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For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:35am

There's a joke in L.A. that everyone — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. C.W. Neill pokes fun at that romantic Hollywood craft in This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs.

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The Countless Lives Of Lauren Bacall

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:30pm

Bob Mondello remembers Lauren Bacall, an actress who constantly reinvented herself.

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Why We've Been Seeing More 'Yellowface' In Recent Months

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:17pm

You might have heard a lot recently about non-Asian people donning make-up or clothing to appear Asian. But why is it that we're seeing so much of this phenomenon, widely referred to as "yellowface"?

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Edible Flowers Find A Sweet Companion In Chocolate

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:52pm

Chefs and gardeners have long used edible blossoms as a garnish for salads and entrees. Now, food entrepreneurs are giving them a big role in mixed drinks and chocolate.

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Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:32pm

After decades on air, Poirot's 13th and final season begins Aug. 25. David Suchet still stars as detective Hercule Poirot, but you won't find the show on PBS. So where is it?

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Lauren Bacall And The 'Sex? What Sex?' Kind Of Movie Sex

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 9:41am

Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday, was brilliant at conveying lust on film at a time when lust was fairly strictly regulated.

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'Electric Blue Suit' Is A Wise, Wistful Look At Memory And Mystery

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 6:03am

In Graham Joyce's new novel, young student David Barwise returns to Skegness — the decaying British seaside resort where his father died — and sees a mysterious, blue-suited apparition on the beach.

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Legendary Film Star Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:45pm

She was loved for her smokey voice and alluring gaze. NPR's Robert Siegel talks about the Hollywood star and her career with correspondent Neda Ulaby.

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Reports: Actress Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 7:21pm

Actress Lauren Bacall, who paired with spouse Humphrey Bogart in films including The Big Sleep and Key Largo, has died at t89, according to the Bogart estate. NPR has not confirmed the report.

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A Farewell To Robin Williams, Whose Antics Never Hid The Tenderness Beneath

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:41pm

As the entertainment world mourns the loss of comedian and actor Robin Williams, NPR film critic Bob Mondello offers an appreciation.

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For A Comic Like Robin Williams, Depression Can Wait 2 Steps Offstage

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:54pm

Robin Williams reportedly suffered from severe depression before his death. Former TV talk show host Dick Cavett recalls his interview with Williams and his own struggles with depression.

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'An Evening With Robin Williams,' Circa 1982

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:05pm

In appreciation of Robin Williams' life and work, All Things Considered offers a clip from An Evening with Robin Williams, which was released in 1982.

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A Life Of Anxiety Documented

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:33pm

John Keedy used to be uncomfortable talking about his problems with anxiety, but not anymore. He hopes his series of photos will help others with mental illness see that they're not alone.

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In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To 'Dear Committee Members'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:15pm

Julie Schumacher's anti-hero pens recommendations for junior colleagues, lackluster students and former lovers. The novel deftly mixes comedy with social criticism and righteous outrage.

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Remembering The Big-Hearted Comedy Of Robin Williams

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:40pm

In a short edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we pause to remember the very funny, very weird, very musical work of Robin Williams.

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Robin Williams: In Looking For Laughs, 'You Have To Be Deeply Honest'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:13pm

The comedian and actor died on Monday at the age of 63. In 2006, Williams spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about improvising, his training and how people expected him to act crazy.

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What Robin Williams Taught Us About Teaching

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:43am

Is a teacher someone who has all the answers or someone who helps us find them?

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Playlist: Stories That Are Pure Joy

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:25am

These stories are full of fun, laughter and surprising moments.

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Book News: George R.R. Martin Was Told Sci-Fi Would Rot His Brain

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 7:47am

Also: a history of novels written entirely in dialogue; the subversiveness of Harriet the Spy.

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Robin Williams: A Supreme Talent Who Was Always On

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 6:44am

Williams was a dervish of comedy — tossing off one-liners, biting asides and sidesplitting routines in a blizzard of accents, attitudes and goodhearted energy. He died Monday at 63.

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