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Fire at mansion believed to be owned by Beyoncé and Jay-Z investigated as possible arson
The New Orleans Fire Department said the property had been vacant for some time, and that 22 responders attended the scene.
Jennifer Hassan
Anime and manga will take center stage at the Olympics. It could fuel a boom in interest.
Interest in anime and manga is expected to take off after the Tokyo Olympics, which will feature nine anime characters as "ambassadors."
Kyle Melnick
The teen love triangle is a complicated TV tradition. ‘Never Have I Ever’ actually pulls it off.
"Never Have I Ever" sustains its love triangle by focusing more on Devi's emotional growth than her relationship with either Ben or Paxton.
Sonia Rao
Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to Los Angeles sexual assault charges
Harvey Weinstein was extradited from New York, where he has been serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting two women.
Sonia Rao
Elliot Lawrence, 1940s bandleader who conducted Tony Award shows, dies at 96
In a long career in jazz, on Broadway and on television, he won Tony and Emmy awards.
Matt Schudel
What to know about Britney Spears’s legal battle over her conservatorship
What is the #FreeBritney movement? Who has left Britney Spears’s team? All the pressing questions you may have about her conservatorship, answered.
Ashley Fetters
Biz Markie was more than just a goofball. He showed us how joyous hip-hop could be.
Biz Markie, whose single "Just a Friend" launched his career, was more than just a one-hit-wonder.
Hau Chu
Biz Markie, New York rapper known as ‘clown prince of hip-hop,’ dies at 57
His single “Just a Friend” became a Top 10 hit, propelled by its unabashedly off-key chorus.
Harrison Smith
‘Gossip Girl’ has always been about out-of-touch rich kids. Can it pull off socially conscious characters?
HBO Max's "Gossip Girl" reboot's loose grasp for social consciousness dulls whatever sharp points stand to be made about the wealthiest of the generation.
Sonia Rao
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ director Malcolm D. Lee has never been afraid to give the people what they want
Taking on a beloved movie franchise like "Space Jam" is an exciting milestone for longtime director Malcolm D. Lee. It's also overdue.
Bethonie Butler
For Britney Spears rally attendees, conservatorship issues are about more than one celebrity’s case
A #FreeBritney rally Wednesday drew fans of Britney Spears as well as conservatorship law advocates to the Lincoln Memorial.
Annabel Aguiar
Charles Robinson, who played court clerk on long-running ‘Night Court,’ dies at 75
Mr. Robinson was a prolific stage actor and had supporting parts in series such as “Buffalo Bill,” “Love & War,” “Home Improvement,” “The Game” and “Hart of Dixie.”
staff reports and news services
Emmy nominations 2021: ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘WandaVision’ lead with most nods
Will "Mare of Easttown," "Ted Lasso" and "The Crown" sweep the Emmy nominations? Follow along for our live coverage.
Sonia Rao and Bethonie Butler
Nickelodeon star Drake Bell receives 2 years of probation on child endangerment charge
In June, "Drake and Josh" star Drake Bell pleaded guilty to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
Sonia Rao
‘Sharknado’ is back — in a Shark Week special that wants to prove sharks aren’t ‘crazed lunatic man-killers’
Think "Sharknado" disappeared after six movies? Guess again: Discovery's Shark Week is bringing it back.
Emily Yahr
10 noteworthy anime series to stream, whether you’re a longtime fan or first-time viewer
From classics ("Naruto") to newer hits ("Castlevania"), streaming offers an array of anime options.
Bethonie Butler
The driver’s ed sketch from ‘I Think You Should Leave’ is yet another of Tim Robinson’s perfectly dumb jokes
"I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson" returns with several standout sketches, including one starring Patti Harrison.
Sonia Rao
July 4 fireworks live stream and on TV: What time to watch and who has the best lineup
Here's where you can watch the fireworks if you have no interest in leaving your couch on July 4.
Emily Yahr
Meghan McCain to exit ‘The View’ after tumultuous four-season run
Meghan McCain announced her departure from "The View" Thursday, though she will remain on the show through July.
Sonia Rao
Ex-Disney star charged with sending pornographic material to 13-year-old on Snapchat
Kyle Massey is accused of sending pornographic material to a 13-year-old girl he had known for years.
Max Hauptman
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