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Reading The Game: 'Red Dead Redemption'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:00:25 -0500

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with the epic Western Red Dead Redemption. It's the tale of a reformed gunslinger tasked with hunting down the members of his old gang.

On 'SNL,' Aziz Ansari Aims To Quell Some American Angst That Shirtless Putin Can't

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:57:00 -0500

In the first episode since Trump became the 45th president, host Aziz Ansari took on a serious and diplomatic tone, while the cast honored President Obama in a send-off tribute.

'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Is All About Olaf

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:40:00 -0500

Unlike the 2004 Jim Carrey film, the Netflix series nails the darkly whimsical tone of the children's books on which it's based; Neil Patrick Harris is a big reason for that.

In Honor Of The New 'Beaches,' Watch The Old 'Beaches'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:00:25 -0500

Lifetime remakes a tearjerking classic, but while the leads are promising and the effort is genuine, you're better off just sticking with the original.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Young Pope' And 'Hell Or High Water'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:47:00 -0500

On this week's show, HBO explores the Vatican, and two brothers get in a lot of trouble in one of 2016's best-reviewed films.

Hollywood Grapples With TV In The Age Of Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:27:00 -0500

As Donald Trump's inauguration approaches, Hollywood faces the question of how this polarizing president might affect its work — and how to tell politically charged stories for a divided audience.

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.