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'The Disasters' Could Be The Beginning Of A Great Story

3 hours 45 min ago

M.K. England's new novel starts with a bang: A group of space-school rejects must save the universe. It never quite delivers on that premise, but the characters are so appealing, you'll want more.

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Julia Roberts Has An Unexpected Christmas Guest In 'Ben Is Back'

5 hours 45 min ago

In a new movie, the actress plays a mother whose son is struggling with drug addiction. Lucas Hedges plays the titular Ben, and Peter Hedges — his father — directs the film.

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How Jennifer Lopez Fought For Her 'Second Act'

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 3:22pm

Lopez talks with NPR's Sam Sanders about her decades of superstardom, her work imitating her life, and about being a boundary-breaking Latina woman in the entertainment industry.

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Aquaman, From Super Friend To Surfer Dude: The Bro-Ification Of A Hero

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 3:22pm

The Sea King has undergone a series of sea changes: once a generic fish-cop, then a widely shared joke, and now, finally, the star of his own blockbuster film, as the ultimate bro.

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Remembering Penny Marshall

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 3:10pm

After starting out in acting, Penny Marshall directed well-loved and successful films in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Big and A League Of Their Own both have big hearts and real bite.

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Penny Marshall, Filmmaker And 'Laverne & Shirley' Star, Dies At 75

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 1:33pm

Marshall directed Big and A League of Their Own, among other films.

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Emily Blunt's 'Mary Poppins' Is As Magical And Mysterious As Ever

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:03pm

When she landed the role in Mary Poppins Returns, Blunt didn't rewatch the 1964 original. "I didn't want to sort of get compromised by the details of what Julie Andrews did so beautifully," she says.

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'Fresh Air' Favorites: Our Critics Pick 2018's Best Books, Movies, Music And TV

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 10:15am

Find everything our critics loved this year, all in one place: Maureen Corrigan's book list, movie pairings from Justin Chang, music recommended by Ken Tucker and David Bianculli's must-see TV list.

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Pretend You're An Elf In Santaland

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 6:33am

In 1992, the world met Crumpet the elf in David Sedaris' "Santaland Diaries," the story of his time working as a Macy's department store elf. Now imagine you had that job. Tell us your story.

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CBS Denies Former CEO Les Moonves $120 Million Severance Package

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 6:26pm

The network explained its decision, saying "there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance" and failure to cooperate with the company's investigation.

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From Slavery To 'American Wonder': Revisiting Frederick Douglass' Remarkable Life

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 12:38pm

Historian David Blight's new biography describes Douglass' escape from slavery, his passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement and his gift as a writer and orator.

2018 'Ghost List' Revisits The TV, Books And Movies A Critic Wishes He Covered

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 12:38pm

Each year, Fresh Air critic-at-large John Powers finds himself haunted by the books, movies and shows that he loved but wasn't able to review on the air.

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Magical Photos Bring Fables From Mbomo To Life

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 8:53am

The fables were gathered from people in the Congo Basin and illustrated with a touch of magical realism in the new book Congo Tales: Told By The People Of Mbomo.

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NPR's Favorite TV Shows Of 2018

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 4:29am

This year we say goodbye to The Americans, but we also celebrate new gems like Queer Eye, Killing Eve and Homecoming.

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Predictions

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 6:01pm

Our panelists predict who will end up hosting the Oscars.

In 'Capernaum,' The Chaos Of Lebanon From A Homeless Child's Perspective

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 7:03am

In Beirut, a young boy sues his parents for giving birth to him in poverty. That's the premise of a new film from director Nadine Labaki which features her most unapologetically activist agenda.

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'Black Love In All Its Different Ways': Regina King On Her 'Beale Street' Role

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 4:44pm

Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the 1974 James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk is now in theaters. It gives actress Regina King yet another complex character to inhabit.

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Not My Job: William Shatner Gets Quizzed On Cannes

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 10:58am

Sure, Shatner knows plenty about "the wrath of Khan" ... but what does he know about the Cannes Film Festival? We'll find out.

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In 'The Dakota Winters,' Finding A New Story To Tell About John Lennon

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 7:00am

Tom Barbash's new novel is set in the famed Manhattan apartment house where Lennon spent the last year of his life — and where, in this telling, he befriends a washed-up talk show host and his son.

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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million After Alleged Sexual Harassment, Termination

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 5:52pm

Days after confronting actor Michael Weatherly, a huge star for the network, Dushku was written off Bull. An investigation determined the company often protected itself at the expense of victims.

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