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Patrick Stewart Is Reprising His Role As Captain Picard In New 'Star Trek' Series.

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 4:06pm

For fans who have dreamed about the return of Jean-Luc Picard to Star Trek, actor Patrick Stewart might as well borrow his character's classic catchphrase and say, "Make it so."

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In 'Orchid And The Wasp,' An Unapologetic Heroine Who's No Gentle Flower

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 7:29am

Caoilinn Hughes's new novel introduces a young Irish woman named Gael Foess, who is both exploitative and highly effective. The author says her protagonist is unlikable on purpose.

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A Sexual Underground Surfaces In 'Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood'

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 7:28am

Scotty Bowers, now 95, facilitated the sexual proclivities of major film actors during Hollywood's golden age — and kept their most intimate secrets. A new documentary reveals his secrets.

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Reading Horror Can Arm Us Against A Horrifying World

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 6:00am

Why read horror stories when the real world is scary enough on its own? Because horror does more than scare us — it teaches us how to live with being scared, and how to fight back against evil.

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Barack And Joe Solve A Murder Mystery

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 4:33pm

The new noir novel Hope Never Dies rekindles a presidential buddy-cop bromance in order to unravel a suspicious death in Delaware. It is, to be clear, 100 percent fan fiction.

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Ai Wei Wei's Beijing Studio Destroyed By Chinese Authorities

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 4:13pm

The Chinese dissident artist says his studio is in the process of being demolished. The surrounding arts district, which Ai created, is also being destroyed.

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Not My Job: Uzo Aduba, Who Plays 'Crazy Eyes,' Gets Quizzed On Private Eyes

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 5:50am

Aduba won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the same role on the same show.

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'Every Full Moon We Can Howl At Is A Victory,' Says Emil Ferris

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 4:55pm

Ferris' graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters won three Eisners, the highest award in mainstream comics, and it celebrates the things that make us all monsters — because monsters are cool.

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New Season Of 'Better Call Saul' Brings Spinoff One Step Closer To 'Breaking Bad'

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 1:36pm

Better Call Saul acts as both a sequel and a prequel to AMC's series about the crystal meth trade. Critic David Bianculli says the show remains "as delightful as ever" in its fourth season.

'Fresh Air' Marks The Return Of 'Better Call Saul' By Dipping Into The Archives

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 1:36pm

With the Breaking Bad spinoff about to begin its fourth season, Fresh Air presents archival interviews with star Bob Odenkirk, co-creator Peter Gould and actors Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks.

In The Sticky-Sweet 'Christopher Robin,' Pooh Happens

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 4:00pm

A grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) returns to his childhood chums in the Hundred Acre Wood in Marc Forster's rote but charmingly animated children's film.

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'The Miseducation Of Cameron Post': Lesbian, Interrupted

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 4:00pm

Chloë Grace Moretz plays a queer teenager shipped off to a conversion therapy camp in this even-handed if occasionally sluggish film that won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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'The Spy Who Dumped Me': Man, They Could Have Done This Better

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 4:00pm

Kate McKinnon is dependably great, but this overlong and shaggily plotted action-comedy never generates enough laughs or surprises to make it anything more than an "August time-waster."

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Yabbadabba-What? These Aren't The Flintstones You Remember

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 3:57pm

When you say The Flintstones, most people think of the old Hanna Barbera cartoons. But a new comic book adaptation keeps the humor, and tackles some heavy themes like capitalism and human frailty.

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Documentary Reveals The 'Secret History' Of Hollywood Pimp Scotty Bowers

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 1:52pm

A veteran of World War II, Bowers bought a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard in 1946 and began arranging trysts for stars. A new documentary that's "as sympathetic as it is lurid" tells his story.

'The Incendiaries' Is A Poignant And Powerful Look At Campus Life

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 6:00am

R.O. Kwon's new novel explores the attractions — and dangers — of faith, against the overheated, over-the-top backdrop of an upper-crust college somewhere in the Northeastern United State.

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Cartoonist Thi Bui Weaves Together Personal And Political History

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 4:53pm

Bui's Eisner Award-nominated graphic memoir The Best We Could Do chronicles her family's struggles in fleeing war-torn Vietnam to immigrate to the United States.

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Scientists Are 'Spying On Whales' To Learn How They Eat, Talk And ... Walked?

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 1:15pm

Paleobiologist Nick Pyenson is dedicated to uncovering the "hidden lives" of whales. Forty to 50 million years ago, he says, whales had four legs and lived at least part of their lives on land.

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'The Incendiaries' Is An Angsty Back-To-School Novel About Believing In God

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:32pm

R. O. Kwon's pensive debut novel charts a well-worn path from eager innocence to bruised experience. But it tweaks the conventional campus novel formula in a few crucial ways.

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'The Third Hotel' Will Get Under Your Skin

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 6:00am

Laura Van Den Berg's new novel follows a woman who runs into her ostensibly-dead husband at a Cuban film festival. It operates in symbols and layers, leaving readers disoriented, but fascinated.

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