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Prepare To Weep: 'Little Life' Follows 4 Friends' Path To Redemption

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:09pm

In Hanya Yanagihara's deeply moving novel, a group of college friends rise, lose their bearings, fall in love, squabble and wrestle with life's tragedies in New York City.

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Everything Old is New Again

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

For the final round all answers in this game contain the letters "n-e-w" or "o-l-d" in order. What term did Hugh Hefner coin for the large portrait stuck in a magazine? Hint: it's not a centerf-new.

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The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week: Pizza Hut Edition

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

True or false: before 2012, Pizza Hut was the largest purchaser of kale in the US, but they only used it as garnish for their salad bars.

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Poetic License

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

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is not only a Maya Angelou book but a line from what poem? Get your AP literature on as former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky reads clues about poetic book titles.

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More Or Less

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

I looked everywhere for my missing mangoes, oranges and pears, but my search was fruitless. All of the answers for this game end in "less" and clues hints to the first part of the word, more or less.

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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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