Arts & Life http://apr.org en Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man' http://apr.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-leaves-indelible-bond-most-wanted-man <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Philip+Seymour+Hoffman+Leaves+Indelible+Bond+In+%27Most+Wanted+Man%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 David Edelstein 56483 at http://apr.org 'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts http://apr.org/post/lucy-hot-buttered-popcorn-plenty-nuts What would you do if you could access 100 percent of your brain's potential processing power? Reverse climate change? Pick up new languages while you sleep? Pay your rent on time? Invent an iPhone capable of making and receiving telephone calls?<p>More important: Would you savor the salty, crunchy, hot-buttered freshness of writer-director-mogul Luc Besson's wiggedy-wack but truly, madly deeply watchable thriller <em>Lucy</em> — a Ritalin-spiked pixy stick of a movie that pinches almost as much from <em>Tree of Life</em> as it does from <em>The Matrix</em> — even more? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:06:00 +0000 editor 56479 at http://apr.org 'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss http://apr.org/post/book-news-amazon-reports-big-quarterly-loss <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Amazon reported big second quarter losses Thursday and said the current period may be even worse. The company posted a quarter net loss of $126 million, or 27 cents a share, even though sales rose 23 percent. After Thursday's news, shares fell more than 10 percent in after-hours trading. As <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> points out, "The losses reflect Amazon's heavy investments in new businesses and services that some investors worry are stretching the Seattle company too thin. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 56471 at http://apr.org Abnormally dry conditions, Free school supplies in Mobile http://apr.org/post/abnormally-dry-conditions-free-school-supplies-mobile <p> 6am Newscast</p><p>Friday July 25, 2014</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:01:35 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 56470 at http://apr.org Abnormally dry conditions, Free school supplies in Mobile Alabama-based Network Expanding to West Coast http://apr.org/post/alabama-based-network-expanding-west-coast <p>An Alabama-based religious broadcasting operation is expanding to the West Coast.</p><p></p><p>The EWTN Global Catholic Network says it's building a television production center on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Orange, California.</p><p>The network will continue operating at its headquarters in the Birmingham suburb of Irondale. But it will also use the new studio to broadcast news, inspirational stories and religious masses by the end of the year.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:36:50 +0000 Associated Press 56462 at http://apr.org Alabama-based Network Expanding to West Coast Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune http://apr.org/post/unknown-authors-make-living-self-publishing Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.<p>"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."<p>Weinberg says there is still a strong financial case to be made for publishing books the old-fashioned way, but there are now many well-known independent au Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:24:08 +0000 editor 56458 at http://apr.org Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune It's Time For Comic-Con! http://apr.org/post/its-time-comic-con <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=It%27s+Time+For+Comic-Con%21&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 56451 at http://apr.org Housing Immigrant Children And 911 Tax Hike http://apr.org/post/housing-immigrant-children-and-911-tax-hike <p>5pm Newscast</p><p>Thursday July 24, 2014</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:17:03 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 56446 at http://apr.org Housing Immigrant Children And 911 Tax Hike 'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World http://apr.org/post/most-wanted-man-parable-grounded-real-world Fittingly, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final performances is in a movie about role-playing. The masterly actor mutters and growls his way through <em>A Most Wanted Man</em> as a spy who's simultaneously fighting two losing wars: against the West's enemies as well as his own putative allies.<p>Further deepening the movie's ambiguity, the American actor plays a German in a story whose payoff is pungently anti-American.<p>Although set in Hamburg rather than London, this is familiar turf for John le Carre, whose 2008 novel is the movie's source. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Mark Jenkins 56442 at http://apr.org 'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://apr.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 56438 at http://apr.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Revisiting An 'Endless Summer' http://apr.org/post/revisiting-endless-summer "This is Bruce Brown, thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed my film."<p>That line, sounding a little like a proud eighth-grader closing out a book report he felt was particularly insightful, is the last piece of narration in the landmark 1964 surfing film <em>The Endless Summer </em>(which didn't receive its nationwide theatrical release until 1966). It's a little amateurish, eye-rollingly hokey, and yet irresistibly endearing in its aw-shucks wholesome sincerity. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 editor 56440 at http://apr.org Revisiting An 'Endless Summer' Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas' http://apr.org/post/maturity-and-improvisation-happy-christmas Reckless immaturity in young people is generally diagnosed across generations, most often by parents worried about their supposedly underachieving kids. That makes the premise of Joe Swanberg's <em>Happy Christmas</em> relatively refreshing, even as it covers well-known ground.<p>The film opens with Jeff (Swanberg) and Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) preparing for the arrival of Jeff's sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick), who is moving into their basement after breaking up with her boyfriend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 editor 56441 at http://apr.org Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas' Appeals Court To Hear Siegelman Case In October http://apr.org/post/appeals-court-hear-siegelman-case-october <p></p><p>A federal appeals court won't be hearing former Gov. Don Siegelman's case next week.</p><p>Back in April, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tentatively scheduled Siegelman's case for the week of July 28. But Siegelman attorney Susan James says the case has been reset for the week of Oct. 13.</p><p>A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and other charges. Prosecutors said Scrushy bribed Siegelman for a spot on a state regulatory board with donations to Siegelman's 1999 lottery campaign.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:47:59 +0000 The Associated Press 56422 at http://apr.org Appeals Court To Hear Siegelman Case In October When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? http://apr.org/post/when-it-comes-creativity-are-two-heads-better-one Joshua Wolf Shenk doesn't believe in the myth of the lone genius. "What has one person ever done alone?" he asks NPR's Robert Siegel. "We think of Martin Luther King and Sigmund Freud and Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs as these great solo creators, but in fact, if you look into the details of their life, they are enmeshed in relationships all the way through."<p>Take Steve Jobs: "Jobs created Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak," says Shenk. "Flash-forward to the end of his life, a lot of the great work at the height of Apple was done with this design guru, Jonathan Ive. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 56423 at http://apr.org When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour http://apr.org/post/5-things-i-learned-about-tvs-future-critics-press-tour The voice came from over my shoulder, a shouted greeting in a room crowded with journalists, publicists, network executives, producers and stars.<p>I tuned to see David Boreanaz, star of the Fox TV show <em>Bones</em>, calling out to me like a long-lost friend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 56424 at http://apr.org 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour