Online retailers brace for Black Friday rush

With Internet shopping expected to reach a record of nearly $60 billion this holiday season, a cluster of Boston-area companies are working to help retailers manage the sudden surge of traffic.

Occupy Boston members mark Thanksgiving in Plymouth

Dozens of protesters joined in the National Day of Mourning, lending their support to an annual Native American demonstration held every Thanksgiving.


BC High, New Bedford with big wins

BC High, New Bedford and Dennis-Yarmouth were among the teams to clinch playoff spots with wins in holiday clashes today.

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Singing with ‘Passione’

Actor-director John Turturro offers a visual and musical love letter to Naples.

MOVIE REVIEW This ‘Woman’ tells a feminist tale of horror

Subtle as a mugging and gleefully outrageous, “The Woman’’ is a feminist parable disguised as a sicko midnight horror movie.


Critic’s corner

Matthew Gilbert gives readers the best non-football options on TV tonight.

“I grew up with the Muppets, though, so we’re definitely here because of my influence. I’m probably more psyched to see the movie than they are.”

Elizabeth Gilbert,  35, at the movies with her children


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Ellen isn’t winning an Oprah-size audience

Since taking over Oprah Winfrey’s former 4 p.m. time period this season, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres hasn’t delivered the ratings of her powerhouse predecessor.


Political Notebook

Bachmann rips NBC over song

Michele Bachmann lashed out at NBC for not apologizing for an off-color song played during her appearance Tuesday on Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night.’’

Nation & World

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Three American students -- Luke Gates, 21, from Bloomington, Ind., Derrik Sweeney, 19, from Jefferson City, Mo., and Gregory Porter, 19, from Glenside, Pa., were arrested and held this week in Egypt.

Egyptian court orders release of 3 US students

The three who attend college in Cairo were arrested near Tahrir Square where they allegedly threw firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters.

Special reports

Special Section

Director Caitlin Lowans (center, in black) directs a theatrical adaptation of “The Nutcracker” at the Stoneham Theater.

Holiday Arts Preview

Our critics give their top picks for what to see and experience this holiday season in the worlds of theater, dance, movies, DVDs, classical music, and pop music. This is your guide to holiday season entertainment.