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

Howard Weitzman, an entertainment lawyer whose client list bristled with the names of some of the nation’s most famous, and infamous, celebrities — including Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber and, for two days, O.J. Simpson — died on Wednesday at his home in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles. He was 81. The cause was…

Benita Raphan, Maker of Lyrical Short Films, Is Dead at 58
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Benita Raphan, Maker of Lyrical Short Films, Is Dead at 58

She grew up on the Upper West Side and graduated from City-as-School, an alternative public high school in the West Village at which students design their own curriculums based on experiential learning, mostly through internships. (Jean-Michel Basquiat was an alumnus, as is Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.) Ms. Raphan interned with Albert Watson, the…

Breonna Taylor Show Points Art Museums to a Faster Track
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Breonna Taylor Show Points Art Museums to a Faster Track

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — People talk a lot about getting back to pre-Covid normal. But our traditional art museums can forget about that. After a year of intense racial justice reckoning, a paralyzing pandemic and crippling economic shortfalls, aging hidebound institutions are scrambling just to stay afloat. And the only way for them to do so…

‘Saturday Night Live’ Reacts to the Derek Chauvin Trial
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Reacts to the Derek Chauvin Trial

After two weeks of testimony, the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged in the death of George Floyd, has gripped viewers — including the hosts of a fictional news program on “Saturday Night Live,” who drew very different conclusions from what they’d seen. This weekend, “S.N.L.” began with a sendup of a…

Chloé Zhao Becomes Second Woman to Win Top Directors Guild Award
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Chloé Zhao Becomes Second Woman to Win Top Directors Guild Award

The Directors Guild of America made history Saturday night, giving the group’s top prize for feature-film directing to Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”), the first woman of color to receive the award and only the second woman ever to win in the category, after Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). Zhao was considered the heavy favorite after a…