Dinosaurs — and Michael Crichton — roar again in ‘Dragon Teeth’

As if extracted from amber, a new story has been reanimated from the fossilized brain of Michael Crichton. Recently “discovered” in the late author’s archives (Crichton died in 2008), “Dragon Teeth” is a light historical novel that bears all the narrative traits of its techno-thriller ance
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HBO invests in its own cinematic take on Bernie Madoff, but it still doesn’t pay off

Something about the Bernard Madoff investment scandal, which occurred almost nine years ago alongside the near-unraveling of the American economy, is still too big to fathom or, at least, remains too raw to produce a satisfying TV movie. Now we have two attempts to compare and contrast: Barry Levins
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Washington Ballet unrolls a season of world premieres and masterworks

The creative buzz of brand-new work returns in force for the Washington Ballet’s 2017-2018 season, which will feature three world premieres in a single evening, as well as enduring gems and company premieres by such luminaries as Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins and John Cranko.  Additionally, a
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Rick Foucheux paints a possible stage exit with an intimate ‘King Lear’

An actor retires, Scene 1:At Monday night’s Helen Hayes Awards, only one recipient among the dozens heard the swell of music from the orchestra murmuring, “Time’s up.” That was Rick Foucheux, a winner as Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” — the longtime D.C. ac
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TV highlights: ‘Twin Peaks’ premieres on Showtime

(All times Eastern). Training Day (CBS at 9) Frank goes on a rogue mission in the Season 1 finale. The crime drama was the final TV project for Bill Paxton, who died in February. Saturday Night Live (NBC at 11:30) The sketch comedy show wraps a standout season with host Dwayne “The Rock” Jo
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A survivor’s life in music

She’s a musical pioneer, a grande dame of her country’s music scene, the first person in the world to record the complete harpsichord music of Bach. As a teenager, she survived both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, where she contracted the bubonic plague. As an adult, she lived through the height of
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The Weeknd embraces his superstardom at Verizon Center

Two days before Washington found itself in the Weeknd’s orbit, the video for his single “Starboy” officially surpassed 1 billion YouTube views. In it, the Canadian crooner kidnaps and suffocates a version of his former self, destroying any evidence of its existence. So when his shape-shifting
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For a Washington Ballet premiere: Dancers, spacesuits and Velcro. Lots of Velcro. ​

Ethan Stiefel’s new work for the Washington Ballet, “Frontier,” is about astronauts and space travel. The dancers wear spacesuits. They’re sleek, tailored, zip-up affairs, vaguely authentic looking, as though NASA and New York’s Seventh Avenue met and made a onesie.In fact, that is what ha
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Hugh Jackman’s secret? He didn’t know wolverines are real

NEW YORK — After playing Wolverine in nine movies, Hugh Jackman arguably knows more about the superhero than anyone. But that wasn’t always the case.He recalls researching the animal when he first got the role and being somewhat mistaken about the character. For one thing, he had no idea that a
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Mama Cass graphic biography ‘California Dreamin’ ’ shows how a Baltimore teen became a rock star

IF A GRAPHIC NOVEL can be thought of like a three-minute pop song, then French author Penelope Bagieu wisely holds a beautiful epiphany well past the two-minute mark. The timing is sublime.In her new work “California Dreamin’,” a graphic biography of Mama Cass Elliot, the pivotal scene that s
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