Everything in Life Is Only for Now: ‘Avenue Q’ to Close in April

Nothing lasts. Life goes on, full of surprises. The raunchy, not-so-politically-correct puppets in the musical “Avenue Q” are only — ahem — “For Now.” The show will be closing its Off Broadway run at New World Stages, where it has played since 2009, in April. The cast and crew members were notified of the closing […]

‘Aquaman’ Is Already a Box Office Titan

LOS ANGELES — The box office action over the weekend took place in China, where “Aquaman” collected $94 million in tickets, validating a risky plan by Warner Bros. to release the movie in the Middle Kingdom before anywhere else. Hollywood has learned a lot about Chinese moviegoers in recent years, but releasing films in the […]

Mediator: Trump’s Tawdry Tabloid Sagas Reveal Weightier Themes

Audiences gravitated to the scores of articles and cable news segments about Donald J. Trump, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal for an undeniable reason: Sex sells. But there was something more important lurking beneath the salacious surface of the stories about the president’s alleged past encounters with a porn star and a former Playboy model. […]

Podcasts Are Getting Newsier. Here Are 8 New Ones Worth a Listen.

They were called audioblogs when they started out. They were casual and rambling, the aural equivalent of the diarylike entries posted on WordPress or LiveJournal in the 1990s. Last decade podcasts became more polished and professional, not to mention profitable — but they stayed away from daily news for the most part. That changed last […]

What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors. These leading medical figures are among dozens of doctors who […]

Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg Problem

The door to the Lean In office in Palo Alto, Calif., has Sheryl Sandberg’s name on it. The email addresses for Lean In employees bear her initials. And millions of dollars in funding every year for the women’s empowerment organization comes from her. But inside, surrounded by wall art reminding women to be bold, the […]

At ‘60 Minutes,’ Independence Led to Trouble, Investigators Say

For decades, “60 Minutes” has reigned at the top of television news, bringing in hundreds of journalistic awards, not to mention weekly ratings for CBS that are the envy of the industry. The success has allowed “60 Minutes” to operate independently from the larger network news division to which it belongs. But that independence came […]

A New Editor, and a New Start, for Troubled Billboard Magazine

One of the biggest jobs in music journalism sat vacant for two and a half years. Now Billboard magazine has finally found its new top editor: Hannah Karp, a former reporter at The Wall Street Journal who joined Billboard as its news director last year. Ms. Karp, 38, will assume the role of editorial director […]

Golden Globe Nominations: Here Is the Full List

The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 6, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will host the ceremony. • “A Star Is Born,” “Vice” and “The Favourite” were among the leading film nominees for the Golden Globes. These are the main storylines going into […]

MoviePass, Rattled by a Rough Year, Tries to Change Its Ways

LOS ANGELES — The last year has been a roller coaster with 20 loops for MoviePass and its customers. The fast-growing subscription service for movie tickets spent months insisting that it was not running out of money despite evidence to the contrary. That emergency loan to keep operating? All part of the plan. That auditor’s […]

Meanwhile: How Pantone Picked ‘Living Coral’ as the 2019 ‘Color of the Year’

Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Wendy MacNaughton is a graphic journalist based in San Francisco. You can find her via website and Instagram. More ‘Meanwhile’Wendy MacNaughton’s illustrated column about the big implications of seemingly small things.The $0.006 Object in Your Sushi Container Is Doing an Important JobIt separates flavors […]

Tech We’re Using: How the Digital Era Has Changed the Daily Crossword

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Sam Ezersky, the assistant editor of puzzles for The Times, discussed the tech he’s using. What is your process for making a crossword puzzle, and what are the most important tech tools that you rely on? Some crossword grids […]

Tech Fix: I Tried to Make My Dog an Instagram Celebrity. I Failed.

Last spring, I started an Instagram account that featured my dog, Max, trying to eat my home-cooked meals. I was confident it would be an overnight sensation. Foodies and corgi lovers, after all, are two of the biggest audiences on the photo-sharing site. Combining the two, I jokingly told my colleagues, would be my ticket […]

Amazon Backs Trade Publication’s Hollywood Diversity Effort

LOS ANGELES — Stung by fierce criticism about a lack of diversity on both sides of the screen, movie studios have scrambled to create fellowship programs for underrepresented directors and writers. A few stars and entertainment companies have publicly supported “inclusion riders” requiring a diverse cast and crew. But little coordinated action has been taken […]

Les Moonves Obstructed Investigation Into Misconduct Claims, Report Says

Facing multiple sexual misconduct allegations and fearing his career as an entertainment titan was over, Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, destroyed evidence and misled investigators in an attempt to preserve his reputation and save a lucrative severance deal, according to a draft of a report prepared for the company’s board. The report, by […]

Film Academy Museum, Yet to Open, Reveals Inaugural Exhibitions

LOS ANGELES — When the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens next year, it will offer a mix of scholarship and sparkle as it tries to appeal to two discordant audiences: moviedom’s elite and the tourist masses. Kerry Brougher, the museum’s director, announced his programming strategy on Tuesday. The $388 million institution — its […]

Netflix Will Keep ‘Friends’ Through Next Year in a $100 Million Agreement

Are Netflix and “Friends” on a break? The answer is no — for now. Reruns of Joey’s thespian trials, Chandler’s hapless sarcasm, Monica’s compulsive cleanliness, Phoebe’s feline riffs, and the seemingly permanent courtship of Ross and Rachel will be available to watch on Netflix for at least another year, the streaming service has announced. But […]

Oath Agrees to $5 Million Settlement Over Children’s Privacy Online

Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay about $5 million to settle charges from the New York attorney general that the media company’s online advertising business was violating a federal children’s privacy law. AOL, through its ad exchange, helped place targeted display ads on hundreds of websites that it knew were […]

culture 2018: The Best TV Shows of 2018

Another year brought another embarrassment of TV riches, as departing favorites gave way to audacious new series, and streaming services brought viewers a world of outstanding foreign fare. Best Shows | Best International | Best New Shows James Poniewozik The Best Shows of 2018 ImageKeri Russell and Matthew Rhys in “The Americans.”CreditPatrick Harbron/FX TV gets […]

Philippine Journalist, a Thorn to Duterte, Turns Herself In to Face Charges

The founder of an online news start-up critical of the Philippine government turned herself in to the authorities in Manila on Monday after a warrant for her arrest was issued over the weekend. The Philippine government has accused the journalist, Maria Ressa, and her news organization, Rappler, of evading taxes, a move that Rappler said […]

New Popeye Videos Show What 90 Years of Spinach Can Do for a Guy

Popeye the Sailor, the weathered and quick-with-his-fists cartoon character, is getting a reboot for a series of animated shorts that premiered on Sunday on YouTube. The shorts and a new series of comic strips, which will begin in 2019, were created to celebrate the character’s 90th birthday next year. In the animated series, Popeye is […]

Marketing Through Smart Speakers? Brands Don’t Need to Be Asked Twice

Heading into last year’s holidays, marketers at HBO were eagerly experimenting with how to use technology like augmented reality and virtual reality to promote their shows. But then, celebrating with their families across the country, they watched as everyone from children to elderly aunts unwrapped smart speakers from Google and Amazon and started barking orders. […]

‘The Favourite’ Shines on a Quiet Box-Office Weekend

LOS ANGELES — “The Favourite” is starting to look like the latest Oscar-season hit from Fox Searchlight. It has been a frustrating fall at the box office for films made with the Academy Awards in mind. Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” is officially a flop. “The Front Runner,” starring Hugh Jackman, played to empty theaters. Lower-cost […]

Egyptian Actress Dressed to Impress. She Could Be Jailed for Debauchery.

CAIRO — When an Egyptian actress strutted down the red carpet in Cairo last week, twirling and smiling in a revealing lace dress, she had hoped to turn heads in the movie world. Instead, she now faces criminal charges that could potentially land her in prison. Three Egyptian lawyers known for using the courts to […]

Gloria Katz, a Writer of ‘American Graffiti,’ Is Dead at 76

Gloria Katz, who went from a struggling screenwriter to a sought-after one when “American Graffiti,” a film she wrote with her husband, Willard Huyck, and the not-yet-famous director George Lucas became a surprise hit of 1973, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 76. Mr. Huyck said the cause was ovarian cancer. Ms. Katz […]

‘Love Is Love’ Comic Raises $51,000 for the Trevor Project

“Love Is Love,” a 144-page benefit comic book that was originally published in 2016, has become a force in charitable giving. This year, sales of the anthology have raised $51,000 for the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people. The donation will be presented […]

Sheryl Sandberg Is Said to Have Asked Facebook Staff to Research George Soros

Sheryl Sandberg asked Facebook’s communications staff to research George Soros’s financial interests in the wake of his high-profile attacks on tech companies, according to three people with knowledge of her request, indicating that Facebook’s second in command was directly involved in the social network’s response to the liberal billionaire. Ms. Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, […]

Mic, a News Site for Millennials, Lays Off Most of Its Staff

Mic, an online publication that started seven years ago with ambitions of becoming a top source of news for and by millennials, laid off most of its staff Thursday before being sold to Bustle Digital Group, a publisher that caters to millennial women. Mic’s 31-year-old co-founder, Chris Altchek, announced the layoffs at a 10 a.m. […]

It’s Almost 2019. Do You Know Where Your Photos Are?

In 2005, Yahoo acquired Flickr, the popular photo site. It already had a photo site, Yahoo! Photos, which was created in March 2000. But don’t worry, the company said: The two could happily coexist. In 2007, Yahoo announced it would discontinue that first photo service, and that users should move their photos to Flickr, which now […]

Jay-Z Criticizes Lack of Black Arbitrators in a Battle Over a Logo

The rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z, who has been embroiled in a legal battle over his Roc Nation clothing brand, won a court battle on Wednesday to temporarily halt arbitration proceedings on the grounds that there were not enough African-American arbitrators eligible to rule on his case. The ruling results in an injunction until a hearing […]

Sinclair TV Segment Defends Use of Tear Gas on Migrants at Border

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has faced criticism for forcing its nearly 200 local television stations to air right-leaning “must run” segments, has distributed a new two-minute commentary defending the use of tear gas on migrants at the border. In the segment, Boris Epshteyn, the broadcaster’s chief political analyst and a former Trump White House official, […]

‘Layered, Intense and Authentic’: Sundance Lineup Is Announced

“Native Son,” a buzzy adaptation of Richard Wright’s blistering novel, will open the next Sundance Film Festival, which will also feature Zac Efron playing Ted Bundy, Viola Davis starring in a comedy and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a leading figure in a rollicking political documentary. Sundance programmers announced the heart of their coming lineup on Wednesday […]

The Carpetbagger: Why Oscar Season Is Crazy, Frustrating and Still Essential

When people find out that I’m the new Carpetbagger columnist, tasked with covering Oscar season for The Times, they usually have two questions. “Why is it called the Carpetbagger?” they’ll ask. And, inevitably, it’s followed by that old chestnut: “Do the Oscars really matter anymore?” The answer to the first question might suggest why so […]

Unbuttoned: Saying Goodbye to Glamour

ImageGlamour magazine, December 1943: “for the girl with a job.”CreditConstantin Joffe/Condé Nast, via Getty Images It should have been bigger. More momentous. When you are holding something in your hands that is the last of its kind, you feel as if it ought to be more … special. A collectible. Something worthy of a time […]

Netflix for Conservatives? Fox News Introduces Fox Nation, a Streaming App

If you have ever wondered about the culinary skills of a “Fox & Friends” co-host, wonder no longer. On the new show “Cooking With Steve Doocy,” the pink-faced Fox News anchor makes chili with Dr. Oz, shares a kitchen with Kellyanne Conway and whips up stromboli with Anthony Scaramucci and his wife. “Steve poured the […]

For the First Time, a Black Woman Will Lead The Harvard Crimson

Writers and editors at The Harvard Crimson have gone on to be presidents (John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt), tech billionaires (Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft), news media bosses (Jeff Zucker, the head of CNN) and a number of my colleagues at The New York Times. But what the newspaper had in […]

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and ‘Creed II’ Are Thanksgiving Hits

LOS ANGELES — Thanksgiving movie audiences stuck with the equivalent of grandma’s green beans almondine — the tried and true. A well-reviewed sequel from Walt Disney Animation, “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” sold the most tickets, followed by “Creed II,” the eighth film in the “Rocky” series. But original offerings, including a newfangled “Robin Hood” and […]