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Maisie Williams, shown in a scene from “Game of Thrones,” stars in the trailer for “The New Mutants.”


Locally shot ‘New Mutants’ bumped back to 2019

One explanation is that Fox didn’t want the film to play against the highly anticipated “Deadpool” sequel.

Matt Ingebretson, a co-creator and costar of “Corporate.”

TV Critic’s Corner

As a satire of cubicle culture, ‘Corporate’ does the job

The new Comedy Central series premieres Wednesday.

Ms. O’Riordan had a high and breathy voice. Four of her Irish rock band’s albums reached the Billboard Top 20.

Dolores O’Riordan, 46, lead singer of the Cranberries

Ms. O’Riordan wrote lyrics and often music for the band’s 1990s hits, including “Linger,” which remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 24 weeks.

The New York Times will figure prominently in Liz Garbus’s Showtime documentary series.

TV Critic’s Corner

Showtime offers an inside look at how the press covers the president

Liz Garbus’s documentary series, which has the working title “The Fourth Estate,” will follow The New York Times as it covers President Trump.

Chad De La Guerra, Jalen Beeks, and Red Sox Scholar Ramyus Peters.


MLK Day brings out athletes old and new

Red Sox rookies and former Bruin Willie O’Ree attended holiday events.

Tonya Harding (left) and Margot Robbie at the LA premiere of


Tonya Harding doesn’t want to hear Sufjan Stevens’s song about her

The figure skater isn’t interested.


Jamie Lee Curtis voices support for Eliza Dushku after account of assault

Dushku wrote that she was sexually abused at age 12 while working on “True Lies.”

Queen Elizabeth II has granted her first televised interview.

Queen Elizabeth II goes rogue with a ‘conversation’

It’s the first televised interview the 91-year-old British monarch has granted during her 65-year reign.

Mark Wahlberg said he’ll donate the money to Time’s Up in the name of his co-star, Michelle Williams, who reportedly made less than $1,000 on the reshoots.

After outcry, Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million film fee

The move followed an outcry over a significant disparity in pay between Wahlberg and co-star Michelle Williams.

In part of the performance, dancers wear masks that glitter like disco balls and have knife-like horns.

Dance Review

Hervé Koubi explores night and day at the ICA

The French choreographer’s presentation moves from the spiritual to the historical and political.

David Letterman interviews Barack Obama on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Letterman launches Netflix show with a disappointing Obama interview

David Letterman covers too much familiar turf with the former president on the debut of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

Lana Del Rey

Music Review

California dreaming with Lana Del Rey at TD Garden

Seven years after “Video Games,” the LA singer now has the live chops and deep catalog of hits to put on the arena show of her dreams.

Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos onstage at the House of Blues.

Music Review

At House of Blues, Passion Pit gets blissfully carried away

Frontman Michael Angelakos connected with the sold-out crowd with an enthusiastic and cathartic performance.

Marc Bertrand (left) hosts the Patriots’ pre- and postgame shows on WBZ-FM, The Sports Hub.

WBZ-FM host Marc Bertrand ‘relatively OK’ after Route 1 crash

Bertrand was transported to an area hospital and released after the incident.

Katie Couric spoke Saturday during a press event in Pasadena, Calif. Couric told People magazine about allegations of sexual assault being made against former colleague Matt Lauer: ‘‘I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left.’’

Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer: ‘I had no idea’

Couric spoke to People magazine Saturday on sexual misconduct allegations against her former “Today” co-host.

Fake news jeans: travesty or sign of the times?

Since the Golden Globes on Sunday, the question of what to wear to the various awards shows has become even more fraught than usual. It’s not just about a dress any more, but about solidarity.

Taraji P. Henson stars as an assassin in the Boston-set “Proud Mary.”

Movie Review

‘Proud Mary’ isn’t here to show the good side of the city

Surely Taraji P. Henson deserves better than the routine gangland shoot-’em-up that is “Proud Mary.” Surely we do, too.

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's

Chris Matthews apologizes for joking about a ‘Bill Cosby pill’

The MSNBC host joked about having a “Bill Cosby pill” before an interview with Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Francois-Xavier Roth conducts pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the BSO during Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

Music Review

In Symphony Hall, early works from modern masters

Francois-Xavier Roth led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in works by Stravinsky, Bartok, and Webern.

Zhu Jiejing (left) and Wang Jiajun in Shanghai Dance Theatre’s “Soaring Wings.”

Dance Review

Shanghai Dance gives its ‘Crested Ibis’ wings

Making its Boston debut, the “dance drama” is a journey to remember.

Zac Brown performing in Nashville in 2015.


Zac Brown Band sets Fenway dates

The band has played at the ballpark before.

King earned his PhD from BU in 1955.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Jan. 15-21

Martin Luther King Day commemorations, “America’s Test Kitchen” live in Cambridge, and more.


Bay State children’s literature exhibit opens at Logan Airport

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney made the scene.


A repair café, a documentary, and a dance show

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Local bestsellers

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

hot ticket

The Seaport gets a (swanky) multiplex

The new theater — it’s already screening films, just make sure to check listings before you go — houses a lounge with an in-house chef preparing shrimp tacos, ponzu salmon, and pierogies.

An undated photo of the Old Corner Bookstore on the corner

new england literary news | Nina MacLaughlin

Turning Old Corner Bookstore into a museum; legacy of MLK’s murder

Paul Lewis, Boston College professor, is spearheading a petition effort to change the 300-year-old building.

A still image from Frederick Wiseman’s “High School II.”

DocTalk: Geniuses, collectors, and tell-all films

A round-up of documentary screenings and other documentary-related events for the week.

Daniel Day-Lewis with Fiona Shaw in “My Left Foot.”

A Daniel Day-Lewis festival comes to the Coolidge

If Daniel Day-Lewis really means it when he says he’s done with film acting, then at least he’s going out in high style.

Nicholas Petricca and Walk the Moon play the House of Blues Jan. 14.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Gish Jen will read from “The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap” at 7 p.m. at Newtonville Books.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 7-13

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Stories that form the DNA of a culture

Martin Puchner looks at 16 international texts spread over 4,000 years that tell the stories of how cultures came to be and what they value.

book review

The downside of being a prodigy

“Off The Charts’’ examines the stories of 15 gifted children and emphasizes the strains and difficulties that accompany prodigious gifts.

Justice delayed in ‘No Stone Unturned’

In 1994, six men were killed in a pub in Northern Ireland. That looked like the end of the story, until Alex Gibney started digging.

Hamilton and Jefferson of the environmental movement

Mid-20th century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, represent the poles of approach to the problem: changing the way we live or pursuing technologies that make change unnecessary.


Author likes a helping of science in her fiction

Nathalia Holt, who has a PhD in biochemistry, can tell when an author has a real love of science.

Darren Criss stars as serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Television Review

FX’s great ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ traces the making of a monster

The new season of “American Crime Story” is a remarkable portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9294305b) US President Donald J. Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House for an event at the FBI Academy in Washington, DC, USA 15 December 2017. The President spoke about Roy Moore, Russian President Putin, North Korea, and the status of the Republican tax bill. The White House and Congressional Republicans believe they have the votes to pass the tax bill next week, though the recent hospitalizations of Senators McCain and Cochran could upset that timing. Trump speaks about Roy Moore, tax bill as he departs White House, Washington, USA - 15 Dec 2017

Trump accuses FBI agent of ‘treason’ in newspaper interview

President Donald Trump has accused an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team of “treason.”

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

YouTube apologies may signal a cultural shift

A closer look at Logan Paul and Shane Dawson.

Taraji P. Henson in the new movie “Proud Mary.”


Costume designer takes pride in look of ‘Proud Mary’ cast

Styling the actors was entrusted to costume designer Deborah Newhall, a Rhode Island resident with diverse film credits.

A Hattie McDaniel biopic is in the works

The actress was the first African-American to win an Oscar, for her role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind.”

Elisabeth Moss (left) and Christina Hendricks in “Mad Men.”


Before #MeToo, there was ‘Mad Men’

No TV series has exposed the insidiousness of sexism in the workplace as brilliantly.

“SOUND CAVE” is part of the Liz Glynn exhibit at Mass MoCA.

Art Review

At Mass MoCA, a dark look at a possible future

Liz Glynn’s show is even more a physical experience than a visual one.

“The Final Year” director Greg Barker.

A behind-the-scenes look at foreign policy in ‘The Final Year’

The documentary follows President Obama’s foreign policy team for the last 12 months of the administration.

Timberfakes lead vocalist Ryan Kelley is shown performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in 2013.


Justin Timberlake cover band readies for his new record

The Timberfakes play Saturday at the Sinclair.

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in “Sorry to Bother You.”

Ty Burr

What I want to see at Sundance

This year’s festival will screen 110 films. Here are the 13 that Ty Burr is most excited about.