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Cecilia Barron

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Arts & Culture

Drinks, lawsuits on ‘The Real Housewives’

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” franchise is used to drama. Drinks are often thrown, gossip is spread and scandals abound. Sometimes, this drama exits the franchise’s limits and becomes a real-world spectacle. In 2013, Teresa Giudice, of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame, was charged ...

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‘The French Dispatch’ hits PVD theaters

Wes Anderson has found the infallible cinematic form in the The New Yorker magazine. His newest film, “The French Dispatch,” released Oct. 22, is based on The New Yorker and the tenure of Harold Ross, who led the magazine from 1925 until his death in 1951. The film is bookended by the death of ...

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‘America’s Big Deal’ makes reality TV shoppable

In case you were looking for an hour-long advertisement, “America’s Big Deal” premiered on USA Network Oct. 14. As the first “shoppable” competition show, “Big Deal” gives four entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their product to the consumer watching at home every Thursday night. The ...

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‘Succession’ cynically returns for third season

This past Sunday, the critically acclaimed HBO series “Succession” returned after two years for a third season. The show, if anything, has only increased its monopoly on current television discourse since quarantine. Following its red-carpet premiere on Oct. 12, as if it were a blockbuster movie, ...

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Brains, blood, Bunnies at Brown

Mona Awad MFA ’14 was working at a bookstore when she decided to apply to Brown’s selective Literary Arts MFA program. She tried to write between shifts, but found she did not have enough time to dedicate to her craft. “I just applied to Brown and to one other school, and I got into Brown, ...

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Met Gala underwhelms due to disorganization

While the Met Gala is usually an opportunity to indulge in the pure aesthetics of wealth and fame — the red carpet flooded with celebrities and ridiculous costumes — this year’s theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” demanded more than a quick glance. The Met Gala is the annual fundraiser ...

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‘The Chair’ is Netflix’s love story in disguise

By now, you should have heard of “The Chair.” Starring a blazer-clad Sandra Oh, the Netflix original released Aug. 20 caters to the bookish, academic, higher ed-obsessed niche of the American population. If you’ve heard a lot about it, chances are you fit into that niche. And if you fit into that ...

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Lana Del Rey’s outdated image of America

If Phoebe Bridgers is the Twitter music star — outwardly moody and unsatisfied; “ghosting” friends and effusively crying; favoring words over decoration — Lana Del Rey is the alternative darling of Instagram. In her newest album “Chemtrails Over the Country Club,” released March 19, Del ...

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