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J.J. Abrams Credits ‘The Last Jedi’ for Inspiring Him to Be More ‘Daring’ on Episode IX

'Star Wars' fans shouldn't expect more of the same from J.J. Abrams on 'The Rise of Skywalker.'

Artemisia Gentileschi’s Paintings of Traumatized Women Really Resonate in 2019

The painting, titled 'Lucrece,' depicts the suicide of a Roman woman who had recently been raped.

Apple’s New Credit Card Is Under Fire for Gender Discrimination

Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak finds it sexist.

Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ Is a Somber Triumph for the Met

Philip Glass' contemplative music drama fascinates at the Metropolitan Opera.

Noah Baumbach’s Divorce Drama ‘Marriage Story’ Is Intelligent but Self-Indulgent

I liked the movie (or select scenes in it) but even the scenes that work better than others are, like all of Baumbach's screenplays, too slow, draggy and desperately in need of tighter editing.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Launches 2nd Batch of 60 Starlink Satellites: Video

Watch the 100-minute webcast of the launch event here.

Elie Tahari’s Oceanfront Hamptons Home Is Now Listed for $39 Million

The fashion designer is still looking for a buyer for his Sagaponack estate.

Could Netflix’s ‘The Irishman’ Have Been a Box Office Hit?

Martin Scorsese's expensive new mob drama hits Netflix later this month.

Meghan Markle Secretly Already Brought Archie on His First Trip to the United States

Prince Harry and Meghan's son is already a world traveler.

Police Procedural ‘Crown Vic’ Will Keep You Glued to Your Watch More Than the Screen

This trek through Hollywood after dark begins promisingly enough, then loses credibility to melodrama in one contrived situation after another.

Don’t Want to Use AI? Too Late.

Never have I ever… tried AI?

How Will Warner Bros. Close Out Its Wildly Unpredictable Year?

WB's 'Doctor Sleep' failed to wake up audiences at the box office this weekend, but the studio remains in strong position.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Want a Home Base in California

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also want Archie to understand his American roots.

This Brooklyn Startup Is Making Vodka ‘Out of Thin Air’

Each sustainably-produced bottle will set you back $65.

Kate Fitz Gibbon Discusses the Nuances of Global Cultural Policy

As the executive director of the Committee for Cultural Policy, Gibbon approaches issues of provenance with a deep understanding of historical context.

William Blake Was Once Ridiculed for His Art Honoring Britain—Now, a Different Perspective

Tate Britain reconsiders poet William Blake's pursuits in the visual arts, presenting an idealized version of Britain that seems very far from Brexit.

‘Last Christmas’ Director Paul Feig on How Universal Stands Apart From Other Studios

Disney is slowly taking over the world, but Universal continues to nip at its heels.

What on Earth Is a Data Scientist? The Buzzword’s Inventor DJ Patil Spills All

"I think the fundamental reason it has taken off is because people aren't really sure what it means. And that’s the power."

‘Alan Pakula: Going For Truth’ Is an Affectionate Tribute to a Beloved Director

'Alan Pakula: Going For Truth' exemplifies what every great documentary aspires to be: a truthful, revealing dossier that educates while it entertains.

Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’ Is 94 Minutes of Misery

I don't know about you, but this is not what I go to the movies for.