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As Saudi Arabia's Cinema Ban Ends, Filmmakers Eye New Opportunities

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:00:24 -0400

Allowing cinemas is part of a modernization drive by the Saudi government, which hopes to create more business opportunities and become a regional film hub. But it's a tough place to be a filmmaker.

How To Watch 'Westworld' Even If You've Never Seen An Episode

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:20:00 -0400

It's impossible to watch all the good TV out there. But that's no reason to shy away from the conversation around the buzziest small-screen delights. David Chen and Joanna Robinson host the podcast Decoding Westworld, and join NPR's Ailsa Chang to talk about HBO's Westworld.

The 'Scandal' Finale: Last Shocks, Loose Ends And Lots Of Lust

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:24 -0400

After seven seasons, Shonda Rhimes' roller-coaster of a drama screeches to a final halt as Olivia and the team try to get out of one last scrape and Olivia tries to make it to Vermont.

How 'Scandal' Changed TV

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

The ABC show Scandal is ending its seventh and final season. The political thriller is the first Shonda Rhimes show to end on its own accord. We look back at the ground it broke.

Man Of Steel, Belted: 'Action Comics #1000' And The Return Of A Super-Accessory

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:29 -0400

This week, Action Comics becomes the first American comic book to reach #1000, though that numbering comes with an asterisk. More important: the return of Superman's red trunks — and yellow belt.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cultural Dichotomies

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:00:29 -0400

We return to a conversation we had in 2014 about cultural dichotomies, from Beatles/Stones to Trek/Wars to creamy/crunchy.

How Funny Is The New Africa Correspondent For Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show'?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:26:00 -0400

Comedian Loyiso Madinga delivers politics with a punchline in his segments for the Africa version of the Comedy Central program.

'Thirst Trap' Enters The Lexicon

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:16:00 -0400

The phrase "thirst trap" has entered common usage. It can mean anything from a desire for attention on social media to a digital heartthrob.

Here's What You Need To Know About Infinity Stones Before The New Avengers Movie

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

They're the major MacGuffins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but there's a lot of them, and you need a scorecard to keep track of which does what. We're here for you.

Saudi Arabia's First Arab Fashion Week Kicks Off, Beyond Fashionably Late

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:51:34 -0400

The fashion show, which only women are invited to view, is the newest entertainment opportunity to emerge in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Invisibilia: Punks Policing Their Own

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:17:56 -0400

When someone in your community transgresses, do you banish them? Purge them in an attempt to make the community safer for everyone?

NECCO-Mania: Fans Stock Up On Chalky Wafers In Case Candy Company Folds

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:36:00 -0400

Rumors of the impending demise of NECCO have sparked a renewed interest in the company's products — especially its famous, eponymous, chalky wafers that some people love to hate.

Don't Mess With The Sweet Potato Pie: A Museum Wrestles With 'Authentic' Black Menu

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0400

When the National Museum Of African American History and Culture's cafe tweaked traditional Southern black dishes, some customers weren't having it. It just shows how tricky "authentic" food can be.

Rock Stars' Handwriting Has Been Turned Into Fonts

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:02:00 -0400

Songwriters Fonts lets you channel rock stars of the past by downloading a program that lets you write in their script. Besides Kurt Cobain, there's also the David Bowie or Leonard Cohen fonts.

Hayley Atwell Shines In A New Adaptation Of 'Howards End'

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

An adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel relies on a clever central performance from Hayley Atwell, who decodes a sometimes puzzling central character.