Is China Taking a Maoist Turn? An Incendiary Essay Ignites Discussion.

After Communist Party websites shared Li Guangman’s fierce denunciation of private corporations, contention broke out over whether leaders share his views.

#celebrities, #china, #freedom-of-the-press, #li-guangman, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #xi-jinping

China’s Weibo Suspends BTS, Blackpink and EXO Fan Accounts

Weibo accused one account devoted to a BTS member of illegal fund-raising amid a crackdown on 22 pages.

#blackpink-music-group, #bts-music-group, #celebrities, #china, #exo-music-group, #fans-persons, #k-pop, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #south-korea

China’s Celebrity Culture Is Raucous. The Authorities Want to Change That.

The Communist Party has declared war on idol worship, part of a broader crackdown on what it sees as toxic celebrity culture that is poisoning the minds of the country’s youth.

#actors-and-actresses, #advertising-and-marketing, #celebrities, #censorship, #communist-party-of-china, #cyberspace-administration-of-china, #fans-persons, #iqiyi-com-inc, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #zhao-wei, #zheng-shuang-1991

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are Back Together, and We Can’t Look Away

The internet’s obsession with Bennifer may tell us more about ourselves than about the superstar couple.

#affleck-ben, #celebrities, #dating-and-relationships, #lopez-jennifer, #social-media

What Is the ‘J. Lo Effect’?

It’s hard to define but easy to identify.

#affleck-ben, #celebrities, #lopez-jennifer, #social-media

With #MeToo Case Against Kris Wu, China Hits Out at Celebrities

The detention of Kris Wu, a popular Canadian singer, has been hailed as a rare victory for the movement. But Beijing, wary of social activism, has cast it as a warning to celebrities.

#metoo-movement, #canada, #celebrities, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #exo-music-group, #fans-persons, #louis-vuitton, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls, #wu-kris-1990, #zhou-xiaoxuan

Is the Hamptons Party Moving to Springs?

The artsy and quieter hamlet of the Hamptons has seen an influx of Manhattanites, buzzy restaurants and even celebrities.

#celebrities, #hamptons-ny, #parties-social, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restaurants, #springs-ny

The Riddle of Riley Keough

The “Zola” actress has a knack for inhabiting working-class characters who feel real, even though her own family history is as outrageous as it gets.

#a24-films-llc, #actors-and-actresses, #american-honey-movie, #bravo-janicza, #celebrities, #content-type-personal-profile, #keough-riley, #movies, #presley-elvis, #social-media, #the-girlfriend-experience-tv-program, #zola-movie

There’s One Man to Blame for Bill Cosby’s Release

The roots of the Cosby reversal were years in the making.

#metoo-movement, #celebrities, #cosby-bill, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #law-and-legislation, #pennsylvania, #sex-crimes

Naomi Osaka and the Language of Fame

The conditions of modern celebrity don’t hinge on press access anymore.

#celebrities, #french-tennis-federation, #instagram-inc, #osaka-naomi-1997, #social-media, #tennis

Naomi Osaka and the Changing Power Dynamics in Sports

With relatively few words, she said a lot as she bowed out of the French Open on her terms, reflecting the growing empowerment of athletes.

#anxiety-and-stress, #celebrities, #french-open-tennis, #osaka-naomi-1997, #tennis

Benito Skinner Is All About Drama

But he’s not trying to offend anyone with his celebrity impressions.

#celebrities, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #impersonators-and-impressionists-entertainment, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skinner-benito-benny-drama, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Dine with Rihanna and Eugene Levy, at Baldi on Highway One

Rihanna has been seen leaving Giorgio Baldi in Los Angeles almost weekly. Fans have noticed.

#california, #celebrities, #forte-dei-marmi-italy, #levy-eugene, #los-angeles-calif, #restaurants, #rihanna

Plastic Surgery Videos: The Mesmerizing Pull of Them

Procedures used to be done in secret, but in the post-Kardashian world, transparency is just part of the process.

#beauty-concept, #celebrities, #plastic-surgery, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past

President Biden is undoing a longstanding Washington tradition in which staff members enjoy their own refracted fame.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #celebrities, #government-employees, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

Ellen DeGeneres’s Relatability Was Her Downfall

The widening gulf between the talk show host’s approachable shtick and her actual self created an impossible cognitive dissonance.

#celebrities, #degeneres-ellen, #johnson-dakota, #television, #the-ellen-degeneres-show-tv-program

What Should the New ‘Jeopardy!’ Be? Guest Hosts Provide the Clues.

Following Alex Trebek’s death, a parade of replacements seem to be battling for the soul of the game — and the state of knowledge itself.

#burton-levar, #celebrities, #contests-and-prizes, #couric-katie, #jennings-ken, #jeopardy-tv-program, #oz-mehmet-c, #rodgers-aaron, #television, #trebek-alex, #whitaker-bill-journalist

When Grown-Ups Have Imaginary Friends

“Parasocial relationships” explain why you think influencers are your pals.

#celebrities, #friendship, #parenting, #social-media

Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Winner in Tax Judge’s Ruling

The decision on the value of Mr. Jackson’s name and likeness will significantly lower his estate’s tax burden from the government’s first assessment.

#celebrities, #decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-taxes-us, #internal-revenue-service, #jackson-michael, #pop-and-rock-music, #sony-music, #sony-atv-music-publishing, #wills-and-estates

Celebrities Are Endorsing Covid Vaccines. Does It Help?

Some celebrity vaccine endorsements have delighted social media users. But epidemiologists say there isn’t much evidence proving that they boost vaccine uptake.

#celebrities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parton-dolly, #presley-elvis, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Preachers ’n’ Sneakers Trend is Alive and Well and Spawning Merch

Also a new book that examines the relationship between spirituality and stuff. Here’s what to expect.

#preachersnsneakers-authenticity-in-an-age-of-for-profit-faith-and-wannabe-celebritiesbook, #bieber-justin, #books-and-literature, #celebrities, #christians-and-christianity, #fashion-and-apparel, #hillsong-church, #kirby-ben, #ministers-protestant, #nike-inc, #osteen-joel, #sneakers, #your-feed-fashion, #zoe-church-los-angeles-calif

Why James Charles Has Been Demonetized by YouTube

The platform recently took action against a high-profile makeup artist. Here’s some background.

#celebrities, #charles-james-makeup-artist, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

Americans Have Discovered the Garden, and Celebrities Want In

Many of us turned to gardening for solace during the pandemic. Now Martha Stewart and Drew Barrymore want to guide us to green thumbs.

#barrymore-drew, #celebrities, #gardens-and-gardening, #lawns, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stewart-martha

Lil Nas X? Not Sorry!

The celebrity apology has evolved, but it still isn’t good enough.

#apologies, #celebrities, #computers-and-the-internet, #jackson-janet, #lil-nas-x-rapper, #morris-wesley-1975, #social-media, #spears-britney, #timberlake-justin, #wortham-jenna

The Triumph of the Celebrity Endorsement

Shilling stars used to be accused of “selling out.” Now they’re hailed as savvy investors and giving the performances of their careers.

#advertising-and-marketing, #celebrities, #clooney-george, #kardashian-kim, #rivers-joan, #social-media, #talkshoplive, #zeta-jones-catherine

Howard Weitzman, Defense Lawyer for the Famous, Dies at 81

A master practitioner of the courthouse-steps news conference, he often made his case in the court of public opinion. He also made lawsuits disappear.

#celebrities, #deaths-obituaries, #jackson-michael, #legal-profession, #news-and-news-media, #simpson-o-j, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #weitzman-howard-1939-2021, #wills-and-estates

China’s Anger at Foreign Brands Helps Local Rivals

Chinese rivals to Western names have improved quality and marketing. Now the country’s defiance could give them an edge with young patriots.

#advertising-and-marketing, #celebrities, #china, #consumer-behavior, #entrepreneurship, #fads, #fashion-and-apparel, #li-ning-company-ltd, #nio-ltd, #sneakers, #start-ups, #xinjiang-china

Lena Dunham Debuts Plus-Sized Clothing Line

The actor-writer-director-controversy creator is back with a new project: a plus-size clothing line. The whole body positivity thing? She has thoughts.

#11-honore-inc, #celebrities, #content-type-personal-profile, #dresses, #dunham-lena, #fashion-and-apparel, #social-media, #weight, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-fashion

Lena Dunham and the Spanx Liberation Movement

The actor-writer-director-controversy creator is back with a new project: a plus-size clothing line. The whole body positivity thing? She has thoughts.

#11-honore-inc, #celebrities, #content-type-personal-profile, #dresses, #dunham-lena, #fashion-and-apparel, #lena-dunham-x-11-honore, #london-england, #obesity, #social-media, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-fashion

Kim Kardashian, Armie Hammer, J-Lo: P.R. Crises in Pandemic

Unbridled and untamed, celebrities are doing whatever they want.

#bravo, #celebrities, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #kardashian-kim, #markle-meghan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smith-judy-a

Sharon Stone Is Telling Her Side of the Story

The actress and star of films like “Basic Instinct” and “Casino” writes about her life, upbringing and brushes with death in a new memoir, “The Beauty of Living Twice.”

#books-and-literature, #celebrities, #content-type-personal-profile, #knopf-alfred-a-inc, #movies, #stone-sharon, #the-beauty-of-living-twice-book, #writing-and-writers

After Being Scratched and Punched, Trump Wax Figure Is Removed

The figure at Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax in San Antonio was so badly battered that it required repairs.

#celebrities, #louis-tussauds-palace-of-wax, #madame-tussauds, #museums, #ripleys-believe-it-or-not, #san-antonio-tex, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism, #wax-figures

Meme Stocks, Bias in A.I. and Instagram Book Clubs: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#books-and-literature, #celebrities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #miami-fla, #organizations-societies-and-clubs, #stocks-and-bonds, #television, #trading-cards, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘The Market Seems Crazy’: Start-Ups Wrestle With Flood of Offers

As a deal frenzy mounts, propelled by financial vehicles known as SPACs, start-ups have become the prey.

#celebrities, #computers-and-the-internet, #delphix, #entrepreneurship, #expensify-inc, #initial-public-offerings, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #venture-capital

The Swag Must Go On: Hollywood’s Pandemic Oscar Campaign

“There is a why-are-we-even-doing-this feeling,” one industry insider said of jockeying for nominations, to be announced on Monday.

#academy-awards-oscars, #borat-subsequent-moviefilm-movie, #celebrities, #cohen-sacha-baron, #ma-raineys-black-bottom-movie, #mank-movie, #movies, #netflix-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #waxman-sharon

In Australia, Hollywood Stars Have Found an Escape From Covid. Who’s Jealous?

Dozens of international film productions have been lured to the country, where cases of the coronavirus are few. In turn, actors have found almost paradise.

#australia, #bale-christian, #california, #celebrities, #clooney-george, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #damon-matt, #efron-zac, #elba-idris, #hanks-tom, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #new-zealand, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #theater

Hilaria Baldwin and the Strange Allure of Celebrity Fertility

Why we can’t stop talking about her … whole thing.

#babies-and-infants, #celebrities, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #social-media, #surrogate-motherhood

The Dos and Don’ts of Staging a Pandemic-Era Awards Show

The Oscars have nearly two months to get right what has gone oh-so-wrong at other ceremonies.

#academy-awards-oscars, #celebrities, #golden-globes-awards, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Hello, Golden Globes Red Carpet — We Missed You

OK, it was mostly virtual. But watching stars dress up again was actually a whole lot of fun.

#celebrities, #erivo-cynthia, #fashion-and-apparel, #golden-globes-awards, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #red-carpet, #your-feed-fashion

Fred Segal, Designer Who Commodified California Cool, Dies at 87

His laid-back style and namesake jeans made him a touchstone of 1960s fashion, drawing celebrities and tourists alike to his stores.

#california, #celebrities, #deaths-obituaries, #fashion-and-apparel, #hollywood-calif, #segal-fred, #shopping-and-retail

Britney Spears and the Era of Celebrity Reappraisals

Monica Lewinsky. Janet Jackson. Lindsay Lohan. Whitney Houston. We are living in an era of reappraisals.

#metoo-movement, #bullies, #celebrities, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hilton-paris, #houston-whitney, #jackson-janet, #lohan-lindsay, #magazines, #spears-britney, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-selfcare

From Britney Spears to Janet Jackson, the Era of the Celebrity Reappraisal

Monica Lewinsky. Janet Jackson. Lindsay Lohan. Whitney Houston. We are living in an era of reappraisals.

#metoo-movement, #bullies, #celebrities, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hilton-paris, #houston-whitney, #jackson-janet, #lohan-lindsay, #magazines, #spears-britney, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-selfcare

Anyone Who’s Anyone Has a SPAC Right Now

A once obscure financial maneuver becomes a celebrity flex.

#celebrities, #initial-public-offerings, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures

I Was Your Fave Is Problematic

What was I trying to accomplish with my anonymous Tumblr?

#blogs-and-blogging-internet, #celebrities, #tumblr, #vigilantes, #your-feed-internet-culture

Kim Kardashian West Files for Divorce From Kanye West

A tumultuous seven-year marriage lived largely in the spotlight.

#bipolar-disorder, #celebrities, #keeping-up-with-the-kardashians-tv-program, #reality-television, #social-media

‘Sorry, Britney’: Media Is Criticized for Past Coverage, and Some Own Up

Conversations about the relentless focus on the pop star’s mental health, mothering and sexuality have begun anew following The New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears.”

#celebrities, #documentary-films-and-programs, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #glamour-magazine, #magazines, #media, #mental-health-and-disorders, #people-magazine, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #us-weekly

‘Framing Britney Spears’ Filmmakers Talk About Their Process

The director and a senior editor of the Times documentary answered viewer questions about the media response, the star’s mother and searching for clues on Instagram.

#celebrities, #documentary-films-and-programs, #forbes-magazine, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #fx-tv-network, #movies, #social-media, #spears-jamie-1952, #television, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears Conservatorship Case Heads Back to Court

After a new documentary about Spears by The New York Times was shown, calls to #FreeBritney were joined by a new message: “We are sorry, Britney.”

#celebrities, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #los-angeles-calif, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Bitcoin and Dogecoin Are Boosted by Elon Musk

Bitcoin and even Dogecoin, which began as a playful experiment, are soaring in value as billionaires, companies and celebrities promote the digital currencies.

#bitcoin-currency, #celebrities, #computers-and-the-internet, #dogecoin-project, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #hedge-funds, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #musk-elon, #snoop-dogg, #social-media, #tesla-motors-inc, #virtual-currency

Don’t Hate the SoulCycle Celeb Who Got the Vaccine. Hate the System.

Loopholes make it all too easy to jump to the front of the line.

#celebrities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #griffith-stacey-1968, #new-york-city, #soulcycle-llc, #vaccination-and-immunization