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Mad Man John Slattery Steps Behind The Camera For 'God's Pocket'

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:47pm

John Slattery stepped away from Mad Men for his directorial debut, God's Pocket, a film adapted from a 1980s novel. He discusses the anxieties of directing and the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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In 'God's Pocket,' There's A Mad Man Behind The Camera

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:47pm

John Slattery stepped away from Mad Men for his directorial debut, God's Pocket, a film adapted from a 1980s novel. He discusses the anxieties of directing and the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Bye, Carl! Wait Wait Bids Farewell To Our Official Judge And Scorekeeper

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:41pm

In his more than 15 years with Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! Carl Kasell has put up with endless travel, silly jokes and countless assaults on his dignity.

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'Double:' Double Toil and Trouble for Eisenberg

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:39am

Jesse Eisenberg gives an acting master-class as a nebbishy office worker and his mysterious doppelganger in the dark, surreal new film The Double, based on a short story by Dostoevsky.

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'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

Critic David Bianculli reviews the two new TV programs in the horror genre competing for viewers and attention: NBC's modern-day remake of Rosemary's Baby and Showtime's Victorian Penny Dreadful.

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'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

Many people will find God's Pocket depressing, but once you get past the despair and carnage it's full of life. In one of his last film roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as hapless Mickey Scarpato.

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Daniel Radcliffe And The Blood And Breath Of Live Theater

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:41am

When you see a familiar movie actor do theater, it makes a particular sharp reminder of why people see theater in the first place.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Star Wars,' 'Louie' And Other Phenomena

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 9:19am

This week, we chat about the Star Wars casting news that had everyone in a tizzy, we tackle the return of FX's Louie, and as always, we tell you what's making us happy this week.

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What's The Difference Between Real And Perceived Value?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:21am

Marketer Rory Sutherland says advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself.

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Is Authenticity Real?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:18am

Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but consultant Joseph Pine says creating "real" authenticity is a challenge.

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A Movie About Product Placement — Paid For By Product Placement?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:18am

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the mysterious but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship.

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Book News: Was Hong Kong Publisher's 10-Year Sentence Political Payback?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 6:07am

Also: Amazon is reportedly delaying the shipment of Hachette books for periods of several weeks; Oyster has partnered with 500 new publishers.

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Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 2:36am

A new exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image is showcasing reaction GIFs, those little animated images people employ online when words fail them. Cue the dramatic chipmunk!

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'Neighbors' Just Wants To Be The Gross Joke Next Door

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:03pm

The R-rated comedy Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, struggles mightily to reconcile its gross-out humor with its effort to seem, of all things, affirming.

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To Be Young, Foolish And Baffled: Coming Of Age In 'Palo Alto'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:03pm

Palo Alto, based on a short story collection from James Franco and directed by Gia Coppola, sees its teenage characters through a forgiving but unsparing lens.

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Jesse Eisenberg And Jesse Eisenberg In A Queasy Sea Of Despair

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:03pm

The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg in a dual role as a meek man and his more dynamic doppelganger, may not succeed on every level, but its smart, thoughtful filmmaking makes it well worth the trip.

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Remembering Author Farley Mowat, Who 'Wore His Kilt Dangerously'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:52pm

Canadian writer Farley Mowat has died at the age of 92. The prolific author published 45 books, perhaps the most popular of which was Never Cry Wolf.

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Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:16pm

TV is full of dramas that are as complex as the best novels or films. But they all owe some debt to the pioneering gritty cop show Hill Street Blues, which has just been released on DVD.

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Lurid Meets Literary In 'Penny Dreadful,' An All-Star Gothic Revue

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:03pm

Showtime's new psychological thriller reimagines classic Victorian bogeymen like Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and Count Dracula all lurking in London's darkest corners, discussing romantic poetry.

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Rice Theory: Why Eastern Cultures Are More Cooperative

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:22pm

Westerners tend to be more individualistic than Easterners. Did our ancestors plant these cultural differences hundreds of years when they chose which grains to grow?

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