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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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From The Ocean Deep To The Courtroom: A Tale Of Sunken Treasure

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

When the SS Central America sunk in 1857, it took down tons of gold with it — enough gold that the shipwreck contributed to a financial panic. And when the wreck was found, decades of legal battles ensued over rights to the recovered treasure. Gary Kinder, author of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, tells the fraught tale of shipwreck and reclaimed gold.

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After Six Decades As A Staple, 'Jet Mag' Ends Its Print Run

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

It's the end of an era, as the Johnson Publishing Corp. announced plans to cease printing Jet Magazine. The magazine, which started some 63 years ago, was long a staple for many African-American communities.

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Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says the myth of the cowboy feels "hollow." The Last Kind Words Saloon is a spare and unsentimental story about two western icons, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

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Author Farley Mowat, Who Wrote 'Never Cry Wolf,' Dies At 92

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:50pm

The writer of books including People of the Deer and The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, was also an ardent campaigner for environmental causes well into his later years.

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'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:44am

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:44am

Colson Whitehead's new book was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker for Grantland. It's a sharp observational tale of the game, those who play it and how it changed him.

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The Black Keys 'Turn Blue': The All Songs Interview

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:23am

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney unpack the expansive, irresistibly catchy sound of their eighth studio album — featuring new adventures in sampling, falsetto and epic guitar shredding.

Pomade, The New Old Grooming Product for Manly Men

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 9:11am

Forget all that metrosexual jazz; these men's hair products are marketed directly to their tough customers, and three Los Angeles businesses are leading the way.

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Once More Into The Jaws Of The TV Dinosaur Known As Upfrontasaurus

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 8:19am

It's not that the broadcast network upfronts aren't relevant — it's just that it's best to take them with a grain of salt, given how much will be quickly canceled.

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