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'Dave Made A Maze,' But Dave Forgot A Script

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00pm

In this gorgeously designed movie, the walls of an elaborate cardboard maze are more substantial than the characters inside it.

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A NASCAR Caper Comedy Fueled By Thick Southern Accents: 'Logan Lucky'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00pm

Steven Soderbergh's return to filmmaking after a brief hiatus features strong chemistry between its two leads, a great cast, and the faint whiff of condescension.

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'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:30pm

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.

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In Movies, A Solar Eclipse Means Change Is Coming

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:01pm

Over the years, Hollywood filmmakers have used solar eclipses as devices to mark moments of irrevocable transformation for their characters.

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In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:20pm

Cho, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea as a child, says the cultural distance his Columbus character feels towards his immigrant father was "an unwelcome reflection of my own life."

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Judith Light: The Content And The Context Of A Varied Career

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:01am

Judith Light has done soaps, sitcoms, theater, drama — and now, she sits down with Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about her long career.

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Judith Light: The Content And The Context Of A Varied Career

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:01am

Judith Light has done soaps, sitcoms, theater, drama — and now, she sits down with Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about her long career.

(Image credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 6:00am

Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it's easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Look At Literary Adaptations

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:31pm

TV and movie producers are looking to the shelves for inspiration: a number of popular shows and films this year started as books.

40 Years After His Death, Elvis Presley Still Draws Large Crowds

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:31pm

Elvis Presley died 40 years ago today in Memphis, Tenn. Tens of thousands of fans have gone to his Graceland home to commemorate the singer.

In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:20pm

Netflix's plan was to take relatively minor or underused Marvel titles and heroes, and star them in their own season-long TV series. After that, they'd feature them together in an all-star team-up.

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3 Romances For Your August Escape

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00pm

The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we've got three romances that'll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.

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An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:00am

Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.

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Rachel Martin's High School Reunion

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Rachel Martin graduated from Idaho Falls High School 25 years ago. She's checking in with some of the people she knew in high school — including Eric Hsu, who served as her senior class president.

'The Once And Future Liberal' Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:29pm

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

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'Home Fire' Puts A Topical Spin On Ancient Greek Tragedy

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 9:00am

Kamila Shamsie's new book — beautifully written and paced — updates the ancient story of Antigone to tell an explosive story of two families tangled together by love, grief and religious radicalism.

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'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:00am

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

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Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop's Key To Success

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:53am

Barnes & Noble is experimenting with food, Amazon is replicating its online business and an indie shop aims to be part of the community. Ultimately, they all want to sell more books.

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Jury Rules In Favor Of Taylor Swift In Groping Lawsuit

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 6:43pm

The jury ruled in favor of the pop superstar on Monday, in a high profile case in which she accused a Denver radio disc jockey of groping her. Swift did not report the incident at the time in 2013.

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