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5:56 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Nearly 200 Comedians, All Playing The Same City

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 3:31 pm

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Movie Reviews
5:55 am
Fri July 24, 2015

'Southpaw' Throws Some Familiar Punches

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:56 am

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Now let's take a swing at "Southpaw." That's a new boxing film which picks up the themes of every other boxing film according to our critic, Kenneth Turan.

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Strange News
5:55 am
Fri July 24, 2015

A New York Hotel Room For Under $100. Yeah, There's A Catch.

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:56 am

Remember that Chris Farley character from "Saturday Night Live?" The motivational speaker who lived in van down by the river.

Well, visitors to New York can now spend the night in a van down by the East River.

A listing on AirBnB is offering bed space in several vans in Long Island City.... ranging in price from $22 to $99.

The vans lack almost all amenities. One guest commented that "not being able to shower was definitely a negative ... seeing as New York isn't very clean."

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

'Phoenix': An Unconventional Noir About Two Troubled Pasts

Ronald Zehrfeld (Johnny) and Nina Hoss (Nelly) in Christian Petzold's Phoenix.
Christian Schulz/Schramm Film IFC Films

When Christian Petzold makes a thriller, it's nothing like the jokey, disclaiming neo-noirs we see so much of these days. His movies, set in critical periods of German history, are also love letters to the classic film noirs of Hollywood's Golden Age: The Postman Always Rings Twice looms over his 2008 film Jerichow, which features his longtime muse, Nina Hoss, as a woman with a crippling secret who plots murder with an Afghanistan war veteran.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Emotional Maps And 'Paper Towns'

Nat Wolff and Margo Cara Delevingne in Paper Towns.
Michael Tackett Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 2:37 pm

As the current king of teen lit, author John Green is a barometer for what young readers respond to. His 2012 bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, about two teenagers who fall in love in a cancer support group, and its smash hit movie last year helped signal that teens were ready for big-hearted realism in their fiction after so many years of fantasy.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

'Southpaw' Makes A Bruised Bruiser Out Of Jake Gyllenhaal

Rachel McAdams as Maureen Hope and Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield Weinstein Company

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:08 pm

Don't call it a comeback: The grimy boxing melodrama Southpaw is so old-fashioned and unsophisticated it's almost new. Initiated as a remake of 1979's sap-soaked The Champ with Eminem in the lead role, it morphed into yet another opportunity for Jake Gyllenhaal to prove he's a contender. When he finally gets that Oscar he so clearly covets, it'll likely as not be a make-up award for his spooky turn as a sociopathic TV news cameraman in Nightcrawler last year.

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Book Reviews
2:01 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:00 pm

Talk about opening with a bang: at the beginning of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, Among the Ten Thousand Things, an 11-year-old girl named Kay Shanley enters the lobby of her New York City apartment building. We readers have already been clued into the fact that Kay is the kind of awkward, shy, pre-teen other girls ridicule. We just want her to get safely into her family's apartment and back to watching the Harry Potter movies she loves. But, just as the elevator doors are closing, the doorman signals for her to hold up.

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Interviews
2:01 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's Voices?

Women get policed more often for "vocal fry" and "upspeak" than their male counterparts.
Jaqueline Bissett Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:43 pm

Journalist Jessica Grose is no stranger to criticism of her voice. When she was co-hosting the Slate podcast, the DoubleX Gabfest, she would receive emails complaining about her "upspeak" — a tendency to raise her voice at the end of sentences. Once an older man she was interviewing for an article in Businessweek told her that she sounded like his granddaughter.

"That was the first moment I felt [my voice] was hurting my career beyond just irritating a couple listeners," Grose tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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The Salt
11:33 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Donald Trump On A Circus Peanut, And More Food Art With A Political Bite

Trump for everything but wide
Courtesy of Lauren Garfinkel

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:48 pm

A lot of people seem to want to bite Donald Trump's head off these days. For those riled up by the Republican presidential candidate's incendiary comments of late, artist Lauren Garfinkel offers up this food for thought:

Yep, that's the Donald's likeness carved into a circus peanut — those marshmallow candies shaped like the legume. The orange hue, Garfinkel says, reminded her of Trump's signature tan.

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Book Reviews
10:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

'Cure' Hits The Reset Button On Suicidal Minds

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 11:27 am

No monsters. No killer plagues, vampires or nuclear war. No war of any kind, actually. Really, no unkindness. No hunger. No want. No consequences that can't be undone with a kind smile, a little nap and, of course, the needle.

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