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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:07am

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Posthumous Projects And People We're Pulling For

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 8:09am

On this week's show, we ponder the projects that arrive after an artist dies, from Kafka to Tupac. We take a look at a few people we're pulling for, and close with what's making us happy this week.

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Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 7:15am

Our comics blogger, Glen Weldon, tees up all 57 of the offerings for this year's Free Comic Book Day and tells you which ones to try to lay your paws upon.

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Book News: New 'Princess Diaries' Books Coming Out — One For Adults

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 6:56am

Also: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger wins the "Best Novel" prize at the Edgar Awards; a text-recognition program has a rather unfortunate flaw.

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Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 2:44am

Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.

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From A Single Snowplow To A Tragicomic Partnership

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 4:04pm

The new film Whitewash finds Thomas Haden Church playing a man whose unfortunate accident with his snowplow reveals an entire off-kilter relationship.

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Travel And Discovery, For 'Ida' And The Filmmaker Who Watches Her

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 4:04pm

Director Pawel Pawlikowski traces, with visuals reminiscent of silent film, the story of a woman who learns that her history is not everything she thought it might be.

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Meanwhile, In Australia: A Bawdier, Riskier 'Rake'

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 3:04pm

Australian writer Ben Neutze, of The Daily Review, explains the differences between the original, Australian version of the TV show Rake and the version brought unsuccessfully to the U.S.

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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On The End Of Don Draper's Journey

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:22am

Weiner is currently writing and shooting the show's final episodes. He tells Fresh Air, "I'm going to be leaving these characters in a place where they belong."

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Such A Lovely Couple, If Only The Supervillains Would Leave Them Alone

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 9:29am

Marc Webb's latest superhero sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, brings an utterly charming Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone to a film wildly overstuffed with villains, plots, and even more backstory.

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Book News: Newly Found Stories By Celebrated Sci-Fi Author To Be Published

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 6:43am

Also: Saturday is Free Comic Book Day; Junot Diaz on the unbearable whiteness of most MFA programs.

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Return Of A Classic Romance: 'The Windflower' Sails Again

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 6:03am

For years, scarce copies of Laura London's 1984 romance The Windflower were treasured by readers. Reviewer Sarah Wendell hails its re-issue and explains the concept of "Good Book Noise."

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