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'Our Film Is Funny Until It's Not': Brad Pitt On The Darkly Comic 'War Machine'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:48am

Pitt plays a semi-clueless four-star general charged with overseeing the war effort in Afghanistan. He says the film uses comedy to lure viewers in, then shows them some harsh realities.

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This Week In Race: Jesuits Give Back, Serena's New Gig, Latino Grads Hat Up

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:01am

All sorts of people coming and going this week — out of Chicago, out of college, but not to the U.S.

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Iraqi Refugee Empowers Youth To Share Their Stories With 'Narratio'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:13pm

After Ahmed Badr and his family fled the Iraq War, he used writing to grapple with his experience as a refugee in the U.S. He founded the website Narratio so other youth could share their stories.

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Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:13pm

For over 35 years, the all-female Shonen Knife has been serving up catchy punk titles like "Wasabi," "Hot Chocolate" and "Sushi Bar." But don't mistake them for bubblegum pop. These ladies are legit.

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A One-Night Stand Takes A Disturbing Turn In 'Berlin Syndrome'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 3:00pm

In Cate Shortland's new film, an Australian woman traveling abroad becomes the captive of a mysterious stranger. Critic Justin Chang says Berlin Syndrome is a gripping character study.

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40 Years After 'Star Wars' Error, Newspaper Apologizes To Wookiee Community

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 2:01pm

In its 1977 review, The Dallas Morning News called Chewbacca a "Wookie." Now, on the film's 40th anniversary, the long national nightmare has ended. On that note: We, too, have something to confess.

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Reading The Game: Witcher 3

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:00am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with an epic, week-long journey into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the latest installment of the adventures of monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia.

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A Dancer Is Unstrung By Grief In 'Isadora'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:00am

The great American dancer Isadora Duncan led a tragic life, and her worst year — just after the deaths of her first two children in an accident, forms the core of Amelia Gray's powerful new novel.

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It's Polyamorous Polysaturation — Unconventional Relationships Abound On TV

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:30pm

Unconventional relationships are all over TV. Open marriages and three-ways have driven stories on scripted shows like House of Cards, Transparent and Orphan Black — and reality TV isn't far behind.

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ABC Bets On Nostalgia With Remake Of 'Dirty Dancing'

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:30pm

The new ABC version of Dirty Dancing will air on television Wednesday night. NPR looks at the legacy of Dirty Dancing and why it's been a favorite — albeit corny — movie over generations.

Aziz Ansari On 'Master Of None' And How His Parents Feel About Acting

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:09pm

Now that the second season of his Netflix series is out, the comic is looking forward to some down time. "Forget season three of Master of None," he says. "I'm ... doing season 34 of Aziz Ansari."

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Searching For A Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 1:55pm

Journeys, near and far, into the past and even into near space, are the subject of the novels, memoirs and narrative histories that make up book critic Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.

Hot Tip On Old Heist Could Be Worth $10 Million, Gardner Museum Says

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 1:55pm

It's been 27 years since thieves made off with more than a dozen works of art from Boston's Gardner Museum. But the museum's trustees hold out hope — and have doubled the bounty on the masterpieces.

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Highway To The Sequel Zone: Tom Cruise Says 'Top Gun 2' Is Happening

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:25pm

It's been 31 years since Top Gun. Cruise told an Australian TV show that a sequel will start filming "probably in the next year."

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It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 6:00am

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year we're all about comics and graphic novels! Whether it's your childhood favorite or the webcomic you binged last week, we want to know about it.

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The Power Of Music Is At The Heart Of 'Black Mad Wheel'

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:00am

Detroit garage-rocker Josh Malerman's second novel follows a fictional 1950s rock bad recruited by the government to find the source of a mysterious, ominous sound emanating from the Namib Desert.

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The Saint Before The Spy: Actor Roger Moore Dies At 89

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

Though most came to know him in the James Bond films, Roger Moore first displayed his brand of undercover suave in the TV series, The Saint. Moore died Tuesday at the age of 89.

'The Bachelorette' May Have A Black Star, But It's Still Set In A White World

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

Some may see Rachel Lindsay's rise as progress; but diversity isn't about expecting black people to assimilate into a mostly white world.

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Cole Porter's Pro-Immigration Ballet Gets A Trump-Era Revival

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

Within the Quota criticized the restrictive immigration laws passed by Congress after World War I. Now the Princeton University Ballet has brought the show back — with a few updates.

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'Times' Book Review Editor Shares Her Love Of Reading In 'My Life With Bob'

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:15pm

Pamela Paul of The New York Times talks about her own new book, which chronicles every book she's read since she was 17 years old. Even if a work isn't great, she refuses to brush it aside cavalierly.




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