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A Masterful Glimpse Of Humanity's Physical — And Emotional — 'Annihilation'

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:00pm

Alex Garland's disquieting sci-fi/horror film isn't just a meditation on fatalism (but it is that), it's an "atom bomb of a movie, fiery and all-consuming and quite unnatural."

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'Shape Of Water' Creators Sued Over Plagiarism Claims As Oscars Approach

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 2:47pm

The suit alleges the best-picture nominee lifted its story, characters and even several snippets of dialogue from Paul Zindel's 1969 play Let Me Hear You Whisper.

(Image credit: Kerry Hayes/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight/Twentieth Century Fox)

This Is Moebius' Brain Off Drugs: Late Artist Gets High On Life

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:00am

Inside Moebius is the last long-form book the legendary French comic artist completed before his death in 2012. It's a loopy story based on the notes he kept while weaning himself off of marijuana.

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Ann Curry On Journalism, Her PBS Series And Working On The 'Today' Show

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:29pm

Curry shares the inspiration for her new series, We'll Meet Again, and reflects on the "verbal sexual harassment" she and others experienced at NBC's morning show.

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Tense, Moody 'Golden Exits' Finds Drama In Everyday Gossip And Betrayal

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:07pm

Reviewer Justin Chang says "not much happens — and yet everything seems to be at stake" in Alex Ross Perry's film about six moderately unhappy Brooklynites and the visitor who interrupts their lives.

Actor Richard Jenkins: Reading 'Shape Of Water' Script Was A 'Holy Mackerel' Moment

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:07pm

Jenkins started out in theater and didn't get a movie role until he was in his 30s. Now 70, he's up for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in The Shape of Water.

He'll Take 'Gubernatorial Debate' For 400: Trebek Tries Out Moderator's Chair

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:41pm

The longtime game show host has described himself in the past as a political independent and has expressed interest in one day moderating a presidential debate as well.

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The 25 Songs Of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Season 3, Rigorously And Definitively Ranked

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:20am

The recently concluded third season of The CW's darkly hilarious musical comedy series featured 25 original songs; once again, Glen Weldon ranks them all with cool, scientific precision.

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Rick Steves Gets Uncomfortable In 'Travel As A Political Act'

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:00am

Your parents' favorite travel expert has made his name as a low-key, approachable, optimistic guy. But in his new book he doesn't shy away from trouble and the ways travel makes you an outsider.

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Actor Michael Stuhlbarg On His Approach To Playing Real-Life Characters

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:38pm

Michael Stuhlbarg is having a breakout year in Hollywood. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to the actor about his year, which includes being in three of this year's Best Picture nominated films.

'Black Panther' Success Proves That Movies With Black Actors Can Do Well Internationally

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:17pm

Black Panther broke records and crushed expectations at the box office it. Not just here in the States, but in foreign markets too. That performance, as well as the one by Get Out, can finally put to rest the notion that movies with black actors don't do well internationally.

Zadie Smith Ruminates On Brexit, Bieber And Much, Much More In 'Feel Free'

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:36pm

Smith's massive new essay collection covers a wide assortment of topics, but critic Maureen Corrigan says Feel Free is strongest when it focuses on art and identity.

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Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:07pm

Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her awkward transition into the mainstream in Educated: A Memoir.

(Image credit: Paul Stuart /Random House)

'Decarcerating America' Is A Powerful Call For Reform

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:00am

This new essay, edited by Ernest Drucker, argues that mass incarceration — more than 2 million Americans are locked up — tears at our social fabric and leaves people with no option but to reoffend.

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Lady Bird Director Greta Gerwig

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 3:33pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Greta Gerwig, the Oscar-nominated director of the film Lady Bird about teenage friendship and complex, sometimes messy, female characters.

'Shape Of Water' Actor Explains Makeup, Body Language And Bathroom Breaks

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:00am

Doug Jones has made a career out of playing strange, otherworldly creatures. "I find the heart and soul of a character before I find his elbows and his hands," he says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight/Twentieth Century Fox)

It's A Beautiful 50th Birthday For 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:00am

Fred Rogers debuted on national public television in 1968 and quickly became known for his deliberate manner of relating to children. "Every one of us longs to be in touch with honesty," he once said.

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'He's Not A Leading Man': A Casting Director On Rembrandt's Self-Portraits

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:04am

The Dutch artist painted scores of self-portraits, but they weren't exactly flattering. Casting director Margery Simkin thinks he could have played the manager of a baseball team.

(Image credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging/Courtesy of Norton Simon Museum)

'Only Child': A Story of Loss, Grief And Hope

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 5:00pm

Rhiannon Navin's Only Child, a novel about the aftermath of a school shooting came out shortly before a fatal school shooting in Florida. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Navin about overcoming tragedy.

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'Manuscripts' Encourages Readers To Approach The Bible Like A Novel

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 9:00am

The Bible's famous verse and chapter structure is relatively recent — and surprisingly unpopular. And a new version out now aims to make it more approachable by structuring it like any other book.

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