T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel follows a young man from a small Georgia town who comes home from college with a multicultural crew of friends, and plans for a disruptive (if well-intentioned) prank.
Owens, known for his baritone, parlayed his role on Laugh-In into a long career of voice-over work in more than a dozen movies and many TV shows. He was 80-years-old.
Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday. Throughout, the show's two photographers have been flies on the wall, capturing read-throughs, rehearsals and back-stage shenanigans.
If the cold and snow has you feeling, well, frigid, here's the solution. Five titillating titles that'll put you in a steamy frame of mind.
The Last Five Years is a musical romance with a unique storytelling twist. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says the quirks and tricks have him singing the movie's praises, despite a flaw or two.
The film, based on E.L. James' best-selling novel, has been denounced by decency brigades. But it's a surprisingly mild, corny romance that affirms traditional values: It's Jane Eyre with ropes.
On this week's show: the Wachowskis' new kooky space adventure, the power of chemistry, and what's making us happy this week.
Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to be a blockbuster — and the director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, is a relative unknown outside of the art world, where she's a star. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a profile.
The film is set in 1962 in Poland where director Pawel Pawlikowski lived until he was 14. Up for an Oscar for best foreign language film, Ida is about identity, faith, guilt and socialism.
The fur flies in this final round as contestants go ape trying to guess movies that have the names of animals in their titles. Who will Chicken Run their way to victory?
Who is Count Von Count's favorite rapper? Two-pac! Ah, ah, ah! Guess the Count's other favorite celebrities--they all have numbers in their names, like Ernest Borg-nine and Harrison Four-d.
Proofreading matters! We've changed magazine titles by one letter to make them appealing to an even more niche audience. Maybe sip a margarita while browsing Lime Magazine?
Do you reach for a tissue every time the oldies station plays Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle"? Try to hold it together when Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics about classic children's games.
Wham! Slice the word "cherry" in half to get "ch" and "erry." Can you guess which rock star's name put the pieces together? Chuck Berry! Your brain will do push-ups in this wordy round.
Is it 451 degrees Fahrenheit in here, or is it just you? Imagine pick-up lines that famous historical figures might have used at their local bar. Have your glass of water ready.
A botched job interview wound up landing Willems a gig on Sesame Street. Will an Ask Me Another Challenge about the legendary show turn Willems into a giggling Ernie, or Oscar the Grouch?
The author of such beloved children's book characters as the Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie explains why he writes for people "who have not yet learned how to be embarrassed."
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut novel bounces back and forth between Mexico City in 1988 and 2009 to tell the story of a young woman who finds she can make magic — actual, dangerous magic — with music.
In The Slap, NBC takes on the touchy issue of corporal punishment. The show begins at a Brooklyn barbecue with a dad hitting another parent's out-of-control 5 year old.
Courir de Mardi Gras is an old tradition in rural Louisiana. From early morning on, costumed revelers go house to house, drinking, singing and collecting ingredients for a big ole pot of gumbo.