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From The Traditions Of Melodrama, A Woman Of Resolve

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:04pm

The Immigrant is an echo of midcentury melodramas that have fallen out of fashion, but stars Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix make indelible impressions.

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'Million Dollar Arm' Is A Sales Pitch In Search Of Stillness

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:04pm

Jon Hamm's riveting work on television relies heavily on stillness that is sadly not present in Million Dollar Arm, which casts him as a salesman of a different sort.

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'Godzilla' Brings The Spectacle Without Obscuring The Big Guy's Dark Past

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:04pm

Ian Buckwalter says that Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is a summer tentpole with some thought behind it — it's still a giant monster stomping around, but one with the capacity for a sigh of his own.

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In Mona Simpson's 'Casebook,' A Holden Caulfield For Our Time

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:59pm

The teenaged protagonist of Mona Simpson's novel, Casebook, spies on his parents and learns their secrets. The novel is a haunting cross between Harriet the Spy and The Catcher in the Rye.

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In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:05pm

When even a tiny garret in a major city is crushingly expensive, the ideal of the "starving artist" has shifted since the days when poverty was held up as ennobling.

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Son Of? Bride Of? Cousin Of? How Many Godzillas Are There, Already?

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 1:42pm

Bob Mondello reviews the latest in a long line of Godzilla movies, this one with Brian Cranston and other live actors who take a backseat to digital tricks as everyone's favorite monster stomps again.

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A Sponge Cake's Long, Strange Trip: Germany To Denver, Via Japan

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:47am

The baumkuchen is an odd yet tasty layered German sponge cake baked on a spit. It arrived in Denver last year via a long, strange tour of Asia. Its history is as complex as its many layers.

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Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:36am

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi pulls no punches when talking about a failed relationship. She says it even became the inspiration of her latest album.

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The Pact That Turned A Juvenile Delinquent Into A Medical Doctor

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:34am

Not so long ago, Dr. Sampson Davis found himself in detention for a crime that could have sent his life in a completely different direction. He shares how his big break turned things around.

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Gone Fishing

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

There's something fishy about this final round. Every answer contains a type of fish, but be careful: some are unexpected. Did you know that a mullet isn't just Billy Ray Cyrus' go-to hairstyle?

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Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

Musician, motivational speaker, and party pro Andrew W.K. is a man of many talents—but did you know that he is also an expert on Jesus Christ Superstar? We wrote him a quiz on his favorite rock opera.

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Unruly Passengers

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

"I specifically requested not to be on the Pinta!" In this game, we imagine the complaints passengers might have made on certain historical journeys, such as Columbus's expedition to the New World.

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Tonight We're Going to Party

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

Who says you can only "party like it's 1999"? Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics to Prince's classic hit, describing famous events that happened in less festive years. Let's party like it's 1775!

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Nick Names

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

Many celebrities are better known by their monikers, like Babe Ruth or J. Lo. In this game, we created nicknames for people who already have the name "Nick." Who might "Mr. Mariah Carey" be?

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How Now, Brown Cow?

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

If you've ever wondered about the origins of the phrase "How now, brown cow," we can't help you. But just for kicks, we wrote a game in which every answer rhymes with "cow." How now, kung pao?

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Random Questions With: Andrew W.K.

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

This rocker VIP parties hard. The musician shares tales of his humble beginnings gigging at Starbucks, and then answers a series of questions about how to be the life of the party.

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Book News: Rush Limbaugh Wins Children's Book 'Author Of The Year' Award

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 7:00am

Also: Publishers Weekly has a free e-book with excerpts from more than 30 of the most anticipated books of fall and winter; an ode to air purification that actually purifies the air.

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Huck And Jim Ride The River Of Time In 'Boy In His Winter'

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 5:52am

In Norman Lock's new novel, Huck and Jim set out on their raft in 1835, but are swept up and along through three wrenching centuries: slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and onward.

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Bye-Bye To Baba: A Long 'View' Of A Storied Career

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 2:03am

After 53 years on television, ABC's Barbara Walters is retiring from her work on-camera. Steve Inskeep talks to the ground-breaking broadcaster about her life, career and impact on television news.

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Book Review: 'American Innovations'

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Alan Cheuse reviews American Innovations, a new collection of short stories by Rivka Galchen.

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