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Rachel Bloom Upends Romantic Comedy Tropes On 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:41:00 -0500

Bloom talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about the CW musical comedy series, now in its second season, that she co-created and stars in. Bloom plays a woman who follows an ex across the country.



Rest Your Greatness: 6 Key Moments With DJ Khaled

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:15:00 -0500

NPR's David Greene recently spoke with producer-musician-Snapchatter DJ Khaled about his Jet Ski adventure, his love of pillows, and all the things "they" don't want you to know.



After 146 Years, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus To Shut Down

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:04:00 -0500

After struggling to remain relevant amid public concern for animal welfare, combined with high operation costs, "The Greatest Show On Earth" will come to an end in May, the company announced Saturday.



William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist,' Dies At 89

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:20:00 -0500

The novelist died from cancer on Thursday. Blatty was best known for writing the best-selling 1971 horror fiction about a 12-year-old girl, possessed by the devil, before the 1973 film became a hit.



Sky Arts Pulls Michael Jackson Episode of 'Urban Myths" Featuring Joseph Fiennes

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:30:57 -0500

An episode of the Sky Arts show Urban Myths, featuring Joseph Fiennes playing the role of Michael Jackson, will no longer be broadcast.



'Series Of Unfortunate Events' On Netflix Will Charm And Delight

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0500

Daniel Handler has adapted his popular children's book series for Netflix. Critic David Bianculli says A Series Of Unfortunate Events is "one of the best new TV shows in a long time."



The Ethics Of Judges' Table: A 'Top Chef' Quandary

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:58:00 -0500

Ethics show up in the strangest places. Thursday night, Top Chef took a trip into a very gray area of competition.



'Urban Myths' Episode With Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Gets Yanked

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:14:00 -0500

The half-hour comedy had drawn criticism for months. But it was complaints from Jackson's family that finally led Sky TV to ax it.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hidden Figures' And 'One Day At A Time'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:00:09 -0500

This week, the women of NASA and the women of a Netflix reboot both get lots of attention, and we close the show with what's making us happy this week.



Ring In 'Lemony Snicket' On Netflix With A Series Of Unfortunate Recipes

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:30:00 -0500

In the children's books, food is practically a supporting character. So why not welcome the poor Baudelaire orphans with a delightfully miserable repast while binge-watching the new show?



Why It's Literally Not Wrong To Say 'Literally'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Young people have always used language in new ways, and it has always driven older people crazy. But the linguist John McWhorter says all the LOLs are part of an inevitable evolution of language.



Clothes Don't Make A First Lady, But They Can Make A Statement

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:33:00 -0500

Michelle Obama is known for wearing affordable clothing, while Melania Trump is often seen in luxury brands. One critic describes Trump's look as polished and glamorous, but not very personal.



Small Batch Edition: The Golden Globes

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:39:45 -0500

In this brief edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk about speeches, awards, Donald Glover's suit, Jimmy Fallon's monologue, and lots more.



'La La Land' Dominates Golden Globe Awards

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:29:00 -0500

La La Land captured seven awards, including best motion picture, comedy or musical. The night's final award went to Barry Jenkins' tender coming of age drama Moonlight.



Actress Sigourney Weaver Talks About Redefining The Leading Lady Role

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:00:26 -0500

Weaver talks about her new film, A Monster Calls, which tells the story of an adolescent boy who seeks solace in his imagination from the sadness and anger of losing his mother to a terminal illness.