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The Two-Way
3:55 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

ABC Brings Muppets Back To Prime Time As News Emerges About Fall Shows

Kermit the Frog speaks to Gonzo the Great in a scene from ABC's The Muppets.
Eric McCandless ABC

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 6:21 pm

The long wait for Muppets fans is over: ABC is bringing back the beloved puppets in a prime-time TV series this fall for the first time in nearly 20 years.

News of the new show, called The Muppets, dropped this week as TV networks begin calling producers, stars and studio executives in advance of next week's "upfronts" — the annual ritual where broadcasters roll out their fall schedules for advertisers to score advance sales.

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Monkey See
2:21 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

'Grace And Frankie' Looks At Life Unexpectedly Alone

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
Melissa Moseley Netflix

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 9:48 am

The opening credits of the new Netflix comedy (maybe comedy-drama) Grace And Frankie lay out the show's high concept using the song "Stuck In The Middle With You" and a set of wedding cake toppers. You see two couples, then two couples with kids, then the husbands kissing, then the abandoned women falling through the broken cake.

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Movie Reviews
1:56 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

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Interviews
1:56 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

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We're remembering British mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who died last Saturday in London at the age of 85. Rendell was interviewed twice by Terry Gross, first in 1989. Terry asked her to describe her best-known character, Reg Wexford.

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Books
1:56 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

Ruth Rendell wrote more than 60 books, some under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.
Max Nash AP

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 4:23 pm

When the news of Ruth Rendell's death broke last weekend, I searched for some of her novels on my mystery bookshelves. Rendell, 85, wrote more than 60 novels, so I should've been able to find a few, but no dice. I'm forever giving Rendell's novels away to people who need a good book.

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All Tech Considered
4:41 am
Fri May 8, 2015

The Unlikely Stars Of Americans' Favorite Video Games

Ellen McLain (standing fourth from left) and John Lowrie (standing in center) are unlikely celebrities in gaming culture. But they are the voices behind some of the video game world's most popular characters.
Courtesy of John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 11:14 am

Ellen McLain had a long career as an opera singer. But now her voice is most famous for something entirely different: video games. McLain is the voice of GLaDOS, the passive-aggressive computer in the games Portal and Portal 2.

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The Salt
7:19 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner

A recent Death over Dinner party in San Francisco. From left: Tim Ferriss, Laura Deming, Luke Nosek, Eric Weinstein, Mason Hartman, and Max Hodak.
Lesley McClurg/Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 3:50 pm

On a recent evening in San Francisco, five guests gather at the home of Eric Weinstein and his wife, Pia Malaney, for a tasty dinner of seared salmon and a deep discussion of a topic that many people might find unpalatable: death.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

'The D Train' Rumbles On With Another Hunk/Schlub Comedy

Henry Zebrowski (Craig), James Marsden (Oliver Lawless), and Jack Black (Dan Landsman) in Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel's The D Train.
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle IFC

"Inappropriate," today's foremost throat-clearing adjective, is the appropriate response to The D Train. This squirm-till-you-snicker comedy is about two immature males confronted with sexual possibilities they can't handle. One of the guys is 14; the other is his father.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

'Saint Laurent,' A Radical Man Of Fashion

Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent.
Carole Bethuel Mandarin Cinema-EuropaCorp-Orange Studio-Arte France Cinema-Scope Pictures, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:06 pm

Early on in Bertrand Bonello's extravagantly imagined portrait of designer Yves Saint Laurent, strict orders come down from the Great One to the stressed-out sewing room, or whatever they call it in that etherized milieu. The tone is hushed but the message is clear: the stitching's all wrong; it must be put right; it must be put right now. In every other respect, Bonello's film has nothing — believe me, nothing — in common with The Devil Wears Prada.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Serious About Fatherhood And Zombies

Abigail Breslin and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Maggie.
Tracy Bennett Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:18 pm

No parent should have to watch his child grow up to be a flesh-eating zombie. But if any dad ever had the stuff for the task, it's Arnold Schwarzenegger. In Maggie, the action-movie heavyweight and former governor of California plays Wade, a plaid-shirted farmer from Middle America facing a viral plague that's infected his teenage daughter along with a good chunk of the country's population.

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