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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez arrive for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. - After two years of dating, former New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez are engaged to be married. On March 9, 2019 Lopez posted on Instagram the romantic picture of both their hands in the Bahamas sunset, she is wearing a huge diamond ring. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROPHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

The PawSox have quite the plans for ‘celebrating’ Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez’s engagement

Ben Affleck is involved.

3-20-19: Boston, MA: Derek Dunn during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet production of

Things to Do

The Weekender: Frightening ‘Us,’ funny ballet, Phish-y music

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

Natasia Demetriou and Matt Berry play vampires on Staten Island.

Television review

FX’s ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ sinks its teeth into comedy

The first season of the vampire spoof about three undead housemates on Staten Island shows plenty of promise.

Lizzy Caplan will star in “Castle Rock.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Castle Rock’ will be ‘Misery’ prequel

We’ll get to see how Annie Wilkes turned into an ankle-busting superfan. Lizzy Caplan, from “Masters of Sex,” will play the young Annie.

An image from Season 2 of “Stranger Things.” Pictured: Gaten Matarazzo, Winona Ryder, Sadie Sink, and Noah Schnapp. The trailer for Season 3 of the wildly popular Netflix show was released Wednesday.

The ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 trailer’s out and the kids look to be living in a teenage wasteland

By noon Wednesday, the new trailer already had almost half a million views and was trending on Twitter.

John Slattery arrives at the Live Read And Series Finale Of


John Slattery is returning to television

The “Mad Men” star will play a “brilliant but paranoid” tech guru in a pilot for Fox.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, with host Stephen Colbert during a taping of

Stephen Colbert postpones visit to New Zealand after attack

Talk show host Stephen Colbert has postponed what was supposed to be a surprise visit to New Zealand following the terrorist attack that killed 50 people.

FILE - In this July 25, 2016 file photo, Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, appears on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. CNN says it is


Fox News hires Donna Brazile as political contributor

Fox News says it has hired former Democratic National Committee chief Donna Brazile as a political commentator.

Conor McGregor at the Bruins game Saturday.

Conor McGregor leaves St. Patrick’s Day Parade early after fans spill into street to greet his vehicle

“They’re coming right onto the street, they can’t contain it,” a visibly delighted McGregor said in a video clip from the parade posted to his official Instagram account.

Rob Lowe hosts Fox’s new game show, “Mental Samurai,” premiering Tuesday.


This week in watching: Rob Lowe reality check, a Marcia Clark legal drama, and what to expect when Amy Schumer is expecting

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week in TV.

John Oliver talks with Monica Lewinsky about public shaming

The comedian tackled the good and the bad of Internet pile-ons with help from one of the most famous targets of negative public attention.

Locals in Dunedin, New Zealand lay flowers and condolences in tribute to those killed and injured.


In New Zealand, another terrorist nurtured online

The latest racist massacre makes one thing clear: The Internet, this thing we all built together, has gotten away from us.

Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas first costarred in the 1984 adventure film “Romancing the Stone.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Season 2 of ‘The Kominsky Method’ brings a Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner reunion

Douglas’s “Romancing the Stone,” “The Jewel of the Nile,” and “The War of the Roses” costar joins the Golden Globe-winning comedy series to play his character’s ex-wife.

Actor Jussie Smollet, center, looks at attorney Ron Safer as he stands with his lead attorney Tina Glandian in Cook County Circuit Court, Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Chicago. Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about attack

The “Empire” actor is accused of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago.

William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman have been linked to the college admissions scam.


College-admission scandal lesson: Just because celebrities have great images doesn’t mean they’re actually great people

In light of the college admissions scam and so many other recent scandals, it’s time to remember what we already know.


‘I’m in such a great place:’ Ben Affleck discusses recovery with Ellen DeGeneres

The Cambridge native also talked about his new movie “Triple Frontier,” his back tattoo, and why he’s been wearing a Dodgers hat.

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine

Lori Loughlin loses starring roles on Hallmark Channel

The company initially took a wait-and-see approach after a federal investigation of the scam involving more than 30 parents was revealed.

Emilia Clarke in season seven of “Game of Thrones.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Game of Thrones’ final-season runtimes are out

The last six episodes include three that are an hour or less.

Cassie Randolph, left, and Colton Underwood from the reality series

Colton Underwood of ‘The Bachelor’ ends up chasing a contestant

This season of “The Bachelor” may have begun with 30 women competing for Colton Underwood’s heart, but the season was turned upside down near its end.

As ‘Catastrophe’ reaches its final season, Rob Delaney’s good to go

The Massachusetts native reflects on the success of a show he never thought would get made.

Aidy Bryant stars in “Shrill.”

Television Review

In Hulu’s ‘Shrill,’ Aidy Bryant does a body good

As a writer named Annie, she is happy with her body and begins to realize it’s not her problem if others are not.

Maria Menounos arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)


Maria Menounos keeps the focus on wellness after health scare

Since being diagnosed with a brain tumor and having it removed in 2017, the media personality and Medford native has been candid about the importance of health and wellness.

John Varvatos (pictured in LA earlier this month with his wife, Joyce) is introducing an “exclusive menswear capsule collection” that ties in with “Game of Thrones.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A ‘Game of Thrones’ fashion statement from John Varvatos

The designer is introducing an “exclusive menswear capsule collection” that ties in with the HBO epic, whose eighth and final season premieres on April 14.

The Story Behind the Book

How a high schooler’s obsession became a biography

Holly Van Leuven’s “Ray Bolger” is the first biography of the legendary Boston native.

Boston Bruins’ Derek Sanderson (17), and Minnesota North Stars’ Lou Nanne (23), battle for puck in second period of their National Hockey League game on Thursday, Dec. 14, 1973 at Boston Garden. Boston won the game 4-2. (AP Photo) -- 1125sanderson


A movie about Bruins legend Derek Sanderson is in the works

A member of the “Big Bad Bruins” will be portrayed on the big-screen in “Turk.”

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 06: (L-R) J.C. Chandor, Charlie Hunnam, Ben Affleck, Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac attend Triple Frontier European Special Screening at Callao Cinema on March 6, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Samuel de Roman/Getty Images for Netflix)


J.C. Chandor on ‘Triple Frontier’ and working with Ben Affleck

The writer-director spoke about his biggest film to date, now streaming on Netflix.

FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, Howard Stern speaks at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland. The shock jock’s “Howard Stern Comes Again” will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It’s his first book in more than 20 years, and was No. 1 on within hours of its announcement. Stern’s previous books, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” both spent months on The New York Times’ bestseller list. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)


Howard Stern soars to No. 1 on Amazon bestseller list; new book out this May

The shock jock’s ‘‘Howard Stern Comes Again’’ will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday.

Author and filmmaker James McBride will executive-produce a Showtime adaptation of his National Book Award-winning novel “The Good Lord Bird.”


James McBride’s ‘The Good Lord Bird’ takes flight at Showtime, with Ethan Hawke starring

The National Book Award winner (and former Globe staffer) will executive-produce this adaptation of his 2013 novel.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Chef Samin Nosrat of 'Salt, Fat, Acid Heat' attends Netflix TCA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Netflix)


Samin Nosrat of ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’ fame is coming to Boston

The Emerson Colonial Theatre announced Monday that the chef will be in town for a conversation and book signing on May 1. Tickets go on sale March 15.

Will Arnett (left) and Jason Bateman from the Netflix revival of


This week in watching: The fall of ‘Arrested Development,’ the return of ‘Billions,’ and the power of punk

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

Actor Jussie Smollett departed a Chicago jail last month.


For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

There are some explanations as to how the grand jury could have arrived at eight counts for the actor’s comments to a police officer and eight others for what he told a detective.

Mr. Vincent’s breakout role was in “The Winds of War.”

‘Airwolf’ actor Jan-Michael Vincent dies

Mr. Vincent was a golden boy of Hollywood action films before starring in the TV series in the 1980s.

John Mayer will be one of the producers of the drama, which follows siblings who learn as adults that they are related.

TV Critic’s Corner

John Mayer song ‘Heart of Life’ inspires an ABC pilot

It’s not clear exactly how the story connects to Mayer’s lyrics, which are about how life throws bad things at you but life is beautiful nonetheless.

This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Brie Larson in a scene from

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and other heroes

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

Stilt walkers at the 2018 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 11-17

A jazz concert, a comic book extravaganza, Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more.

Talking Points | Larry Edelman

Michael Jackson’s Leon Kompowsky is expunged from ‘The Simpsons’ archive

The 1991 episode guest starring Jackson is being pulled after HBO aired a documentary featuring two men who allege the singer molested them as children.

A more recent episode of “The Simpsons” saw the TV family confronted with past versions of themselves.

‘Simpsons’ producers pull iconic Michael Jackson episode

In the 1991 episode ‘‘Stark Raving Dad’’ episode, Michael Jackson voiced a character who claims to be Jackson and who meets Homer Simpson in a mental institution.

Ricky Gervais and Penelope Wilton in the Netflix series “After Life.”


When one is the loneliest number

TV’s depictions of widowhood can vary widely, but Ricky Gervais’s new Netflix series, “After Life,” is among those that attempt to burrow deeply into grief.

R. Kelly gestures while being interviewed in his apartment by CBS’s Gayle King.

TV Critic’s Corner

CBS to air more clips from interview of R. Kelly

“The Gayle King Interview With R. Kelly” will include portions of the 80-minute talk that have not yet aired.

Jared and Genevieve Padalecki Courtesy of CrowdRise by GoFundMe at

‘Supernatural’ actors Jared and Genevieve Padalecki hit their Boston Marathon fund-raising goal

The married couple announced in January that they would be running the April 15 marathon, and that they would be part of a fund-raising team for Dream Big!.

An image of Bill Monroe circa 1958 from Ken Burns’s “Country Music”

With ‘Country Music,’ Ken Burns tunes into a sound that is uniquely American

The documentary filmmaker discusses the artists and inspiration behind his latest project, an eight-part series that premieres on PBS in September.