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Bill Paxton, noted for roles in “Apollo 13,” “Titanic,” dies at 61

Bill Paxton, who was in “The Terminator,” “Aliens,” “Apollo 13,” and “Titanic,” died from surgery complications, his family said.

Lauryn Hill in Newark in 2016.

Music Review

A re-education from a fierce Lauryn Hill at the Wang

The singer gave her old material a dramatic makeover.

Australian children’s book writer blasts Trump over detainment at LA airport

Mem Fox got a written apology from the US embassy in Canberra after lodging a complaint over her treatment by immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport last month, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Company.

In NYC, cheers greet Obama

Former president Barack Obama was mobbed by scores of cheering supporters as he stopped by a Fifth Avenue office building.

From left: Tom Fiedler, Donna Green, Margaret Sullivan, Judith Meyer, and Michael Donoghue at the New England First Amendment Coalition’s annual awards luncheon on Friday.


Margaret Sullivan receives First Amendment Award

Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post was honored by the New England First Amendment Coalition on Friday.

Honoree Aja Naomi King (left) and actress Viola Davis at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards on Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.


Viola Davis attends Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards before the Oscars

Oscar nominee Viola Davis supported actress Aja Naomi King at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards this week.

Ben Affleck at the premiere of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in New York in 2016.


Ben Affleck welcomes new director to ‘The Batman’

One tweet has made it clear that Ben Affleck is committed to the project.

Desiree Garcia is now associate professor and director of film and media studies at Arizona State University.


The predecessor to ‘La La Land’ was set in Boston — and a lot more diverse

Desiree Garcia said Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” cast says more about what it takes to get a movie financed in Hollywood than the intentions of the director.

BOSTON, MA - 3/10/2016: Installation views of

Boston arts leaders signal alarm over possible federal cuts

“During this moment of heightened national discord, the elimination of the NEA and NEH is not a cut our country can afford.”

Quote of the day: George Clooney

The star says it took exactly 25 minutes for him to propose to his girlfriend, because that’s how long his song playlist was. “‘I got down on my knee and said ‘I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without you,’” he said.

Berklee Beyonce Ensemble by Yuwei Huang

Your week ahead

Five things to do the week of Feb. 27

Beyonce’s Original All-Female Band: A 10-year Anniversary Concert, an evening with Bobby Seale, culinary conversation with Geoffrey Zakarian, and more.

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and soloists in the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

Music Review

With Gubaidulina world premiere, BSO creates new universe onstage

Andris Nelsons led a powerful, affecting evening of Russian music that also included Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad.”

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

Iranian director to send prominent proxies to Oscars

Asghar Farhadi said he would not be attending the ceremony in protest after President Trump issued a travel ban, even if exceptions were made for him.

Who will win an Oscar? Who should?

Will “La La Land” sweep the Academy Awards? Critics Ty Burr and Janice Page discuss the movie’s dominance, and who could spoil it.

Bill Maher, left, and Milo Yiannopoulos on HBO's

Bill Maher, who aided Yiannopoulos’ fall, also defended sex with children

Maher also asked, ‘‘How can a woman rape a man?’’

Ron Cephas Jones (left) and Sterling K. Brown in the “Memphis” episode of “This Is Us.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

On ‘This Is Us,’ an extraordinary farewell

The “Memphis” episode was among the best hours of network TV I’ve seen in a long time.

Globe Magazine

7 ideas for curing toxic inequality

Government policy mostly helps the rich and hurts everyone else, says Brandeis scholar Thomas M. Shapiro. Here’s how we can change that.

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2016 file photo, Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in Los Angeles. Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. Jenner addressed Trump in a video posted Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, on Twitter. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump transgender decision ‘a disaster’

Addressing the president, the former Olympic champion says: ‘‘You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.’’

Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of free press

The 83-year-old justice did not comment directly on President Donald Trump

story behind the book | kate tuttle

When an inkblot isn’t just an inkblot

Like everyone else, Damion Searls had heard about the Rorschach test, but then he set out to research the life’s work of Swiss psychologist behind it.

book review

A crime thriller that’s a perfect case study for today’s world of alternative facts

In his debut novel “Shining City,” Tom Rosenstiel skillfully blends the tension of a Supreme Court nomination with a murder mystery.

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele turns his focus to directing in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele is “kind of done” with performing. The good news is that he’s still in the business of entertaining; he’s just taking a seat behind the camera.

Gustave Le Gray’s “Beech Tree.”

Photography review

A keen-eyed connoisseur, a striking photography collection

Samuel Wagstaff Jr. did more perhaps than any one individual to demonstrate the acceptance of photography as a fine art.

Demi Moore will guest on the season finale of “Empire.”

TV Critic’s Corner

There’ll be more of Moore on ‘Empire,’ and a spinoff too

Plus four other takeaways from the week in TV.

book review

Agony and ecstasy of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop

Megan Marshall’s “Elizabeth Bishop’’ widens the lens on the poet and Kay Redfield Jamison’s “Robert Lowell’’ tightens the focus.

A screen at the ICA shows Steve McQueen’s video installation “Ashes.”


At the ICA, two shows that embrace the body in many forms

The Institute for Contemporary Art is featuring “Steve McQueen: Ashes” and this year’s Foster prize winners.

NoteStream app developer Eran Egozy and research assistant Nathan Gutierrez.

Before the concert begins, please turn on your cellphones

An app designed to enhance the audience experience will be featured at a performance of David Bowie’s “Blackstar.”

Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation from Breitbart News at a Feb. 21 press conference.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

The lesson of Milo Yiannopoulos? You can’t queer the alt-right.

Inviting the gay provocateur to the party gave the alt-right some desperately needed edge that, without him, tapered off drastically.

George Gittoes’s “Snow Monkey” will screen March 8 at CinemaSalem.

In Focus

Salem Film Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary

In only 10 years, the festival has established itself as one of the best curated documentary events on the New England film calendar.

John Legend


A deal on John Legend tickets in March

If you buy a ticket on Sunday, the day of the Oscars, you’ll get a second ticket for free.


Meghan Trainor is a Smurf

The Nantucket native plays the role of SmurfMelody in the new Smurfs movie, and supplies a song for the soundtrack.

Ronnie DeVoe


Quote of the day: Ronnie DeVoe

The New Edition member singer announced on social media that he and his wife, Shamari, are expecting a baby.

Loli Kantor’s “Jewish Cemetery Cameo Portraits, Bershad, Ukraine.”

Photography review

Seeing memories with more than the mind’s eye

Four shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography look at memory.

Felix Mendelssohn intended to dedicate his String Quartet (Op. 12) to one of his sisters’ closest friends.


A quartet and the lore of a lovestruck Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn intended to dedicate his String Quartet (Op. 12) to Betty Pistor, an amateur singer and one of his sisters’ closest friends.

doc talk | Peter keough

Looking forward to a rad week for nonfiction film

From experimental Japanese documentaries to examinations of tickling and the blues, there’s plenty to entertain.

Rykodisc’s Jeff Rougvie, who worked with David Bowie, will speak at the tribute.

Hot Ticket

A look back at David Bowie

In Arlington, a multimedia tribute to the revolutionary David Bowie.

Charles Clary’s “Meticulous Excavations Movement #3” is part of “Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting” at Currier Museum of Art.

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

Picks for upcoming concerts, plays, and other performances and events in the area this week.

Local bestsellers

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.


Greater Boston author readings Feb, 27-March 4

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

new england literary news | NINA MACLAUGHLIN

Celebrated documentary maker and scion of prominent family publishes 1st book of poetry

Henry Morgenthau III turned 100 years old recently, and just published his first poetry collection.

the discovery

Martha’s Vineyard: a user’s manual

David R. Foster offers a deeply researched, thorough, and hopeful examination of how the island has been shaped by man and nature over time — and how we might best think about preserving it.

book review

With winter coming, a 32-year-old woman and her aged male friend sketched amid a novel of ideas

With customary intrepidness, the celebrated Scottish author of several previous books of fiction raises questions about aging, the elasticity of friendship, aesthetic politics, and the meaning of fame

book review

In David Grossman’s latest, tears of a clown actually belong to the audience

The caustic self-portrait comedian Dov Greenstein paints in “A Horse Walks Into A Bar’’ turns out to be a mirror held up to the audience.

four takes

Amid Trump’s Russia troubles, four books on cyberterrorism

Capsule reviews of “The Red Web,’’ “Cyber Spies,’’ “Dark Territory,’’ and “Cyber War.’’


Looking at the world through stories from other cultures

Reading books by foreigners forces you to learn to see the world through other people’s eyes, says Laila Lalami.

Mr. Colmes joined the fledging Fox News Channel in 1996 and hosted the political talk show with Hannity for 12 years.

Alan Colmes, 66, liberal in ‘lion’s den’ of Fox News

The top-rated television commentator was cohost with conservative Sean Hannity of ‘‘Hannity & Colmes.’’