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The Best Movies of 2016

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:40:54 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf in “American Honey”; “Sausage Party”; Alex Hibbert in “Moonlight”; Sandra Hüller in “Toni Erdmann”; Mihai Comanoiu and Alberto Dinache in “Aferim!”; and Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in “A Bigger Splash.”The film critics of The New York Times — Manohla Dargis, A. O. Scott and Stephen Holden — share their picks for the best movies of the year.

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Christie’s Contemporary Art Chief Departs to Become Dealer

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:58:28 GMT

Brett Gorvy and Dominique Lévy. Mr. Gorvy is leaving Christie’s after 23 years to become a partner in the renamed Lévy Gorvy gallery.Brett Gorvy, the auction house’s worldwide chairman for postwar and contemporary art, will join Dominique Lévy, whose Madison Avenue gallery will be renamed Lévy Gorvy.

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Reggie Watts, the Tip of Comedy’s Absurdist Spear

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:36:14 GMT

The comedian and musician Reggie Watts is a leading proponent of a subgenre of stand-up that is aggressively silly and improvisational.In “Spatial,” Mr. Watts shows off his command of nonsense as an element of stand-up, a subgenre of silly that claims a number of comic adherents.

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Beyoncé Leads With 9 Grammy Nominations

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:53:14 GMT

Beyoncé in May at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.Drake and Rihanna are each up for eight awards, Chance the Rapper has seven nominations, and Adele is up for five, including the top three categories.

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Jewish Dealer’s Heirs File Suit Over Art in Bavarian State Collection

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:46:30 GMT

The German-Jewish art dealer and collector Alfred Flechtheim. His heirs are suing the German state of Bavaria over works they say were looted by the Nazis.The heirs of the art dealer Alfred Flechtheim are suing Bavaria for eight paintings, which the German state denies were stolen.

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Review: ‘Rancho Viejo,’ Where Banality and Trouble Cohabitate

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:00:33 GMT

Mare Winningham and Mark Blum in”Rancho Viejo.”Dan LeFranc’s sweet and scary, lackadaisical and hypnotic play centers on a pending divorce and baby-boomer couples with a lot of time on their hands.

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The Best TV Shows of 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:44:52 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Mary Elizabeth Winstead in “BrainDead”; Cuba Gooding Jr. in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”; Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag”; Donald Glover in “Atlanta”; Danielle Walters in “Chewing Gum”; and Forrest Pusey and Sofia Pavone in “Stan Against Evil.”A sampler of television as dizzying and agitated as the year we’ve just lived through.

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The Best Theater of 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:19 GMT

Clockwise from top left, Denée Benton and Amber Gray in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”; Taylor Mac in “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”; Joe Morton in “Turn Me Loose”; David Hyde Pierce in “A Life”; Laura Dreyfuss and Ben Platt in “Dear Evan Hansen”; and Mary-Louise Parker in “Heisenberg.”A “Great Comet,” a 24-hour magnum opus and a comedy about slavery are among the top shows of the year.

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Review: ‘Shut Eye’ on Hulu Follows a Scamming, Small-Time Psychic

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:33:58 GMT

Center, from left, Angus Sampson, Jeffrey Donovan and Linda Haverford in “Shut Eye.”Jeffrey Donovan stars in the new show, created by Les Bohem and set in Los Angeles.

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The Carpetbagger: For Foreign-Language Oscar, a Robust Race With Germany and France Setting the Pace

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:00:02 GMT

Sandra Hüller in a scene from the German comedy “Toni Erdmann,” in the running for best foreign language film.Those countries have both entered unusual comedies, but a raft of more traditional films are also in the running in a banner year for the category.

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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Hairspray Live!’ and ‘Shut Eye’

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:15 GMT

From left, Maddie Baillio, Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein will be in “Hairspray Live!” on NBC.Unleash your dancin’ feet to “Hairspray Live!,” the latest musical spectacular from NBC. And Jeffrey Donovan plays a fake psychic who starts having real visions after a bonk to the head in “Shut Eye.”

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Peter Vaughan, Maester Aemon in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 93

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:06:24 GMT

Peter Vaughan, left, with John Bradley in “Game of Thrones.”Mr. Vaughan had an acting career in films and British television for more than 50 years before his turn as the blind mentor to Jon Snow in the HBO series.

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Man Who Hacked Celebrities’ Email Accounts Gets 5 Years in Prison

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:24:09 GMT

Alonzo Knowles, 24, stole unreleased music and movie and television scripts, as well as nude images, and tried to sell them for thousands of dollars.

Review: In the Din of ‘Clover,’ Voices of Loss, Hope and Emmett Till

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:47:43 GMT

Standing from left, Harold Surratt and James Edward Becton, and seated from left, Laura E. Johnston, Trevor Hayes and David Stallings, at La MaMa.Erik Ehn’s sprawling experimental drama at La MaMa, directed by Glory Kadigan, means to be obscure, though probably not to the degree that it is.

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Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ Returns to the Scene of a Disastrous Opening

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:36:14 GMT

Maria José Siri, left, and Gerardo Zecchini rehearsing for “Madama Butterfly,” opening Wednesday at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.The opera will get a second chance at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, more than a century after its premiere met with catcalls and jeers.

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Books of The Times: Review: ‘Against Empathy,’ or the Right Way to Feel Someone’s Pain

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:32:54 GMT

Paul Bloom is by no means making the case for heartlessness in his new book. He prefers a mixture of caring and detached cost-benefit analysis.

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Sturgill Simpson Is as Surprised as You About His Grammy Nomination

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:03:00 GMT

Sturgill Simpson, whose album “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” has been nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year.The country singer joined Adele, Beyoncé, Drake and Justin Bieber in the category for Album of the Year.

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The Carpetbagger: Oscar Documentary Shortlist Focuses on Politics and Race

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:47:03 GMT

Angela Davis in a scene from “13th,” the documentary by Ava DuVernay.Films like “O.J.: Made in America” will be considered in this feature category, but some notables missed the cut for the Jan. 24 announcement of nominees.

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Op-Docs: Dangerous Curves

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:44:16 GMT

The plus-size women who pole dance.

‘Icons: Graham, Cunningham, Taylor’ Features Works by Dance Giants

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:18:44 GMT

The Paul Taylor Dance Company performing in “Promethean Fire.”This triple bill has been added to the coming season of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance.

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For Lukas Graham, ‘7 Years’ Changed Everything and Nothing

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:11:18 GMT

Lukas Forchhammer, the force behind this song and band, said being nominated for multiple Grammys is “completely surreal.”

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The Art of Style: Jeff Koons Designs a Snowboard (With an Assist From Plato)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:40:13 GMT

Jake Carpenter, left, and Jeff Koons with the Philosopher snowboard.The American artist joins with Burton to create ... the Philosopher.

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The Best New Podcasts of 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:03:51 GMT

Jessica Williams, left, and Phoebe Robinson of “2 Dope Queens,” one of this year’s breakthrough podcasts.Splendid new series, including “2 Dope Queens,” “Bad With Money,” “In the Dark” and “Homecoming,” represent a growing aural landscape.

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Skin Deep: Alia Shawkat Owns Her Curly-Haired Cool

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:57:15 GMT

Alia Shawkat, 27, grew up working in Hollywood but never fell prey to the homogeneous beauty standards imposed by the industry.The actress shares her makeup routine — she loves a lip tint — and her favorite workout. (Hint: It’s great for the bum.)

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Harry Benson, an Early Photographer of Trump, Looks Back and Forward

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:09:11 GMT

Harry Benson at the Carlyle hotel in New York, where some of his photographs are on display.At 87, a man whose images captured presidents, celebrities and royalty is enjoying tributes galore. But will he be welcome at the president-elect’s White House?

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Harry Benson’s Photographs

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:06:42 GMT

A look through the photographer’s archives.

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Guggenheim Unveils New Works & Process Lineup

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:25:52 GMT

The choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.The coming season of this series includes the Broadway divas Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, and new ballets by Alexei Ratmansky.

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2017 Grammy Nominations

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:09:15 GMT

Kanye West, a frequent Grammy critic, had eight nominations, but none in any of the top categories for his own work.The list of nominees for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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Turning Points: The Future of Privacy

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:09:38 GMT

The world’s best-kept secrets — those of private citizens and state institutions — will one day sit in plain sight.

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Turning Points: Scarlett Johansson: ‘Admitting That You’re Vulnerable Is a Very Powerful Thing’

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:06:20 GMT

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in 2012’s “The Avengers.”The highest-grossing actress of all time on how women’s roles in real life are changing their roles in film.

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Roman Polanski Extradition Request Rejected by Poland’s Supreme Court

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:09:17 GMT

Roman Polanski at a court hearing in Krakow, Poland, in 2015. The Krakow prosecutor’s office had sought Mr. Polanski’s extradition on behalf of the United States.The Oscar-winning filmmaker is wanted in the United States over a decades-old conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Barbara Walters Presents’

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:28 GMT

Mandy Moore in “This Is Us.”“This Is Us” ends the first half of Season 1 with a journey to a Christmas Eve past. And Barbara Walters looks back at the affair that changed the way politics are covered.

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Review: For ‘The Wolves,’ the Goal Is to Win and to Be Heard

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:00:17 GMT

The ensemble play “The Wolves” focuses on a soccer team of suburban teenage girls.In this play, ideas and emotions jostle for position as a soccer team of teenage girls chatter and loosen up before playing.

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Review: Waiting to Connect in Levittown in ‘The Babylon Line’

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:00:02 GMT

Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Reaser in Richard Greenberg’s “The Babylon Line,” at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in Lincoln Center.Writers-in-training swap tales in Richard Greenberg’s unresolved new comedy.

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The Village Voice Names a New Top Editor, Again

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:00:01 GMT

Newspaper containers for The Village Voice on a sidewalk in Manhattan in 2013.Stephen Mooallem, the executive editor of Harper’s Bazaar, will become the alternative weekly’s third top editor this year.

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Van Williams, TV’s Green Hornet, Dies at 82

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:25:57 GMT

Van Williams, left, with Bruce Lee as Kato, his valet and a martial arts expert, in the 1960s ABC series “The Green Hornet.”Before his most memorable television role as a masked vigilante, Mr. Williams played the detective Kenny Madison on two ABC series.

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Margaret Whitton, ‘Major League’ Actress, Dies at 67

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:19:37 GMT

Margaret Whitton and Charlie Sheen in “Major League II.”Ms. Whitton, who shifted to directing late in her career, was best known for her role as the owner of the Cleveland Indians, which played to her love of baseball.

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Bill Cosby’s Testimony on Drugs Can Be Evidence in Sexual Assault Trial, Judge Rules

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:35:03 GMT

Bill Cosby leaving the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.. in November.In deposition testimony from a 2005 civil lawsuit, the star acknowledged obtaining quaaludes as part of his efforts to have sex with women.

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Jazz Recordings With a Sense of History and Discovery

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:56:32 GMT

Sarah Vaughan, San Francisco, 1970. Resonance Records is releasing a 1978 live recording from the artist.In an exceptional year for historical windfalls in the jazz record industry, Resonance Records, a young label with an obsessive sense of mission, stands out.

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Books of The Times: ‘The Revenge of Analog’: See It. Feel It. Touch It. (Don’t Click)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:38:19 GMT

David Sax asserts that analog isn’t going anywhere, but is, in fact, experiencing a bracing revival. And it’s not just a case of nostalgia.

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Multimedia Artist Helen Marten Wins Turner Prize

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:18:00 GMT

Helen Marten, winner of the Turner Prize, Britain’s most prominent award for contemporary art.Ms. Marten, known for her whimsical installations, has received Britain’s most prestigious award for rising artists.

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Baryshnikov Arts Center Unveils Spring 2017 Season

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:09:08 GMT

A scene from Bela Pinter’s “Our Secrets,” which will open at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in January.The season’s lineup includes premieres by the Hungarian theater troupe Bela Pinter and Company and the dancers Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith.

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Review: If Chelsea Manning Sat and Chatted With President Obama

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:06:16 GMT

Matt Steiner, left, as Aaron Swartz (reading the part of Chelsea Manning), and E. James Ford as his friend Billy (reading the part of President Obama) in the play within a play in “Private Manning Goes to Washington.”In Stan Richardson’s “Private Manning Goes to Washington,” the activist hacker Aaron Swartz wants to put on a play inspired by the whistle-blower Manning.

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