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Jeffrey Tambor (left) and Judith Light in “Transparent.”

Seeing the (Judith) Light on ‘Transparent’

This season on “Transparent,” Light’s Shelly is more dimensional and emotionally relatable than ever before.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights for Sept. 28

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Mr. Steele said he kept his sanity during 42 months of confinement by sketching Montana scenes.

Ben Steele, 98; survived of Bataan Death March

Mr. Steele, an art professor in later years, says art helped him maintain his sanity as a prisoner of war.

Lester Holt will moderate the first presidential debate on Monday night.

So why are presidential debates moderated by journalists, anyway?

“I think we should have a debate with no moderators — just Hillary and I sitting there, talking,” Donald Trump mused recently.

David Ortiz hits the big screen at the GlobeDocs Film Festival

The beloved Red Sox slugger is the subject of not one but several documentaries at the film fest.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in 2007.


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly had a prenup

The prenup reportedly pretty much spelled out everything — at least when it comes to money and real estate.

Kevin Chapman with wife Meaghan and daughter Claire at the Rodman Ride for Kids.


Celebrity sightings around town

Celtics point guard Terry Rozier showed off his playful side at Brighton’s Boston Green Academy on Friday.

Deborah Lipstadt on truth, Trump, and Holocaust deniers

The historian and Brandeis grad discusses movie based on her book.

Tanks in front of Notre Dame in Paris, in August 1944.


A WWII celebration, and a musical battle behind the scenes

Fractious politics, musical and otherwise, runs beneath the surface of “Toccata de la Libération.”

Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen.

BLO brings lean, mean ‘Carmen’ to Opera House

Bizet’s “Carmen” is one of the most popular operas in the repertoire.


Which new shows won premiere week?

A look at what won and what lost the first round of new TV shows.

In every episode of ‘Luke Cage,’ a tribute to Gang Starr

Roxbury’s Guru, MC of the hip-hop duo, was a huge influence on Cheo Hodari Coker, the showrunner for the new Netflix superhero series.

There are plenty of reasons why Monday’s debate could draw in record numbers of viewers.

TV Critic’s Corner

Why the debate ratings will break records

Factor in the first female presidential nominee, the Trump Bump, and the promise of fierce conflict, and the ratings are bound to be sky high.

Tulip (voiced by Katie Crown) and Junior (Andy Samberg) in “Storks.”

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews

A snapshot of recent Globe reviews of movies in the theaters.

match book

Birthday picks for a fan of World War II-era tales

With so many books out there it will be hard to choose just one.

Book Review

Alexander Weinstein’s characters inhabit a high-tech future with timeless human problems

Weinstein evokes a vaguely dystopian, domestic existence where virtual reality, cybernetics, and social media are second nature.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights for Sept. 26

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights for Sept. 27

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Sean Combs — a.k.a. Puff Daddy — performing Saturday at TD Garden.

Music Review

Puff Daddy leads retro tour with Bad Boy Family Reunion

The show honored the empire Sean Combs has built over the last 20 years, but put the hits front and center.

Meghan Trainor (pictured in Seattle in July) played to family, friends, and fans at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Saturday.

Music Review

Meghan Trainor tries to keep it real in hometown show

It was very much a hometown crowd for the Nantucket native, who shouted out many friends, family, and teachers who were there to root her on for the conclusion of the tour behind “Thank You.”

Mr. Dural took zydeco music mainstream, launching a major-label album — the Grammy-nominated ‘‘On a Night Like This’’ — with Island Records in 1987.

Stanley Dural Jr., 68, musician with Buckwheat Zydeco

Mr. Dural rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world.

A longtime Pittsburgh resident and graduate of Morehouse College, Mr. Nunn broke through in movies in the late 1980s.

Bill Nunn, 63, actor in Spike Lee films

Mr. Nunn appeared in dozens of films and TV programs, including ‘‘New Jack City,’’ Sam Raimi’s ‘‘Spider-Man’’ trilogy, and ‘‘Sirens.’’

Celtics Coach Brad Stevens (left) with Linda Holliday and Patriots Coach Bill Belichick at the Seaport Hotel.


Bill Belichick takes a break from game-planning

The Patriots coach’s foundation held its annual Hall of Fame Huddle fund-raiser.

Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Lin-Manuel Miranda belts Trump’s tweets — literally

It’s not the first time that Miranda’s made out art out of controversy.

Quote of the day: Adele

‘I would like to say I think it’s a bit sick you’re reporting on an absolute joke. I don’t care if
they’ve broken up.’ Adele, singer, who’d jokingly dedicated a show to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie after their break-up was announced

Madina Nalwanga with David Oyelowo in “Queen of Katwe.”

Movie Review

When chess is more than just a game

In “Queen of Katwe,” it’s check and mate for a Ugandan girl.

US Congressman John Lewis speaks during the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSONZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images

New museum on African-American history opens

The museum, which opens Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is a faceted look at the black experience.

Bruce Springsteen.


Bruce Springsteen calls Trump a ‘moron’

“Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically,” the musician told Rolling Stone.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land.”

Ty Burr

Can buzz spoil a movie?

We live in a whirling media culture in which experience arrives pre-tested, pre-digested, judged, and signed off on.

“Suicide Squad” epitomized the year’s on-screen zeitgeist.

Ty Burr

Most of 2016’s movies have been soulless, noisy, and dull

Commercial blockbusters still exist and they still make obscene amounts of money, but they matter less and less.

Dorchester, MA., 08/29/16, First Person for magazine feature: Makeup artist Joe Dulude II at work on an actor at Fiddlehead Theatre. Suzanne Kreiter\Globe staff

First Person

Makeup for screen and stage is his bag

Makeup designer Joe Dulude II of northampton on the highlights of working on “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”

J.K. Rowling retweeted a photo of Harambe.

J.K. Rowling comments on whether Harambe is part of Potter universe

When two of the Internet’s most favorite things collide.

Marion Cotillard.


Marion Cotillard announces pregnancy, denies Pitt rumors

Marion Cotillard is announcing her pregnancy and shooting down rumors of any romantic involvement with Brad Pitt.

Author James Patterson


James Patterson spares Stephen King’s life

Patterson won’t be publishing the book “The Murder of Stephen King” after all.

The Informer: A pop-up restaurant, a charity race, and a TEDx audition

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at Super Bowl XLIII.


Springsteen memoir is portrait of an artist with ‘ravenous ambitions’

“Born to Run’’ is earnest, lyric, rollicking, loud and long.

“Wales,” by Robert Frank, at Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Photography review

The transformative art of photographer Robert Frank

A show at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art showcases his work before and beyond his classic “The Americans.”

Speedy Ortiz is among the local bands nominated for Boston Music Awards.

2016 Boston Music Awards nominees announced

Meghan Trainor, Speedy Ortiz, Michael Christmas, Bearstronaut, Marissa Nadler, Esperanza Spalding, and Rachel Platten are among local acts nominated.

Linda Cardellini lights up on “Freaks and Geeks.”


Highlights of weed’s best TV moments

Pot has been shown on mainstream TV for decades now, and not only in “Very Special Episodes” about its dangers.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Everyone is still trying to figure out what’s behind the Brangelina divorce

Well, the breakup of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt isn’t your typical A-lister divorce story.

FILE - In this June 5, 2007 file photo, Brad Pitt, right, a cast member in the film

The FBI is evaluating abuse allegations against Brad Pitt

The FBI says it’s gathering information about an incident involving Brad Pitt and his family aboard a private flight last week.

The One thing

Minimum waste, maximum style

New coffee-table book touts prefabricated homes as superior in more ways than one

Milton Avery’s “Thoughtful Swimmer,” part of the exhibit “Milton Avery’s Vermont” at Bennington Museum.

The Ticket: Art

Sebastian Smee’s picks of noteworthy art exhibitions in the region.

Graham King as John F. Kennedy and Nathaniel Glein Scott as Richard Nixon in “Split Ticket.”

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Wrestlers, musicians, and sex trafficking on screen

The Boston Film Festival and Boston Latino International Film Festival are set to kick off.

Minnie Driver in ABC’s “Speechless.”

The Ticket: Television

The new ABC domestic comedy “Speechless” is one of the most promising shows of the fall season.

Mark Wahlberg in “Deepwater Horizon,” about the offshore oil rig where an explosion set off the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Real-life disaster, big-screen thrills

“Deepwater Horizon,” about the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is the latest real-life disaster movie.