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This, That, Or The Other

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:35am

Is "Sticky Icky" a discontinued frozen Slurpee flavor, a Yankee Candle scent, or an obstacle from the Nickelodeon game show 'Double Dare?'

Untwisted Tongue Twisters

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:35am

We threw a throng of common tongue twisters through a thesaurus to toss together this thrilling task. Can you guess the tongue-twisting phrase from its literal description?

Amy Seimetz: Based On The Hit Movie

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:35am

Amy Seimetz tells us about adapting 'The Girlfriend Experience' into a format-breaking series.

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How Yom Kippur Fasts Became All About The Feasts

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 6:00am

The Jewish holiday of reflection and hope tends to bring everyone to the heaping table of traditional foods when fasting is over, But celebrating with a huge feast was not always the case.

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Two Viral Twitter Poets Are Rewriting The Book On Astrology

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 6:00am

Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov of Astro Poets want to bring astrology up to speed with shifting views of gender, sexuality and pop culture.

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Introducing ... The Inept, Inert 'Inhumans'

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 6:00am

Look, it's not good. The series about Marvel's moon-dwelling not-mutants gets off to a two-hour start Friday that'll leave you scowling more than Black Bolt (Anson Mount). Which is saying something.

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Stephen And Owen King On The Horror Of A World Without Women In 'Sleeping Beauties'

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:02am

What if every woman on earth went to sleep and never woke up, leaving only men to run things? That's the horror at the center of Sleeping Beauties, the new novel from Stephen King and his son Owen.

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Number Six At 50: The 50th Anniversary Of 'The Prisoner'

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 3:37am

The series, about an ex-spy chafing against his imprisonment in a sunny, seaside village, was one of the first shows to end with a finale that sharply divided viewers.

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In 'Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House,' Deep Throat Isn't So Deep

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:00pm

Peter Landesman's film, based on Felt's book, features a stolid but unenlightening performance from Liam Neeson as the FBI official who secretly fed information to reporters.

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In 'Super Dark Times,' An Act of Violence Imperils A Friendship

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:00pm

First-time director Kevin Phillips displays a remarkable gift for evoking a time and place, but loses control when this tale of a teenage friendship shifts from character study to grisly thriller.

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'Lucky': Harry Dean Stanton Gets A Quiet, Ruminative Sendoff

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:00pm

Effectively a loving cinematic eulogy to its late star, Luckyworks best when it allows Stanton to express his character's "wistfulness, his bewilderment at the mere fact that he's alive," says critic Andrew Lapin.

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Take Me To The Pilot: 'American Made' Soars

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:00pm

Doug Liman's "cheerfully blistering yarn" about a pilot who flew guns and drugs for the CIA makes the most of Tom Cruise's gifts as a leading man, and Liman's directorial fondness for low-level chaos.

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The Indelible Mark Playboy's Hugh Hefner Left On American Culture

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:54pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Gary Baum, senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter, about Hugh Hefner's business empire, Playboy, and what will happen to the brand after his death.

Farcical And Madcap, 'American Made' Stars Tom Cruise At His Best

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:47pm

Cruise plays a drug-smuggling pilot working for the DEA, CIA and Medellin Cartel in his new film, a dark comedy set in the '80s. Critic David Edelstein calls American Made "breathlessly entertaining."

Hugh Hefner On Early 'Playboy' And Changing America's Values

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:00pm

In 1999, Hefner told Fresh Air that his magazine was a reaction to his own upbringing. "I believe and hope that Playboy [has] played some small part in changing the values ... of our time," he said.

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In 'Dear Fahrenheit 451,' Loving Books Both Wisely And Well

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 6:00am

Librarian Annie Spence's new book is a collection of love letters and breakup notes to the books in her life — written in a warm, funny, specific voice that skillfully balances reverence and wryness.

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'Will & Grace' Is Back, But Will Its Viewers Be?

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:00am

NBC is bringing back Will & Grace for at least two revival seasons, more than 10 years after it went off the air the first time. But the show has some work to do to get its viewers back.

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A Modern Collaboration With Mark Twain In 'Prince Oleomargarine'

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:46am

Authors Philip and Erin Stead have turned 16 pages of Mark Twain's notes — on a serial bedtime story he wove for his daughters — into a new children's book, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.

(Image credit: Erin Stead)

'Playboy' Founder Hugh Hefner, Champion Of Free Speech And 'Smut', Dies At 91

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:31pm

Hefner's magazine was blamed for (or credited with) setting off a cultural revolution in America, but within a few years he was branded a male chauvinist.

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'Playboy' Founder Hugh Hefner, Champion Of Free Speech And 'Smut', Dies At 91

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:31pm

Hefner's magazine was blamed for (or credited with) setting off a cultural revolution in America, but within a few years he was branded a male chauvinist.

(Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP)

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