Hollywood’s Obituary, the Sequel. Now Streaming.

LOS ANGELES — “Hollywood’s like Egypt: full of crumbled pyramids. It’ll never come back. It’ll just keep on crumbling until finally the wind blows the last studio prop across the sands.” David O. Selznick, the golden era producer, made that glum proclamation in 1951. A new entertainment technology, TV, was emasculating cinema as a cultural […]

‘Tokenized’: Inside Black Workers’ Struggles at Coinbase

SAN FRANCISCO — One by one, they left. Some quit. Others were fired. All were Black. The 15 people worked at Coinbase, the most valuable U.S. cryptocurrency start-up, where they represented roughly three-quarters of the Black employees at the 600-person company. Before leaving in late 2018 and early 2019, at least 11 of them informed […]

Bannon, le magnat chinois et le virus: comment ils créèrent une star des médias de droite

Au départ, la Dre Li-Meng Yan souhaitait garder l’anonymat. C’était la mi-janvier, et la jeune femme, chercheuse à Hong Kong, avait commencé à entendre des rumeurs au sujet de l’émergence en Chine continentale d’un virus nouveau et dangereux, dont le gouvernement minimisait l’importance. Craignant pour sa sécurité personnelle et sa carrière, elle contacta son animateur […]

Penguin Random House to Buy Simon & Schuster

The biggest book publisher in the United States is about to get bigger. ViacomCBS has agreed to sell Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House for more than $2 billion in a deal that will create the first megapublisher. Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the United States, is owned by the German […]

‘Thumb-Stopping,’ ‘Humaning,’ ‘B4H’: The Strange Language of Modern Marketing.

‘Thumb-Stopping,’ ‘Humaning,’ ‘B4H’: The Strange Language of Modern Marketing. ‘HUMANING’ .interactive-leadin#interactive-leadin { text-align: center; } .interactive-leadin#interactive-leadin span.g-ashwin-override { font-family: nyt-franklin, arial, sans-serif; font-weight: 700; color: #333; font-size: 1rem; letter-spacing: 0.5px; } .interactive-leadin#interactive-leadin span.g-ashwin-override:after { border-bottom: 3px solid #333; display: block; content: “”; width: 15%; max-width: 200px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } Kelsey McClellan for The […]

It’s Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.)

When is enough enough? Even though the presidential election is over, we’re still doomscrolling through gloomy news about the coronavirus surge. The rest of your daily routine is probably something like mine while stuck at home in the pandemic: Divided among streaming movies on Netflix, watching home improvement videos on YouTube and playing video games. […]

'Chappelle's Show' Off Netflix as Comedian Fights ViacomCBS

The comedian Dave Chappelle said that he was a broke 28-year-old expectant father when he signed a contract with Comedy Central about two decades ago. “I was desperate, I needed a way out,” Chappelle recalled in a clip of a stand-up set that he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. It was that signature, Chappelle said, […]

The Snubs and Surprises of the Grammy Award Nominations

Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa led the 2021 Grammy nominations on Tuesday, topping a list filled with smaller names (and missing some of the biggest players in pop). Who got left out, and what do the picks say about both the past year in music and where the Grammys are heading? Our chief pop […]

Ira Glass Recommends These 'This American Life' Episodes

The New York Times and “This American Life” formed a new partnership this year, and one of my favorite things about it is that we get to bring the show’s vast archive (more than 700 episodes!) to The Times’s audience. For Thanksgiving listening in a year when so many of us are not with our […]

Roiled by Election, Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth

SAN FRANCISCO — In the tense days after the presidential election, a team of Facebook employees presented the chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, with an alarming finding: Election-related misinformation was going viral on the site. President Trump was already casting the election as rigged, and stories from right-wing media outlets with false and misleading claims about […]

Latinos, Long Dismissed in Hollywood, Push to Make Voices Heard

Tanya Saracho landed her first television writing job on the Lifetime soap “Devious Maids” in 2012. She was a diversity hire. It’s an official term for a practice meant to encourage inclusion. In an effort to make writers’ rooms — long the bastion of white males — more diverse, studios pay the salary of a […]

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

What should science do about conflicts of interest? When they are identified, they become an obstacle to objectivity — a key tenet and a cornerstone of academia and research — and the truth behind what scientists report is called into question. Sometimes a conflict of interest is clear cut. Researchers who fail to disclose a […]

Ad Council’s Challenge: Persuade Skeptics to Believe in Covid Vaccines

With coronavirus cases on the rise and communities returning to lockdown across the country, a marketing push is underway to persuade skeptical Americans to immunize themselves once vaccines are ready. The federal government, which has sent mixed messages about a pandemic that has caused more than 250,000 deaths nationwide, is not leading the charge. Instead, […]

Newsmax, Once a Right-Wing Also-Ran, Is Rising, and Trump Approves

Flanked by aides in the Oval Office on Wednesday, President Trump dialed up a friend in the news media with a message: Keep up the good work. “He said that it’s just incredible, the ratings you’re getting, and everyone’s talking about it,” recalled Christopher Ruddy, the owner of Newsmax, a niche conservative cable network that […]

Hollywood’s ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore’ Moment

LOS ANGELES — In explaining why WarnerMedia had decided to release the much-anticipated big-budget “Wonder Woman 1984” simultaneously in theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max on Christmas Day, the company’s chief executive, Jason Kilar, invoked the classic Hollywood film “The Wizard of Oz.” “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” Mr. Kilar said in a […]

A Headline (or Five) for History

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. A funny thing about print journalism is that the most momentous events often call for the simplest headlines. MEN WALK ON MOON did not require any great turn of phrase or judicious selection of information, […]

Presidential Memoirs Don’t Always Take This Long to Write

The wait is over for the first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoirs, “A Promised Land,” which came out on Tuesday. But as a slew of articles calling the book’s arrival “long-awaited” and “highly anticipated” suggest, it was a considerable wait. Obama took three years and 10 months to publish — longer than any other […]

Jeezy and Gucci Mane Address 15-Year Beef in Heated Verzuz Livestream

Nearly two million people watched live on Thursday night as two Southern rap heavyweights, Gucci Mane and Jeezy, leaned into, and then seemingly set aside, 15 years of bad blood during the latest edition of the pandemic streaming hit battle Verzuz. From matching thrones set up on opposite legs of the H-shaped stage at the […]

How an Online Attack ‘Brought Twitter to Its Knees’

CreditCredit…The New York Times Presents/FX/HuluThe New York Times Presents: ‘The Teenager Who Hacked Twitter’ Producer/Director John PappasReporters Kate Conger and Nathaniel Popper It seemed like an inside job. Some of the world’s most famous and powerful people had been hacked on Twitter. The accounts of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Joe […]

José Luiz da Silva, Brazilian Social Media Star, Dies at 52

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. When someone in 2016 sent a message to a Brazilian WhatsApp group mocking José Luiz da Silva’s small stature and high voice, Mr. da Silva saw it and turned the other cheek — with a […]

Hospitals, Health Care Workers Issue a Call to Arms for Wearing Masks

“Our shields are worn. Our resolve is being tested.” So say the most immediate, frontline health care workers in a new ad campaign as the coronavirus pandemic rages across the United States, breaking records nearly every day for deaths — and cases — in state after state. The campaign, in print and video, by about […]

Linda Henry, Who Owns Boston Globe With Her Husband, Becomes Its C.E.O.

Linda Pizzuti Henry on Wednesday became the chief executive officer of Boston Globe Media Partners, the parent company of The Boston Globe, Boston.com and STAT News. Along with her husband, John W. Henry, Ms. Henry is an owner of Boston Globe Media Partners, the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club. “I feel really […]

A Trump Memoir Would Sell. Will Publishers Buy It?

When American presidents leave office, regardless of their parties or approval ratings, a common ritual awaits: They write books, capturing the moment for history and sharing insight into one of the world’s most unusual jobs. But publishers are at odds over such a project with President Trump, even though his presidential memoir would likely sell […]

Portraits of Tupac and Biggie Receive the Luxury Treatment

The photographer Chi Modu was working for the Amsterdam News in 1991 and looking for freelance work. A fan of hip-hop acts like Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, he stopped by the offices of The Source, the small magazine that would become the most important rap outlet of the decade. Mr. Modu […]

Conan O’Brien to Leave Late Night for HBO Max show.

The longest-serving late-night host is leaving late night. “Conan,” the TBS show hosted by Conan O’Brien, will go off the air in June, and the host will move on to HBO Max, where he plans to have his own weekly variety series, Warner Media announced on Tuesday. “In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best […]

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Bids for Simon & Schuster

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is making a play for Simon & Schuster, the venerable home to best-selling authors like Stephen King and Hillary Clinton that raised a ruckus this year after releasing a string of hit titles critical of President Trump. The powerhouse publisher was put up for sale by its owner, ViacomCBS, in March, […]

Not Dead Yet: News Site Mistakenly Runs Dozens of V.I.P. Obituaries

PARIS — The reports of their deaths really were, as the saying goes, greatly exaggerated. For a brief moment this week, startled readers of a French news site had to grapple with the apparent demise of Queen Elizabeth II of England; Pelé, the Brazilian soccer legend; Clint Eastwood; Brigitte Bardot; and dozens of other celebrities […]

Bruno Barbey, Magnum Photographer of War and Peace, Dies at 79

Bruno Barbey, a French photographer for the Magnum Photos agency who produced powerful, empathetic work in war zones as well as in peacetime, died on Nov. 9 in Orbais-l’Abbaye, in northeastern France. He was 79. His wife, Caroline Thiénot-Barbey, said the cause was a pulmonary embolism. Jean Gaumy, a Magnum colleague, described Mr. Barbey in […]

King Von’s Debut Album Reaches the Top 5 After His Death

Late last month, the 26-year-old Chicago rapper King Von released his debut studio album, “Welcome to O’Block,” and it landed at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart — a modest but impressive showing for a young performer still making his way up. But just a week after his album came out, King Von, whose […]

Savannah Guthrie,'Today' Host Who Took on Trump

“Nobody’s sorry to see someone say something nice,” said Savannah Guthrie, the 48-year-old co-host of the “Today” show. “But I also see people say things that aren’t nice. I try not to let any of it in. It’s not reality.” This was a week after Ms. Guthrie moderated a hastily scheduled Oct. 15 conversation with […]

Abby Phillip of CNN on Donald Trump and More

“Black women did that,” said Abby Phillip, a CNN political correspondent. It was Friday, Nov. 6, and Ms. Phillip, 31, was sitting screen-left of Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent, and Dana Bash, the network’s chief political correspondent, narrating for America what the vote tallies coming in from Georgia and Pennsylvania were indicating and, perhaps […]

Until a Vaccine Arrives, a Worrisome Road Ahead

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Last Sunday, the United States reported its 10 millionth case of the coronavirus, with the last million added in the preceding 10 days. Covid-19 hospitalizations hit a new high this week, and new daily cases […]

Disney+ Passes 73 Million Subscribers as Streaming Takes Center Stage

LOS ANGELES — Disney on Thursday reported an 82 percent decline in quarterly operating income, the result of steep losses at its coronavirus-devastated theme park division and the postponement of major movie releases. But Wall Street had already decided that Disney’s overall results for the quarter, the fourth in the company’s fiscal year, would be […]

BBC Pay Discrimination Ruling Is Disputed

LONDON — A report released Thursday by an equal rights commission that found no evidence of unlawful pay discrimination against women at the BBC was quickly described as a “whitewash” by Carrie Gracie, the former journalist who raised the issue of unequal pay at the broadcaster more than two years ago. Britain’s Equality and Human […]

Newsmax courts Fox News viewers with election denialism.

For years, Newsmax was a bit player in the right-wing media universe. The 22-year-old news outlet was small compared with conservative media juggernauts like Fox News and Breitbart, with a modestly popular website and a little-watched TV network featuring shows with Republican B-listers like Diamond & Silk and Sean Spicer, the former White House press […]

President Trump’s Show Has Been Canceled

Many incumbent presidents have gone on the campaign trail to make their cases for a second term. Donald J. Trump was the first to campaign for a second season. At a 2019 campaign rally in Minnesota, he described his victory in 2016 as “one of the greatest nights in the history of television.” And he […]

‘Survivor’ and Other Reality Shows Will Feature More Diverse Casts, CBS Says

CBS reality shows, including “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and “Love Island,” will feature more diverse casts next season, under an initiative that will also target development budgets and writing rooms, the network announced on Monday. Starting in the 2021-22 season, at least half of the cast members of its unscripted programs will be people of color, […]

‘Survivor’ and Other Reality Shows Will Feature More Diverse Casts, CBS Says

CBS reality shows, including “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and “Love Island,” will feature more diverse casts next season, under an initiative that will also target development budgets and writing rooms, the network announced on Monday. Starting in the 2021-22 season, at least half of the cast members of its unscripted programs will be people of color, […]

How Some Conservatives Have Switched to Parler, Rumble and Newsmax

Corey Adam, a political comedian from Minneapolis, joined a mass social media switcheroo last week. That was when Mr. Adam, 39, a conservative and libertarian, watched Twitter and Facebook add labels to social media posts from President Trump and other Republicans who falsely claimed he had won the election. Many of the labels said the […]

Jeffrey Toobin Is Fired by The New Yorker

The New Yorker has fired the star journalist Jeffrey Toobin after an investigation into his behavior during a work video call last month, the magazine’s parent company, Condé Nast, said on Wednesday. As a result of the internal investigation, Mr. Toobin “is no longer affiliated with our company,” Condé Nast’s chief people officer, Stan Duncan, […]

After Biden Win, Right-Wing Sites Still Push False Vote-Fraud Claims

The Associated Press and thousands of other news organizations reported on Saturday that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had won the 2020 presidential election. Since then a number of right-wing websites have refused to accept Mr. Biden’s victory, backing baseless accusations by President Trump and his allies of a stolen election, despite statements to the contrary […]

Drudge Report, a Former Trump Ally, Looks to Biden

Matt Drudge started showing signs that he had soured on President Trump months before the election. Since the vote, the fedora-topped media pioneer has seemed even more eager to distance himself and his site from the man in the White House. “YOU’RE FIRED!” Drudge Report blared in a headline within minutes of CNN’s calling the […]

Who Will Win the 'Genius Dog Contest?' Watch the Competition Begin

If you’re looking for a competition where you don’t have to worry about whether the losers will concede, you might try the Genius Dog Contest. Starting on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern time and continuing until Monday, Nov. 16, the contest, which is also a scientific experiment, will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. It […]

Who Should Be the Next Host of “Jeopardy!”?

A few of the names were predictable. Ken Jennings, the “Jeopardy!” champion who holds the longest winning streak on the show, would be the ideal choice, some fans said. Other suggestions were more unusual. What about Rosie Perez, the charismatic actress who, in “White Men Can’t Jump,” played a trivia geek who was determined to […]

$1,944 for a Coronavirus Test? How Readers Helped Us Spot an Unusual Trend

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. For the last few months, I’ve started my mornings with the same routine: reviewing New York Times readers’ medical bills over coffee. The documents are part of a project I began in August, asking readers […]

How Hyperpop, a Small Spotify Playlist, Grew Into a Big Deal

One night this past February, osquinn got into an argument on Twitter and decided to make a song about it. From her bedroom in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, the 15-year-old logged onto a server on the text, voice and video chat app Discord, where around 50 of her internet friends, all young artists like […]