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'Mad Men' Finale: A Love Letter To Fans Filled With Mostly Happy Endings

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

AMC's Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday. Fans may have loved how characters' stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.

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A 13-Year-Old, A Burlap Dress And A Career Launch That Took 'Grit'

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:04pm

Ethan and Joel Coen spent months searching for the right actress to play Mattie Ross in their 2010 film True Grit. Then, just weeks before filming, Hailee Steinfeld showed up — dressed in character.

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TV Thriller 'Wayward Pines' Offers Suspense — And An Ending

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:01pm

Chad Hodge, the creator of the 10-episode limited series, promises that it won't leave viewers hanging. "One thing that I really wanted to do with this show is not cheat you as a viewer," he says.

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South Carolina Distiller Promises To Make Kentucky Liquor Quicker

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 8:00am

A company called Terressentia that uses a chemical process to age bourbon not in years — but in hours — is unsettling an industry that is long-soaked in history and tradition.

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'The Gracekeepers' Sets Damplings Against The Landlockers

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:19am

The world of The Gracekeepers has two types of people — those of the land and those of the sea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Kirsty Logan about her novel, set in a future enveloped by water.

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Oak Ridge Boys Take Their Impeccable Harmonies 'On The Road'

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:19am

The Oak Ridge Boys are still at it, with a new CD of hymns and gospels called Rock of Ages. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban about Bonsall's new book and their latest CD.

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'Mad Men' Writer: Show's Female Characters Aren't Thinking About Feminism

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:19am

"They're very much in their own lives," says Semi Chellas, who is also the show's co-executive producer. The AMC period drama ends its seventh and final season on Sunday.

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A Puzzle That Takes You Around The Globe

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:03am

Every answer is the name of a country. For each word given, ignore the vowels. The consonants, in order from left to right, are the same consonants in the same order as in the country.

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Call It A Prose Ceremony: 'Bachelor' Host Writes A Novel

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:38pm

Chris Harrison's new book is an amusing romance novel — and a ripe excuse for us to ask some lingering questions about the reality show juggernaut that's made him famous.

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In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:38pm

It took Queen Latifah more than 20 years to bring the life of pioneering blues singer Bessie Smith to the screen. "Inhabiting her has inhabited me," she says.

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