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She's Mom To A Headstrong Teen — Who Happens To Be Joan Of Arc

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 7:12am

In Mother of the Maid, Glenn Close returns to the New York stage to portray a 15th-century peasant woman with a remarkable adolescent daughter she loves — and can't protect.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus/Public Theater)

A Great African Kingdom Tells Its History In Fabulous Royal Clothes

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:00am

An exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art finds political power in dizzying patterns from the Kuba Kingdom — located in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

(Image credit: Eliot Elisofon/Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art)

You Can 'Destroy All Monsters,' But You Can't Kill Rock And Roll

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:00am

Author and musician Jeff Jackson's new novel paints a nightmarish world where the debate over authenticity and selling out has lead to an epidemic of musicians being killed on stage, mid-performance.

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An Urban Ink Forager Explains How To Paint With All The Colors Of The Alley

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:00am

Concerned about keeping toxic art supplies around his kids, Jason Logan began making his own all-natural inks. He shares his process in a new book — and on a gathering expedition in Washington, D.C.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

This 'Halloween,' Jamie Lee Curtis Reckons With 40 Years Of Trauma

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:25pm

Michael Myers is back and, so is Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis was 19 when she starred in the original Halloween. This sequel ignores the others to focus on what has happened to Laurie since 1978.

(Image credit: Andre Eccles/Universal Pictures)

Father And Son Behind 'Beautiful Boy' Share Their Story Of Addiction And Recovery

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:33pm

David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about Nic's meth addiction. Their stories are now the basis of a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Originally broadcast in '08 and '13.

Nick Kroll: The Story Of The Toothpaste Wedgie

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:16am

Actor and comedian Nick Kroll talks about character comedy, lightly stalking elderly men, and his Netflix series, Big Mouth. Then, he plays a game about commercials turned into TV shows and movies.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Is A Rare Gem: A Sweet Film About A Mean Person

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:41am

A new film features Melissa McCarthy as a misanthropic con artist who forges letters from famous authors. Critic Justin Chang feels like McCarthy's entire career has been working toward this role.

VIDEO: Watch The Sea Forager Sustainably Harvest The Ocean's Bounty

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 9:30am

In sun, sea and sand, Kirk Lombard teaches people how to responsibly fish and forage for dinner along the Northern California coast.

(Image credit: NPR)

'Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina' Is Wicked, Good

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 4:00am

Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka ably carries the Riverdale-adjacent series on Netflix about a young woman who's half mortal, half witch and all hero.

(Image credit: Diyah Pera/Netflix)

Memory Fuels Art And Activism In Mark Bradford's 'Tomorrow Is Another Day'

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:50am

Bradford represented the U.S. at the 2017 Venice Biennale. An exhibit of his work is now on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art — where one curator says he may well be the best painter working today.

(Image credit: Joshua White/Courtesy Mark Bradford, Hauser & Wirth)

Kobe Bryant Removed As Animation Festival Juror After Protest Over Past Allegations

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 8:10pm

A petition launched by "women and allies in the animation community" demanded "that accused rapist and sexual predator Kobe Bryant be removed" from the Animation Is Us festival.

(Image credit: Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

In 'Wildlife,' Carey Mulligan's Performance Blazes Bright

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:00pm

Paul Dano movingly adapts Richard Ford's 1990 novel about a couple (Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan) whose marriage crumbles as their son (Ed Oxenbould) watches.

(Image credit: Scott Garfield/IFC Films)

In 'Mid90s' Jonah Hill Looks At Skater Culture Through A Lens, Blankly

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:00pm

Jonah Hill writes and directs this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale about a boy who embraces skater culture; the film faithfully documents the era, but offers no point of view.

(Image credit: Tobin Yelland/A24 Films)

'Halloween': This Time, Laurie Strode Is Locked And Loaded

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:00pm

Critic Monica Castillo says this Halloween sequel takes as its true subject the lingering effects of the trauma Jamie Lee Curtis' character experienced in the 1978 original. (Also there's stabbing.)

(Image credit: Ryan Green/Universal Pictures)

A Family In Quiet Crisis Gathers To Assess 'What They Had' — And What They've Still Got

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:00pm

In her debut feature, writer/director Elizabeth Chomko brings fresh insight — and a stellar cast — to the "dysfunctional family" subgenre; the result is "funny and sad, but never mawkish."

(Image credit: Bleeker Street )

'The Big Fella' Highlights Babe Ruth's Spot As First Celebrity Sports Star

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 8:14am

Jane Leavy tells the story of Ruth as the first baseball superstar — but also of his roles as movie star, vaudeville performer, barnstormer, pitchman for every conceivable product, and columnist.

(Image credit: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)

'Ruth Bader Ginsburg' Reminds Us Why The Justice Is A True Legal Icon

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:01am

Jane Sherron De Hart's biography sheds light on challenges the Supreme Court justice faced along the way to the top, both personal and professional, and puts Ginsburg's life in context.

(Image credit: Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

'Melmoth' Bears Witness To Our Worst, Loneliest Moments

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:00am

Sarah Perry's new novel isn't subtle — it's full of ominous birds, guttering candles and mysterious figures in gloomy windows. But there's something satisfying about its emotional flamboyance.

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Don't Be Fooled By The Talking Horse — 'BoJack' Is A Sadness 'Sneak Attack'

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:55pm

BoJack is a former sitcom star struggling with depression and addiction. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg says part of the pitch for the animated show was: "What's Mister Ed like behind the scenes?"

(Image credit: Netflix)




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