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Director Taika Waititi's 'Wilderpeople' Is Good For A Laugh — And Then A Cry

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:00am

The Kiwi actor/filmmaker uses humor to address painful situations in his films. His latest, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, follows a city kid trekking through the wilderness with his reluctant foster dad.

Fermentation Fervor: Here's How Chefs Boost Flavor And Health

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:32am

As more chefs experiment with microorganisms to transform ingredients and create new flavors, fermentation has gone from ancient preservation technique to culinary tool du jour.

'If It Were Easy, It Wouldn't Be Interesting,' Say 'Ninja Warrior' Producers

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:36pm

The American Ninja Warrior obstacle course is so hard that, at first, no one managed to complete it. But the show's executive producers say that's OK: "It's not about winning," says Arthur Smith.

Refn's 'The Neon Demon' Paints Hollywood In Garish, Gorgeous, Gory Colors

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Nicholas Winding Refn's latest is a blood-soaked, luridly lit and blistering riff on Hollywood beauty standards pitched "somewhere between the museum and the grindhouse."

A Crusty Kiwi And A Troubled Teen Head Into The Wild In 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople'

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:00pm

Ricky's an undisciplined foster kid; Hec's a cantankerous outdoorsman who becomes a reluctant father figure. The pair brave New Zealand's bush country while relentlessly pursued by a social worker.

Alternative, Film: 'Right Now, Wrong Then' Offers Two Cinematic Takes On Romance

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:00pm

Korean writer-director Hong Sang-soo's latest movie iterates the same encounter between a filmmaker and young woman in two different styles, with two different results.

Solondz's 'Wiener-Dog': A Cute Pooch Sets Out On A Picaresque Tour Of Human Pathos

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Todd Solondz follows an adorable dachshund as it passes from one blisteringly lonely suburbanite to another. The result is a film that manages to be deeply pessimistic but never cynical.

Shark, Weak: 'The Shallows' Strands Blake Lively At Sea

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:00pm

A shark traps a medical student just 90 seconds from shore in this mediocre, water-logged thriller.

How Native American Tribes Saved A Giant, Ancient Squash From Oblivion

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 1:55pm

Native Americans in the Great Lakes region have cultivated the giant squash for centuries. Now tribes are sharing the seeds with each other and with small farmers to bring the plant back.

Handguns In America And The Rise Of The 'Concealed-Carry Lifestyle'

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 1:35pm

"Something really profound has changed in the way that we use guns," journalist Evan Osnos says. He estimates that 13 million people are licensed to carry a concealed gun in America.

Bill Simmons Brings Angry Ben Affleck To His Big Night On HBO

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 9:33am

Bill Simmons debuted his new HBO show Any Given Wednesday with a few very strong feelings from Ben Affleck about Tom Brady.

'Good As Gone' Doesn't Quite Get To Greatness

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 6:00am

Larry Watson sticks to what he knows and loves in his latest novel: The cinematic badlands of Montana, and a tough, taciturn Western hero. But none of his characters truly rise above ciphers.

Meet Hing: The Secret Weapon Spice Of Indian Cuisine

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 2:14pm

Uncooked, the Indian spice hing may smell of sulfur and onions to some. But add a dash to your food and magical things happen.

'There's A Reason Why I Play Anxious Characters,' Says 'Veep' Actor Tony Hale

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:06pm

Hale played Buster on Arrested Development and is Gary Walsh on the HBO series, Veep. "It comes from a lot of personal anxiety," Hale says. "It's really fun to bring that into the characters."

On The Podcast: Rep Sweats, Or, 'I Don't Know If I Like This, But I Need It To Win'

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 7:06am

Kat and Gene hash out something they've been mulling over for a while: that feeling of obligation that you have to root for something, because it's theoretically for you.

'Devil's Rock' Is An Atmospheric, Gut-Twisting Descent

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:00am

Things are not what they seem in Paul Tremblay's new novel; a simple search for a missing child becomes a dizzying emotional vortex as ominous new details and old tragedies surface.

Oprah's New Show, 'Greenleaf,' Is Megachurch Melodrama

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:32pm

Oprah Winfrey returns to a regular TV drama role for the first time in two decades, appearing in Greenleaf, a scripted drama set in a Memphis megachurch. The show premieres Tuesday on her OWN network.

Bendy Bananas And Barmaid Bosoms: The U.K.'s Crazy Anti-EU Food Myths

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 1:22pm

British tabloids have long exploited the U.K.'s ambivalent ties to the European Union with exaggerated, funny and often unfounded stories about regulations aiming to undo English food culture.

Forgotten History: How The New England Colonists Embraced The Slave Trade

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:11pm

American slavery predates the founding of the United States. Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound, says the early colonists imported African slaves and enslaved and exported Native Americans.

Hot Dogs Against Conformity In 'Taste Test'

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:00am

If you're the kind of person who'd wear a hot dog costume to a princess party, you'll love Lisa Hanawalt's lushly illustrated, off-the-wall diary/food meditation/travelogue Hot Dog Taste Test.

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