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Judd Apatow Mines The Mystery Of His Mentor: Garry Shandling

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 3:46am

Apatow drew on the late groundbreaking comedian's personal journals to create a 4 1/2 hour HBO documentary called The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling.

(Image credit: Bonnie Schiffman/HBO)

'Morning Star' Opera Sheds New Light On Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Of 1911

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 4:10pm

A production of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera in New York's Lower East Side marks the anniversary of one of America's deadliest industrial accidents.

(Image credit: Pavel Antonov/Courtesy of On Site Opera)

'The Italian Teacher' Paints A Troubled Father-Son Relationship

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 6:15am

Tom Rachman's new novel The Italian Teacher takes place in the art world, where a bigger than life artist named Bear Bavinsky makes it hard for his adoring son to form his own indentity.

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How A Famous Fraud Brought A Kind Of Hope In 'I Was Anastasia'

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

Ariel Lawhon's new novel is a biography of both Russia's Grand Duchess Anastasia and Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be Anastasia after the royal family was executed during the Revolution.

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'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

The creators of the highest-grossing animated film of all time aren't just simply letting it go — they've written a dozen new songs for a very sold-out theatrical adaptation.

(Image credit: Deen van Meer/Disney Theatrical Productions)

On The Rocky Road To Adulthood, Illustrator Asks 'Am I There Yet?'

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

Mari Andrew's collection of short essays and cartoons chronicle what life has shown her. "I think when I decided to be a writer, I kind of signed up for a life of interesting experiences," she says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Clarkson Potter)

Not My Job: We Quiz LeVar Burton, Geordi On 'Star Trek,' On 'Geordie Shore'

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:26am

The actor and TV/podcast host answers three questions about the MTV reality show in the North of England modeled after Jersey Shore.

(Image credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

You Don't Have To Be A Dog Person To Enjoy 'Tomorrow'

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:00am

Damian Dibben's novel follows a 217-year-old dog (yes, you read that right) as he searches for his wizardly master, who's disappeared somewhere in Europe in the middle of the Napoleonic Wars.

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Political Subtext In Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' Is More Bark Than Bite

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:21pm

Wes Anderson returns to stop action animation — a technique that won him an Oscar nomination for Fantastic Mr. Fox-- in his latest film, Isle of Dogs.

A Tale of Two Books: Bunny Of The United States Hops Onto The Page

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:21pm

One bunny — Marlon Bundo Pence — is the subject of two very different books. A day before the Pence family released their's, comedian John Oliver released a parody.

Philosophically Rich 'Isle Of Dogs' Is A Howl Of Joy

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 1:27pm

Wes Anderson's new animated feature centers on canines living on a garbage dump off the coast of Japan. David Edelstein says the film will make you laugh — even as you gasp at its visual brilliance.

An 'Anna Karenina' For Our Times At Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:50am

The world-famous ballet company is iconic in Russia. Principal dancer Olga Smirnova says a new staging of a beloved epic takes it into the 21st century.

(Image credit: Elena Fetisova/Bolshoi Theatre)

The Fast And The Furry Us: Wes Anderson's Masterful 'Isle Of Dogs'

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 4:01pm

Anderson imbues this stop-motion-animated film about loyal dogs exiled to a lonely island with his signature formalism, but there's real emotion in those pups' wet, soulful eyes.

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The Past Returns, Inscrutably, In 'Ismael's Ghosts'

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 4:00pm

French writer-director Arnaud Desplechin can't hold the thread of the story he seeks to tell, so this film about the mysterious return of an old lover fades into frustrating ambiguity.

(Image credit: Jean-Claude Lother/Magnolia Pictures)

Man With A Data Plan: 'Unsane' Is Soderbergh's Shot-On-An-iPhone Thriller

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 4:00pm

Claire Foy stars in this low-budget, high-stakes horror film about a woman whose grasp on reality slips as she commits herself to a pysch ward.

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'Pacific Rim Uprising' Serves Up Another Helping Of Mech And Cheese

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 4:00pm

Guillermo Del Toro isn't in the directing chair for this return to the world he built in 2013's Pacific Rim, but that film's most gleefully goofy qualities remain.

(Image credit: Jasin Boland/Universal Pictures)

With HBO's 'Barry,' Bill Hader Presents His Finest Work Yet

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:36pm

Bill Hader stars in a new HBO series, Barry. He plays a paid assassin who takes on a job in Los Angeles only to discover a passion for acting.

In 'All The Names They Used For God,' The Magical Meets The Harrowing

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:36pm

Author Anjali Sachdeva spins captivating short stories around kernels of the otherworldly. She says it can be a way to overcome the impulse to look away from that which is unsettling or traumatic.

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HBO's Garry Shandling Biography Is An Affecting Take On The Meaning Of Life

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 1:25pm

Filmmaker Judd Apatow examines the major influences in Shandling's life — as well the ways the late comedian influenced others — in his two-part documentary, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.

'The Gunners' Seems Simple At First ... But Keep Reading

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 6:00am

Rebecca Kauffman's new novel centers on a group of friends who reunite after a funeral, and spend an evening together. It's a deceptively simple story with a powerful message: Accept your feelings.

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