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100 Years Of Olivia De Havilland Handling Sexism, Her Sister, And Scarlett O'Hara

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

An appreciation of Olivia de Havilland,--Gone With the Wind's last surviving cast member — on her 100th birthday.

'BFG' Is A 'Delumptious' Pairing Of A Happy Child And A Radiant Old Soul

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:38pm

Steven Spielberg's latest movie is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book about a big friendly giant. Critic David Edelstein says the BFG is "pure joy" — especially in its second half.

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:38pm

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.

Can You Really Rebuild Tarzan Out Of Whole (Loin) Cloth?

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:29pm

The Legend Of Tarzan tries to reinvent the story as an indictment of colonialism, but it lacks the wit or liveliness of the Tarantino revisionist histories it seems to be trying to emulate.

Gay Talese Disavows His Disavowal Of His New Book

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:06pm

Talese had told The Washington Post he wouldn't promote his new nonfiction book, The Voyeur's Motel, after the paper found flaws in its story. But now he says the book will go ahead as planned.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: On Sequels And Skipping 'Independence Day'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 10:09am

We thought we were going to see Independence Day: Resurgence. In this episode, we dive into why most of us didn't and we take a raucous quiz on sequel titles.

'The Purge: Election Year' Offers A Vote Of No Competence

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 7:52am

The third film in the Purge franchise once again binges on ugly, incoherent set-pieces that glorify our basest instincts.

Mislabeled As A Memoirist, Author Asks: Whose Work Gets To Be Journalism?

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:41am

Suki Kim wrote Without You, There Is No Us after working undercover as a teacher in North Korea. She says the response to her book is also a response to her identity as Korean and a woman.

Floppy Ears And Green Gas From One 'BFG'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:00pm

Steven Spielberg directs an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book that goes long on sentiment and on ... well, length, but finds charm in its deployment of Mark Rylance as the CGI giant's voice.

Faith And Fear In A Story Of 'Innocents'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:00pm

Inspired by real events, The Innocents visits a convent in 1945 where a doctor finds herself unexpectedly treating pregnant nuns.

Le Carre Adaptation Takes 'Our Kind of Traitor' On A Tour Of The Underworld

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:00pm

A professor (Ewan McGregor) gets drawn into a seedy and violent world of criminal intrigue by a boisterous Mafioso (Stellan Skarsgard).

Encore: 'Future Shock' 40 Years Later

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

Future Shock by Alvin Toffler was a huge sensation when it was published in 1970. The book perfectly captured the angst of that time and prepared society for more changes to come.

Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Invites New Members

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to UCLA professor Darnell Hunt about the new class of members on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

This Shakespeare Reconstruction Sets 'Merchant' In Post-Civil War D.C.

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

In District Merchants, Shylock is still Jewish, but half of the other characters are freed slaves. The playwright says he was inspired but a reference to slavery in Shakespeare's original text.

Spielberg's 'The BFG' Parallels Another Friendly Outcast

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

The BFG is the new Steven Spielberg movie based off the Roald Dahl book. It's about a girl and a friendly giant triumphing over bullies and adversity. And it's got something familiar about it, too.

In Prison, The Passion That Drove A Yogurt-Maker To Arson Still Burns

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 2:39pm

The yogurt entrepreneur who set fire to his factory remains in prison, but he's in better spirits now. "He's dreaming again," says his wife.

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:28pm

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.

Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:29pm

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"

'A Hundred Thousand Worlds' Might Be A Few Too Many

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:45pm

Bob Proehl's sprawling novel follows actor Valerie and her son Alex on an epic road trip, punctuated by stops at comic conventions. It's a charming but messy debut that crams in too many ideas.

'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:13pm

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."

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