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

NPR Arts - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 01:37

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

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:00

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

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:00

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

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:00

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

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:00

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

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 13:54

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.

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

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:47

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."

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

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:00

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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Americana: A 400-Year History Of American Capitalism

NPR Books - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:06

Bhu Srinivasan came to this country as a wide-eyed eight-year-old, his head filled with all the possibilities America evoked.

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

NPR Books - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 04:00

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

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 04:00

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?

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:00

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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'Little Soldiers' Examines China's Military-Like Education System

NPR Books - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:00

Mary Louise Kelly talks to journalist and Shanghai resident Lenora Chu about educating her young son in the Chinese public education system. Chu has written a book called: Little Soldiers.

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A Modern Collaboration With Mark Twain In 'Prince Oleomargarine'

NPR Books - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 01:46

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.

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A Modern Collaboration With Mark Twain In 'Prince Oleomargarine'

NPR Arts - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 01:46

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.

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

NPR Arts - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 20:31

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

NPR Arts - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 20:31

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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'Deuce' Creators Capture The Birth Of America's Billion-Dollar Porn Industry

NPR Arts - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:58

David Simon and George Pelecanos' new show depicts the growth of porn from illegal enterprise to full-fledged industry. Since then, Simon says, "The 'pornographication' of America has been profound."

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