Entertainment

Chinese Leaders Face Decision on How to Respond to Trump’s Tweets

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BEIJING — Chinese leaders face a challenge: How to deal with Donald Trump. Weeks before taking office, the incoming American president is riling Beijing with confrontation and online statements that appear to foreshadow a tougher foreign policy toward China. China awoke Monday to sharp criticism posted by Trump on Twitter, days after Beijing responded to his telephone conversation with Taiwan’s ...

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Dunham and Coates, Mutual Admirers, Talk Writing and Trump

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NEW YORK — “Girls” creator Lena Dunham and author-essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, strangers until Monday night, found they had a lot in common. Especially when the subject was the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump. “If what has to happen is that I get metaphorically strung up by my toes because I think we were all born equal and beautiful, then that’s ...

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Mel Harris: ‘Thirty Something’ Stars Remain ‘Close’ Friends

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NEW YORK — Almost 30 years since “thirtysomething” went off the air, the now 50-something cast of the drama about a group of American baby boomers remain friends. Mel Harris, who played Hope Steadman on the show, says she and cast mates Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Polly Draper, Melanie Mayron and Peter Horton bonded while making the show, ...

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Indian actress-turned-politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa Dies

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CHENNAI, India — Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, has died. She was 68. She died after undergoing surgery following a heart attack Sunday night at the Apollo Hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai, the hospital said. Tamil Nadu ...

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Woman Who Accused Author Steven Galloway of Sexual Assault Breaks Silence

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VANCOUVER — The former University of British Columbia student who accused Steven Galloway of sexual assault says her complaint against the acclaimed author was not about a “consensual affair.” The woman, identified only as MC or main complainant, has released a statement through her lawyer, speaking publicly for the first time since Galloway was suspended over what the university described as ...

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In Depths of Despair, Casey Affleck affirms His Talent in Manchester by the Sea

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As a man thrown into the depths of despair in Manchester by the Sea Casey Affleck had to mine some deep emotional territory. He describes the process of playing a person who confronts his tragic past to working out. “This is a bad analogy,” he laughs, “but it is sort of like you go to the gym. You warm up ...

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Themes of Grief, Forgiveness Central to ‘Manchester by the Sea’: Casey Affleck

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TORONTO — Themes of mourning and redemption lie at the heart of “Manchester by the Sea,” but the film’s stars say the delicate approach to heavy subject matter is how the story finds its true strength. “Those ideas of forgiveness and grief … definitely seem like what the movie is about, but it never puts too fine a point on anything, which ...

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Princess on Board: Auli’i Cravalho Riding the Waves of Moana Mania

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With Moana, the house of the mouse has finally given us a heroine for the ages. Disney’s latest animated opus is a lush spectacle that follows the adventures of a Polynesian island princess who voyages across the ocean to restore a sacred stone to a mythical island and thus save her home and the entire Pacific ocean. And while she’s ...

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Review: In ‘Allied,’ with Brad Pitt, Love in the Fog of War

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Deeply nostalgic moviemaking is rendered with digital precision in Robert Zemeckis’ highly manicured World War II romance “Allied.” Zemeckis’ control of his camera is absolute, if self-consciously so. In “Allied,” with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, he has resurrected the espionage thriller in all its classical glamour with a knowingness that’s both impressively grand and stiffly hollow. The crisp period ...

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Review: Beatty as Eccentric Billionaire – Not THAT One

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Warren Beatty doesn’t want us to regard “Rules Don’t Apply,” in which he stars as Howard Hughes, as a Howard Hughes film. It’s actually a movie about late ’50s Hollywood, he says, and the sexual puritanism of the era. Indeed, Beatty doesn’t appear for a long while in this much-awaited film, which he co-wrote, directed and starred in — perhaps ...

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