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In 'The Drop,' Mob Bosses Bully Sad Characters At A Bar In Brooklyn

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:58pm

The film based on Dennis Lehane's short story Animal Rescue is supposed be a thriller, but the narrative doesn't have much urgency. The reason it's worth seeing? James Gandolfini is at his peak.

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An Unblinking Lens Turns Toward Lives In Poverty In 'Stray Dogs'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:03am

Stray Dogs is a challenging film about poverty, unconventionally structured and shot but faithful to the emotional resonance conveyed by its very long shots.

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Getting Each Other And The Bonds Of 'The Skeleton Twins'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:03am

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play brother and sister in a family drama that takes on the relatively neglected matter of adult siblings and their complex bond.

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How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater.

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How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth-science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman.

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How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up.

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Why Did A Hollywood Film Director Journey To The Bottom Of The Ocean?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Director James Cameron's blockbuster films create unreal worlds. He reveals his childhood fascinations and how they fueled the passion behind his movies.

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Are Microbes The Next Frontier?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Biologist Nathan Wolfe says the unseeable world of microbes is fertile ground for new discoveries.

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Book News: Wendy Davis' Book Tour Violates Ethics Code, Opponent Says

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:51am

Also: E-book singles publisher Byliner is acquired by Vook; an excerpt of James Franco's new novel.

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Film Triptych 'Eleanor Rigby' Tells Three Sides Of A Breakup Story

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:31am

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby's three incarnations share similar scenes with subtle differences. Director Ned Benson calls his project "delusional," especially for a first-time feature filmmaker.

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Richard Kiel, Actor Who Played Jaws In Bond Films, Dies At 74

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:44pm

Kiel delighted moviegoers with his quiet menace and his metal teeth in the role of Jaws, the Bond villain henchman who not only survived his encounters with 007, but also lived happily ever after.

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Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of Soul-Stealers

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:57pm

David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.

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As 'Boardwalk Empire' Comes To Close, Creator Reminisces About How It Started

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:51pm

The HBO show began its final season Sunday. Terence Winter says he wrote the Prohibition-era drama in part to work with Martin Scorsese. It was "something I couldn't possibly ... pass up," he says.

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The Ecstatic Blankness Of Poet Louise Glück

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:04am

Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says the poems in Glück's new collection Faithful and Virtuous Night are lovely in places, but also misty, ambiguous, and seemingly in love with their own haziness.

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Book News: Millennials Reading More Than Older Americans, Study Finds

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:52am

Also: writing advice from Emma Straub; the legacy of John Updike.

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'Father And Son' Is Part Homage, Part Indictment

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:03am

Marcos Giralt Torrente's memoir of his absentee father, the famed Spanish painter Juan Giralt, frequently resorts to lists and repetition to get across Torrente's exasperation, anger and love.

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Minor White, Who Lived A Life In Photographs, Saw Images As Mirrors

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:21am

White was an outsider with a quirky sense of humor who used photography to look inward. He died in 1976, and now an exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles celebrates his work.

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To Preserve Black History, Americans Keep National Treasures At Home

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:25pm

The relics of African-American families help tell the story of America, the Smithsonian says. Museum experts are traveling the country to help identify and care for items of cultural significance.

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Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:18pm

In a new PBS documentary series, Burns turns his lens to Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and how each triumphed over adversity.

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Weekly Innovation: A Hair Blowout That Comes To You

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:01pm

Yes, you're busy. Now you can get a salon style, without the salon. Following a trend of on-demand everything, there's an app and service for updos and blowouts that come to you.

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