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The Women Pull No Punches In Fiery, Feminist 'Mad Max'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:49am

Mad Max: Fury Road reboots a testosterone-fueled franchise with some tough new female characters. Director George Miller says women were an organic element as he rethought the original movies.

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Bad Karma In 'Every Secret Thing'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:01pm

A thriller directed by noted documentarian Amy Berg and written by Nicole Holofcener is stacked with plenty of talent, but it can't quite live up to the promise of its twisty-sounding plot.

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A Visceral, Inventive Blockbuster Roars To Life In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:01pm

More than 35 years after the release of the original Mad Max, a new chapter emerges, starring Charlize Theron in what Chris Klimek calls a doomsday reinvention like nothing since The Matrix.

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Staying In Tune Isn't So Easy In 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:01pm

Where the original college a cappella comedy felt fresh and unexpected, the overproduced sequel has the greasy fingerprints of commercial expectations all over it.

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Why 'Forbidden Films' Remain Officially Locked Away

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:01pm

A new documentary looks at the history of quarantined Nazi propaganda films and considers the consequences of trying to keep them away from the public eye.

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Blythe Danner Lands First Leading Film Role In 'I'll See You In My Dreams'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:52pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Blythe Danner about her new film, I'll See You In My Dreams. It is the 72-year-old's first leading role in a film.

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A Film Critic Gets Meta (As Does Ours) In 'The Film Critic (El Crítico)'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:56pm

NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello trips down the rabbit hole as he reviews a film that's both a winning romance and a gentle wake-up call for reviewers who forget their role.

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'Black Snow' Is A Lyrical Landscape Of Hope And Menace

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:03pm

Former Dublin newsman Paul Lynch's new novel follows an Irish farmer in 1945, struggling against adversity. Critic Alan Cheuse says Lynch's prose is so gorgeous, it makes him want to give up writing.

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Street Smarts

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:46am

In Southern California, the car is king, and traffic is queen. In this final round, every answer is a common phrase or proper name that contain a type of roadway.

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Matthew Weiner: No Longer Linda's Loser Husband

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:46am

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins us in Santa Barbara, CA, to talk screenwriting, life before success, and his secret past as a Jeopardy! champion.

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You Call That An Ending?

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:46am

In honor of the final episode of Mad Men, we consider some TV series' that ended in very bizarre ways.

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Like A Confused Boss

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:46am

In this game, we give a sentence with an overly literal misuse of a common business cliché, and you give us the cliché.

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Come Sail Away

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:46am

Inspired by the waters off the coast of Santa Barbara, we rewrote the lyrics to the song "Sloop John B" so that the verses describe real or fictional sailing vessels.

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Game Show Or No Game Show?

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:46am

In this game, we read some real, and some made up game show descriptions from around the world. You have to yell "Game Show" if you think it's real, and "No Game Show!" if you think it's fake.

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The Ox Car Goes To

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:46am

The answers in this game are Oscar winners for Best Picture, except that we've changed one letter in each title.

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Harry Shearer, Voice Of Ned Flanders And Mr. Burns, Will Leave 'The Simpsons'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:06am

In a tweet sent in the wee hours of Thursday, Shearer said he was leaving "because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work."

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'Millionaire' Tracks One Man's Fruitful Obsession With The Bard Of Avon

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:03am

Andrea Mays' new book digs into the history of Washington, D.C.'s Folger Shakespeare Library, the legacy of oilman Henry Clay Folger — who, like William Shakespeare, found his greatest fame in death.

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In 'Paddy Buckley' Suffering Through Four Last Days With Dark Comedy

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:03am

Jeremy Massey's debut novel centers on an undertaker with magical abilities — like communicating with dogs and flies. Critic Jason Sheehan says Massey has an eye for black humor.

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David Letterman's Top 10 Late-Night Memories (Well, Not Really)

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:37am

No one has been a late-night TV host longer than David Letterman, who retires Wednesday after 33 years. Here's what he told NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans on leaving the Ed Sullivan Theater one last time.

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A Fortune In Folios: One Man's Hunt For Shakespeare's First Editions

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:24am

Henry Folger once spent nearly a year's salary on a William Shakespeare first folio. In The Millionaire and the Bard, Andrea Mays chronicles his obsession with collecting the playwright's work.

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