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Passages 2017: Those we’ve lost through the year

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:02:45 -0400


'The Usual Santas,' crime fiction that's both naughty and nice

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:56:38 -0500

It may not be the usual way to celebrate the holidays, but 'The Usual Santas' collects 18 cool Christmas crime capers. A 3-star book review.


Writing legitimate 'Fake News' is a challenge, says fake newscaster Ed Helms

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:56:58 -0500

Ed Helms, who hosts the Comedy Central's 'The Fake News With Ted Nelms," says writing political satire has gotten tougher with Trump as president.


New bio is a searing portrait of 'Little House on the Prairie' author Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:38:03 -0500

Caroline Fraser's biography 'Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder' is a groundbreaking look at the author. A 4-star book review.


Oh baby! 'The Rock' announces THIRD girl

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:20:00 -0500

Looks like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will continue to be "surrounded by beautiful (and relentless) estrogen."


Day in celebrities

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:37:57 -0400


10 books we loved reading in 2017

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:56:13 -0500

Our critics fell in love with these 10 fiction and non-fiction titles this year, from 'Lincoln in the Bardo' to 'Leonardo da Vinci.'


USA TODAY's best celebrity photos of 2017

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:12:01 -0500


Celebs stand with boy who spoke against bullying

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:11 -0500

Keaton Jones, a student in Maynardville, Tenn., sparked a national conversation about bullying after a video of him went viral over the weekend. After his video went viral, celebs went to social media to stand with Keaton


15 biggest pop culture moments of 2017

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 08:42:34 -0500

From the Oscars best picture mishap to Kendall Jenner's Pepsi commercial, a lot has happened in 12 months.


The Harvey Weinstein effect: Tracking the accused

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:13:17 -0500

Tracking the many men accused of sexual misconduct since the scandal broke.


Amazon's car-crazed 'Grand Tour' breaks in the engine with Season 2

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:04:33 -0500

The studio is staying put in Jeremy Clarkson's yard this season, the celebrity guests get to live and the already-stunning cinematography is now 4K.


‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Get Out’ snubbed by Golden Globes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:11:07 -0500

While big, well deserving names did make the list, a number of high-profile awards contenders were overlooked in the Golden Globes nominations.


Larry King denies accusations of groping Terry Richard, Eddie Fisher's ex-wife

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:10:32 -0500

Richard, the ex-wife of former singer/actor Eddie Fisher, told DailyMailTV that King reached down her dress while taking photos with her.


Our critic Kelly Lawler picks the 10 best TV shows of 2017

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:37:07 -0500

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' 'Big Little Lies' and 'Game of Thrones' all found a place among our favorites.


Nervous toddler meets Santa and hilariously signals for 'help'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:17:26 -0500

Meeting Santa in a mall is a rite of passage for many children, but for some, it could be nerve-wracking


Reports: CAA cancels Golden Globes party, sets up defense fund for sexual harassment victims

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:56:45 -0500

The Hollywood talent agency is redirecting funds from its Globes party into a new fund for sexual harassment victims


Joined by his son Billy, an emotional Jimmy Kimmel makes the case for CHIP

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:43:10 -0500

Like father, like son — Jimmy Kimmel and his son, Billy, both charmed Kimmel's viewers Monday night.


J.K. Rowling named royal Companion of Honor by Prince William

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:45:50 -0500

The Harry Potter author said it was a "particular privilege" as a female author to be included among royal Companions of Honor.


TV tonight: A 'Fresh Off the Boat' Christmas

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:00:04 -0500

What’s worth watching, and what might not be, in prime time.


'The Rock' announces he's expecting a baby girl in adorable Instagram post

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:03:01 -0500

Dwayne Johnson said he's delighted to be surrounded by women: "All girls. One dude. And a boy dog. I wouldn’t have it any other way."


Entertainers who made the biggest impact in 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:49:05 -0500

From activist Rose McGowan to comedian Jimmy Kimmel, here's our list of the most influential entertainers of the year.


Why I love the ‘Star Wars’ prequels (and you should too)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:52:27 -0500

The 'Star Wars' prequel trilogy isn't as bad as you may remember, and worth revisiting before 'The Last Jedi.'


'Star Wars': A refresher on your 'Force Awakens' favorites going into 'The Last Jedi'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:06:39 -0500

Where Rey, Luke, Leia, Kylo Ren, Finn and Poe have been and where they're going as the new movie arrives this week.


Clip: 'The Fake News With Ted Nelms'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:39:37 -0500

In a clip from Comedy Central special 'The Fake News With Ted Nelms,' Ed Helms plays an anchor who gets punched in the face and wants his correspondent to get closer to the action. "Pics or it didn't happen!"


'Star Wars': What you need to know about 'The Last Jedi' and the franchise's future

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:54:58 -0500

Characters are torn between the light and the shadow, old Luke is an inspiration and Han Solo's death affects everyone.


Merriam-Webster names 'feminism' as its word of the year

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:38:53 -0500

Many looked up the term amid the #Metoo movement and as increasing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct have taken over the news cycle.


These 10 people made the biggest impact in entertainment this year

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:41:55 -0500

The USA TODAY Life staff has chosen 10 people who helped rescue us from the appalling headlines of 2017.


Judd Apatow skewers Trump in 'Return,' his new Netflix stand-up special

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:09:48 -0500

Judd Apatow throws punchlines at his established foe President Trump, as well as other celebs, in 'The Return.'


Veteran NPR host Tom Ashbrook suspended for alleged sexual misconduct

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:46:55 -0500

The host of 'On Point,' one of NPR's most successful programs, has been accused of 'creepy' conduct at WBUR in Boston.


10 of our favorite breakout stars of 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:47:43 -0500

From probable Oscar nominees to chart-topping stars, these 10 names were among the most exciting surprises in our 2017 year in culture.


When are your favorite holiday specials airing?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:20:24 -0500


'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere photos

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:17:22 -0500


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: So many options for wedding performers

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:12:54 -0500

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a long list of friends and artists that would be thrilled to do the honors but who will they choose to sing at their wedding reception next spring?


Golden Globes 2018: The top nominees in photos

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:02:24 -0500


Duchess Kate: Style Diary

Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:58:41 -0400


All the ways you can satisfy that gelt-y pleasure during Hanukkah

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:04:20 -0500

The treat has evolved from chewy chocolate to consumer-conscious, meticulously crafted, melt-in-your-mouth money. Video provided by Newsy


Engaged! Prince Harry, Meghan Markle celebrate

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:50:37 -0500


How to make paper dreidel garland

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:53:11 -0500

This fun and festive Hanukkah craft gives some playful color to your living room mantel.


Why 'The New Yorker's 'Cat Person' is the story about sex and consent the Internet needed

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:59:32 -0500

Why has the story struck a chord with so many people? One reason is timeliness.


Mario Batali accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:21:00 -0500

Mario Batali is stepping back from his restaurant empire as well as his hosting gig on ABC amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct


Netflix calls out 53 'Christmas Prince' viewers and Twitter claps back

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:29:13 -0500

Social media clapped back at Netflix Sunday after the online movie streaming company called out 53 people for watching a sappy Christmas comedy.


Attorney gives son $4 million birthday party

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:53:36 -0500

Last year Thomas J. Henry spent $6 million on his daughter Maya's quinceañera. This weekend, he made sure his son's 18th birthday didn't fall short.


Mario Batali steps aside after accusations of habitual sexual harassment

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:12:13 -0500

Chef Mario Batali has been accused of habitually sexually harassing and inappropriately touching women as he ruled his food empire.


Leon Rhodes, guitarist with Texas Troubadours, dies at 85

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:24 -0500

The guitarist played with blinding speed and unbelievable accuracy as part of the Texas Troubadours in the 1960s.


Golden Globes 2018 biggest snubs: 'Wonder Woman,' Tiffany Haddish, 'The Big Sick'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:54:09 -0500

'Get Out' and 'The Big Sick' were among the most noteworthy movies overlooked for 2018 honors.


Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and girlfriend are expecting a baby girl!

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:33:43 -0500

Dwayne Johnson is going to be a dad again — and it’s another girl. "The Rock" and his girlfriend Lauren Hashian made their announcement on Instagram.


Comedian Hannibal Buress' arrest for disorderly intoxication caught on video

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:01:45 -0500

The comedian, who's known for his stand-up routine and roles on 'Broad City,' is seen repeatedly asking police, "What am I detained for?"


Review: Margot Robbie wins gold as the controversial subject of subversive 'I, Tonya'

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:03:40 -0500

Tonya Harding's quick rise and epic fail is chronicled in darkly comic biopic about the disgraced Olympic skater.


USA TODAY's 10 favorite albums

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:12:11 -0500

New albums from Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and Haim rank among this year's best.


Duchess Kate is perfection in a plum Seraphine maternity coat

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:44:08 -0500

Duchess Kate glowed Tuesday while visiting London's Rugby Portobello Trust in a Seraphine coat she wore while pregnant with Princess Charlotte.