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How Bad Risotto Led To A House 'Full Of Yogis': A Critic's Childhood Story

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 6:43am

When Will Hodgkinson was a kid, his father, a journalist, was hit with a bad case of food poisoning. Over the long recovery period, he rethought his life — and decided to join the Brahma Kumaris.

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CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 6:55pm

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.

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'Heaven Knows What' Adds New Wrinkles To The Street Junkie Narrative

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:04pm

The film slightly fictionalizes the experience of Arielle Holmes, a young homeless addict whom filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie first encountered in Manhattan's Diamond District.

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Are DVD Box Sets A Dying Business? Studios Hope The Answer Is 'Not Yet'

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:02pm

As viewers turn to streaming sites to watch old TV shows, studios are issuing new DVD box sets of classic shows to a shrinking market. Critic Dave Bianculli suggests a few sets that are worth buying.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Tomorrowland,' The Future And The Past

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:28am

On this week's show, we tackle Tomorrowland and consider pop culture looks at both the future and the past. And as always, we chat about what's making us happy this week.

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David Oyelowo Flies Solo In HBO's 'Nightingale'

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 8:31am

Oyelowo, who won accolades in 2014 for Selma, here works alone on camera in a dramatic film about a man coming undone in his mother's house.

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'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women In '80s Tech

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:44am

Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she's more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a "damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams."

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A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:43am

The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event's panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.

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As Publishing Industry Courts China, Authors Speak Out Against Censorship

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:23pm

Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week at BookExpo America — the industry's largest trade event in North America. Free speech advocates are supporting silenced Chinese writers.

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Rocks Versus The Rock In 'San Andreas'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:03pm

Gorgeous people flee peril in the dopey disaster flick San Andreas, but perhaps Dwayne Johnson can bring some ... um, gravitas? Maybe?

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'Gemma Bovery': Retelling A Classic With A Light Touch

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:03pm

Based on a graphic novel, this updating of Madame Bovary almost manages to maintain its feather-light touch in spite of the heavy source material.

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Self-Improvement Gets Romantic In 'Results'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:03pm

The delightful romantic comedy Results, from mumblecore director Andrew Bujalski, has sympathy for the earnest aspirations of its gym-dwelling characters.

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'Aloha' Brings A Muddled Romance To Hawaii

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:03pm

Cameron Crowe's Sappy Period continues with this imperfect but compelling film starring Bradley Cooper as a military contractor colliding with old and new loves.

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David Oyelowo On Acting, His Royal Roots And The One Role He Won't Take

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:33pm

The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale, the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend."

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Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:23am

Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.

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'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:18am

For author Anthony Horowitz, the book is a return to the "true" James Bond. This means an unpublished scene from Ian Fleming himself — and a long-delayed reunion with a franchise favorite.

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The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:00am

As a writer and critic, I am not just bored with this conversation. I am sick of it. I have written these sentences before. I will write them again.

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'The Water Knife' Cuts Deep

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:03am

Equal parts thriller and alarm call, Paolo Bacigalupi's new novel depicts a future America ravaged by drought. Reviewer Jason Heller says Bacigalupi keeps the plot taut and the dialogue slashing.

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The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:29am

The debate over whether digital books are better continues. But in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.

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Wardrobe Of Games

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:48pm

For this final round, every answer contains an article of clothing or wardrobe accessory. So if we said, "colorful wasps sometimes mistaken for bees," the answer would be "yellow jackets."

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