The Director James Wan: If ‘Aquaman’ Doesn’t Work, Blame Me

“Aquaman” is an improbable movie, which in many ways makes James Wan the ideal person to direct it. The latest chapter in the Warner Bros. series based on DC comic book superheroes, “Aquaman” provides an origin story for this much-maligned undersea adventurer (played by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones”) as he teams up with […]

‘Capernaum’ Is Not Just a Film, but a Rallying Cry

If audiences outside the Middle East have never heard of the Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, her latest feature might change that. That poignant drama, “Capernaum,” follows a boy who runs away and winds up roaming the slums of Beirut shouldering a distressing responsibility. At its premiere at Cannes in May, the film received a 15-minute […]

New Zealand Rebukes Google for Airing Name of Backpacker’s Accused Killer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The New Zealand government admonished Google on Friday for disclosing the identity of a man charged with killing a female British backpacker, highlighting the tension that arises when local courts order the suppression of information that can be easily found online. Google executives from the United States and Britain are set […]

Chase for Talent Pushes Tech Giants Far Beyond West Coast

SAN FRANCISCO — This generation’s biggest technology companies — including Apple, Amazon and Google — have long been tied to their hometowns. Now these giants are increasingly outgrowing their West Coast roots. Driven by a limited pool of skilled workers and the ballooning cost of living in their home bases of Silicon Valley and Seattle, […]

Bill Cosby’s Appeal Cites 11 ‘Errors’ by Trial Judge

Bill Cosby’s lawyers made plain this week the basis on which they are seeking to challenge his conviction for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, an appeals process that could take as long as a year as the parties submit legal briefs to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. None of the 11 issues raised in papers filed Tuesday […]

Dans les écoles françaises, la leçon du jour : à quel tweet se fier ?

VAULX-EN-VELIN, France — Ce mercredi-là au collège Henri Barbusse, près de Lyon, les adolescents de la 3ème G s’apprêtent à assister à un cours un peu particulier. Au tableau sont affichés cinq tweets. La question posée aux élèves : lesquels sont fiables, lesquels sont suspects? Rapidement, ils portent leur attention sur un tweet de la […]

In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?

VAULX-EN-VELIN, France — A group of teenagers recently swarmed into a room at Collège Henri Barbusse near Lyon, France, for a class typically dedicated to learning Spanish. But on that Wednesday, an unusual lesson awaited them. Five posts from Twitter were up on the board. The assignment: Decipher whether they were trustworthy or suspect. The […]

Tech Fix: Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.

ImageCreditGlenn Harvey It has never felt worse to be a technology consumer. So what can you do about it? That’s the question of the year after many of the biggest tech companies were mired in scandal after scandal or exposed as having committed necessary evils to offer the products and services that we have so […]

Encounters: Wait Wait … for NPR Host Peter Sagal

Peter Sagal, the very fast-on-his-feet host of the weekly NPR news quiz “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” and the author of a new meditative memoir, “The Incomplete Book of Running,” was half an hour late for an appointment to buy running gear on a recent Tuesday morning. And all because Mr. Sagal, in town […]

On Comedy: Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think

Ellen DeGeneres got sick of dancing, and really, can you blame her? She has to be the only 60-year-old woman in America who is expected to dance with total strangers wherever she goes. “There’s been times someone wants a picture, and while I’m doing a selfie, they’re like: ‘You’re not dancing!,’” DeGeneres said in her […]

How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?

The first time Kelmae Hemphill watched herself overdose, she sobbed. There she was in a shaky video filmed by her own heroin dealer, sprawled out on a New Jersey road while a stranger pounded on her chest. “Come on, girl,” someone pleaded. Ms. Hemphill’s 11-year drug addiction, her criminal record, her struggles as a mother […]

At CBS Annual Meeting, Moonves Goes Unmentioned

Several dozen shareholders of the CBS Corporation shuffled through the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday morning to attend the company’s annual meeting. As in most years, the majority of CBS investors mailed in their votes about governance issues, like executive compensation and the appointment of new board directors […]

Late-Night TV Hosts Give Publicity-Starved Novelists the Star Treatment

The novelist Rebecca Makkai was preparing for the usual string of interviews with radio stations and podcasts this year for her latest book, “The Great Believers.” But then she got a call from her publicist, who told her to get ready for a more prominent appearance: on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” “The biggest […]

Kathie Lee Gifford Says She Will Leave ‘Today’ in April

Kathie Lee Gifford, the co-anchor of the popular fourth hour of NBC’s “Today,” tearfully announced to viewers on Tuesday that she would be leaving the morning show in April. “I’ve been in this business for 120 years and never worked with a more beautiful — a more beautiful — group of people who just give, […]

Movies Starring Women Earn More Than Male-Led Films, Study Finds

“Trolls.” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” “Moana.” “Inside Out.” “Wonder Woman.” All were global box-office hits that had women in leading roles. They were also part of a broader trend. According to findings from the Creative Artists Agency and the digital strategist shift7, the top movies from 2014 to 2017 starring women earned more than male-led […]

Time Names Person of the Year for 2018: Jamal Khashoggi and Other Journalists

Time magazine named a group of journalists, including the murdered reporter Jamal Khashoggi, as its person of the year for 2018 on Tuesday, honoring their dedicated pursuit of the truth despite a war on facts and tremendous obstacles, including violence and imprisonment. Besides Mr. Khashoggi, the honorees include the staff of the Capital Gazette newspapers […]

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 […]