Mark Shanahan

Mark Shanahan writes a daily column focused on entertainment and pop culture, and longer pieces about folks in the fields of music, movies, literature, and the arts generally. He has been at the Boston Globe since 2003 and before that at the Portland Press Herald, where he was a political reporter and a features writer. He grew in western Mass., where his father was the editor of a local newspaper, and he developed a keen interest in news and storytelling. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is married with two fantastic children, Julia and Beckett.

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Director Jason Reitman talks about Gary Hart and ‘The Front-Runner’

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The new film looks back at the 1987 sex scandal that ended a presidential campaign.

How you can now listen to a never-before-heard Van Morrison recording from 1968 Boston

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In “Astral Weeks,” Boston writer/musician Ryan Walsh shares the backstory of the Van Morrison album that was written, at least partially, while the Irish singer was holed up in a Cambridge apartment.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ brings Queen and Freddie Mercury to the big screen

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Rami Malek, who plays the band’s late frontman, and two of his castmates talk about the movie.

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The man who got paid to go to parties

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The Globe’s longtime celebrity columnist looks back on 15 years of galas, premieres, and a sweaty chat with Anna Kournikova.