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TV Critic’s Corner

Need an idea for a game show? There’s an app for that.

Fox has “Beat Shazam,” CBS “Candy Crush,” and now there’s a “Words With Friends” adaptation in the works.

James Davis hosts “Hood Adjacent” on Comedy Central.

TV Critic’s Corner

Is Davis the heir to Chappelle? That’s the wrong question.

The host of Comedy Central’s “Hood Adjacent” is just getting started.

From left: Bernard White, Priscilla Lopez, Guenia Lemos, and Jayne Atkinson in “The Clean House.”

Stage Review

In Ruhl’s masterful ‘Clean House,’ an empathy for untidy humans

The beauty of the Williamstown Theatre Festival production lies in director Rebecca Taichman’s ability to embrace Ruhl’s imaginative universe.

Chester Bennington


Refunds available for Linkin Park show at Xfinity Center

Live Nation says ticket holders can get money back at the point of purchase.

Brandon Vallee of Thunderbar Comedy, which is hosting seven themed stand-up shows starting Tuesday.


Underground comedy is front and center at this week’s ‘Thunderfest II’

Organizers hope to make it an annual tradition.

Canadian band Arcade Fire performing in France last week.


Arcade Fire e-mails fans a dress code

It’s not clear if the strict rules — no shorts or tank tops allowed — will be enforced when the band plays TD Garden Sept. 15.

From left: Boston Marathon bombing survivors Adrianne Haslet and Jeff Bauman, Marathon bombing responder Carlos Arredondo, Henry Richard, and DMSE race director Dave McGillivray at the finish line of the DMSE Sports Classic Celebrity Mile.


Marathon bombing survivors join other VIPs at road race

Bauman takes part in DMSE Sports Classic.


Twitter enjoys Nicolas Cage in Kazakhstan

The actor is attending a film festival.


Justin Bieber cancels rest of tour, including date at Gillette Stadium

No explanation was given for the sudden cancellation.

Michael Phelps finished 2 seconds slower than the computer-generated Great White.

Not great enough: Michael Phelps can’t keep up with shark

In a made-for-TV showdown, the simulated Great White left the 23-time gold medalist in the slow lane.

HBO original series Game of Thrones: Season 7 (2017): Kit Harington. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

You can ‘Just Say No’ to Jon Snow, but that can lead to a very lonely Monday

For “Game of Thrones” abstainers, the show’s return means confusing references, absentee friends, and the admonishments of the “Thrones”-loving masses.


12 questions about TB12: A Tom Brady trivia quiz

Tom Brady turns 40 on Aug. 3. We all know he’s won five Super Bowls, but can you answer these questions about our QB?

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones.”

In 'Game of Thrones,’ uneasy alliances and a royal prophecy

“Stormborn” reminds us early on that every alliance beginning to form this season will have to reckon with all participants' unsavory pasts.

New York Times asks Fox News for apology after ‘inaccurate segment’

A “Fox & Friends” piece accused the paper of publishing a story in 2015 that hindered the US attempt to kill ISIS’ leader.

From left: Elisabeth and Bruce Percelay, publisher of Nantucket Magazine, with Bill Belichick and Linda Holliday at the Crystal Ball on Nantucket.


Belichick and Beatty make the scene on Nantucket

The Patriots coach and the 14-time Academy Award nominee were at separate events on the island over the weekend.

(FILES) This photo taken on August 25, 2010 in Johannesburg shows former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela in a handout photograph released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Nelson Mandela

Book about Nelson Mandela’s medical treatment stirs dispute

The retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said the Mandela family had requested that the book be written.

NAACP to embark on listening tour to plan its future

The civil rights organization also announced a new interim leader at its annual convention.

TV Critic’s corner

Everything we know so far about the return of ‘Stranger Things’

New cast members for season two of the Netflix hit include Paul Reiser and Sean Astin.

Watch the new trailer for the second season of ‘Stranger Things’

The creators premiered a trailer for the show’s second season at Comic-Con that was so new, even the cast hadn’t seen it.

Trump’s new message guru wants ‘a more positive mojo’

President Donald Trump’s new communications adviser says it’s time to hit the “reset button.”

Maria Menounos


Maria Menounos reflects on brain tumor surgery

In an interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly, the TV host and Medford native said her initial reaction to the diagnosis was not what she expected.

Ben Affleck at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday.


Don’t count Affleck out of Batman role

Appearing at Comic-Con in San Diego, the actor said Warner Bros. executives have told him that they want him to stay on.

Kendrick Lamar (seen at a show in Quebec on July 7) performed at TD Garden Saturday night.

Music Review

Kendrick Lamar is a man of his word at TD Garden

The rapper occupied center stage Saturday night in a show that had the audience serving as a chorus.

Gemma Arterton in “Their Finest.”

Ty Burr

Looking to stream some flicks? Try these.

Our movie critic provides a rundown of what he’s found interesting on the various services lately.

Actor John Heard, shown in 2006.

Actor John Heard, of ‘Home Alone’ movies, dies at 71

Heard was best known for playing the father of Macaulay Culkin’s character.

Chance the Rapper performed earlier this month in London.

More than 90 hospitalized during Chance the Rapper show in Hartford

Many were taken to hospitals for excessive drinking. Police made 50 underage drinking referrals.

Boston, MA - 5/7/2017 - Comedian David Letterman walks the red carpet as he arrives for the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA, May 7, 2017. Former U.S. President Barack Obama was the recipient of the award. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

David Letterman donates hundreds of items to alma mater

David Letterman has donated more than 1,000 memorabilia items — including 15 Emmy Awards — to Ball State University.

Amazon has acquired “Homecoming,” starring Julia Roberts.

TV Critic’s Corner

A ‘Homecoming’ for Julia Roberts

Amazon’s half-hour drama is from “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail.


Changing the channel on cable

Streaming is picking up steam, but cutting the cord isn’t easy.

Man broadcasts live as he speeds on beach, cursing and drinking

The commotion along the Florida’s west coast sent beachgoers scrambling for safety, but no one was injured.

Kenneth Branagh in “Dunkirk.”

What’s the best format for viewing ‘Dunkirk’?

It depends on what kind of experience you want.

Keith Hamilton Cobb is the creator and star of “American Moor.’’

Stage Review

A spellbinding journey through Shakespeare and race in ‘American Moor’

In “American Moor,’’ writer-performer Keith Hamilton Cobb explores racial attitudes in the theater and beyond with a compelling combination of dynamism and lyricism.

Ben Affleck (left) and Henry Cavill in a scene from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”


Is Ben Affleck done as Batman?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is “working on plans to usher [Affleck] out” as the Caped Crusader.

Laura Jeppesen (pictured) conceived Thursday’s program, which celebrated music from the court of Isabella d’Este.

Music Review

Voices and viols close out Aston Magna at Brandeis

Isabella d’Este and Josquin des Prez were on the program for Thursday night’s concert.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers onstage at TD Garden Thursday night.

Music Review

The hits just keep on coming as Petty and band mark a milestone

In the first of two 40th-anniversary shows at TD Garden Thursday, the Heartbreakers focused on fan favorites from their extensive catalog.


I know what you should binge this summer

Here are plenty of suggestions of series past and present to get you through the summer doldrums.

Boston stars in trailer for ‘Proud Mary’

The film was shot in the area and is about a hit woman who works for a Boston-based organized crime clan.

Marco Rubio suggests Tom Brady be given a Brazil

The Florida senator knows the Dolphins can’t beat Brady and the Patriots.

Mayor declares Monday to be Judd Apatow Day in Boston

You’ve got to admit Mayor Martin Walsh has the proclamation thing down.

Chester Bennington.

Chester Bennington’s death mirrors that of close friend Chris Cornell

The Linkin Park frontman was found dead on Thursday from an apparent suicide. He was 41.

Soviet pilots in 1943.

book review

Soviet warrior women

“The Unwomanly Face of War” is a lacerating and harrowing oral history based on more than 500 interviews with former soldiers, snipers, and pilots.

Chris Steele-Perkins’s “Young Teddy Boys in Southend, England, 1976.”

Photography review

Wishing Magnum Photos a happy 70th birthday

An exhibit at the International Center of Photography in New York showcases the remarkable skill, ingenuity, and daring of the photojournalists of Magnum Photos.

Lena Dunham as Hannah in HBO’s “Girls.”

tv critic’s corner

Next up for Lena Dunham: an election horror story

The “Girls" creator and star will appear in next season’s “American Horror Story.”

Jazeps Vitols


Recalling the father of Latvian classical music

The case of Jazeps Vitols — composer, critic, and educator — is an example of how political histories retroactively affect fame.

book review

Reimagining the life of a ’50s woman executive

Joanna Scott’s compelling and complex new novel is chockablock with history, feminism, social divisions, environmental blight, corruption, sexism, and murder.

Sam Peckinpah on the set of the 1977 film “Cross of Iron.”

Don't mess with Sam, Agnès, or especially Chuck

Peckinpah, Varda, and Berry are all screening in Greater Boston this week.