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Tale As Old As Time — And It Shows: 'Beauty And The Beast'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:00pm

The live-action, CGI-besotted remake of Disney's 1991 animated musical never manages to justify its existence, says critic Andrew Lapin, because it sets out "not to conjure wonder, but nostalgia."

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Vietnamese American Photographer An-My Le Selected For Whitney Biennial

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

Vietnamese American photographer An-My Le is one of 63 artists selected for this year's Whitney Biennial. Her new work was shot in Louisiana.

Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast ' Revisits A Tale As Old As Time

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Disney's live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. Is it still a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme?

Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Funding For Arts, Humanities And Public Media

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:02pm

The proposed spending cuts released on Thursday would affect local arts groups as well as public radio and TV stations nationwide.

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The Oxford Comma: Great For Listing, Pontificating, And Winning Court Cases

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:24pm

An appeals court dispute between a Maine dairy company and its delivery drivers came down to a single punctuation mark — or rather, the lack of it. Count it a win for the controversial comma.

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'Idiot' Chronicles First Love, Freshman Year And The Early Days Of Email

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:15pm

New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman's new novel, The Idiot, follows a young woman's first year at Harvard University, and how she finds love through email.

A New Card Game Asks, 'Who's Blacker?'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:56am

What does it mean to be black? What does it mean to be blacker?

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Remembering Bill Walsh's Way With Words

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:08am

Language authority and Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh died Wednesday after a long career making other people's writing better.

'Swimmer Among the Stars' Infuses Relics With Resonance

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:00am

Kanishk Tharoor's collection of short stories explores the complicated relationship between language and technology. Tharoor's rich voice and immaculate craftsmanship both comfort and unnerve.

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In Michigan, The Pasty Isn't X-Rated. It's A Portable Pie With History Baked In

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 7:00am

The lightly seasoned meat and veggie pie, prevalent in the Upper Peninsula, is pure fuel. Popularized by Cornish miners in the 1800s, it's come to symbolize tenacity in the face of trying conditions.

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'Inexplicable Logic' Maps A Teen Boy's Complicated Mind

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 6:00am

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is as much a doorstopper as any young adult fantasy novel, but the world it builds is inside the head of teenaged Sal, who's struggling with difficult new emotions.

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Composer Alan Menken On His Disney Tunes: 'I Prefer Them To Be Hum-able'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:37am

Menken scored The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas and many other Disney classics. He recently wrote three new songs for the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

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Movie Twins? Weirdly Similar Films That Came Out Within Months Of Each Other

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:05pm

Hollywood isn't a big town; everyone knows what everyone else is doing. Still, rival studios often face off, refusing to blink, in movie showdowns that didn't need to happen.

(Image credit: Mark Rogers via Twentieth Century Fox; Courtesy of Sony Pictures)

'Get Out' Sprung From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:59am

As a kid, Peele was terrified of "the demons that lurked in the dark." Then he realized that by making a horror-thriller, he "would be wielding this power, as opposed to being a victim to it."

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'This Is Us' Creator Dan Fogelman Says He Didn't Mean To Make You Cry

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:50pm

Fogelman says he was genuinely surprised to learn that his NBC family drama has a reputation for making audiences teary. "It was not the intent, nor something I expected," he says.

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In The Age Of Fake News And Alternative Facts, Al Gore Remains Optimistic

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with former Vice President Al Gore about the new edition of his book, The Assault On Reason.

A Blind Theatergoer's 'Hamilton' Lawsuit Aims Spotlight On Broadway Accessibility

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:28pm

The class-action suit brought against the hit musical doesn't seek damages. The attorneys say the hope is to draw attention to Broadway's spotty record in serving audiences with disabilities.

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Why Pu'er, A Complex Tea, Draws Rapt Fans And Big Dollars

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:58pm

Grown in China's remote Yunnan Province, this legendary, fermented dark tea changes as it ages. Like a fine wine, pu'er is sipped, savored and collected by devotees.

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'The Vine That Ate The South' Blends Folk Tales With Southern History

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 6:00am

Rockabilly singer J.D. Wilkes hints at supernatural happenings in his novel about an unbelievable adventure through a kudzu-infested forest in western Kentucky.

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Author, Modern Love Essayist Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies At 51

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:18pm

Rosenthal won hearts with her children's book and memoirs — and broke them with her essay announcing her terminal illness, a Modern Love piece called "You May Want To Marry My Husband."

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