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From ‘Justice League’ to ‘Stranger Things,’ who will win Comic-Con?

JUST ABOUT the loudest crowd noise I’ve ever heard in person, beyond the Super Bowl and World Series, was the decibel-heavy peal that Comic-Con’s Hall H gave Robert Downey Jr. in 2009, as he returned to America’s biggest pop convention as the freshly crowned King of the Con. The actor had not
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The real Issa tries to live with the fake Issa. Her ‘Insecure’ fans are watching.

LOS ANGELES — The moment seemed almost too perfect. Issa Rae, the stunningly talented and glammed-up star of her own HBO series, walking onto the stage at the BET Awards looking nothing like the “awkward black girl” who made her a YouTube star. But before she could reach the microphone, Rae w
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Texas now has zero staff political cartoonists, as Houston Chronicle fires Pulitzer winner

IT’S COME to this: Texas, the second largest state in the union — and the home of so many historically colorful political voices — lacks a single staff editorial cartoonist.Nick Anderson, the veteran Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Hearst-owned Houston Chronicle, got word last week t
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TV highlights: ‘Ozark’ premieres on Netflix

The Great British Baking Show (WETA at 9) The remaining six bakers battle through a series of dessert challenges for a spot in the quarterfinal. Wynonna Earp (Syfy at 10) Doc and Wynonna’s poor decisions lead to tension within the group. CNN Special Report — After O.J.: The Fuhrman Tapes Re
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Rachel Bay Jones in ‘Evan Hansen’: ‘You wake up some mornings, and your chest hurts’

NEW YORK — Rachel Bay Jones has a theory about the roots of the terrible act upon which everything else hinges in the Tony Award-winning “Dear Evan Hansen” — the lie that Evan perpetuates and that ultimately causes such enormous heartache. Her hypothesis concerns not so much the grieving f
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Style Invitational Week 1237: Our alliteracy campaign

(Click here to skip down to more “foal” names from Weeks 1222 and 1226) Chris Christie’s Copious Corpus Caught in Cocky Comfort on Closed Coast (Original headline, from VanityFair.com: “Chris Christie Caught Sunbathing After Closing All State Beaches Over July Fourth Weekend” Here’s a
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In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit

FIGUERES, Spain — Salvador Dali’s eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.Pilar Abel, a
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At just 22, Colter Wall has clearly taken in country music traditions

His name, Colter Wall, sounds stagy, but it’s real.The 22-year-old folksinger from rural Canada recently released a self-titled album under the tutelage of Dave Cobb, a hot Nashville producer with an uncanny ability to get out of the way and let artists exhibit their realest selves.With a collecti
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DC Theater Friday: ‘Bon Voyage!,’ ‘King and I,’ et cetera

The weekly feature of what’s happening on Washington stages. For bliss this week it’s the small-scale “Bon Voyage! A Happenstance Escapade,” but there are still big musicals on the menu (“Cabaret,” “King and I,” “My Fair Lady”), plus revived hits at Arena Stage (“The Originali
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On Hemingway and the ideal of masculinity

“The masters of the short story come to no good end,” wrote Ernest Hemingway, in a bitterly prescient moment. He was, of course, a master of the short story who came to his own no good end with a shotgun. But now is not the time to speak of endings. This week marks the 118th anniversary of Hemin
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