The 8 best Tonys performances of the past 15 years, from Sweeney Todd to Hamilton

Broadway cast albums are great, but there’s nothing like actually seeing a musical, with all those fancy details like dancing and staging and facial expressions. The only problem is that if you’re not in New York, actually getting to a show can be cost prohibitive, even if the show’s not already sold out into eternity like Hamilton. That’s part of what makes the Tony Awards so valuable. Every year, the telecast features excerpts and medleys…

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This is the testimony Donald Trump should have watched Thursday

The president is ignoring opioids, factory jobs, and every other problem he promised to solve A hearing convened at 10 am on Thursday on Capitol Hill, on the subject of one of the great crises in America today. President Donald Trump almost certainly missed it, because he was glued to coverage of a different hearing: the testimony in the Senate Intelligence Committee of James Comey, the man Trump fired as FBI director. The opening remarks…

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“Do you believe?” is the wrong question to ask public officials about climate change

Policy, not the contents of hearts and minds, is what matters. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris climate agreement has sparked an unprecedented surge of interest in climate change, putting more mainstream media attention on the subject than I’ve ever seen. (A pretty low bar, admittedly.) One thing it has revealed is that most White House reporters lack the background knowledge to go more than an inch deep. The one thing…

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How the Babadook became the LGBTQ icon we didn’t know we needed

How terrorizing a white Australian family became an act of queer defiance. There are two types of people in this world: People who know that the Babadook — the namesake of the acclaimed 2014 Australian horror film — is a queer icon, and people who will soon find out that the Babadook is a queer icon. Pop-culture LGBTQ heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but those who join the pantheon of legends are often…

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Donald Trump praised Fox & Friends Friday morning, probably while watching this Comey segment

The morning after former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Donald Trump tweeted the following: Great reporting by @foxandfriends and so many others. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017 So exactly was Trump watching when he sent this out? To no one’s surprise, Trump was likely watching a segment on Fox & Friends about Comey’s testimony. The morning show aired a segment about the media’s focus…

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Tony Awards 2017 live stream: time, date, channel, and how to watch online

The Tonys — the most earnest and warm-hearted of all the major award shows, even if they only barely count as major — are back! Kevin Spacey will be hosting the 71st annual Tony Awards ceremony, recognizing excellence in Broadway theater, on Sunday, June 11, at 8 pm Eastern on CBS. The Tonys ceremony is nominally there to grant awards to this season’s Broadway shows, both musicals and plays, but in practice, its true job…

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Trump’s lawyer: Comey violated executive privilege. 10 legal experts: No, he didn’t.

After the public testimony of former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, released a statement. In addition to being riddled with typos, it contained a curious legal argument. Kasowitz contended that Comey broke the law by leaking memos about his private conversations with the president — what the statement called an “unauthorized disclosure of private information.” The not-so-subtle implication here is that any and every conversation with the…

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Taylor Swift puts all her music back on streaming, continues to be a PR genius

As of 12:01 am Eastern, June 9, 2017, you can now stream every Taylor Swift song on all the major streaming services — even Spotify. As a PR move, this is masterful. Famously, Swift and Spotify have some bad blood. (Like all pop-culture writers, I am contractually obligated to make that pun in every Taylor Swift article I write; it’s done now and we can all move on.) In 2014, Swift removed her entire back…

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Margaret Atwood on the utopias hiding inside her dystopias and why there is no “the future”

“Good luck with the future,” was the last thing Margaret Atwood said to me, after I’d shaken her hand and stammered profusely over what an honor it was to talk with her. She didn’t mean my personal future; she meant the future of the planet and of the human race, the same future she’s imagined so grimly in The Handmaid’s Tale and in her MaddAddam trilogy. She meant, basically, “Good luck not dying because of…

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The Mummy says more about its stars and its franchise than anything mummy-related

This movie is an absolute mess that is kind of funny if you think about it for a while. For its first 40 minutes or so, The Mummy isn’t a great movie, but it’s a basically okay monster movie. Do we need another one of those things? Nah. But you probably could guess the movie was about a killer mummy from the title, so it’s not going to make you ask for your money back.…

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