode 7: ‘You’re out of line, Frank!’

A midseason check in for this crazy show.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:51 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/07/2014

What was fake on the Internet this week: Hoverboards, Adele Dazeem and ramen murders

The first installment in a weekly series that debunks the web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/07/2014

‘The Simpsons’ go French in latest couch gag: See Sylvain Chomet’s surreal take

A 25-year-old show, no matter how iconic, needs a way to stay relevant.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Monday night author series to begin at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club

Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz to be the first author on March 10.

By Ron Charles  |  09:58 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Is ‘Cheers’ still funny?

Readers argue that the classic sitcom hasn’t stood the test of time and suggest you try ‘I Love Lucy’ instead.

By Jessica Stahl  |  09:28 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV