‘The Bachelorette’: Five questions after a weird and dramatic episode

After a lackluster “Bachelorette” premiere in which the most drama involved a guy who kept saying “whaboom,” producers really stepped up their game in the second episode. Here are five questions we have after week two:1) How excited were “Bachelorette” producers when they found out DeMa
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‘Wonder Woman’ marks DC’s triumphant return to great storytelling

“Wonder Woman” is the first masterpiece in Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Justice League era.Breathtaking and action-packed, with an occasional dark edge and plenty of humor, “Wonder Woman,” more than any of Warner Bros.’ current DC Comics films, channels the one emotion from the co
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Looking for a blissful summer novel? Here it is: ‘Standard Deviation’

Audra Daltry is like that old Reader’s Digest feature, “My Most Unforgettable Character.” She’s the person other people talk about. She swallows the room. She also rules “Standard Deviation,” Katherine Heiny’s charming debut novel. Audra is armed with a pronounced case of logorrhea, an
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TV highlights: ‘House of Cards’ returns to Netflix

(All times Eastern). Fear Factor (MTV at 10) Rapper-actor Ludacris hosts this revival of the 2000s reality TV hit. World of Dance (NBC at 10) Elite dancers from around the world compete in this new reality show produced by Jennifer Lopez, who also serves as a judge, alongside Ne-Yo and Derek Houg
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Prince Charles receives honorary degree in Transylvania

BUCHAREST, Romania — A Transylvanian university says Prince Charles has received an honorary degree for his devotion to Romania at the start of a private visit to the East European country.The rector of Cluj’s Babes-Bolyai University, Ioan Aurel Popa, bestowed the “doctor honoris causa distinc
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Paris mayor says ‘solution’ found for black feminist event

PARIS — The mayor of Paris said Monday that a “clear solution” has been found with organizers of a festival for black feminists, an event that had aroused her ire because four-fifths of the festival space was to be open exclusively to black women.Mayor Anne Hidalgo had strongly criticized and
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We’ll always have Van Nuys: Hangar from ‘Casablanca’ saved

LOS ANGELES — The airport hangar facade from the opening scene of “Casablanca” has found a home a decade after being saved from the wrecking ball.The arched facade dating to the 1920s has been in a Los Angeles parking lot since it was removed during 2007 renovations at Van Nuys Airport.The han
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Taylor Mac’s play ‘Hir’ shows an America that’s groping in the dark for its moral identity

R.I.P. the American family.That might be a useful epitaph for “Hir,” a bristling social comedy by Taylor Mac that regales us with the story of the end of whatever it was that made America great. An acrid, unforgiving play, receiving a pungently impeccable regional premiere at Woolly Mammoth Thea
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TV highlights: ‘Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland’ airs on Lifetime

All times Eastern. The Bachelorette (ABC at 8 p.m.) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis lead eight of Rachel’s suitors through an obstacle course. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also makes a guest appearance. Still Star-Crossed (ABC at 10) This Shondaland drama, reviewed on C3, takes place in Verona foll
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Turns out the Trump era isn’t ‘1984.’ It’s ‘King Lear.’

We were wrong: The Trump era is not like George Orwell’s “1984.”But how striking those echoes sounded at first. Kellyanne Conway, the president’s spirit animal, seemed to borrow phrases directly from Big Brother when she posited the existence of “alternative facts.” Press secretary Sean
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