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  1. The new world Dungeons & Dragons created

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    Editor's note: The following is excerpted from the new book Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons by Michael Witwer.

    Gary Gygax
  2. Donny Deutsch is an aging bad boy — and proud of it

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    As an ad executive in the 1980s and '90s, Donny Deutsch created daring campaigns, delivered provocative quotes to journalists on demand and never met a TV camera he didn't like.

    Donny Deutsch with Christie Brinkley at a Manhattan event to celebrate the premiere of  Donny!  It’s on USA Network Tuesday nights at 10:30.
  3. Yes, 'Flesh and Bone' star can really dance

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    When Sarah Hay, a soloist with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, got an email asking her to audition for a new TV series about dancing, she assumed it was a reality show and was apprehensive.

    In Flesh and Bone, Sarah Hay plays Claire Robbins, a young ballerina with a bright future at a struggling ballet company.  Ben Daniels is Paul Grayson, the demanding artistic director of the company.
  4. Margaret Cho wants to talk about sex work, hers and others

    It was the tweet heard around the sex-worker world. At 6:12 p.m. on Oct. 29, Margaret Cho, the 46-year-old comedian, disturbed the Twittersphere with an economical 109 characters: "Sex work is simply work. For me it was honest work. I was a sex worker when I was young. It was hard but well paid. There's no shame in …

    Comedian Margaret Cho is now 46. In her 20s, she was a phone sex operator, then a dominatrix. She said she wasn’t very good.
  5. I don't want any more Harry Potter stories, and neither should you

    Halloween is over, but for those who care about pop culture, there's something spooky in the air. Dead franchises are coming back to life, sometimes only to suffer gruesome deaths.

    Let the end be the end for all these beloved stories: Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls and The Sopranos.
  6. Imagine you're a troll, living on a cloud, playing in your sandbox

    Technological change, as we know very well, tends to provoke linguistic and cultural change, too. It's the reason why, several times a year, dictionaries trumpet the addition of new and typically very trendy words.

    Now, a troll makes trouble for others on the Web.
  7. 'Supergirl' is a fast-flying feminist and interesting millennial

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    The ad campaign for CBS' Supergirl, which premieres tonight, quotes some of what the nation's TV critics have already said about the show — including a top-of-the-skyscraper cheer from yours truly: "Let's hear it for Supergirl!"

    Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Danvers/Supergirl in the new action-adventure drama SUPERGIRL, on the CBS Television Network.   Photo: Matthias Clamer/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  ?ˆšƒ??‚?ˆš‚???? 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.
  8. Why do we still love 'Back to the Future'?

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    Many seismic events have shaken the world in the past 30 years — the fall of Communism, the rise of Clintons and Bushes, the invention of the iPhone, the realization that suspenders are a bad look for anyone under the age of 70.

    The movie tapped into what we all wonder: How did our parents get together?
  9. Tracy Morgan, bouncing back from bad crash, returns to 'SNL'


    NEW YORK — Tracy Morgan returned to a familiar stage, hosting "Saturday Night Live" in his first appearance on the show since a vehicle crash that left him in a coma.

    Tracy Morgan has returned to his familiar stage, hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time Saturday since a vehicle crash left him in a coma, which provided material for his opening monologue. [AP photo (2012)]
  10. John Stamos charged with driving under the influence


    LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors have charged John Stamos with driving under the influence of drugs after his arrest earlier this year in Beverly Hills.

    John Stamos was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by Beverly Hills police on June 12. He was charged Wednesday and the case was announced Thursday by Los Angeles prosecutors.  (Associated Press)