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Mr. Coleman (left) and Frank Batten, chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications, at a press conference in New York in 1981.

John Coleman, 83, meteorologist who helped launch Weather Channel

Mr. Coleman, the original meteorologist on ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America,’’ later drew people’s anger for his open distrust of climate change.

Joel McHale, longtime host of E!’s “The Soup,” will debut his new show next month.

TV Critic’s Corner

Joel McHale to debut Netflix talk show next month

On his new weekly show, the longtime host of E!’s “The Soup” will take on events in pop culture and will include celebrity guests and sketches.

Ms. Malone with Anthony Quinn after the 1956 Academy Awards, when she was named best actress in a supporting role for her performance in “Written on the Wind.”

Dorothy Malone, 93, Oscar winner and mom on ‘Peyton Place’

Ms. Malone won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place.”

French chef Paul Bocuse posed in front of the entrance of the brasserie La Coupole at the Petit Palais of Montreux, Switzerland.

Paul Bocuse, 91, globe-trotting master of French cuisine

The master chef defined French cuisine for more than a half-century and put it on tables around the world.

Andris Nelsons leads Susan Graham, Boston Symphony Orchestra, women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and children’s choir in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.

Music Review

At BSO, Mahler’s epic nature-symphony takes wing

On Thursday night, Andris Nelsons led a potent performance of the Third Symphony. 

UFC president Dana White greets firefighters from the Boston Fire Department’s Ladder 18 at Reebok headquarters.


Southie firefighters show support for UFC boss Dana White

Members of Ladder 18 chatted with the onetime local resident at Reebok headquarters in Canton.

“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff

TV Critic’s Corner

Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ ticketed for TV

The author has sold the rights to a company that intends to adapt it into a series, not a movie.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Jan. 22-28

“Bad Dates” returns to the Huntington, Taste of Eastie, Nigerian drama at the ART, and more.

Robyn Hitchcock will perform Feb. 17 at Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts.


Robyn Hitchcock to play special benefit in Newburyport

The Englishman will perform at a show that will pay tribute to Ted Collins and raise money for one of the late lawyer and keyboard player’s favorite causes.

In this photo combo, author James Patterson is pictured next to former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, the subject of “All-American Murder,” which Patterson wrote with two coauthors.


5 takeaways from James Patterson’s new Aaron Hernandez book

It’s a quick read, competently done, and it does not fundamentally change our thinking about Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez in 2013.


Aaron Hernandez book — and movie — on the way

James Patterson’s book about the former Patriots tight end is due out Jan. 22.

Def Leppard at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield in 2014.


More white men to headline Fenway

Only one woman (Lady Gaga) has headlined at the ballpark, and one black person (Jay-Z) co-headlined.

Fall Out Boy performing onstage last month in Washington, D.C.

Album Review

Fall Out Boy makes a mess

In delaying the album’s release, Pete Wentz explained a while back the songs were “just not good enough.” They still aren’t.

Alex Gansa (right) accepted the award for writing in a drama series along with Gideon Raff (left) and Howard Gordon at the 2012 Emmys.


Showrunner talks ‘Homeland’ under a new administration

Alex Gansa talks about the series’ penultimate season — and more.

Local Bestsellers for the week of 1/21


Daniel Bruhl stars as a 19th-century psychologist on the trail of a serial killer in “The Alienist.”


These days, just any old psycho killer won’t do

With TV churning out so many murder mysteries — including some excellent ones — originality counts more than ever.

“These are very specific women in very specific moments.,” says Catherine Gowl, who stars in “In The Eruptive Mode.”

The eruption that was the Arab Spring, seen six ways

Sulayman Al-Bassam’s “In the Eruptive Mode” consists of monologues by a half-dozen women caught in the chaos. It gets its US premiere at ArtsEmerson.

French adult film director Ovidie looks at why pornography is failing as a business when online viewing of porn is booming in his documentary “Pornocracy.”

Doc Talk

Primates, porn, and police

A round-up of documentary films available for viewing in the coming week.

“Sunflower and Sand Dune” by Eliot Porter.

Photography Review

Photographer Eliot Porter put the living into living color

“Eliot Porter’s Nature” is a small but highly appealing exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art.

Lori McKenna performs at the Church of the Covenant on Jan. 25.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

President Chester A. Arthur.

four takes

The not-so-good presidents’ club

Capsule reviews of “President McKinley,’’ “Warren G. Harding,” “The Unexpected President,’’ and “Hoover’’

Author Patrisse Khan-Cullors being arrested at a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

Book Review

Memoir of the Black Lives Matter movement

One of the group’s founders traces her own path and that of a people.

Novelist Steve Yarbrough


Mississippi boy Steve Yarbrough came to Southern lit in college

The author of “The Unmade World” says that when he transferred to the University of Mississippi he started reading Oxford native Faulkner and other Southern writers.

Book Review

Walls rise and fall in ‘Peculiar Ground’

Biographer Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s debut novel covers three centuries of life at an English estate.

book review

Crazy after all these years

In “The Nothing’’ an ailing London film director with a young wife is a psychosexual powder keg about to blow.

The author’s photo drew matches with multiple portraits, including this one of Philip II, through Google’s Arts and Culture app.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

Google’s Arts and Culture app launches a renaissance of selfie reflection

You’ve probably seen the phenomenon creeping like kudzu online: a friend’s selfie paired with an uncanny likeness captured in oil or frozen in fresco.

Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley, and Lenne Klingaman of “Waitress.”


Some ‘Waitress’ humble pie

Despite an earlier report, Sara Bareilles and Drew Gehling will not appear when the touring production of the musical runs at the Opera House from Feb. 20 to March 4.

Jamie Bell as Peter Turner and Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”

Annette Bening plays the ‘bad girl’

The actress portrays Gloria Grahame at the end of the Oscar winner’s life in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”

President Obama with US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power in “The Final Year.”

Movie Review

The sprint to negotiate Obama’s legacy in ‘The Final Year’

A new documentary on the State Department during the last year of President Obama’s second term is dispiriting and inspiring.

From left: Taha Clayton, Nate Lewis, Darci Hanna, and Ja’Hari Ortega at the opening of “Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks” at MassArt.


MassArt tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks draws a crowd

The opening of the new exhibit at MassArt’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries drew a fashionable crowd that included a few of the artists featured in the show.

President Obama with US troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in a scene from the documentary “The Final Year.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Presidential precedents, dead poets, and scary puppets

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter.


Mark Wahlberg linked to alleged steroid distributor

Richard Rodriguez says the actor was one of his clients.

Ty Burr

Who is the mother of comics and graphic novels? ‘Nancy,’ of course.

For anyone with an interest in graphic design, pop culture, pop art, the history of humor, and 20th- century illustration, ‘How to Read “Nancy’’ ’ is a must.

Brandon Flowers of The Killers, one of the headliners on the first day of Boston Calling.


Daily performers revealed for Boston Calling

Eminem performs Sunday, if you were wondering.

A scene from “The Gleaners and I,” directed by Agnes Varda.

In Focus

How we deal with waste and pests, and what that says about us

A closer look at two unorthodox documentaries in the Cinema of Resistance series at the Harvard Film Archive.

This image of Prince from his “Musicology” tour in 2004 is among 250 photos by Afshin Shahidi in the book “Prince: A Private View.”

Prince photographer shares his intimate trove in book

Afshin Shahidi included many encounters among 250 photos in his recent book, ‘‘Prince: A Private View.’’

The story behind the book

How would you live if you knew when you would die?

Chloe Benjamin’s second novel, “The Immortalists,” follows four siblings as their lives play out under the shadow of a prophecy they received from a fortune-teller.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Sugarland Express,” starring Goldie Hawn (center), was edited by Verna Fields.

scene here | Local films, festivals, and faces

Brattle Theatre celebrates female film editors

“Who’s That Cutting My Film?” series spotlights Verna Fields, Dede Allen, and Thelma Schoonmaker.

“Horse Soldiers” author Doug Stanton at the world premiere of “12 Strong” in New York.

‘Horse Soldiers’ author on ‘12 Strong’: It’s ‘a western with lasers’

Hampshire College grad Doug Stanton discusses the project, its subjects’ unique form of heroism, and his own eclectic career.

Joe Perry


Watch Joe Perry celebrate his new CD with an epic all-star jam in LA

The Aerosmith guitarist was joined by famous friends including Johnny Depp.

Darci Lynne with Oscar the bashful mouse and Petunia the diva-like bunny.

Ventriloquism prodigy Darci Lynne’s talent speaks for itself

The “America’s Got Talent” winner is conquering her shyness with the help of her puppet friends.

Sierra Hull

She’s grounded in bluegrass, but Berklee grad Sierra Hull is a species all her own

The mandolinist and singer returns to Boston for a show at City Winery Feb. 1.

Paul Rudd


Paul Rudd is the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

The actor will be in town next month to receive his Pudding Pot.

Elena Ferrante books at the Harvard Book Store.


Elena Ferrante to write a newspaper column

The pseudonymous author of the best-selling Neapolitan novels will produce a weekly column for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine.


On CBS, Dylan Farrow alleges sexual assault by Woody Allen

The allegations are the same ones Farrow first made in a 2014 letter to The New York Times. The filmmaker issued his own statement in response.

Actress Mila Kunis.

Mila Kunis is Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals will honor the actress with its 2018 Woman of the Year Award on January 25.