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Who's Worth Your Trust In Fincher's Moody, Atmospheric 'Gone Girl'?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:49pm

NPR's Bob Mondello says David Fincher's screen adaptation of the marriage-in-trouble thriller Gone Girl offers all the twists and jolts of the original novel, but gets a little pulpy toward the end.

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'Gone Girl': A Gripping Film That's More Fun Than The Book

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:35pm

Based on a screenplay by author Gillian Flynn, the movie is sensationally effective. It's made like a classic noir — evenly paced, with an elegance that in context is deeply perverse.

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'Homeland' Regains Urgency With Twin Protagonists And Divided Loyalties

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:44am

Last year, the Showtime drama about a CIA agent with a bipolar disorder lost its way. But the show's intensity is back in season four when the CIA accidentally bombs a wedding in Pakistan.

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Please Don't Judge John Mulaney By 'Mulaney'

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:28am

John Mulaney is an exceptional, intelligent stand-up comedian. His new show on Fox is unfortunately not a good way to encounter his work at all.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Denzel Washington And 'Gilligan's Island'

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:23am

On this week's show, we talk about how The Equalizer fits into the arc of Denzel Washington's long and full career, and we consider absurdist sitcoms as Gilligan's Island turns 50.

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VIDEO: Glimpse The History Of Life In A Beer

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:51am

It took more than a billion years of evolution to yield the biology behind a beer. Here, we bring you a video celebration of the science in a cold one.

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Where Does Creativity Come From?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.

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What Does A Creative Brain Look Like?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

What happens in the brain during musical improv? Researcher Charles Limb scanned the brains of jazz musicians to find out.

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How Do You Get Over Writer's Block?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

After a nasty bout of writer's block that stretched on for nearly a decade, Sting found inspiration by channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew from his childhood.

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Book News: Nicholas Sparks Is Accused Of Racism And Homophobia

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 6:19am

The allegations come in a lawsuit filed by the ex-headmaster at a school that the best-selling writer founded. Also: The Authors Guild reveals it's requested a Justice Department probe of Amazon.

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Growing Up Poor Strengthened Daughter's Bond With Working Mom

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:38am

A mother talks to her daughter about how hard it was to make ends meet as a single mom in the '90s, through the good times and the bad.

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'Bob's Burgers' Serves Up Gently Savory Entertainment

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:33am

The winningly sweet, wacky (and now Emmy-winning) cartoon follows a family and their struggling seaside burger joint. Guest host Audie Cornish talks to creator and executive producer, Loren Bouchard.

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Latin American Icon Simon Bolivar Gets Biopic Treatment In 'Liberator'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:52pm

Bolivar liberated six countries from Spanish rule in the early 19th century. A new film about his life features epic battles, rousing speeches and stunning landscapes in the spirit of Braveheart.

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Good-Hearted But Simplistic, 'The Good Lie' Fails To Satisfy

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:03pm

While the story of Sudanese refugees in America is well-meaning and earnestly executed, its failure to engage some of the most important challenges those refugees might really face is a fatal flaw.

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A Man, A Plane, A Rapture: 'Left Behind'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:03pm

Nicolas Cage heads up another try at adapting the incredibly popular rapture novels into films.

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In 'The Blue Room,' An Uncertain Path Through An Affair

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:03pm

Actor-director Mathieu Amalric's adaptation of a Belgian mystery novel features two lovers caught in a web of adultery and crime.

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Existential Sci-Fi And A Fabulist's War Era Self-Portrait

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:28pm

Italo Calvino's Into the War and Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, two posthumously published books of short fiction, contrast greatly but deliver stimulating reading experiences.

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Two Dead Writers Come Alive In New Collections

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:28pm

Italo Calvino's Into the War and Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, two posthumously published books of short fiction, contrast greatly but deliver stimulating reading experiences.

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The Overworked 'Bad Judge' Still Doesn't Work

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:03pm

They've done quite an overhaul on the Kate Walsh vehicle Bad Judge, but it's still not hanging together.

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The Cycling Desk: Work Out And Charge Your Phone During A Trip

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:39pm

Stationary bikes that power your gadgets as you pedal are this week's innovation pick. They've already appeared in railway stations and airports in Europe and may be for sale later this year.

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