NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Black about playing R.L. Stine, the beloved children's horror author, in the new Goosebumps movie.
History has largely forgotten the lives and thoughts of the black chefs who helped define American cooking. But there's a tantalizing glimpse in food writer Toni Tipton-Martin's cookbook collection.
The author of classic thrillers like The Day of the Jackal has just written a memoir, The Outsider, that proves his life as a foreign correspondent-turned-writer is almost as exciting as his fiction.
Before City on Fire's release, Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel was best known for the big advance it earned. But that paycheck is dwarfed by the book itself: a vast love letter to mid-'70s New York.
It's been decades since Steven Spielberg directed a film without Williams' help. With the composer unable to do his latest, Bridge of Spies, Spielberg kept it in the "extended family," tapping Newman.
Wherefore art "thou"? Why not "you" instead? The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is making an ambitious — and controversial — attempt to rewrite the Bard's plays into modern-day English.
Originally a popular Tumblr, Pop Sonnets makes iambic hay out of modern artists like Kesha and Eminem. Critic Tasha Robinson explains why Sonnets isn't your average impulse-buy humor book.
The great American playwright was born a century ago Sunday. An activist as much as he was a writer, Miller challenged social ills in playscripts — and set a new standard for the citizen-artist.
The Knick returns for its second season on Cinemax Friday night. And with it, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh seems to be making good on his vow to turn his back on the film world and work exclusively in TV. He also has a new show on Amazon called Red Oaks, a comedy set in the 1980s. NPR reviews both and says Soderbergh's success is enabling him to shift power in the TV business from writer/producers to director/producers, and that power shift has a lot of repercussions.
Director Steven Spielberg — with some help from script polishers Joel and Ethan Coen — brings echoes of our own modern day to the Cold War.
Rick Famuyiwa's film, Dope, is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip-hop and Japanese comic books. Originally broadcast July 1, 2015.
In Lenny Abrahamson's new film, a 5-year-old boy lives with his mother in a prison fashioned by a psychopath. Critic David Edelstein calls Room an amazing and "heart-stopping" survival story.
The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy. His memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career. Originally broadcast Dec. 16, 2014.
Colum McCann's new story collection plays with images of surveillance — traffic cams, nanny cams — to capture a complex picture of love, loss, pain and the way our lives so swiftly pass away.
On this week's show: Steve Jobs, Sorkin dialogue, Seth Rogen, Citizen Kane, Empire, rich business guys in suits, and what's making us happy this week.
Jennifer Hayden's graphic novel is, on the surface, the story of losing her breasts to cancer. But she sets that narrative within a host of other life experiences, making room for joy, hope and humor.
The new film tells the story of Agu, a young boy in an unnamed African country, who's conscripted into a regiment of child soldiers led by a cold-blooded commandant played by Idris Elba.
The literary awards were handed out for nonfiction, fiction and young readers' literature, respectively. Established just last year by Kirkus Reviews, the prize offers $50,000 to each winner.
Heath Ceramics' tiles and tableware are the darling of mid-century design fans. Now, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is honoring the company for its aesthetics, values and business model.
The director's frequent collaborator, Tom Hanks, plays an American lawyer enlisted to carry out a complicated swap of one captured man for another.