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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Stranger Things' And Onscreen Weddings

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:00am

The panel tackles the Netflix horror thriller Stranger Things before discussing favorite weddings from movies and TV. Then, as always, it's on to What's Making Us Happy this week.

Stories In Stitches: Lessons From Political Convention Fashion

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 3:12am

Tried-and-true red, white and blue stood out these last two weeks of political convergence. Here are some looks that also tell a story about the parties and the people who sported them.

In 'Equity,' Wall Street's Glass Towers Have Glass Ceilings

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00pm

Anna Gunn plays a Manhattan investment banker determined to succeed, but powerful men — and slack film-making — let her down.

In 'Tallulah,' An Aimless Young Woman Stumbles Across A Purpose: Kidnapping

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00pm

The plot's overstuffed, but whenever Ellen Page and Allison Janney share the screen, Tallulah finds its palpably human center.

'Indignation,' Based On Philp Roth's Autobiographical Novel, Marred By Miscasting

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00pm

Roth's mercurial 2008 coming-of-age novel gets a dutiful, sober-minded adaptation undercut by a miscast Logan Lerman in the film's lead role.

This Time Out, Matt Damon's Not Feeling The 'Bourne'

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00pm

Jason Bourne is back — still, again, some more — in a new film critic Chris Klimek calls an "idea-starved vestigial tail" on the Bourne series.

Jack Davis, Cartoonist Who Helped Found 'Mad' Magazine, Dies

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:51pm

Money from a job illustrating a Coca-Cola training manual became a springboard for Jack Davis to move from Georgia to New York.

These Old-Timey Philly Candies Offer A Taste Of Politics Past

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:57pm

Clear toy candies are a centuries-old local tradition. With the Democratic convention in town, an old-school candy maker is peddling some with a political bent. Think lollipop meets Mount Rushmore.

'It's Not My Story': Baz Luhrmann On Collaborating To Make 'The Get Down'

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:00am

Linda Holmes offers another update from the Television Critics Association meeting, this time on Luhrmann's hip-hop Netflix series The Get Down.

From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:00am

Movie heroes are fine. But let's be real — it's usually the bad guys we find most compelling.

Stars Hollow Intel: A Few New Beans Are Spilled On The 'Gilmore Girls' Return

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 9:12am

From the Television Critics Association meeting in Los Angeles, Linda Holmes reports on Netflix's upcoming Gilmore Girls reunion.

'You Will Know Me' Says No, You Won't

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

Megan Abbott's novel about a talented young gymnast and her mother starts with a mysterious death, but the real mysteries are the characters themselves: You never really know the people close to you.

Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 7:04pm

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.

Black Leadership In The Age Of Obama: A Look Back

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:07pm

PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill joins All Things Considered from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, to discuss her 2009 book The Breakthrough. Ifill is re-examining the book's conclusions about black political leadership as President Obama prepares to leave office.

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

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:43am

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.

Minicomics May Be Small, But They Pack Big Thrills

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

Minicomics are kind of a relic — few artists now want to go to the trouble of printing and distributing paper comics. But there are still a few out there that are worth the trouble of hunting down.

Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 3:24pm

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.

Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 3:24pm

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as "episodes" and "seasons" rather than "books."

Starbucks' New Dress Code: Purple Hair And Fedoras OK, But Hoodies Forbidden

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:02pm

Yes, the green aprons remain, but you may begin noticing more personal flair underneath. Instead of black and white garments, baristas are now free to embrace "drabby chic."

Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.

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