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Rowling's Magic Needs No Spells In 'Career Of Evil'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 8:46am

In her third outing as crime novelist Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling hits her stride with a fluid, complex mystery. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says she excels at depicting evil, ordinary or otherwise.

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Don't Take 'Submission' Lying Down

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 6:03am

Michel Houellebecq's dark satire Submission caused a furore in his native France with its depiction of an Islamist takeover. But critic Heller McAlpin calls it "too distasteful to be amusing."

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Oprah Hopes Her Midas Touch Gilds Her OWN Series, 'Belief'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:00am

Oprah Winfrey acquired a stake in Weight Watchers and the company's stock soared. She hopes to do the same for her cable TV network with a new seven-part series on faith and religion around the world.

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Orhan Pamuk Takes A Fresh Look At His Beloved Istanbul In 'Strangeness'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:00am

The Nobel Prize laureate has written about his city before, but from the perspective of his affluent childhood. His new book captures Istanbul's growth and change through the eyes of a street peddler.

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'Back To The Future Part 2': Designing A Future For 30 Years Ago

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:00am

In the classic movie Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly travels forward 30 years to Oct. 21, 2015. Is life like the movie predicted? Maybe. But was it ever supposed to be?

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Eddie Murphy Accepts Mark Twain Prize With Unexpected Bill Cosby Jokes

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:53pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter for the Washington Post, who attended the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony Sunday night at the Kennedy Center.

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Why The Battle Between E-Books And Print May Be Over

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:38pm

It's safe to say that e-books disrupted the publishing industry. But sales have leveled off and not entirely for the reasons some have reported.

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Netflix's 'Beasts Of No Nation' Release Strategy Highlights Oscar Ambitions

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:38pm

Beasts of No Nation is Netflix's first original film, and the company has chosen to distribute it in theaters and on its streaming service simultaneously. The strategy is one generally frowned upon by theater owners because it's a direct competition. Why go out when you can stay home? Is this Netflix's play for an Oscar?

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Eddie Murphy Jokes After Accepting Top Prize For Humor

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 4:52am

The Kennedy Center presented the comedian with the Mark Twain Prize on Sunday. While honored, Murphy did jokingly point out one thing: "Usually when there's a prize, there's money."

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'The Knick' Returns To The Bloody Pursuit Of Knowledge

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:25am

The TV show, set in a New York City hospital in the early 1900s, depicts turn-of-the-century medicine in grisly detail. Stars Clive Owen and Andre Holland say there's no nostalgia involved.

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The Deep, Dark Secret Of R.L. Stine: 'I Never Planned To Be Scary'

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:19pm

After more than 20 years of frights, Stine's Goosebumps series is finally getting a big-screen adaptation, starring Jack Black. For Stine and Black, the key to the nightmare is in keeping things fun.

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On Cusp Of National Honor, A Look Back At Eddie Murphy's Career In Comedy

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:09pm

This weekend, the Kennedy Center will award the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. NPR's Michel Martin takes a look back at Murphy's long career.

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Attack Of The Spooky Script! R.L. Stine, In Life And On The Screen

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with R.L. Stine, author of the children's horror book series Goosebumps, about his long — and surprising — writing career, and the new film based on his books.

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'The Brain Electric' Proves Mind Control Is Not So Far Off

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

There is a race to create brain-robot interfaces that will make humans stronger. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Malcolm Gay, the author of the new book "The Brain Electric."

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'The Assassin' A Change Of Form For Famed Director

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

The Assassin is a change in form for one of the world's most respected directors. Hou Hsiao-hsien is like the Woody Allen of Taiwan, but his latest is a martial arts movie.

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A Mother Balances Truth And Survival In 'Room'

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

Actress Brie Larson speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the new film Room. She plays a woman held captive for seven years, who finally escapes with her son — who's never seen the outside world

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