Arts & Life

Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

A Man, A Plane, A Rapture: 'Left Behind'

Nicolas Cage stars as airline pilot Ray Steele in Left Behind.
Courtesy of Stoney Lake Entertainment

The world is ending, billions will die, and hell is, literally, coming to Long Island. But the rebooted Left Behind doesn't want to alarm you.

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Book Reviews
3:35 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Two Dead Writers Come Alive In New Collections

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 12:09 pm

This month sees the publication of posthumous collections of short fiction by two 20th century literary giants, the Italian fantasist Italo Calvino, and the American science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Reading these two books is like partaking in one of those fabled banquets of desserts. I seized the opportunity to read as many of the stories as I could in one sitting.

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Monkey See
3:03 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Overworked 'Bad Judge' Still Doesn't Work

Kate Walsh as Rebecca in NBC's Bad Judge.
John Fleenor NBC

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 3:38 pm

The bummer about Bad Judge, a comedy premiering Thursday night on NBC, is that Kate Walsh is funny. There's a particular moment when she decides to sing something she's just said, and just in that brief moment, she's legitimately funny.

But boy, she is stuck in a stinker here, a show that they've substantially revamped from the weak original pilot until it still isn't very good, but now it doesn't even make any sense.

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All Tech Considered
1:39 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Cycling Desk: Work Out And Charge Your Phone During A Trip

The WeBike cycling desk can be found at airports and train stations across in Western Europe.
WeWatt

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 3:35 pm

Amsterdam is famous for its laissez-faire attitude about extracurricular activities, its beautiful canals and of course, its bicycles. Now, even if you only have a layover at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, you can get in some pedaling, and power your phone and other devices at the same time.

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Monkey See
1:13 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

'A To Z': Not A Great Romantic Comedy Yet, But Give It A Letter Or Two

Cristin Milioti as Zelda, Ben Feldman as Andrew in NBC's A to Z.
Jessica Brooks NBC

We've been over this point before: particularly with comedy, it can be hard to tell from a pilot what the show is going to be like. But when you've seen a few, you can sometimes tell the difference between fundamentally misbegotten projects, like the ABC romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and fundamentally functional shows that have kinks to work out, like the NBC romantic comedy A To Z.

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Monkey See
12:00 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Fox's 'Gracepoint': An American Remake Best Viewed With Fresh Eyes

David Tennant, left, and Anna Gunn star in the Fox TV crime drama, Gracepoint.
Ed Araquel Fox TV

Even though some TV critics hate Fox's new crime drama Gracepoint, you just might love it.

And that mostly depends on one thing: Whether you've seen the British TV series it's based on, Broadchurch.

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Book Reviews
9:03 am
Thu October 2, 2014

A Poetic Look At A Medical Pioneer, 'Dr. Mütter's Marvels' Jolts The Heart

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 12:40 pm

In 1859, Philadelphia surgeon Richard J. Levis published a piece in The Medical and Surgical Reporter titled "Memoir of Thomas Dent Mütter." It was a eulogy for his former teacher, a surgical pioneer who had died earlier that year at the tender age of 47. Mütter is also the subject of Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's new book, Dr. Mütter's Marvels; in it, Aptowicz forgives the simplicity of Levis' tribute to Mütter by noting, "[Levis] was not a poet, just a surgeon." Aptowicz, on the other hand, is a poet.

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Arts & Life
8:18 am
Thu October 2, 2014

They're Back! This American Life Returns to APR

Credit thisamericanlife.org

This American Life returns to Alabama Public Radio at 7 PM on Friday, October 3. APR is delighted that this award-winning, one-of-a-kind, hard-to-describe, quintessentially quirky public radio standout is back on the air in its old spot. Hosted and produced by the inimitable Ira Glass, This American Life sets the standard for the best in nonfiction radio programming with stories that provide more than 63 percent of all public radio’s “stay-in-your-seat-until-it’s-finished” driveway moments.

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Code Switch
8:14 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Can NBC's New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character's History?

Actress Alanna Saunders was recently cast as Tiger Lily in NBC's Peter Pan LIVE!
Bloc Academy

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 1:38 pm

Across many stage and screen adaptations of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan over the past century — such as Walt Disney's Peter Pan and Hook — the portrayal of the story's Native American characters has been an ongoing point of contention.

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Newscast
7:45 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Abortion law challenge, Prison overcrowding, Eco Fest

7am Newscast

Thursday October 2, 2014

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Monkey See
7:45 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Adam Sandler Signs Up With Netflix For 4 New Movies

Adam Sandler, seen here at the recent premiere of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children, probably didn't mean it when he said he signed on with Netflix because it rhymes with "wet chicks."
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:02 am

Netflix has thus far found its highest-profile successes in original content by competing with award-ready premium television with Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards.

But there's more to running a network than winning awards, and the reminder of that came this morning with an announcement that Netflix has made a deal to be the exclusive home of four movies to star and be produced by Adam Sandler.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Book News: National Book Foundation Fills Out Its '5 Under 35' List

Phil Klay, who served in Iraq's Anbar province from January 2007 to February 2008, was also longlisted for this year's National Book Award.
Hannah Dunphy Courtesy of Penguin Press

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 6:22 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
6:16 am
Thu October 2, 2014

'Lies' May Be Fiction, But Its Story Rings True

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 1:44 pm

Editor's Note: This book review includes a passage in which a racial slur is used. The word is key to understanding the point the author is making.

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Author Interviews
5:05 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Charles Blow's Memoir Reveals Incidents Of Sexual Abuse And Violence

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:31 am

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Movie Interviews
2:24 am
Thu October 2, 2014

David Fincher Talks 'Gone Girl,' Avoids Spoilers (Hooray!)

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as Nick and Amy Dunne in the new psychological thriller Gone Girl.
Merrick Morton 20th Century Fox

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 8:00 am

You almost can't talk about the movie Gone Girl — or the book it's based on — without massive spoilers. But we're going to try with director David Fincher.

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