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‘Sharknado 2’: The real fear is the fear of missing out

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Peter Mendelsund doubles down, yielding mixed results

The accomplished designer of book covers releases two books, including one that’s actually worth your time.

Star witness for foes of Corcoran breakup entertains court

Star witness for foes of Corcoran breakup entertains court

Philanthropist Wayne Reynolds said he could close the gallery’s budget deficit with one dinner party.

James Shigeta, the would-be leading man, dies at 85

James Shigeta, the would-be leading man, dies at 85

‘Debonair’ actor seemed destined for big things after his 1961 role in ‘Flower Drum Song.’

Louise Shivers, late-blooming novelist, dies at 84

Louise Shivers, late-blooming novelist, dies at 84

Mrs. Shivers’s 1983 novel, “Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,” was hailed as a Southern masterpiece.

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‘Nothing Is Impossible,’ by Edward D. Hoch

‘Nothing Is Impossible,’ by Edward D. Hoch

‘Further Problems of Dr. Sam Hawthorne,’ reviewed by Michael Dirda

TV listings: Thursday, July 31, 2014

TV listings: Thursday, July 31, 2014

The fantasy series “The Quest” debuts on ABC, and “Project Runway” goes to the movies.

Seven memorable Virgin Mobile FreeFest moments

Seven memorable Virgin Mobile FreeFest moments

A reunited Pavement. An early goodbye from LCD Soundsystem. It all happened here.

Corcoran Gallery’s lawyers conclude case for breakup

Corcoran Gallery’s lawyers conclude case for breakup

The group challenging the disposal plan contends that the institution is financially healthier than portrayed.

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‘Sharknado 2’: The real fear is the fear of missing out

‘Sharknado 2’: The real fear is the fear of missing out

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | The tornado full of sharks descends on Manhattan — but can the lightning strike twice?

‘The Bees’: A transfixing parable about the hive mind

‘The Bees’: A transfixing parable about the hive mind

Set inside a beehive, a new novel demonstrates — in microcosm — the dangers of a class society.

Carlo Bergonzi, celebrated Italian tenor, dies at 90

Carlo Bergonzi, celebrated Italian tenor, dies at 90

He sang at the Metropolitan Opera for four decades and was expecially known for his Verdi interpretations.

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‘Tigerman,’ by Nick Harkaway

‘Tigerman,’ by Nick Harkaway

A veteran of the Afghan war thinks he can relax on a quiet island — but then all hell breaks loose.

TV listings: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TV listings: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Molly seeks refuge on ‘Extant’ and former White House press secretary Jay Carney stops by the ‘Late Show.’

Curtain falling on American Century Theater

Curtain falling on American Century Theater

For two decades, the Arlington, Va.-based company has staged lesser-known American plays.

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Russell Brand's YouTube series 'The Trews' goes viral

Russell Brand's YouTube series 'The Trews' goes viral

Comedian Russell Brand is taking on the media by "analyzing" news clips in his new YouTube series, "The Trews." Here's a sampling of his take on coverage of the Gaza conflict, immigration and celebrity scandal.
Trailer: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Trailer: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Director James Gunn brings “Guardians of the Galaxy” that follows a motley team of otherworldly misfits, including a talking raccoon, led by Chris Pratt’s character. The film opens Friday. .
Trailer: 'Get on Up'

Trailer: 'Get on Up'

In his follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated "The Help", Tate Taylor directs Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in "Get on Up". Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film takes audiences on the journey from Brown's impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
Trailer: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

Trailer: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

"The Battle of the Five Armies" is the third of "The Hobbit" trilogy and is a tale of a burglar hobbit and his band of dwarves. The film is set to internationally release in mid-December.
Trailer: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'

Trailer: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Directed by Francis Lawrence, Everdeen fights to save Peeta Mellark in this film based on a novel that is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins.

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