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In 'You're The Worst,' Even The Most Flawed Characters Find Love

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:57:00 -0400

Producer Stephen Falk and actress Aya Cash discuss their FXX series about two self-centered people who fall in love. The characters are "stand-ins for the dark parts of all of us," Falk says.

Old West Gunslinging Meets Futuristic Androids In HBO's 'Westworld'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:12:42 -0400

HBO's latest series is a high-tech theme park, whose visitors get to live out their wildest dreams of being in the Old West. Critic John Powers calls Westworld an "unexpectedly resonant show."

Hip-Hop And Superheroes Inspire 'Luke Cage' Showrunner Cheo Coker

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:35:00 -0400

Cheo Coker was a well-respected journalist chronicling hip-hop and pop before he moved to film and TV. His latest gig is as showrunner on Marvel's highly anticipated black superhero series, Luke Cage.

Agnes Nixon, 'Queen Of Modern Daytime Drama,' Dies At 93

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:43:00 -0400

Soap opera pioneer Agnes Nixon created All My Children and One Life to Live. She was known for exploring challenging and taboo social issues through daytime television.

Pop Quiz, Hotshot: Herschell Gordon Lewis Film Or Children's Book?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:28 -0400

The movie titles of the late splatter-film director are evocative ... and wonderfully terrible. Can you tell them apart from the titles of some less-than-classic kids' books?

Kevin Hart And Amy Schumer: The New King And Queen Of Comedy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:38:00 -0400

For the first time in a decade, someone other than Jerry Seinfeld tops Forbes' ranking of the highest-paid comedians.

How Arnold Palmer Hit A Hole-In-One With His Signature Drink

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:40:00 -0400

As we mourn the golf great, we acknowledge another contribution he made to our culture: the tasty and refreshing iced tea and lemonade beverage that carries his name.

Who Hollywood Turns To When Untying The Knot

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:26 -0400

When it's time to divorce, Hollywood celebs (like a certain Brad and Angelina) turn to the queen of breakup litigation, Laura Wasser. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Vanity Fair's Julie Miller.

Father-Son's Carpool Karaoke Of 'Quando, Quando, Quando' Leads To Record Deal

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:00 -0400

Ted McDermott struggles with Alzheimer's, but loves to sing. His son Simon recorded the two of them singing a Carpool Karaoke. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Simon.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, Comedy And Your Spooky Grandpa

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400

An assortment of odds and ends, including an Emmys recap, David Greene's interview with comedian Hari Kondabolu, and Petra Mayer's discussion with English writer Alan Moore.

'Transparent' Actor Jeffrey Tambor Says He Found His Dream Role In Maura

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:45:00 -0400

Tambor plays a transgender woman in Amazon show. "It's a perfect role," he says. "... I thought I was gonna do Lear, but I'm gonna do Maura." Transparent's third season comes out on Friday.

'Narcos' Producer On The Drug War, Colombia And Escobar's Son's Grievances

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:43:55 -0400

Before making Narcos, Eric Newman spent years researching Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could."

At White House, A Golden Moment For America's Great Artists And Patrons

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:22:00 -0400

Two dozen luminaries — from Terry Gross to Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman to Louise Glück — got laurels Thursday, as President Obama awarded the National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals.

Kiefer Sutherland Takes Over The Oval Office As The 'Designated Survivor'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:21:00 -0400

Sutherland plays a Cabinet member who becomes president after an explosion takes out the U.S. Capitol — and everyone above him in the pecking order. Critic John Powers has a review.

A Comics Convention For The Unconventional: The Small Press Expo

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:40:00 -0400

Every year the Small Press Expo (SPX) brings creators of independent comics together with passionate fans. Many of those fans make comics themselves and say they're inspired by SPX's "funkier" feel.