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Hellas Ellas

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:12am

"When I get a craving I can't quell-a, I'll dip my finger in that Nutella, ella, ella. Mm, mm, mm." Guess other words that end with -ella within Jonathan Coulton's version of Rihanna's "Umbrella".

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Single Word Cinema Stumpers

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:12am

Would you describe the characters in Braveheart as "Brash Brogue-speakers Bracing for Brutal Battles Brought by Browbeating British"? Guess the movie title from its alliterative description.

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Thank You Notes

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:12am

"Dear Sergey and Larry: Thank you for buying YouTube and keeping it free! My "Gangnam Style" video has been played over 2 billion times." Imagine the thank you notes that celebrities might write.

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Jonathan Groff And Raúl Castillo: 'Looking' Ahead

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:12am

Ahead of the season finale of HBO's Looking, the co-stars who play on-again, off-again couple Patrick and Richie talk about redefining gay life on television and play a game about other TV romances.

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'The Only Ones' Puts A Heartbreaking Spin On Dystopia

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:03am

Veteran rock critic Carola Dibbell ventures into fiction with The Only Ones, a tale of an unconventional family in post-pandemic America. Critic Jason Heller says calls it "heartbreakingly beautiful."

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The 'Empire' Touch: A Cookie By Any Other Name

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 8:39am

Fox's freshman series Empire finished its first season with an action-packed often baffling finale that underscored how much fun it is, even when it doesn't make sense.

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'Mountaineer' Is A Must-Read Of Soviet Sci-Fi

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:03am

Brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were at the heart of Soviet science fiction; reviewer Juan Vidal says The Dead Mountaineer's Inn is less edgy than some of their work, but still a must-read.

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A Watch Party For The 'Empire' Season Ender

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a fictional black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in Washington, D.C., takes in the show's season finale.

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Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.

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How A 1970s Fashion Faceoff Put American Designers In The Spotlight

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:27am

In The Battle of Versailles, Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.

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France Considers A Ban On Overly Skinny Models

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:35pm

Proposed legislation in France would criminalize the use of underweight models and ban online sites that glorify anorexia and other eating disorders.

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Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:10pm

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre writer Alexander Genis, served 10 years for armed robbery. The crimes fueled his heroin addiction. "It was so obvious I didn't fit in," he says.

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Small Batch Edition: On Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:55pm

We talk to romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.

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'The Jinx' And The Challenges of Public Curiosity

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:24am

One of the lessons documentarians are learning is that the more people like your work, the more they ask questions about it.

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Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:22am

Fox's hip-hop drama Empire ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.

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How Self-Improvement Became Self-Destruction On 'Diamond Mountain'

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:03am

Scott Carney's new book unpacks the complicated story of Ian Thorson, who died in the Arizona wilderness after becoming involved with an unorthodox Buddhist group led by a charismatic American monk.

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'The Mechanical' Will Make Your Clockwork Pulse Pound

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 6:03am

Ian Tregillis' new novel is the start of a series, set in an alternate 1926, that follows a robot's search for humanity against a backdrop of science, philosophy and a grand struggle between empires.

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25 Years After Art Heist, Empty Frames Still Hang In Boston's Gardner Museum

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:13am

On March 18, 1990, robbers stole $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Author Stephen Kurkjian explains why robbers bothered to steal work so priceless it couldn't be sold.

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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:12am

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

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Cervantes' Remains Have Been Found In Madrid, Scientists Say

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 7:07pm

Almost 400 years after his death, researchers have found bone fragments that seem to match what they know about the celebrated author's burial.

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