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Trailers, Tickets, Twitter: 'Star Wars' Fans Can't Get Enough

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:03am

A new Star Wars trailer showed up on Monday night after much fanfare, and we're now in a full promotional push for the next two months. But ... does the movie need one?

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Rowling's Magic Needs No Spells In 'Career Of Evil'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 8:46am

In her third outing as crime novelist Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling hits her stride with a fluid, complex mystery. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says she excels at depicting evil, ordinary or otherwise.

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Don't Take 'Submission' Lying Down

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 6:03am

Michel Houellebecq's dark satire Submission caused a furore in his native France with its depiction of an Islamist takeover. But critic Heller McAlpin calls it "too distasteful to be amusing."

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Oprah Hopes Her Midas Touch Gilds Her OWN Series, 'Belief'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:00am

Oprah Winfrey acquired a stake in Weight Watchers and the company's stock soared. She hopes to do the same for her cable TV network with a new seven-part series on faith and religion around the world.

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Orhan Pamuk Takes A Fresh Look At His Beloved Istanbul In 'Strangeness'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:00am

The Nobel Prize laureate has written about his city before, but from the perspective of his affluent childhood. His new book captures Istanbul's growth and change through the eyes of a street peddler.

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'Back To The Future Part 2': Designing A Future For 30 Years Ago

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:00am

In the classic movie Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly travels forward 30 years to Oct. 21, 2015. Is life like the movie predicted? Maybe. But was it ever supposed to be?

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Eddie Murphy Accepts Mark Twain Prize With Unexpected Bill Cosby Jokes

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:53pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter for the Washington Post, who attended the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony Sunday night at the Kennedy Center.

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Why The Battle Between E-Books And Print May Be Over

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

It's safe to say that e-books disrupted the publishing industry. But sales have leveled off and not entirely for the reasons some have reported.

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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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