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Mark David Chapman, convicted of killing John Lennon, was again denied parole.

John Lennon’s killer denied parole for a 9th time

Mark David Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle in December 1980 outside his New York apartment.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Gene Wilder with his wife, comedian Gilda Radner, in 1984.


Gene Wilder: The man who made the ’70s funny

Think of the funniest movie moments of the 1960s and 1970s. Chances are most of them involved Gene Wilder, who died at 83.

Quote of the day: Jerry Seinfeld

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Sharon Stone, pictured in Los Angeles last year.


Sharon Stone to be honored by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society

The actress will receive the Global Citizen Award Sept. 9 in recognition of her humanitarian work.

Jason Clarke, who’s playing Ted Kennedy in “Chappaquiddick,” which is now apparently called “Bridgewater.”


Does the movie ‘Chappaquiddick’ have a new name?

The film is now being called “Bridgewater,” according to a person who works on movies shot in Massachusetts.

Aya Cash as Gretchen in “You’re the Worst.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Welcome back, ‘You’re the Worst’

The theme of Gretchen’s depression continues as the series returns for season three, and that’s a good thing.

Shock, sorrow after death of Gene Wilder

As news of Wilder’s death rocketed around the Internet, many hailed the comedic master.

Missoula County sheriff's deputies investigated the wreckage of a Cessna 182 that crashed on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in western Montana. The crash killed 52-year-old Darrell Ward of Deer Lodge, a star of the History channel series

Montana plane crash kills ‘Ice Road Truckers’ star

Darrell Ward died in the fiery crash Sunday on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in western Montana.

Complete list of winners at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards

Beyoncé won eight awards, including video of the year.

Drake went in. Rihanna leaned back. Twitter was all over it.

Drake, in love with Rihanna since he was 22, presented his crush with an award on Sunday night. He also went in for a kiss.

Florimond Lorieux comes to Boston Ballet from the Paris Opera Ballet.

New arrivals, promotions, and a key retirement at Boston Ballet

Principal Erica Cornejo will retire at the end of the season, making her final appearances in “The Sleeping Beauty.”

Watch Kanye West ramble onstage at MTV VMAs

The rapper touched on subjects from music to his beef with Taylor Swift to violence in his hometown Chicago.

Mrs. Thompson advocated for bringing more women into all aspects of design.

Jane Thompson, 89, award-winning designer, urban planner

Mrs. Thompson collaborated with her husband on Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Design Research store in Cambridge.

Juan Gabriel was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

Juan Gabriel, 66, top-selling Mexican singer-songwriter

Mr. Gabriel’s ballads and bouncy mariachi tunes became hits worldwide.

Above (from left): Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Stephen Bannon.


What’s ‘alt-’ about the alt-right?

The “alt-right” is making a name for itself in the mainstream. But what's in a name?


When watching ‘on demand’ feels like a punishment

Video on demand sounds like a good thing, but not when you have to sit through commercials — not just one or two, but a string of them.

Andris Nelsons leading the BSO at Tanglewood on Sunday.

Music Review

At Tanglewood, a Nelsons-led finale and the pines of Lenox

Sunday’s season-closing Boston Symphony Orchestra performance at Tanglewood was a heartening occasion for those who believe in the increasingly old-fashioned notion that a music director should still strive for the deepest possible connection to his own orchestra and the community it serves.

Adam Ezra Group performing at Salisbury Beach.


Adam Ezra Group rambles on at Salisbury Beach

Adam Ezra Group’s seventh annual Ramble benefited military members and their families.

Books in Brief

Recalling Mitford sisters and examining new culture of narcissism

Capsule reviews of “The Six,’’ “The Selfishness of Others,’’ “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything’’

Kenny Chesney on stage Friday at Gillette Stadium.


Kenny Chesney salutes the home team at Gillette

Chesney wore a Patriots tank top while performing Friday in Foxborough.

Jacqueline White and Charles McGraw in ”The Narrow Margin.”

Riding the rails at the Harvard Film Archive

The Harvard Film Archive plans an all-night festival of train movies on Sept. 3.

Game on

A two-dimensional world that plays with your head

“Headlander” is further proof that 2-D sidescrolling games are alive and well.

TV and radio listings for Tuesday, Aug. 30

TV and radio highlights

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

A Grammy winner’s message to the man who robbed him: ‘I had the power to give you a job’

‘‘I’m not even mad,’’ Che ‘‘Rhymefest’’ Smith, who co-wrote “‘Jesus Walks” and “Glory,” posted on Twitter afterwards. ‘‘I’m (expletive) hurt.’’

He started reporting for CBS in 1967. Now, 49 years later, Charles Osgood is bidding the network farewell.

Charles Osgood is retiring from CBS’ ‘Sunday Morning’ after 22 years

He started reporting for CBS in 1967. Now, 49 years later, Charles Osgood is bidding the network farewell.

Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

Ritvo chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing.

Aly Raisman arrived on a fire truck for a rally honoring her in Needham, her hometown.

Aly Raisman gets a hero’s welcome in Needham

Needhamites gathered Saturday to celebrate the gymnast’s three medals — one gold, two silver — in Rio.

Match Book

Books for word nerds

You can’t beat Nicholson Baker for love of language and books.

Familiar faces at Deavere Smith’s ART show

The opening of Anna Deavere Smith’s solo show, “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education,” at the American Repertory Theater was well attended.

Michael C. Hall in Showtime’s “Dexter.”


Ah ‘Dexter,’ we knew ye too well

“Dexter,” now 10, began as a fascinatingly twisted TV story, but it ended eight seasons later as a model of how to ruin a show by pushing it far beyond its natural life.

Mr. Van Gelder had the final say in what the records sounded like, and he was, in the view of many, better at that than anyone.

Rudy Van Gelder, 91, engineer who perfected sound of jazz on record

Mr. Van Gelder engineered classic albums by Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Gisele Bundchen at the Olympics opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5.


Bundchen still in Rio as Brady readies to play in Carolina

We hadn’t seen much of Tom Brady before Friday’s preseason game, but his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, has been out and about in Rio.

Ozzy Osbourne (pictured in New Jersey earlier this month) performing with Black Sabbath.

Music Review

Black Sabbath bids New England farewell at Xfinity Center

Playing its last-ever New England show nearly a half century after its local debut, Black Sabbath proved again why it’s the most esteemed force in heavy music.

Anna Deavere Smith with bassist Marcus Shelby in American Repertory Theater’s “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education.”


In ‘Notes,’ an education in injustice from Anna Deavere Smith

In her powerful solo performance, Smith portrays an array of characters who offer perspectives on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Pivot was made for me and soon it will be gone

Shutting down Pivot after only three years might be the best business decision, but to me, the end of my favorite channel is a great sadness.

Beyoncé ”Formation” is nominated for video of the year.

Good news for MTV’s VMAs: Music videos matter again

For the first time in several years, there’s something exciting about the current collection of nominees.

Britney Spears and James Corden duet on ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Oops, he did it again.

Nalini Malani’s “In Search of Vanished Blood” features mylar cylinders that rotate while video projections play against them.

Art Review

At the ICA, Nalini Malani is a marvel

The Indian artist’s installation “In Search of Vanished Blood” heads straight for the collective unconscious.



The titles to TV episodes have their own stories to tell

In this golden age of television, episode titles seem to matter more than ever.

A scene from Avatar.

Ty Burr

What’s in a list of great movies? And who decides?

Lists are ridiculous necessities that attempt to forge consensus out of unique and personal passions.

HBO’s “The Night Of” stars Riz Ahmed as Nasir “Naz” Khan, a Pakistani-American on trial for murder in New York.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

‘The Night Of’ could be just ‘Law & Order,’ but it’s so much better than that

The HBO show offers proof that the crime procedural can triumph when the right writers and actors are on the case.

Fans of Prince will soon be able to tour Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., which will become a museum dedicated to the beloved musician.

Prince fans will get a Graceland of their own

Elvis Presley’s former estate in Memphis offers public tours and houses a museum dedicated to the King’s life and legacy. Now, Prince fans will have a mecca of their own.

A scene from Will Allen’s “Holy Hell.”

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What it’s like to be in a cult

A man who spent 20 years in a cult, and as their unofficial videographer, presents his experience in the documentary “Holy Hell.”

Les Brers band is (from left) Marc Quiñones, Pat Bergeson, Bruce Katz, Oteil Burbridge, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Jack Pearson, Lamar Williams, Jr.


Butch Trucks drums up an Allman Brothers alumni band

Les Brers — a group comprised of key members of the Allman Brothers Band - will play the House of Blues Sept. 9.