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Hollywood Legend Garry Marshall Dies At 81

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

Hollywood legend Garry Marshall died Tuesday at the age of 81. He was responsible for some of the biggest TV hits of the 1970s including The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. He also made Julia Roberts a superstar with Pretty Woman.

Hollywood And The Middle Class: Selling Dreams Of 'Somewhere That's Green'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

We don't call Hollywood a "Dream Factory" for nothing. If you have a vision of the sort of place you'd like to live, Tinseltown can bring it to life.

Fresh Air Remembers Garry Marshall, Creator Of 'Happy Days' And 'Laverne & Shirley'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:42pm

Marshall, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was a noted writer and director of both television and film. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1991, shortly after the release of his movie, Frankie and Johnny.

'Veep' Showrunner On Politics And The 'Thankless Task' Of Being Second In Command

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:42pm

David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series Veep, discusses the current season of the show, his work on SNL and the 2016 presidential election.

Remembering Garry Marshall, For Whom We Stayed Up Past 8 O'Clock

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:13am

Garry Marshall was the creator of Happy Days and the director of Pretty Woman and The Flamingo Kid. We look at his long career as a producer, director, writer and actor.

'The House At The Edge Of Night' Is A Comforting, Familiar Place

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:00am

Catherine Banner's new novel takes familiar tropes — it's a multigenerational family saga set in Sicily, and yes, there's limoncello and dancing in the piazza — and makes them fresh and inviting.

Garry Marshall, A Master Of Comedy On TV And In Film, Dies At 81

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:33am

The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, The Flamingo Kid, Pretty Woman: If you had to live on a deserted island, you could do far worse than to take the work of Garry Marshall with you.

Steinbeck Is An Influence — And A Character — In 'Monterey Bay'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 6:00am

Lindsay Hatton makes a bold move in her new novel: She lifts a character from John Steinbeck's 1945 classic Cannery Row -- and then the author himself — for a tale of thwarted romance by the sea.

Despite Controversy, 'Ghostbusters' Opens With $46 Million

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

After considerable online hubbub about its all-female leading cast, the reboot of Ghostbusters brought in $46 million in its opening weekend.

Met's 'Unfinished' Exhibit Offers A Glimpse Of The Artistic Mind At Work

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:17pm

The inaugural show at the Metropolitan Museum's Met Breuer branch raises the question of what makes a finished work of art. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls it "an astonishing gathering of masterpieces."

Comic Mike Birbiglia On His Best Failure And The 3 Rules Of Improv

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:17pm

Birbiglia says the failure of his sitcom pilot is the best thing that could have happened to him, artistically. His new film, Don't Think Twice, tells the story of an improv comedy group.

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About War And Food?

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:08pm

Weapons have always been a central part of warfare. But humans have turned to another source of power as well: food. Take our quiz to test your knowledge about war and food.

Complex Stories Snap Together In 'This Must Be The Place'

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:00am

Maggie O'Farrell's novel jumps between multiple storylines, points of view, times and places to tell the story of an American professor who meets a reclusive French actress on a lonely Irish road.

'Aliens' Turns 30: Celebrating The Iconic Sci-Fi Sequel

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 5:06pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews NPR contributor and critic Chris Klimek about the Aliens sequel and the 30th anniversary of the film.

'Zero Days' Documentary Exposes A Looming Threat Of The Digital Age

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the large-scale implications of computer malware. Critic John Powers calls Zero Days an important — and chilling — film.

Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic new novel is They May Not Mean To, But They Do.

Give Chickpeas A Chance: Why Hummus Unites, And Divides, The Mideast

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:51am

Nothing is simple in Mideast relations. Not even hummus. Lebanon, Israel and Palestinians are entangled over who owns the dish. Not even the title of world's largest hummus platter settled the matter.

In 'The Fixers,' A Glimpse Of Cleveland That Goes Deeper Than The Guide Book

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 4:06pm

Kate Spoko created a documentary series called The Fixers. In it, she asks Clevelanders what tour of the city they would give to Republican National Convention delegates.

Why Does Cynthia Ozick Write? 'I Simply Must,' She Says

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:26am

The versatile author says that, like queens, writers are born into their profession. In her new book, Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays, she examines current and past literature.

Not My Job: We Quiz The Secretary Of Urban Development On Urban Dictionary

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:01am

Julián Castro went from being the youngest member of San Antonio's city council, to mayor of San Antonio, to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.




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