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Is It an Art Collective or a Vietnamese Ad Agency? Yes and Yes.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:31 GMT

The Propeller Group is an artists’ collective that offers a sly commentary on contemporary Vietnam. From left, Phunam, Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Matt Lucero.An exhibition in San Jose, Calif., shines a light on the Propeller Group, Vietnam’s renowned art collective, as its members strike out on their own.

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Review: David Chang in the Comfort Food Zone on Netflix

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:11:05 GMT

In the new Netflix show “Ugly Delicious,” the chef David Chang takes on topics as conventional as pizza, barbecue, fried chicken and Chinese cooking.In “Ugly Delicious,” the star chef chases the best pizza and barbecue, talks about authenticity and racism, and whips up some crazy Spam fried rice.

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Critic’s Notebook: Taking the Pulse of New York City Ballet Without Peter Martins

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:05:41 GMT

Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz in the Fall section of Jerome Robbins’s “The Four Seasons.”While City Ballet waits for a successor, its history has gone on developing in performance. Roman Mejia, 18, made his presence felt.

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Critic’s Notebook: A Renaissance for an Instrument of Melancholy Magic

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:20:08 GMT

Matthias Loibner is one of a growing tribe of hurdy-gurdy masters who are giving fresh life to this droning hand-cranked string instrument.Aristocrats played it; Stalin feared it. Now the eerie, droning hurdy-gurdy is having an unlikely renaissance with masters like Matthias Loibner.

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A Word With: No Matter What Rachel McAdams Plays, She Plays for Keeps

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:22 GMT

Rachel McAdamsMs. McAdams, of “Spotlight,” “The Notebook” and “Mean Girls,” talks about her competitive side and returning to a comedic role in “Game Night.”

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Playlist: The Playlist: Janelle Monáe Feels the Funk, and 13 More New Songs

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:39:53 GMT

Janelle Monáe previewed her April album, “Dirty Computer,” with the funky “Make Me Feel.”Hear tracks by Speedy Ortiz, Mozzy, Screaming Females and more in our weekly roundup of notable new music.

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Review: Deirdre O’Connell Loses Her Grip on Reality in ‘Terminus’

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:45:12 GMT

Deirdre O’Connell as Eller and Reynaldo Piniella as her grandson, Jaybo, in the new play “Terminus.”Ms. O’Connell delivers a heartbreaking performance as an older woman struggling with dementia in this drama infused with Southern Gothic horror.

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Review: A Dance About the Dawn, but Not the Quiet Dawn

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:51:17 GMT

Mauriah Kraker, left, and Jennifer Monson, the improviser and choreographer whose “bend the even” had its premiere on Tuesday at the Chocolate Factory.The improviser and choreographer Jennifer Monson’s “bend the even” presents a vision of nature as wild, powerful and unexpectedly eruptive.

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Made Before the Boston Tea Party, This Teapot Cost $800,000

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:38:55 GMT

This teapot, made in the 1760s, is thought to be the oldest American porcelain teapot in existence. It sold at auction for more than $800,000 this week.The teapot, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art bought at auction, is said to represent the “entrepreneurial spirit” of 18th-century America.

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Trump Blames Video Games for Mass Killings. Researchers Do Not.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:42:39 GMT

Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the N.R.A., has called the video game Bulletstorm part of a “corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.”“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” the president said on Thursday.

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Critic’s Notebook: Luigi Nono’s Harsh Music Inspires Reflection and Action

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:21:07 GMT

The violinist Karen Kim was the soloist in Luigi Nono’s haunted, spare “La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura” on Wednesday at the Italian Academy at Columbia University.Two New York concerts, including a rare performance of the opera “Intolleranza 1960,” celebrate a composer who lived and wrote boldly.

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Inside the List: The Experiences That Inspired ‘An American Marriage’

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:19:41 GMT

Tayari JonesTayari Jones on exploring wrongful imprisonment in her new novel: “Since childhood, I have harbored a fear that prison would abduct the men in my life.”

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Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Patron of Black Artists, Dies at 70

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:54:19 GMT

Peggy Cooper Cafritz at her home in Washington in 2015. She was born into the most prosperous family in Mobile, Ala.Also a civil rights activist and educator, she championed African and African-American art, building a collection and then rebuilding it after a fire.

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Off Broadway’s Spring Semester: Five New Plays About School

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:44:49 GMT

From left, Andrew Garman, Jessica Hecht and Ben Edelman in Joshua Harmon’s “Admissions.”Playwrights this season are focused on many kinds of unsentimental education.

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Why ‘Real Women Have Curves’ Never Got Its ‘Lady Bird’ Moment

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:22 GMT

America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros as a daughter and mother at odds in “Real Women Have Curves.” The remarkable 2002 movie received no Academy Award nominations.“Lady Bird” shares many similarities with “Real Women Have Curves.” But there are more systemic barriers to blame for the film’s dismissal by Oscar voters.

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On ‘Good Girls,’ They’re the Criminal Moms Next Door

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:22 GMT

In NBC’s “Good Girls,” Mae Whitman, Retta and Christina Hendricks play three mothers overwhelmed with financial worries and domestic crises who take up a life of crime.In this new show on NBC, three suburban mothers take an unusual approach to self-empowerment: They rob a grocery store. That’s just the first episode.

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On DVD: Lav Diaz and Pedro Costa: Slow Cinema on the Cutting Edge

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:22 GMT

Charo Santos-Concio in Lav Diaz’s “The Woman Who Left.”Mr. Diaz’s “The Woman Who Left” and Mr. Costa’s “Casa de Lava,” both out on disc, dissect the world of the powerless in slow-burning dramas.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’: Season 3, Episode 5: Soup’s on!

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:29:03 GMT

A scene from “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”With only six queens left and the skill gaps narrowing, the next contestant to eliminate becomes less clear.

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This Week: Klimt’s Drawings, ‘UnReal,’ Reuniting Grateful Dead Alumni

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:26 GMT

“Lady With Plumed Hat,” by Gustav Klimt. His drawings will be shown with Egon Schiele’s at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.The artist’s work will be shown with Egon Schiele’s in Boston; and Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will play at Radio City Music Hall.

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Nonfiction: Harlem Wasn’t the Only Place With a Renaissance

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:43 GMT

From left, the dancer Charles “Honi” Coles, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in Pittsburgh.Mark Whitaker’s “Smoketown” tells the untold story of Pittsburgh’s role as an African-American mecca in the mid-20th century.

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Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Ridicules Marco Rubio After a Combative Town Hall

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:43 GMT

“Maybe bullying isn’t that bad after all,” Trevor Noah said of Senator Marco Rubio’s grilling by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.“Maybe bullying isn’t that bad after all,” Noah said of the Florida senator’s grilling over gun control by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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The Shortlist: Dangers Close to Home: Four New Domestic Thrillers

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:44 GMT

Imperiled wives inhabit the novels of Karen Cleveland, A.J. Finn, and the team of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Karen Perry adds a dangerous daughter.

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Fiction: Child’s Eye View of the Dirty War

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:44 GMT

A mysterious mother and her uncertain fate haunt the debut novel “A Beautiful Young Woman,” by the Argentine writer Julián López.

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Fiction: Seeking Asylum but Finding Heartbreak

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:41 GMT

Sharon Bala’s debut novel, “The Boat People” — the fictionalized account of a real incident in 2010 — pits Sri Lankan Tamil refugees against the Canadian government.

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Fiction: Ismail Kadare Grapples With the Supernatural

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:42 GMT

Ismail KadareIn “A Girl in Exile,” a celebrated Albanian novelist tells a tale of love and death, and ghosts who transcend both.

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Nonfiction: When It Comes to Writing, Cheston Knapp Is His Own Harshest Critic

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:42 GMT

In a collection of linked autobiographical essays, “Up Up, Down Down,” the debut author reveals the anxieties of contemporary authorship.

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Children’s Books: In New Novels for Kids, Dangerous Journeys and Hockey Madness

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:34 GMT

Books from Christopher Paul Curtis, Cynthia Kadohata, Veera Hiranandani and April Stevens offer thrills, suspense and some quieter pleasures, too.

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Pursuits: Silver-Screen Travel Inspiration for Oscars Season

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:32 GMT

On the beach in Dunkirk, France, where Christopher Nolan’s film "Dunkirk" a best picture nominee, was shot.From Sylva, N.C., to Dunkirk, France, this year’s Academy Award nominees offer plenty of vacation possibilities for the film-obsessed traveler.

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Paperback Row

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:30 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Mute’ and ‘Ugly Delicious’

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:20 GMT

Alexander Skarsgard in “Mute.”A cyberpunk movie from Duncan Jones comes to Netflix. And HBO’s “2 Dope Queens” wraps up with the fourth episode, featuring Uzo Aduba and Tituss Burgess.

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Books News: So, You Say You Want to Do the Splits?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:05:23 GMT

The next Marie Kondo? Eiko, whose book “Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits” became a sensation in Japan.Thank you for your service, Marie Kondo. Meet Eiko. In her new book, a mega-seller in Japan, this yoga teacher says even the stiffest people can do the splits.

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Outsider Art Fair to Expand to Basel

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:00:24 GMT

Adolf Wölfli’s “Bangali Firework,” which will be at Outsider Art Fair Basel.The fair, which celebrates self-taught artists, will open up a satellite event in Switzerland during Art Basel in June.

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Review: ‘Jerry Springer,’ Sacred and Profane, Triumphantly Sings Again

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:08:09 GMT

Terrence Mann as the title character and Will Swenson, seated, as his infernal nemesis in “Jerry Springer — The Opera.” A hit in London almost 15 years ago, the show is finally getting a full-fledged production in New York.This divinely wrought, beautifully sung New Group production finds compassion within a very relevant satire.

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Anna dello Russo, Street-Style Star, Decides to Move On

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:00:13 GMT

Anna Dello Russo in her home in Milan.The Italian fashion editor, saying she wants a change, is auctioning some of her clothes this weekend.

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Review: The ‘Dolly’ Parade Marches On, Now With a New Star

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:30:26 GMT

Bernadette Peters, who is taking over the role of Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” from Bette Midler. The hit musical revival introduced four fresh principals on Thursday evening.Bernadette Peters, sadder but wiser, makes a very different Mrs. Levi from her predecessors in the hit revival.

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Art Review: New Museum Triennial Looks Great, but Plays It Safe

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:02:21 GMT

Anupam Roy’s “Surfaces of the Irreal” (2018) depicts images of social and religious violence in contemporary India at the New Museum’s fourth triennial exhibition, “Songs for Sabotage.” You say you want a revolution? You won’t find it in “Songs for Sabotage,” which keeps its political voice low and its money on well-made art.

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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:32:12 GMT

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

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Critic’s Notebook: A Day of Raw Mourning and Rare Accountability on TV

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:54:18 GMT

CNN’s town hall on gun violence with students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resulted in something rarely seen on TV: accountability.Anger and anguish over school violence dominated the news, in part because victims made sure it stayed in the news

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7 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:00:16 GMT

Christine Goerke with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing Strauss’s “Elektra” in 2015.Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

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16 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:00:16 GMT

From left, a protest placard from 1968 by Allied Printing in Memphis, and Robert F. Kennedy aboard his campaign plane just days before his assassination in Los Angeles on June 6, 1968. Both works are a part of the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition “Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.”Our guide to new art shows, and some that will be closing soon.

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4 Film Series to Catch in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:00:16 GMT

Andrew Bleechington stars in “Life and Nothing More,” one of the below-the-radar picks from Film Comment magazine’s critics. It will screen on Friday at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.Our guide to film series and special screenings.

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14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:00:16 GMT

Vince Staples performing at a warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this past fall. He will appear with Tyler the Creator on Friday and Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

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5 Comedy Shows to Catch in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:00:16 GMT

Rachel Brosnahan will appear with Michael Zegen to discuss “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” at the 92nd Street Y on March 1.Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

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13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:00:17 GMT

Bush Moukarzel as Paul and Nina Hoss as Katy in “Returning to Reims,” which ends its run at St. Ann’s Warehouse on Feb. 25.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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6 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:00:11 GMT

This owl and his friends lay down some serious dance moves in “Owl Dance-Off Part 2,” screening at the New York Wild Film Festival.Our guide to cultural events in New York City for children and teenagers happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

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7 Dance Performances to See in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:00:06 GMT

Jérôme Bel’s “Gala” performed in Lisbon in 2016.Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

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Latin American Art Collection to Find Homes in Spain and the U.S.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:08:41 GMT

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Spain’s minister of education, culture and sports, after she signed an agreement on Wednesday to donate some of her artworks.Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, who has one of the largest private troves of the art, will donate some works to the Tabacalera arts complex in Madrid.

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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:00:15 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: John Banville on Dublin and “Ulysses.”

$50 Million for the Hammer Museum, and Fresh Energy for Arts Giving in L.A.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:45:47 GMT

Ann Philbin, the director of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The museum highlights emerging and under-recognized contemporary artists and is working on a major expansion project.A thriving art scene is nurturing philanthropy in Los Angeles, and young artists are moving in or staying put instead of heading to New York.

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Comedian Going to White House Correspondents’ Dinner. What About Trump?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:24:12 GMT

Michelle Wolf performing in New York. She has signed a deal with Netflix to develop a weekly late-night talk show.Michelle Wolf, a stand-up comic and contributor to “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” takes on one of the most prominent — and perilous — gigs in comedy.

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In This #MeToo Moment, Academy Awards Want to Spotlight the Films

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:14:12 GMT

The Oscars, like other award shows, have experienced dropping ratings in recent years. Some worry that an overly political telecast could exacerbate that situation.“The Oscars should be a spectacle,” one of the show’s lead producers said, a sign that the industrywide reckoning over sexual harassment may not take center stage during the March 4 telecast.

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On Comedy: The Art and Anxiety of Booking a Hit Comedy Showcase

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:18:48 GMT

Marianne Ways has booked showcases of stand-up comics like Night Train With Wyatt Cenac and now Butterboy.Marianne Ways is a tastemaker in the Brooklyn comedy scene, but putting together a show also requires connections and a lot of persistence.

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Review: In ‘The Lodgers,’ Something Wicked This Way Trundles

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:35:05 GMT

Charlotte Vega plays Rachel, who lives with her twin in an art-directed ruin in “The Lodgers.”A brother and sister live alone in an eerie ruin that Miss Havisham (and real-estate flippers) would love.

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Anatomy of a Scene | ‘Annihilation’

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:34:15 GMT

Alex Garland narrates a scene from his film featuring Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The Problem With Broadway Revivals: They Revive Gender Stereotypes, Too

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:32:29 GMT

“Are these the shows I’m going to take my 12-year-old daughter to?” asked Georgia Stitt, a composer, lyricist and musician.Audiences love the classic songs. And producers love filling seats. But in this #MeToo moment, what to make of musicals like “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel”?

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Review: In ‘Annihilation,’ a Heroic Journey into the Alien Shimmer

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:59:08 GMT

Send in the A-team: from left, Natalie Portman, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.”In the new movie from Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), Natalie Portman plays a biologist who tries to unlock the mysteries of an extraterrestrial whatsit.

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Review: In ‘Every Day,’ Each 24 Hours Brings Another Boyfriend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:46:08 GMT

Angourie Rice as Rhiannon and Justice Smith as Justin in “Every Day,” directed by Michael Sucsy.The film, based on a novel by David Levithan, is a love story of an unusual sort.

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Exclusive Preview: Video of Elsa’s New Ballad in Broadway-Bound ‘Frozen’

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:00:01 GMT

The Brooklyn songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez talked about the new song “Monster” in an interview this week.

‘Monster’ from ‘Frozen: The Broadway Musical’

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:55:28 GMT

An exclusive look at the a new song from Disney's stage adaptation of 'Frozen.' It was written by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.