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'More Fool' Fry: Comedian's New Memoir Misses The Mark

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 6:03am

Stephen Fry is a world-class wit, a learned fellow and probably a really great guy. Unfortunately, says reviewer Trey Graham, that doesn't come through in More Fool Me, the new volume of his memoirs.

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Lawyer Argues That Virtual Trials Would Make Justice System More Fair

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 4:21am

Adam Benforado's new book, Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice, describes a system in which race, accents and even attractiveness couldn't play a role in a jury's decision.

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Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 3:51am

Pixar's animated fantasy takes viewers inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley. Psychologists say the film offers an accurate picture of how emotions and memories help make us who we are.

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Mystery Loves Company, And TCM's Noir Movie Marathon Has Plenty Of Both

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:43pm

Turner Classic Movies has kicked off its "Summer of Darkness" — 24 hours of noir films every Friday in June and July with an accompanying free, online class.

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In A One-Room Schoolhouse, Irish Family Keeps Legacy Of W.B. Yeats Alive

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:32pm

The poet W.B. Yeats was born 150 years ago this week. In rural Ireland, a nun whose family has a personal history with the poet has turned a one-room schoolhouse into a small Yeats museum.

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#NPRreads: Love, Coding, Yuccies, And The 'NPR Sound'

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:18pm

This week's selection of articles and essays covers comedian Aziz Ansari's new book about love, a new demographic term, a global gaming superstar, and more.

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Laughs Leaven Tears In 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl'

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:08pm

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a surprise smash at this year's Sundance Film Festival; it's a tale of three teens facing mortality that manages to capture teen angst without wallowing in drama.

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How 'Silicon Valley' Tells Broad Truths From An Insular World

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 1:42pm

HBO's sophomore (and occasionally sophomoric) comedy ends on a strong note Sunday night — with plenty of suspense.

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Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:42am

Christopher Lee died Sunday in London at the age of 93. He had more than 250 TV and film appearances, and was best known for his roles in Dracula and Star Wars. In 1990 he was working on Gremlins 2.

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A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:42am

This stunning film follows the Angulo brothers, whose father kept them locked inside a New York apartment. But their father loved movies, and the pulpy, violent films he showed them were a lifeline.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Spy' And Other Director-Actor Pairings

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 9:21am

We talk Spy, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, cheap jokes, Alfred Hitchcock, superheroes, Weavers, and lots more on this week's episode.

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A Good But Not Great New Season For Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black'

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:00am

Netflix debuts 14 new episodes of prison dramedy Orange is the New Black. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show remains compelling, despite the loss of a powerful character from last season.

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In The Rolling Hills Of Galway, Spirit Of W.B. Yeats Lives On

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:58am

Saturday marks the 150th birthday of William Butler Yeats, one of the 20th century's greatest poets. In far western Ireland's County Galway, Yeats found inspiration in the people and landscape.

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Strange Magic Bubbles Up In New 'Mr Norell' Adaptation

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:57am

Susanna Clarke's bestselling fantasy debut, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, envisioned a mismatched pair of wizards caught up in the Napoleonic Wars It's now been made into a seven-part TV series.

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'The Flick' Tells The Story Of The Movies, Off The Screen

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:14pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with playwright Annie Baker about her play, The Flick, which won the Pulitzer Prize last year.

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A Poet Can Indeed Be Trouble In 'Set Fire To The Stars'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:03pm

While this black-and-white historical drama struggles to find a satisfying conclusion to its storytelling about the poet Dylan Thomas, it's stylishly made and intriguingly staged.

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In One New York Apartment, Six Brothers See The World Through Film

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:03pm

The documentary The Wolfpack follows a family led by parents so anxious about the outside world that for years, they largely kept their children from encountering it at all.

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Cinephiles Rule In A High School Movie With Respect For Film History

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:03pm

Sundance favorite Me And Earl and the Dying Girl has plenty of flaws, but it also has moments of creative spark and stylistic invention.

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Do Critics of Violence and Sex In HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Miss The Point?

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:25pm

As HBO's Game of Thrones airs its fifth season finale Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans asks if some critics of the show's violence and sexuality should reconsider past criticisms.

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Ron Moody, Who Delighted Audiences As Fagin In 'Oliver!' Dies

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:33pm

Throughout his career, Moody played a variety of parts on stage and screen. But in the villainous Fagin, he found the role of a lifetime.

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