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In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:03am

Two composers became instrument builders to score the film, set in the pioneer days of the American West. "We both knew what the movie sounded like. We just had to find it," Tommy Lee Jones says.

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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:27pm

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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Benedict Cumberbatch: Code-Breaker Alan Turing Was A Puzzle Himself

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 2:49pm

Cumberbatch stars in The Imitation Game, as the British mathematician who helped break German codes. "It's a war thriller, it's a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged," he says.

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Thanksgiving, Frozen: A 6-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 2:16pm

You don't have to leave all the cooking for Thursday. We offer tips for getting most of the meal ready in advance so you can sleep in a little later on the big day.

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For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:21pm

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.

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The 3-Bird Turducken Has Nothing On This 17-Bird Royal Roast

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:45am

The Frenchman who was the world's first restaurant critic launched the world's first serial food journal in 1803. To wow readers, he offered a recipe for for rôti sans pareil, the roast without equal.

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Book News: Daniel Handler Apologizes For Jokes At National Book Awards

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:17am

Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, hosted Wednesday's ceremony — and made a few racially charged jokes while doing so. He apologized after a backlash Thursday. Also: A Beach Boy plans a memoir.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Foxcatcher' And The Art Of The Trailer

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:40am

On this week's show, we look at the eerie film Foxcatcher, the world of trailers, and what's making us happy this week.

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Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Put To The Test At Amish Market

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:18am

A woman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland said she'd love to make and sell Susan Stamberg's mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish. Naturally, Stamberg had to inspect the operation and try it out.

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Director Mike Nichols Remembered As A Comedian, Raconteur, Charmer

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:24pm

Robert Siegel remembers director and film icon Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at 83.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:09pm

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:09pm

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Mike Nichols: Remembering The Ellipses After The Story Ends

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:35pm

We consider the work of writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday.

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Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:00am

Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.

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Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:26am

In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:12am

Nichols, perhaps best known for his 1967 classic film, The Graduate, has won Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. He died Wednesday at age 83.

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There's More To Asking Than Just Art

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:03am

Amanda Palmer's new The Art of Asking outlines a well-intentioned but hazy philosophy of asking for help. Critic Annalisa Quinn says Palmer glosses over societal realities of who has access to help.

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'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:57pm

The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.

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NBC The Latest To Distance Itself From Bill Cosby

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

There was more fallout for actor comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday, following renewed allegations about sexual misconduct. NBC said it was cancelling plans for a comedy it was developing with Cosby.

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NBC And Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects As New Rape Claim Emerges

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:07pm

A TV comedy Bill Cosby was developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations of rape against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move late Tuesday, shelving a comedy special.

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