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In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:32pm

The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:33am

Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.

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Halloween Makes Us Think Of ... Diversity In Romance!

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:03am

Romance guru Bobbi Dumas once worked at an international school — and she says the colorful world of the kids' Halloween costumes inspired her to think about diversity in her favorite literature.

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Review: Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Is Pulp With A Purpose

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the "nocturnal underbelly" of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.

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The Colorful, Blossoming D.C. Arts Scene In The 1950s, '60s

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters' work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.

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TV Networks Re-imagine Reruns While Keeping Traditional Viewers

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

A new digital platform called Simpson's World has all 25 years' worth of the show. FX says it is trying to cater to both old-fashioned TV fans and people who watch shows on other devices.

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'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:20pm

Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

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Remembering All Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

For Halloween, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello remembers scaring up some frights from his first job at a movie theater.

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A Well-Designed Parking Sign Can Make Life Much Easier

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has found a way to help.

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'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal: We're All Complicit In 'If It Bleeds, It Leads'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

"There's something very primal about the slowing down at an accident scene," says Gyllenhaal. He plays a freelance cameraman, racing to get the grisliest footage, in the film Nightcrawler.

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Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:24pm

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

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Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:05pm

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.

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In 'Goodbye To Language,' Jean-Luc Godard Seeks New Ways To Make Pictures

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:17am

At 83, the Franco-Swiss auteur has made another complex visual poem, this time using 3D technology. The film bubbles with invention, thanks to jittery editing and a jumble of photographic styles.

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'The Great Invisible' Views An Environmental Catastrophe From Many Sides

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:55am

Margaret Brown's soft-spoken documentary examines the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The film recognizes an instinct toward simplistic polarization, but pushes gently against it.

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Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:31am

The Pulitzer Prize winner has died at the age of 87. In his deceptively simple poetry and in his activism, Kinnell sought to broaden his audience, even while grappling with difficult themes.

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I'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:03am

Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket.

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'Lastness': Award-Winning Poet Galway Kinnell Dies At 87

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:46am

Poet Galway Kinnell died Tuesday. His career spanned from the end of World War II to the present, earning him a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Home in Vermont, Kinnell died from leukemia.

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Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:00pm

The Mexican tradition celebrates the dead and welcomes their return to the land of the living once a year. Enticing them to make the trip is where the food, drink and musical offerings come in.

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At 83, Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard Makes The Leap To 3-D

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:54pm

Godard, who has been making films for more than half a century, shared the 2014 Jury Prize at Cannes for his 3-D film, Goodbye To Language. He likes 3-D, he says, because "there aren't any rules."

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The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:39pm

Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.

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