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'The Giver' Strikes Old And Ominous Notes About The Dark Side Of Serenity

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:03pm

The film adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel clearly owes a debt to many other stories for teens and adults, and it struggles to find anything new to say.

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How 'The Knick' Creators Capture Turn-Of-The-Century Operating Scenes

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

The drama is set in a New York hospital in 1900, when surgeons were developing new techniques. Series creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and medical historian Stanley Burns talk about the show.

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British Comedians Take A Trip To Italy And Make Fun Of Each Other

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

In the sequel to The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon drive around Italy, instead of England, and engage in lively banter. The film isn't freighted with ambition, but it's extremely enjoyable.

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Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:05am

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.

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The Loneliest Number

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

The loneliest number is one, of course! Every answer in this final round contains the letters "O-N-E" in consecutive order. Who will prove to be our ONE and only champion?

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Scrabble City

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

Scrabble doesn't allow proper nouns, but we're rebels who laugh at their rules! This game gives hints about cities along with their Scrabble point values. For 19 points, what's the capital of Arizona?

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It's Elementary

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

We hope you're "in your element" for this quiz, because every answer contains the name of an element from the periodic table.

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'Thong Song' Gone Wrong

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

You've never heard the notorious 2000 hit "Thong Song" quite like this. We've rewritten the lyrics to be about other things that rhyme with "thong"...tha thong thong thong.

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Spin-Offs

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

Television spin-offs are often terrible, but we're giving them new life. In this game, TV series titles are mashed up with other titles, names, and phrases to create new shows.

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G'Day Mate

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

We're heading to the land down under in this game. Put on your best Australian accent to deliver the answers, all of which end in "mate."

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Anthony Jeselnik: The Dark Prince Of Comedy

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

The comedian is known for his biting and bloodthirsty humor. Naturally, he's also a big fan of sharks. In this quiz, the funny guy sinks his teeth into some underwater trivia.

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Playlist: Big Ideas At The Beach

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:15am

Break out the beach chair and the sunglasses. We've got some great listens for your day at the beach.

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'How The World Was,' Drawn In Dreamy Lines Of Memory

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:03am

Graphic novelist Emmanuel Guibert follows up his biography of his friend, WWII veteran Alan Cope, with a gentle, eloquent look at Cope's California childhood, perfectly familiar even 75 years later.

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'How The World Was,' Drawn In Dreamy Lines Of Memory

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:00am

Graphic novelist Emmanuel Guibert follows up his biography of his friend, WWII veteran Alan Cope, with a gentle, eloquent look at Cope's California childhood, perfectly familiar even 75 years later.

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Young Singer Attracted To Barbershop's Vocal Harmony

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:02am

By day, Kevin McClelland 26, works in Illinois for the Peoria Chiefs — a Class A minor league baseball team. But his passion is old-time a cappella music known as barbershop.

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For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:35am

There's a joke in L.A. that everyone — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. C.W. Neill pokes fun at that romantic Hollywood craft in This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs.

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The Countless Lives Of Lauren Bacall

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:30pm

Bob Mondello remembers Lauren Bacall, an actress who constantly reinvented herself.

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Why We've Been Seeing More 'Yellowface' In Recent Months

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:17pm

You might have heard a lot recently about non-Asian people donning make-up or clothing to appear Asian. But why is it that we're seeing so much of this phenomenon, widely referred to as "yellowface"?

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Edible Flowers Find A Sweet Companion In Chocolate

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:52pm

Chefs and gardeners have long used edible blossoms as a garnish for salads and entrees. Now, food entrepreneurs are giving them a big role in mixed drinks and chocolate.

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Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:32pm

After decades on air, Poirot's 13th and final season begins Aug. 25. David Suchet still stars as detective Hercule Poirot, but you won't find the show on PBS. So where is it?

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