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A Coney Island Teen Struggles To Come To Terms With His Sexuality In 'Beach Rats'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:31pm

Eliza Hittman's second film focuses on a repressed gay teenager living in a culture of intense sexual exhibitionism. Critic David Edelstein calls Beach Rats "feverish and gripping."

Rotterdam Concert Canceled After Terror Plot Warning

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:33am

Dutch police canceled a concert by the Los Angeles band Allah-Las after a tip from Spanish authorities about the possibility of an attack at the venue. Two men have been arrested.

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'The Red-Haired Woman' Is A Minor Work From A Major Author

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 6:00am

Orhan Pamuk is almost synonymous with Turkish literature; he's won the Nobel Prize for his work. But his latest, about a well-digger and his apprentice, doesn't reach the heights of his earlier books.

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He's Big, He's Blue, And Now, He's Bingeable: 'The Tick' Returns

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

The new, 10-episode Amazon series isn't a grim-and-gritty reboot, exactly — but its dark-ish tone will surprise some fans of Ben Edlund's superhero spoof.

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YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:01am

Young YouTube stars work hard to look authentic and accessible, and they can make millions of dollars doing it. But the pressure to appear perfect while living online can sometimes be too much.

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'Good Time' Filmmakers Wanted To Make A Movie That 'Actually Feels Dangerous'

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 5:38pm

The gritty pulp thriller follows a small-time criminal trying to get his brother out of jail after a bank robbery gone wrong. It's directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.

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Knausgaard Comes Up Short: In 'Autumn,' Less Isn't Always More

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 6:00am

Karl Ove Knausgaard — famed for his epic memoir My Struggle -- goes for short and sweet in Autumn, a meditative seasonal reflection. But while there are lovely moments, the book strays into banality.

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'What Carter Lost' Tells The True Story Of 'Friday Night Lights' Football Rivals

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Carter High School is really an afterthought in Friday Night Lights — the thug-like football team that stole the state title. A new film follows Carter's rise to the top, and its fall from grace.

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From Rolls-Royce To Grey Poupon, A Look At Brand Mentions In Chart-Topping Songs

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:27pm

Musicians love to sing about cars — but they've also referenced mustard, bandages and chocolate. Bloomberg reporter Kim Bhasin talks about analyzing the lyrics of popular songs for brand mentions.

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Knausgaard's 'Autumn' Considers Everything From Toilet Bowls To Twilight

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:02pm

Karl Ove Knausgaard — known for his six-volume autobiographical series My Struggle — is now writing meditative, short texts, focused on a variety of topics, interspersed with letters to his daughter.

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If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:31pm

The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel's just been re-released.

FBI Profiler Says Linguistic Work Was Pivotal In Capture Of Unabomber

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:18am

James R. Fitzpatrick says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped cracked the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. Manhunt: Unabomber, a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story.

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Books Become A Bridge Out Of Grief In 'The Futilitarians'

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 6:00am

Anne Gisleson was reeling from a series of family tragedies when she began meeting with friends to discuss books and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her new book chronicles a year of those meetings.

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Despite Different Styles, Dick Gregory And Jerry Lewis Inspired Generations Of Comics

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Two giants of comedy died this weekend. Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis had very different styles, but both men were hugely influential. There are many comedians who drew equal parts inspiration from both men.

'Godzilla' Descends On Mexico City As Filmmakers Shoot Scenes In The Metropolis

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

While America was consumed by the total eclipse of the sun, residents of Mexico City witnessed a spectacle of a different order: Godzilla attacked the metropolis. Scenes from the new film were shot in the Mexican capital.

Pamela Adlon Started Working At Age 9, But 'Better Things' Happened At 50

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Adlon has four titles in the credits of the FX comedy series Better Things: actress, writer, director and producer. "I want to elevate the mundane ..." she says. "This is the way I live my life."

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:37pm

In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91.

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Haunting 'Marjorie Prime' Is Suffused With Forgiveness And Despair

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:37pm

The new film is set in the near future, when people can purchase holographic versions of their dead loved ones. This drama isn't about technology — it's sci-fi as a means of exploring our inner lives.

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