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'The State': A Provocative New Drama Considers Life Inside ISIS

The miniseries by the "Wolf Hall" director Peter Kosminsky follows four Britons who join up with the terrorist group....

The worst Emmy snubs and slights in history, from 'Star Trek' to Elisabeth Moss

How is it possible that 'Roseanne' was never even nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series?...

How the NBA 2K video game series predicted pro basketball's 'Moneyball'-style revolution

Tanking. Tons of three-pointers. Up-tempo play. The hallmarks of modern NBA play were staples for 2K players....

Darkness on the Edge of 'Broad City'

The manic-pixie yas kweens squirm under Trump in Season 4....

San Francisco will dedicate $50M to art as it creates an entire neighborhood on Treasure Island

An undeveloped island in San Francisco Bay will soon offer world-class public art, not to mention an unbeatable view....

The Remarkable Rise of Tiffany Haddish

The standup and "Girls Trip" star had a breakout summer, and her success points to how comedy has—and hasn’t—changed for women and entertainers of color....

29 New TV Shows to Watch This Fall

"The Deuce" revists the 1970s sex industry, "American Horror Story" considers the election, and "Alias Grace" brings another Margaret Atwood classic to the small screen....

We made Karl Rove listen to The National, and he wasn't impressed

The National's new album, 'Sleep Well Beast,' bashes Trump using a Bush-era quote often attributed to Karl Rove. We asked Rove what he thinks....

Barack Obama and Joe Biden will take on Trump and try to save humanity in the animated 'Barry & Joe'

Trump is cast as the unseen villain because “I really just don’t have any interest in looking at his face more than I have to," says creator Adam Reid....

A brief history of Hillary Clinton's 'There's Something About Mary' analogy

In her new book, Hillary Clinton compares Bernie Sanders to a deranged character from 'There's Something About Mary.' Why does this movie reference keep cropping up?...

Reform Jews are worse than Holocaust deniers, says former chief rabbi of Israel

Currently the Sephardi chief rabbi of Jerusalem, he has a history of attacking liberal Jews as “evil” and homosexuals as a “cult of abomination.”...

How Mattis May Get Himself in Trouble With Trump

The secretary of defense could run afoul of his boss if his review of the policy on transgender troops follows the facts to their conclusion....

Lena Waithe on Being Nominated for an Emmy and Embracing Her Voice

"Ultimately I want to write something that makes people want to go to the movies three times."...

Part 'Spaceballs, part UCB improv, Audioboom podcasters are on a 'Mission to Zyxx'

Six comedy performers and writers are attempting to meld narrative sci-fi with unscripted, longform improv for a genre all their own....

Each Game of Thrones character's season 7 strategy, ranked by political science

There’s a clear best player — and a clear worst....

Is Taylor Swift about to declare war on the media?

And will 2017 be the year she acknowledges the existence of Trump?...

An average golfer takes on the Presidents Cup course at the exclusive Liberty National Golf Club

What happens when an aggressively mediocre golfer spends a day at a club typically reserved for New York’s elite?...

Rabbis won’t call Trump for Jewish High Holidays because of his Charlottesville response

Trump’s statements were “so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred that we cannot organize such a call this year.”...

Logan Lucky puts a West Virginia spin on an Ocean’s 11-style heist. It’s terrific fun.

Steven Soderbergh’s latest features a wildly entertaining Daniel Craig as a blonde hillbilly genius thief....

Against Instagram

Aubrey Plaza's new comedy 'Ingrid Goes West' sends up the Instagram influencers living a profitable lie....

Like '2 Dope Queens'? Here are 7 podcasts you'll love

Now that '2 Dope Queens' is getting four TV specials, here are a few more audio series to check out....

Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth: "Trump is not going to out-crazy Kim Jong Un'

“You can’t out-hyperbole a dictator who’s crazy," the war veteran said on "Late Night."...

With 'Lucky Logan,' Steven Soderbergh makes a fast and furious return to directing movies

The film—starring Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig as hillbilly thieves—is the director at his best: clever and funny as hell....

Pop star is arrested for illegal dancing in Saudi Arabia, where dabbing is taboo

Saudi Arabian fans overwhelmingly supported the pop star after dabbing at his concert....

The Identity Crisis of an American Abroad

Making sense of one’s home country from afar...

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on the U.S. prison system: "It's not that different from the Middle Ages"

The Danish actor traded his 'Game of Thrones' armor for tattoos and a shiv to play a financier-turned-violent gang banger in 'Shot Caller.'...

George and Amal Clooney will help pay for the education of 3,000 Syrian children in Lebanon

A $3.25 million donation from the Clooney Foundation for Justice, Google and HP will pay for transportation, school supplies, computers, content, curriculum and teacher training....

San Diego Comic-Con 2017: the complete list of must-see movie and TV trailers

Justice League, The Defenders, Stranger Things, and more....

Where Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and others will go after Westeros

Expect recurring roles in "Star Wars" and "X-Men" from the Emmy-winning cast....

'We’re Headed Toward One of the Greatest Divisions in the History of the Jewish People'

A small, vocal group of Conservative rabbis is pushing the movement to accept marriages between Jews and non-Jews. The fight is really about the future of the religion. ...

Watch: Keegan-Michael Key brings back Obama’s "anger translator" to rage about Trump and health care

"I would say you people make me sick, but I can’t afford that, because I wouldn’t have no damn insurance!"...

Poem of the Week: ‘America’ by Alicia Ostriker

In honor of Independence Day, some ambivalent and poignant verse for a fraught national moment...

Religion: One More Area of Life Where Everything Is Partisan

A new paper suggests clergy in most denominations are more Democratic and Republican than their parishioners. ...

War for the Planet of the Apes is the summer’s most essential blockbuster

Taking cues from the Bible and from history, it has both a brain and a soul....

How a Syrian Writer Takes on War

Osama Alomar's story collection "The Teeth of the Comb" looks at cruelty, compassion, and hope in the face of catastrophe....

Rewriting the Iranian Revolution

A new book attempts to portray the Shah of Iran as a frustrated democrat....

Why Is Casey Affleck So Sad?

The spirit of wounded masculinity haunts America in 'A Ghost Story.'...

Toscanini, Trump, and Classical Music as a Symbol of Power

For a couple of days, the dumbfounding Presidency of Donald Trump was all about symphonies....

MTV News and the Threats to Negative Criticism

The idea that any media organization could be effectively bullied into shifting its mission from journalistic to promotional is unnerving....