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To Be Young, Foolish And Baffled: Coming Of Age In 'Palo Alto'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:03pm

Palo Alto, based on a short story collection from James Franco and directed by Gia Coppola, sees its teenage characters through a forgiving but unsparing lens.

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Jesse Eisenberg And Jesse Eisenberg In A Queasy Sea Of Despair

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:03pm

The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg in a dual role as a meek man and his more dynamic doppelganger, may not succeed on every level, but its smart, thoughtful filmmaking makes it well worth the trip.

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Remembering Author Farley Mowat, Who 'Wore His Kilt Dangerously'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:52pm

Canadian writer Farley Mowat has died at the age of 92. The prolific author published 45 books, perhaps the most popular of which was Never Cry Wolf.

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Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:16pm

TV is full of dramas that are as complex as the best novels or films. But they all owe some debt to the pioneering gritty cop show Hill Street Blues, which has just been released on DVD.

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Lurid Meets Literary In 'Penny Dreadful,' An All-Star Gothic Revue

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:03pm

Showtime's new psychological thriller reimagines classic Victorian bogeymen like Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and Count Dracula all lurking in London's darkest corners, discussing romantic poetry.

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Rice Theory: Why Eastern Cultures Are More Cooperative

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:22pm

Westerners tend to be more individualistic than Easterners. Did our ancestors plant these cultural differences hundreds of years when they chose which grains to grow?

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The Arab Activists Who Refuse To Bow To The Giant

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:57am

A new film We Are The Giant follows six people during the Arab Spring. Tell Me More's Celeste Headlee speaks to co-producer Razan Ghalayini and activist Maryam Al Khawaja.

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Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr. Lives On Through Daughter's Stories

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:57am

Many people considered Sammy Davis Junior the greatest entertainer of his era. His daughter Tracey Davis shares stories from her book Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father.

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A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:40am

In Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast combines text, cartoons, sketches and photos to describe her interactions with her parents during the last years of their lives.

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Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:40am

The 1962 comic drama follows two young men: one who smacks of Italy's joyless '50s and one who embodies the prosperity and recklessness of the '60s. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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House Of Games

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:42am

It's the home stretch in this final round, a game in which all the answers contain the word "house." For example, a popular spy-themed restaurant in Milwaukee is "Safe House."

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Hidden Vegetables

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:42am

Your parents might have snuck your veggies into unexpected dishes, but we got clever and hid the names of vegetables in the answers of this game. What German composer was a fan of red, edible roots?

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The Both: The Newly-Formed-Band-Game

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:42am

Musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo play together as The Both, but how well do these new bandmates know each other's quirks? To find out, we quiz them in the style of The Newlywed Game.

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My-My-My-Clues

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:42am

Was "My Sharona" stuck in your head for all of 1979? We hope you're not sick of it. In this game, Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics about things that rhyme with "Sharona." My-my-my-my Corona!

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Shark Jumping

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:42am

Inspired by a famous episode of Happy Days, this game is about "jump the shark" moments: that point when a TV show's quality starts to go downhill. We'll give you the moment, you tell us the show.

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Play Ball!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:42am

Swing for the fences in this game. Answers are the names of MLB teams, but here's the twist—the clues have nothing to do with sports. What 2013 Pixar film shares its name with the team from Atlanta?

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Aimee Mann And Ted Leo: A Collaboration, Inspired By The Fonz

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:42am

The pair, who play as The Both, share the catalyst of their musical partnership: a statue in Milwaukee of Happy Days' Fonzie. Hear a love song to (and named after) the city that brought them together.

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Book News: New York Public Library Scraps Controversial Renovation

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 6:51am

Also: Remembering environmentalist and author Farley Mowat; Tom Sleigh has a new poem in Poetry magazine.

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Avant-Garde Madness, Seen Through 'My Dog-Eyes'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 6:03am

The late Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's With My Dog-Eyes chronicles a mathematics professor's descent into madness after a mystical vision. Critic Juan Vidal says it's a pleasure to see and read.

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The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:07am

After a two-year renovation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute is reopening with an exhibit on the work of Charles James, who is now obscure, but considered America's first couturier.

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