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book reiew: when life gives you lululemons by lauren weisberger

i liked lauren weisberger’s “when life gives you lululemons” before i even opened the cover. that’s because it’s the sequel to “the devil wears prada,” which became the basis for one of the best movies of all time. plus, “lululemons” features emily charlton, whom fans of the film will remember as the cruel and carbohydrate-challenged assistant played by emily blunt.(simon & schuster)“lululemons” picks up where “prada” left off. emily has left runway magazine, moved to los angeles and become a more acidic version of herself: chain-smoking, depressed and dissatisfied with her career as a celebrity stylist and image consultant. she knows the kardashians, clooneys and hadids, but when the novel opens at a new year’s eve pool party, she’s at her lowest point. she??...





style invitational week 1281: we only have (googly) eyes for you

bob staake for the washington post(click here to skip down to the winning neologisms from week 1277)for many years, the empress has had a lovely neighbor around the corner whom we’ll call dave, since his name is dave. and when they see each other around the ’hood, dave will often say, “you know, i see that thing of yours in the newspaper, that contest — and man, i just don’t get it.”dave, here is your contest. it is the most gettable of contests. you know those googly eyes you can stick onto things? get yourself a pack at the dollar store, or just draw some, and . . . this week: send us a photo of something that you have made funny by pasting googly eyes on it; funny titles and captions are optional. this is, we know, not a new idea; five years ago, for example, buzzfeed pu...





mansplaining, explained - the washington post

video channels |top newspopularlive(elyse samuels/the washington post) live entertainment mansplaining, explained many people took to twitter may 23 to accuse actor jason bateman of mansplaining. bateman is not the only high profile man to face criticism for such comments. related read more up next in entertainment 1:20 mansplaining, explained 3:17 where does 'solo: a star wars story' rank among the new 'star wars' films? 1:04 will 'the voice' winner brynn cartelli make it big? 1:25 the final two 'american idol' contestants are dating 3:32 spoiler alert: series finales we still think about 1:30 how the 2018 billboard music awards addressed gun violence 1:38 snl’s 'sopranos' cold opening, annotated 1:42 see all the famous faces at the royal wedding 2:00 bisexuality in music sinc...





how does alden ehrenreich soar as han solo? by not trying to be harrison ford.

alden ehrenreich, with joonas suotamo, stars as han in “solo.” (disney/lucasfilm)in the 2016 coen brothers comedy “hail, caesar!,” alden ehrenreich portrays hobie doyle, a singing cowboy performer in the loose midcentury mold of a gene autry or tex ritter — a role that presaged some real-life rumors around the new “solo: a star wars story.”in one winning scene, ehrenreich’s one-note actor doyle, having been woefully miscast in a proper comedy of manners called “merrily we dance,” stumbles and twangs his way through a line reading, to the increasing exasperation of a british director played by ralph fiennes. as you watch the scene, you’re reminded of a truth: it takes an awfully good actor to convincingly play a really bad actor.so it was a surprise last year, as fan w...





michelle obama unveils cover for upcoming memoir

new york — michelle obama has a picture to share.on thursday, the former first lady unveiled the cover for her upcoming memoir, “becoming.” she posted that image, a smiling close-up shot taken by portrait photographer miller mobley, on her instagram account. she wrote on instagram that working on the book has been “meaningful and illuminating” and urged others to tell their stories. “becoming,” one of the year’s most anticipated books, comes out nov. 13.copyright 2018 the associated press. all rights reserved. this material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.





morgan freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

oscar-winning actor morgan freeman apologized on thursday to anyone who may have felt “uncomfortable or disrespected” by his behavior, after cnn reported that multiple women have accused the a-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional settings. “anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows i am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” the actor, now 80, said in a statement sent to the associated press by his publicist, stan rosenfield. “i apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”the cnn report includes the account of a production assistant on the 2017 heist film “going in style,” who detailed an incident in which the actor repe...





‘arrested development’ co-stars apologize to jessica walter

new york — jason bateman and tony hale are apologizing for comments they made in defense of their “arrested development” co-star jeffrey tambor, who has been accused of harassment on the show’s set.in a series of tweets thursday, bateman says his comments were “wrong” and that it seemed like he was “condoning yelling at work.” he adds that he’s “incredibly embarrassed.”bateman was reacting to a cast interview in the new york times in which actress jessica walter alleged tambor verbally harassed her on the set.bateman responded in the interview that “a lot of stuff happens in 15 years.” he later tweeted “i realize that i was wrong here.” hale also apologized thursday, tweeting that his words “served to minimize jessica’s pain.”netflix scrapped plans for t...





aizuri quartet closes out 20th season of celebrating women at national museum of women in the arts

by charles t. downeymay 24 at 1:16 pmas part of its mission, the national museum of women in the arts hosts a free concert series featuring female performers. it concluded its 20th season wednesday evening with a performance by the excellent aizuri quartet, formed in 2012.their surprising program also featured two works composed by women, from opposite ends of music history. the first, “columba aspexit,” was a sequence by hildegard of bingen, a benedictine abbess of the 12th century. a simple arrangement by alex fortes cast the chant’s single line against a drone. playing mostly without vibrato, the quartet reached a monastic unison in the last verse, silently honoring the feast of saint maximin of trier (may 29).gabriella smith also drew on the music of her milieu in “carrot revol...





tv highlights: ‘bipolar rock ‘n’ roller’ on showtime

listings for may 25.(all times eastern.)undercover boss (cbs at 8) the episode features vlogger bethany mota as the boss.ancient aliens (history at 9) researchers take a closer look at drawings found etched into the desert floor.life sentence (cw at 9) stella and wes go for professional help.specialsteve martin and martin short: an evening you will forget for the rest of your life (netflix streaming) stand-up from the comedians.finalechampions (nbc at 8:30) an unexpected offer could change everyone’s lives.premierespicnic at hanging rock (amazon streaming) natalie dormer stars in this adaptation of joan lindsay’s 1967 novel about a group of missing schoolgirls.ibiza (netflix streaming) a rom-com about a 30-year-old new yorker who meets a famous dj while vacationing in s...





what you should be seeing in d.c. theater: may 25-31

nelson pressley has covered theater for the washington post since 1999. his first post byline was in 1992. his book "american playwriting and the anti-political prejudice" came out in 2014. follow @nelsonpressley





the biggest surprise of ‘solo’? how well it works.

alden ehrenreich and joonas suotamo star in “solo.” (disney/lucasfilm)“solo” is not the “star wars” movie you’re looking for.if you’re expecting the unwatchable aftermath of the preproduction drama that has become the standard for star wars stand-alone films, you’ll be shockingly disappointed.“solo” works. very well, actually. and it serves as a testament to the risk that lucasfilm president kathleen kennedy made with a very late-in-the-game director switch from chris miller and phil lord (“the lego movie”) to hollywood veteran ron howard.kennedy and the rest of the company knew that “solo’s” story was the real star, and that it didn’t need messing with. all howard had to do was bring his years of directing experience and follow the instructions lef...





correction: music review-shawn mendes review

in may 23 review of shawn mendes’ self-titled album, the associated press reported erroneously that ryan tedder had a duet with mendes. he co-wrote and played piano on a different song.a corrected version of the story is below:review: shawn mendes fragile and soulful on self-titled cdmusic review: shawn mendes is introspective, fragile and yearning on his 14-track self-titled third albumby mark kennedyap entertainment writershawn mendes, “shawn mendes” (island records)the month of may is turning into a banner one for album releases from young, good-looking, sensitive singer-songwriters blessed with awesome falsettos. first came charlie puth and now comes his tour mate shawn mendes.mendes’ self-titled third album follows the successes of “handwritten” and “illuminate,” which...





‘you’ll never walk alone’ is a hit from broadway to kiev

gerry marsden walked into liverpool’s odeon cinema for a laurel and hardy film. it was raining when he started to leave, so he decided to stay for the second part of the double feature and watch the comedy duo one more time.and with that, a part of soccer history was born.rodgers and hammerstein’s “carousel” was the other movie, and marsden perked up during the second half. “i thought what a beautiful song. i’m going to tell my band we’re going to play that song,” the 75-year-old marsden recalled last week. “so i went back and told my buddies we’re doing a ballad called ‘you’ll never walk alone.’”manager brian epstein and producer george martin — the management team of both the beatles and of marsden’s gerry and the pacemakers — were skeptical. but when th...





spain issues arrest warrant for rapper convicted over lyrics

madrid — authorities in spain issued arrest warrants thursday for a spanish rapper sentenced to prison for lyrics that praised terror groups and insulted the royal family.jose miguel arenas beltran, a 24-year-old rap singer and composer from palma de mallorca best known as valtonyc, was being sought, a prosecutor’s statement said.the rapper was supposed to turn himself in voluntarily to serve a two-year sentence, the statement said, adding that spanish, european and international arrest warrants have been issued in his name.lower courts ruled that he distributed songs online that praised terrorism, insulted spanish royals and threatened a spanish politician with violence.in february, the supreme court rejected beltran’s argument that he was expressing his right to free speech and tha...





review: "the death of mrs. westaway," by ruth ware

a classic never goes out of style. consider the confident simplicity of the dry martini, the edison lightbulb and meghan markle’s wedding dress. now, add to that list ruth ware’s new novel, “the death of mrs. westaway.” here’s a suspense tale so old-fashioned, i’m hard-pressed to recall an element of it that doesn’t derive straight from the “it was a dark and stormy night” playbook.among other gothic delights, there’s a crumbling old mansion, a disputed inheritance, an orphaned heroine and a grim housekeeper whose signature supper dish is gristle stew. “the death of mrs. westaway” is a perfectly executed suspense tale very much in the mode of daphne du maurier’s “rebecca.” somehow, ware takes all these tarnished suspense tropes, gives them a brisk working over...





french crime writer wins spanish literature prize

madrid — french crime writer fred vargas, the pen name of frederique audoin-rouzeau, has won spain’s prestigious asturias prize for literature for her success in breathing new life into the genre.the award foundation says thursday that vargas, who is also a distinguished archaeologist, perceives society as “a mysterious and complex ecosystem.”it says her detective stories possess original plots and irony in their description of characters, as well as abundant imagination.vargas, 60, is a best-seller in france and is widely read in translation. she has won several awards from the crime writers’ association.the 50,000-euro ($58,650) award is one of eight asturias prizes handed out yearly by a foundation named for crown princess leonor.copyright 2018 the associated press. all rights...





argentines use murals to search for missing children

buenos aires, argentina — daiana garnica’s sparkling eyes catch the attention of many passers-by in argentina’s capital, where her face is painted on a wall in a plea for help to find the teenager who disappeared one year ago.garnica’s image is one of five paintings of missing young people put on walls across buenos aires in a bid to raise awareness about their disappearances.the initiative, which is led by the private group missing children argentina under the #paredesquebuscan, or #wallsthatsearch, slogan, is supported by a growing number of urban artists who hope their work helps the search become more visible. “i wanted to communicate the gaze, which is the strongest, so that the image has an impact,” artist sebastian richeri told the associated press. “so you stop and st...





in egypt, a marionette maker strings together memories

cairo — in a tiny cairo workshop, mohamed fawzi bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.the 32-year-old spends hours or even days designing puppets inspired by egyptian life — farmers, street vendors, butchers and the occasional celebrity. he devotes special care to the faces, hoping to make them as unique and realistic as possible, and then he puts on shows.puppet shows were traditionally performed for adults and children alike, often as nightly entertainment during ramadan, the holy month when muslims fast from dawn to dusk, which began last week.the art form has deep roots in egypt.when the ottoman sultan selim the grim sacked cairo in the 16th century, he was said to have been so amused by a puppet show depicting the hanging of the van...





the biggest surprise of ‘solo’? how well it works.

alden ehrenreich and joonas suotamo star in “solo.” (disney/lucasfilm)“solo” is not the “star wars” movie you’re looking for.if you’re expecting the unwatchable aftermath of the preproduction drama that has become the standard for star wars stand-alone films, you’ll be shockingly disappointed.“solo” works. very well, actually. and it serves as a testament to the risk that lucasfilm president kathleen kennedy made with a very late-in-the-game director switch from chris miller and phil lord (“the lego movie”) to hollywood veteran ron howard.kennedy and the rest of the company knew that “solo’s” story was the real star, and that it didn’t need messing with. all howard had to do was bring his years of directing experience and follow the instructions lef...





the best 2018 book box subscriptions

these days, when so many of your needs can be curated, boxed and delivered to your front door — from dinner fixings, socks andbubble bath toworkout gear, eco-friendly toddler toys and artisanal fair-trade housewares — why not books, too? if you join a book subscription service such as introverts retreat, you can even have your reading selections carefully matched with your bubble bath and socks. don’t be shy!book subscription services have come a long way since the original book of the month club started sending out “the sun also rises” in 1926. now everyone from amazon (whose chief executive jeffrey p. bezos owns the washington post) and botm to indie bookstores and book-loving entrepreneurs are hand-selecting books, wrapping them in boxes filled with swag and delivering them ri...