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'Arrival' Author's Approach To Science Fiction? Slow, Steady And Successful

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 3:19pm

The new film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang — a 49-year-old technical writer based in Seattle. "Fiction writing is very hard for me," he explains — and so Chiang takes his time.

Sci-Fi Saga 'Arrival' Asks: Can Humans Learn To Speak The Language Of Aliens?

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:35pm

Amy Adams plays a professor tasked with talking to eight-tentacled aliens in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Arrival is a strange and tantalizing puzzle.

All My Exes Live In Texas

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:35am

Gear up for a final round where every answer contains the letters "E-X," in that order. For example, "our neighboring country to the south" is "Mexico!"

Brooklyn Decker: Two Truths And A Lie, Lie, Lie

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:35am

We bring some Brooklyn to our Dallas roadshow with VIP Brooklyn Decker. Decker talks about acting in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, then plays a game of two truths and a lie—boy band edition!

I Love The 1880s

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:35am

Ophira and Jonathan dig deep into Dallas history with this trivia game about the rocking 1880s.

Billies Seen

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:35am

In this music game, Jonathan Coulton reworks Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" to be about other people--both real and fictional--named Billie.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:35am

Mary Walker is kiiiind of a big deal — find out why when host Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton become the contestants in this Dallas installment of Mystery Guest!

Texas Towns

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:35am

Texas is the second largest state in the Union, so there's bound to be a unique town name here and there. Guess which town is fake in this Texan trivia game.

Franchise Rebranding

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:35am

Each team's imagined owner wants to change the name by adding one letter. So, if we said, "LensCrafters bought this Texas hockey team," the answer would be "The Dallas Stares!"

In 'Lazy Eye,' A Romance With An Old Flame, Rekindled

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Two men reconnect 15 years after a painful breakup in writer/director Tim Kirkman's talky romantic drama.

'Almost Christmas,' But Far From Original

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

A by-the-numbers holiday film in which a soulful performance from Danny Glover fails to buoy the proceedings above familiar family squabbles that get dutifully, and too-tidily, resolved.

Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' Is A Brutal, Elegant, Pitch-Black Comedy

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Verhoeven gleefully courts controversy with this bitterly sardonic film about the aftermath of a woman's violent rape.

'The Monster:' A Mother, A Daughter And A Great Big Thing That Goes Bump In The Night

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Trapped in a car in the woods, Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) and her mother (Zoe Kazan) encounter a mysterious creature in a horror movie beset by a leaden script, slow pacing and a disappointing reveal.

'Arrival' Is Smart, Stylish Sci-Fi About Language, Not Laser Beams

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Amy Adams plays a linguist recruited to translate the language of mysterious alien visitors in a twisty, sophisticated sci-fi thriller from director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario).

ABC's 'Speechless' Looks To Change How Hollywood Depicts Disability

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Scott Silveri, the creator of the ABC TV show, Speechless, which follows a family with a child that has cerebral palsy.

The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:23pm

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead.

Weird, Spirited 'Pieces Of Soap' Celebrates The Essays Of Stanley Elkin

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:23pm

Elkin, who died in 1995, was known for his satirical takes on American culture. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a new collection of essays that showcases the freshness of Elkin's work.

Toy Hall Of Fame: Dungeons & Dragons, Little People Honored; So Are Swings

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:04am

Care Bears didn't make the cut; neither did Transformers or Uno. But it's a good day for Little People, first produced by Fisher-Price in 1959.

'Things From The Flood' Is Gorgeously Creepy And Strangely Human

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 6:00am

Simon Stålenhag's new book of paintings is a followup to his unique vision of a robot-and-monster haunted alternate Sweden. Each page is heavily freighted with both dread, but you can't stop looking.

Cheering Or Mourning Election Results? Mail-Order Cocktails Head Your Way

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 1:51pm

As meal kits gain market share, craft cocktail subscription boxes have followed. The kits allow tipplers to explore new drinks and small brands without splashing out for a big bottle of booze.

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