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Not His Job: 'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Writes A Book About Running

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 9:54am

He's the voice of NPR's comedy news quiz. He's also run a marathon in under 3:10. And now he's collected his thoughts about his avocation in The Incomplete Book of Running.

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All Is Not As It Seems As Julia Roberts Leads A 'Homecoming'

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 4:01am

Julia Roberts headlines Amazon's thriller about a mysterious government program offering treatment to veterans. Sam Esmail, fresh off creating Mr. Robot, brings a thoughtful visual style.

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'A Private War': Combat Takes Its Merciless Toll On A Tireless War Correspondent

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:01pm

To play the Sunday Times war reporter Marie Colvin, Rosamund Pike "transform[s] herself into a singular figure, one who goes places few people would and see[s] things that even fewer could handle."

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A Guide To Netflix's Orson Welles Mini-Fest: A Long-Unfinished Film And A Documentary About It

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Welles' abandoned Hollywood satire The Other Side of the Wind hits Netflix and select theaters alongside the new making-of documentary They'll Love Me When I'm Dead; the two films inform each other.

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Strong Performances Make 'Boy Erased' Indelible

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Actor Joel Edgerton adapts for the screen a 2016 memoir about a teenager undergoing "gay conversion therapy;" he also directs and stars in this "intelligent message movie."

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Once More Unto The Beat: A Grad Student Enters The World Of Rap Battles In 'Bodied'

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:00pm

"It's juvenile. It's irritating. Yet it's also fiendishly clever in the way it anticipates and dismantles every argument that could be made against it," says critic Scott Tobias.

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Actor Michael Caine, 85, On His Long Career: 'The Alternative Was A Factory'

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 3:25pm

From the title heartthrob in Alfie to the fatherly butler of the Batman franchise, the actor has been filling movie screens for a half-century. His new memoir is Blowing The Bloody Doors Off.

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Survey Suggests 'Manels' — All-Male Panels — Are Still The Norm

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 2:51pm

Men outnumbered women 2 to 1 as private event speakers over the last five years, a survey by event software company Bizzabo found.

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Orson Welles' Long Anticipated 'Other Side Of The Wind' Is Finally Finished

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 1:16pm

Critic David Edelstein says the story behind the The Other Side Of The Wind — how Welles made it and what happened to it after his death in 1985 — is more fun than the completed film itself.

'Punks Not Dead,' And Neither Is This Intrepid Granny

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 6:00am

David Barnett and Martin Simmonds' comic about a troubled teen haunted by the ghost of Sid Vicious really gets going when it introduces centenarian (but immortal) ghost-buster Dorothy Culpepper.

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No Bed Of Roses, No Pleasure Cruise: 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:00am

A fearless performance from Rami Malek and rock-solid rock anthems can't lift this listless musical biopic out of the sea of cliches in which it treads water.

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Is The Supreme Court The 'Most Dangerous Branch' Of Government?

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:16pm

Author David A. Kaplan warns that the court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: "Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?"

Louis Cha, Who Wrote Beloved Chinese Martial Arts Novels As Jin Yong, Dies

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 11:58am

He's been called China's Tolkien, its Martin, its Rowling — all in one. With his adventure stories rooted in ancient China, Louis Cha gave life to decades' worth of martial arts films.

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On #MeToo, Americans More Divided By Party Than Gender

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 4:00am

One year after the #MeToo movement took off, new NPR-Ipsos polls show the nation deeply divided on the issue of sexual assault and harassment. The fissures run more along party lines than gender.

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After Pittsburgh, Pharrell Demands Trump Never Play 'Happy' Again

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 1:25pm

Pharrell Williams issued a cease-and-desist letter to Trump after his joyous song was played at an event the day of the massacre — re-opening a can of worms around music usage by political campaigns.

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Jonah Hill: Acting Was An 'Amazing Derailment' On The Path To Directing

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:55pm

Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected compliment in an acting class shifted him toward performing instead. Now he's written and directed his first movie, Mid90s.

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'Let The People See': It Took Courage To Keep Emmett Till's Memory Alive

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:24pm

Historian Elliott J. Gorn's new book revisits the 1955 death and public funeral of the African-American teen. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's a timely story about the fragility of collective memory.

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'The Proposal' Knocks It Out Of The Park

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 6:00am

Jasmine Guillory's new romance kicks off with her heroine rejecting an over-the-top public proposal at a ball game — luckily, there's a hot, sensitive doctor on hand to help her with the backlash.

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Muslims Are Having A Hollywood Moment

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 4:01am

More and more sitcoms and dramas on TV and online feature Muslim characters and storylines. That is due, in part, to a new crop of Muslim writers, comedians and actors creating the shows themselves.

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In 'Listen To The Marriage,' A Case For Spending Time In The Counselor's Office

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 3:43pm

John Jay Osborn, author of The Paper Chase, has a new novel — this one based on the four years when he and his wife attended (successful) marriage counseling.

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