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3:08 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Laughs Leaven Tears In 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl'

Greg (Thomas Mann) is jokey, mostly as a substitute for actual social interaction.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:55 pm

A movie about high school students dealing with mortality — haven't we been dipping into that well a lot lately? So the surprise was the laughs when Me and Earl and The Dying Girl became the surprise smash at this year's Sundance Film Festival, taking both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. Here was a film that managed to be at once earnest and flip, capturing teen angst without wallowing in teen drama.

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Monkey See
1:43 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

How 'Silicon Valley' Tells Broad Truths From An Insular World

Zach Woods, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, and Martin Starr.
Frank Masi HBO

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 3:12 pm

HBO's Silicon Valley ends its second season Sunday night with a finale I have seen and will warn you is so tense that I actually skipped forward a little bit at one point. That's how suspenseful I found it. And remember: it's a comedy.

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Remembrances
11:02 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 12:43 pm

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Movie Reviews
11:02 am
Fri June 12, 2015

A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 12:43 pm

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Monkey See
9:21 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Spy' And Other Director-Actor Pairings

Melissa McCarthy gets a star-vehicle movie of her own in Spy.
Larry Horricks/ Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

This week, we're lucky enough to welcome our pal Audie Cornish back to the panel for a discussion of Spy, the latest comedy (after The Heat and Bridesmaids) to team Melissa McCarthy with director Paul Feig. (If you're nostalgic, you can listen to our affectionate review of The Heat here. It's also the episode with a whole segment on The Price Is Right. Happy Friday!)

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Television
4:00 am
Fri June 12, 2015

A Good But Not Great New Season For Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black'

Taylor Schilling, left, with costar Laura Prepon on Netflix's Orange is the New Black.
JOJO WHILDEN Netflix PR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:33 am

The third season of Orange Is the New Black begins with middle-class slacker-turned-prison inmate Piper Chapman in a pretty dark place.

How can we tell? She's having a casual conversation about suicide with the prison's electrician. And when she suggests using pills instead of car exhaust in a garage, the electrician dismisses her for choosing a way out that's way too expensive.

"I didn't realize that my hypothetical suicide had a budget," Piper says, sarcastically. A moment later, she realizes, "this is not a healthy discussion."

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Parallels
3:58 am
Fri June 12, 2015

In The Rolling Hills Of Galway, Spirit Of W.B. Yeats Lives On

Sister Mary de Lourdes Fahy transformed a one-room schoolhouse into the the Kiltartan Gregory Museum dedicated Yeats.
Rich Preston NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:30 am

William Butler Yeats, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, was born in Ireland 150 years ago this week, and across the country, the Irish are celebrating with public readings and festivals.

But his presence has never left rural County Galway, in far western Ireland, where Yeats spent many years, far from the big cities. And in turn, its landscape and spirit infuses so much of his poetry.

So it may not be surprising that a passionate nun in Galway has turned an old one-room schoolhouse on a country road into a small museum to Yeats.

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Television
3:57 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Strange Magic Bubbles Up In New 'Mr Norrell' Adaptation

Eddie Marsan plays the reclusive magician Gilbert Norrell in a new TV adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell.
Matt Squire BBC/JSMN Ltd

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 2:05 pm

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Performing Arts
4:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

'The Flick' Tells The Story Of The Movies, Off The Screen

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 5:39 pm

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

A Poet Can Indeed Be Trouble In 'Set Fire To The Stars'

Elijah Wood in Set Fire To The Stars.
Strand Releasing

"How much trouble can one poet be?" That's literature professor John Malcolm Brinnin's rhetorical response to his buttoned-way-down colleagues' fears about a writer's proposed visit to New York in 1950. Today, the query can't be heard as anything other than an inside joke. For the poet is Dylan Thomas, who was trouble for most of his 39 years.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

In One New York Apartment, Six Brothers See The World Through Film

Krsna Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Bhagavan Angulo, Mukunda Angulo, Narayana Angulo and Govinda Angulo in The Wolfpack.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 3:38 pm

Imagine going out into the world for the first time, armed only with a Quentin Tarantino script as a reference manual. That's the predicament, and the weird joy, of six teenage brothers who spent their childhood cooped up in a cramped apartment in a wild and woolly neighborhood of New York's Lower East Side.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Cinephiles Rule In A High School Movie With Respect For Film History

Olivia Cooke as Rachel and Thomas Mann as Greg in Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.
Anne Marie Fox Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:18 am

Not many teen movies would devote an entire montage to a joke about Errol Morris' Interrotron. But for better and worse, most teen movies aren't Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

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Television
2:25 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Do Critics Of Violence And Sex In HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Miss The Point?

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) on Game of Thrones.
Helen Sloan HBO

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 5:12 am

This is dangerous ground for a critic who has seen every episode of HBO's sword and dragon-fueled fantasy drama Game of Thrones but hasn't read one page of the books by George R.R. Martin which inspired the series.

But as the show winds up its fifth season Sunday, I'm beginning to wonder if some of the folks complaining about the extreme violence and controversial sexual content in recent scenes aren't missing the point a bit.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Ron Moody, Who Delighted Audiences As Fagin In 'Oliver!' Dies

Ron Moody, as Fagin, is seen in a 1968 publicity portrait for the film Oliver!
Columbia/Getty Images

With a scruffy beard and devilish twinkle in his eye, Ron Moody's Fagin is one of the most memorable, musical theater villains of all time. Moody died Thursday at a hospital in London. He was 91.

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Pop Culture
12:03 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

What's A Thamakau? Spelling Bee Is More About Entertainment Than English

Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Ind., focuses intently as he spells a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 12:37 pm

We English-speakers take a perverse pride in the orneriness of our spelling, which is one reason why the spelling bee has been a popular entertainment since the 19th century. It's fun watching schoolchildren getting difficult words right. It can be even more entertaining to watch literate adults getting them wrong.

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