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Netflix's 'Beasts Of No Nation' Release Strategy Highlights Oscar Ambitions

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:38pm

Beasts of No Nation is Netflix's first original film, and the company has chosen to distribute it in theaters and on its streaming service simultaneously. The strategy is one generally frowned upon by theater owners because it's a direct competition. Why go out when you can stay home? Is this Netflix's play for an Oscar?

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Eddie Murphy Jokes After Accepting Top Prize For Humor

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 4:52am

The Kennedy Center presented the comedian with the Mark Twain Prize on Sunday. While honored, Murphy did jokingly point out one thing: "Usually when there's a prize, there's money."

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'The Knick' Returns To The Bloody Pursuit Of Knowledge

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:25am

The TV show, set in a New York City hospital in the early 1900s, depicts turn-of-the-century medicine in grisly detail. Stars Clive Owen and Andre Holland say there's no nostalgia involved.

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The Deep, Dark Secret Of R.L. Stine: 'I Never Planned To Be Scary'

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:19pm

After more than 20 years of frights, Stine's Goosebumps series is finally getting a big-screen adaptation, starring Jack Black. For Stine and Black, the key to the nightmare is in keeping things fun.

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On Cusp Of National Honor, A Look Back At Eddie Murphy's Career In Comedy

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:09pm

This weekend, the Kennedy Center will award the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. NPR's Michel Martin takes a look back at Murphy's long career.

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Attack Of The Spooky Script! R.L. Stine, In Life And On The Screen

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with R.L. Stine, author of the children's horror book series Goosebumps, about his long — and surprising — writing career, and the new film based on his books.

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'The Brain Electric' Proves Mind Control Is Not So Far Off

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

There is a race to create brain-robot interfaces that will make humans stronger. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Malcolm Gay, the author of the new book "The Brain Electric."

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'The Assassin' A Change Of Form For Famed Director

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

The Assassin is a change in form for one of the world's most respected directors. Hou Hsiao-hsien is like the Woody Allen of Taiwan, but his latest is a martial arts movie.

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A Mother Balances Truth And Survival In 'Room'

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

Actress Brie Larson speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the new film Room. She plays a woman held captive for seven years, who finally escapes with her son — who's never seen the outside world

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In Bringing 'Goosebumps' To The Big Screen, Jack Black Gets His Creepy On

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Black about playing R.L. Stine, the beloved children's horror author, in the new Goosebumps movie.

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Beyond 'Aunt Jemima': A Taste Of African-American Culinary Heritage

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:06pm

History has largely forgotten the lives and thoughts of the black chefs who helped define American cooking. But there's a tantalizing glimpse in food writer Toni Tipton-Martin's cookbook collection.

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Frederick Forsyth, Thrilling In Real Life

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

The author of classic thrillers like The Day of the Jackal has just written a memoir, The Outsider, that proves his life as a foreign correspondent-turned-writer is almost as exciting as his fiction.

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The Real Magic Of This Big 'City' — And The New Voice Behind It

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

Before City on Fire's release, Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel was best known for the big advance it earned. But that paycheck is dwarfed by the book itself: a vast love letter to mid-'70s New York.

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When John Williams Can't Go, Whom Does Spielberg Call? Thomas Newman

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

It's been decades since Steven Spielberg directed a film without Williams' help. With the composer unable to do his latest, Bridge of Spies, Spielberg kept it in the "extended family," tapping Newman.

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O Romeo, Romeo, What The Heck Are You Saying?

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

Wherefore art "thou"? Why not "you" instead? The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is making an ambitious — and controversial — attempt to rewrite the Bard's plays into modern-day English.

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'Pop Sonnets' Finds Hidden Shakespeare In Top 40 Tunes

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 6:03am

Originally a popular Tumblr, Pop Sonnets makes iambic hay out of modern artists like Kesha and Eminem. Critic Tasha Robinson explains why Sonnets isn't your average impulse-buy humor book.

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After Decades On Stage, Arthur Miller's Works Defy The Final Curtain

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 5:37am

The great American playwright was born a century ago Sunday. An activist as much as he was a writer, Miller challenged social ills in playscripts — and set a new standard for the citizen-artist.

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