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When It Comes To Family Musicals, Kids' Opinions Matter More Than Critics'

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 5:31pm

Normally, critical reviews can kill a Broadway show, but not so for kid-focused musicals. Anastasia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are currently on Broadway, vying for the kid seal of approval.

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An Old Soldier Is Back In Action In 'City Of Miracles'

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 9:00am

As Robert Jackson Bennett's Divine Cities series draws to a close, grizzled old enforcer Sigrud — in hiding, in a remote forest — returns to the city to avenge the murder of his friend and partner.

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Paula Poundstone's 'Totally Unscientific' Search For The Secret Of Happiness

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 7:16am

Paula Poundstone had a great idea: Try fun stuff and get a publishing company to pay for it in the name of science. The result? The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.

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'And We're Off' Proves Brevity's Not Always The Soul Of Wit

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 6:00am

Dana Schwartz is the Twitter whiz behind the @GuyInYourMFA and @DystopianYA accounts, but she stumbles in long form. Her debut novel, And We're Off, is quick and compelling but needs fleshing out.

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A Family, A Traffic Ticket And A 2-Year Lie

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 3:52am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear about a few problems, including a family cover-up over a sister's ticket.

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'Morning Joe' Gets Awkward And Kids Search For Kellyanne Conway On 'SNL'

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 3:08am

This week, Saturday Night Live reimagined a classic kids show, while a suspiciously presidential-sounding "John Miller" called into an already uncomfortable day on Morning Joe.

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Liev Schreiber On The 'Unsafe' Obsession With Celebrity And The Story Of 'Chuck'

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 5:41pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with actor Liev Schreiber about his new film Chuck, which tells the story of boxer Chuck Wepner, the real-life inspiration for the Rocky film franchise.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Director Guy Ritchie On Locks, Stocks And Barrels

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 1:59pm

Ritchie wanted to be a filmmaker, so he dropped out of school at the age of 15 — why waste time? His first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was a breakout independent hit.

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Penelope Lively Ponders Pompeii — And Other Stories — In 'The Purple Swamp Hen'

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:48am

Award-winning novelist Penelope Lively hasn't written short stories in decades, but, she says, the form suddenly came back to her, for a collection that ranges from Pompeii to the modern day.

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'Every Culture Has A Norman': Richard Gere On Playing A Fixer And Wandering Jew

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:48am

Gere's latest film, Norman, is about a Jewish man who pops up on the streets of Manhattan dropping names, handing out cards and promising to connect people.

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In Fantasy Short 'Forever Tree,' A Black Heroine Learns To Stop Playing Small

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:12am

The film is set during the Harlem Renaissance and tells the mysterious, magical story of Tawny Bennett, an antiquarian's apprentice.

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Actions Can Have Horrifying Consequences In 'The Boy On The Bridge'

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:00am

M.R. Carey follows up his zombie apocalypse thriller The Girl With All The Gifts with a standalone story set in the same world, also featuring an unusual child and a crew of determined scientists.

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Chris Gethard Isn't Kidding About 'Career Suicide'

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 4:00am

Chris Gethard's new HBO special tells stories of his struggles with suicidal thoughts and his complex relationship with his psychiatrist. Funny and moving, Career Suicide premieres Saturday night.

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I Am Not Your Muslim

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 3:01am

An "identity matrix" is a trap that presents itself as the answer to broad-brush generalizations about Muslims as terrorists or radicals, but actually ends up being similarly simplistic.

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Grooving To That 70s Beat, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Return In Volume 2

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:31pm

It was a surprise last time, but now comes volume two of the Marvel superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy.

'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Is Overlong And Void Of Suspense

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Marvel returns to its Guardians superheroes in this sequel, but the resulting film is lacking. Critic David Edelstein calls Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 "a big mess — with dumb jokes."

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Gethard's one-man show Career Suicide, which debuts Saturday on HBO, is a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." Originally broadcast Oct. 24, 2016.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Michael Solomonov won the James Beard Foundation's award for outstanding chef the year. He says his life work is connecting people to the food of his homeland. Originally broadcast Oct. 6, 2015.

'Risk' Is A Messy, Ambitious Portrait Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Laura Poitras began filming the man known for cyber-releasing classified documents in 2011. Critic John Powers says the resulting documentary is an intimate take on an enigmatic rebel.

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Crayola Gives The People What They Want: A New Blue Crayon

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:23am

After Crayola announced it was retiring the yellow crayon Dandelion, the company said its replacement would be blue, but would it be a true blue? No, it's actually an accidental blue.

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