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'Transparent' Actor Jeffrey Tambor Says He Found His Dream Role In Maura

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:45pm

Tambor plays a transgender woman in Amazon show. "It's a perfect role," he says. "... I thought I was gonna do Lear, but I'm gonna do Maura." Transparent's third season comes out on Friday.

A Feel-Good Chess Movie Keeps Sentimentality In Check: 'Queen Of Katwe'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

A Disney film about a Ugandan girl who becomes a chess champion hits familiar beats but evinces a nuanced understanding of extreme poverty and the societal forces that reinforce it.

A Korean Celebrity Couple Kidnapped By Kim Jong Il: 'The Lovers And The Despot'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

The fascinating tale of a South Korean movie star and director kidnapped in the 1970s is dutifully recounted in a documentary that fails to explore several lingering questions.

It Takes An (Empty) Village: 'The Ruins of Lifta'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

A new documentary focuses on a now-empty town near Jerusalem, the future of which is hotly contested.

'The Magnificent Seven': Because 'The Pretty Good Seven' Didn't Test Well

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

I Haven't Seen The First Six Yet! Director Antoine Fuqua remakes the classic 1960 Western; our critic calls it a "fun but nonessential" example of "high-grade pulp."

Kate Winslet Wreaks Bespoke Vengeance In 'The Dressmaker'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Kate Winslet plays a woman with designs to punish the townsfolk who once wronged her in this tonally confused Australian comedy.

Theater Artist Anne Basting Named MacArthur Fellow

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews Anne Basting, a theater artist and educator at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, about being awarded the MacArthur fellowship this year. She describes her work with people with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's and dementia, using improv theater and storytelling techniques to improve their lives.

Obama Awards 2015 National Arts And Humanities Medals

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

President Obama awarded the 2015 National Arts and National Humanities Medals at the White House Thursday. Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Berry Gordy and Philip Glass are among the many honorees.

Fresh Air Remembers 'LA Confidential' Director Curtis Hanson

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:43pm

Hanson also directed The River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 71. Originally broadcast in 1997.

'Narcos' Producer On The Drug War, Colombia And Escobar's Son's Grievances

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:43pm

Before making Narcos, Eric Newman spent years researching Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could."

'Born To Run' Is A 500-Page Springsteen Show

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:14am

Can't see The Boss in concert? Pick up his new memoir, which begins with 7-year-old Springsteen watching Elvis on TV. From $3-a-night shows to swooning stadiums, it's a wild and well-written ride.

At White House, A Golden Moment For America's Great Artists And Patrons

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:22am

Two dozen luminaries — from Terry Gross to Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman to Louise Glück — get laurels Thursday, as President Obama awards the National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals.

'The Wonder' Is A Hard-To-Believe Tale Of Belief

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:21am

Emma Donoghue's latest follows a nurse in 19th century Ireland who agrees to monitor a famed fasting girl. But both the unsympathetic nurse and the credulous villagers are hard to like or understand.

If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.

'70's Food Movement Promoted Benefits Of Plant-Based Diet

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

Frances Moore Lappe wrote the book, Diet for a Small Planet, which advocates a vegetarian diet. The book started a conversation about the political, economic and health implications of food choices.

Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:30pm

Capt. William Prickitt commanded a company of black soldiers during the Civil War. When he took ill, they saved him. A photo album that he carried the rest of his life has preserved their identities.

'Magnificent Seven' Director On Staying True To The Original Film's Message

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 2:25pm

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. He says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others."

Food For Thought: 10 Restaurants That Shaped America

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 1:58pm

A Yale historian's new book explores America's changing tastes, and what they say about our culture — from class mobility to civil rights to women's changing status.

Kiefer Sutherland Takes Over The Oval Office As The 'Designated Survivor'

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:21pm

Sutherland plays a Cabinet member who becomes president after an explosion takes out the U.S. Capitol — and everyone above him in the pecking order. Critic John Powers has a review.

Love Shifts The Self In 'The Lesser Bohemians'

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 6:00am

Eimear McBride's latest follows a young drama student who comes to London and falls for an older man. Her live, wriggling language makes a beautiful account of the ways the self is built and rebuilt.




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