Disney Plus adds 8 million subscribers—but it’s still operating at a loss

Disney Plus adds 8 million subscribers—but it's still operating at a loss

Disney+Photo: NICK AGRO/AFP via Getty Images When Disney first launched its streaming service Disney+ back in November of 2019, it did so with a long-term mindset. Streaming was, presumably, the future, and so the company was willing to burn a lot of money to catch up with more established performers in the industry—most notably Netflix, … Read more

Mario Batali acquittal underscores perils of #MeToo cases

Mario Batali acquittal underscores perils of #MeToo cases

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Cosby was released from prison when his conviction that he drugged and assaulted a woman was overturned. Quarterback Deshaun Watson landed a record-setting $230 million contract, despite an investigation into allegations he assaulted 22 women. Celebrity chef Mario Batali was acquitted this week on just the second day of his sexual … Read more

Patti LuPone doubles down after F-word mask tirade, Broadway backs her up

Patti LuPone doubles down after F-word mask tirade, Broadway backs her up

She’s in good “Company.” Broadway bigwigs are backing Patti LuPone after she was caught on camera slamming a maskless theatergoer Tuesday night. The stage icon, 73, hollered at the bare-faced patron following a performance of her hit musical “Company,” with the foul-mouthed footage subsequently going viral on social media. The explosive incident divided the internet, … Read more

Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer is a bloated legal drama

Netflix's The Lincoln Lawyer is a bloated legal drama

Neve Campbell and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo in The Lincoln LawyerPhoto: Lara Solanki/Netflix Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer will scratch the itch for anyone unexplainably hankering for a tedious, low-stakes legal drama. Created by David E. Kelley, who plans to wring out his affinity for the genre to no end, it’s meant to be reminiscent of his early … Read more

Conversations With Friends is no Normal People

Conversations With Friends is no Normal People

Alison Oliver Conversations With FriendsPhoto: Enda Bowe/Hulu Sally Rooney’s prose, self-effacingly simple as it may appear, is most alluring because of the complexity it can contain. In the first chapter of her novel, Conversations With Friends, her narrator, a young woman named Frances, sketches out her temperament for us in quick flashes. “I couldn’t think … Read more

Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct trial: Day 2 updates

Mario Batali's sexual misconduct trial: Day 2 updates

BOSTON (AP) — Mario Batali was found not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Tuesday, following a swift trial in which the celebrity chef waived his right to have a jury decide his fate. Batali, who pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in 2019, had faced up to 2 1/2 years in … Read more

Accuser tested in Mario Batali sexual misconduct trial

Accuser tested in Mario Batali sexual misconduct trial

BOSTON (AP) — Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct trial opened Monday in a Boston court with his accuser recounting how she’d been “shocked, surprised and alarmed” as the celebrity chef aggressively kissed and groped her while taking selfies at a restaurant in 2017. The 32-year-old Boston-area software company worker said she felt confused and powerless to … Read more

Chef Mario Batali on trial in Boston sexual misconduct case

Chef Mario Batali on trial in Boston sexual misconduct case

BOSTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali’s pandemic-delayed trial on sexual misconduct allegations opens Monday in Boston. Batali pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent assault and battery in 2019, stemming from accusations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman after taking a selfie with her at a Boston restaurant in 2017. The … Read more

Doctor Strange in the multiverse of millions at the box office

Doctor Strange in the multiverse of millions at the box office

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of MadnessPhoto: marvel studios ace everyone could’ve predicted (we got this one rightbut we’re not exactly going to pat ourselves on the back for it), The Bad Guys has lost its somewhat surprising spot at the top of the box office after three weeks thanks to the debut of Doctor … Read more

Willie Nelson, Melissa Etheridge cancel New Orleans Jazz Fest performances due to COVID

Willie Nelson, Melissa Etheridge cancel New Orleans Jazz Fest performances due to COVID

NEW ORLEANS — Willie Nelson is canceling an upcoming performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival and postponing other shows after a positive case of the coronavirus in his band. The 89-year-old musician posted on his band’s website on Friday that “due to a positive Covid case in the Willie Nelson Family Band” … Read more