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Saoirse Ronan flies high with Lady Bird

Media playback is unsupported on your device “She doesn’t follow the pack. She’s very driven – she has a strong sense of self.” Saoirse Ronan is talking about Lady Bird, the character she plays in the film of the same name – but she might as well be talking about herself. It’s seen her win her third Oscar nomination, the first having come when she was just 13, for Atonement. She’s already won the Golden Globe for best actress for the role, sweetly FaceTiming her mum from the audience so…

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Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Capture the Unflinching Gaze of the President and First Lady

Perhaps denoting their eight years in the White House as a singular moment in time, the official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Monday, seem to float in time and space as well. Obama, in a vibrant 7-by-5-foot portrait by Kehinde Wiley, sits with an intent, direct gaze, surrounded by encroaching greenery punctuated with specifically chosen flowers. Michelle Obama, baring her famous arms, sits in her 6-by-5 foot portrait by Amy Sherald in flowing dress with aspects of a patchwork quilt, floating in a…

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Lady Gaga halts tour due to 'severe pain'

Lady Gaga has cancelled the last 10 dates of the European leg of her world tour due to “severe pain”. In a statement posted on Twitter, the pop star apologised to fans and said she was “devastated”, but needed to put “myself and my well-being” first. The singer has fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which can cause pain all over the body. Shows in London and Manchester are among those affected. In the statement, it said the “tough decision” had been made on Friday night with “strong support from her medical…

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Michelle Wolf’s “Nice Lady” and What We Expect from Standup

At the outset of “Nice Lady,” her recently released HBO special, the comedian Michelle Wolf offers a warning. “I should just let everyone know,” she says, widening her already bright, orb-like eyes. “I am a feminist.” The proclamation doesn’t, or at least shouldn’t, register as a surprise: Wolf, who is in her early thirties and is based in New York City, exudes a degree of urbane hipness that often leads one to assume some form of progressive politics. Even so, the line feels jarring. The crowd offers a weak ripple…

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Lady Gaga announces two-year Las Vegas residency

Lady Gaga has announced a massive, two-year residency in Las Vegas, starting late in 2018. “The rumours are true!” she wrote Twitter. “I will have my own residency at MGM’s Park Theater. Get ready for a brand new show! “It’s been my lifelong dream to be a Las Vegas girl, I’m so overjoyed!” The initial run will include 74 dates, with the possibility of more. According to Variety, Gaga is making more than $ 1 million (£750,000) per show. In a statement, the Bad Romance star promised: “I’ll leave my…

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