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Why Did A Hollywood Film Director Journey To The Bottom Of The Ocean?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Director James Cameron's blockbuster films create unreal worlds. He reveals his childhood fascinations and how they fueled the passion behind his movies.

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Are Microbes The Next Frontier?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Biologist Nathan Wolfe says the unseeable world of microbes is fertile ground for new discoveries.

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Book News: Wendy Davis' Book Tour Violates Ethics Code, Opponent Says

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:51am

Also: E-book singles publisher Byliner is acquired by Vook; an excerpt of James Franco's new novel.

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Film Triptych 'Eleanor Rigby' Tells Three Sides Of A Breakup Story

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:31am

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby's three incarnations share similar scenes with subtle differences. Director Ned Benson calls his project "delusional," especially for a first-time feature filmmaker.

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Richard Kiel, Actor Who Played Jaws In Bond Films, Dies At 74

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:44pm

Kiel delighted moviegoers with his quiet menace and his metal teeth in the role of Jaws, the Bond villain henchman who not only survived his encounters with 007, but also lived happily ever after.

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Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of Soul-Stealers

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:57pm

David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.

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As 'Boardwalk Empire' Comes To Close, Creator Reminisces About How It Started

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:51pm

The HBO show began its final season Sunday. Terence Winter says he wrote the Prohibition-era drama in part to work with Martin Scorsese. It was "something I couldn't possibly ... pass up," he says.

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The Ecstatic Blankness Of Poet Louise Glück

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:04am

Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says the poems in Glück's new collection Faithful and Virtuous Night are lovely in places, but also misty, ambiguous, and seemingly in love with their own haziness.

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Book News: Millennials Reading More Than Older Americans, Study Finds

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:52am

Also: writing advice from Emma Straub; the legacy of John Updike.

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'Father And Son' Is Part Homage, Part Indictment

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:03am

Marcos Giralt Torrente's memoir of his absentee father, the famed Spanish painter Juan Giralt, frequently resorts to lists and repetition to get across Torrente's exasperation, anger and love.

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Minor White, Who Lived A Life In Photographs, Saw Images As Mirrors

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:21am

White was an outsider with a quirky sense of humor who used photography to look inward. He died in 1976, and now an exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles celebrates his work.

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To Preserve Black History, Americans Keep National Treasures At Home

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:25pm

The relics of African-American families help tell the story of America, the Smithsonian says. Museum experts are traveling the country to help identify and care for items of cultural significance.

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Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:18pm

In a new PBS documentary series, Burns turns his lens to Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and how each triumphed over adversity.

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Weekly Innovation: A Hair Blowout That Comes To You

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:01pm

Yes, you're busy. Now you can get a salon style, without the salon. Following a trend of on-demand everything, there's an app and service for updos and blowouts that come to you.

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Three Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:59am

A 14-hour biography of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano starts Sunday. Actors including Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep put on Emmy-worthy vocal performances reading from an Emmy-worthy script.

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Toronto, Day 6: Jennifer Aniston, Jon Stewart And Earnestness

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:26am

Jon Stewart's Rosewater is the highest-profile project we saw on our sixth day in Toronto.

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Book News: Fantasy Novelist Graham Joyce Dies

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:19am

Also: Ursula K. Le Guin and Louise Erdrich will receive lifetime achievement awards; Judge Judy is giving away her new book for free.

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Challenging, Shattering 'Girl' Is No Half-Formed Thing

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:03am

Eimear McBride's debut uses fractured poetry to tell the story of a young girl trying to drown mental anguish with physical pain. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it devastating and ferociously original.

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Oates' Latest Story Collection Is 'Dark, Deep' And Marvelous

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:03am

It's a cliche at this point to talk about how incredibly prolific Joyce Carol Oates is; critic Alan Cheuse says it's not the quantity but the quality — and her latest story collection is wonderful.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Succeeds As A Soap Opera Geared Toward Guys

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:54pm

As FX's popular drama begins its seventh and final season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works because it balances melodrama with bullets and biker gangs.

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