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5:03 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Culture Clashes Pop Up Over '2 Days In New York'

Mingus (Chris Rock) and Marion (Julie Delpy) live together with their respective kids. Their differences begin to come out, though, when Marion's family visits in 2 Days in New York.
Jojo Whilden Magnolia Pictures

There's so little craziness today in American movies — even American independent movies. Filmmakers are so busy trying to look as if they're not trying too hard that their strained effortlessness is sometimes the only thing that comes through.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Iranian 'Wave' Rises To Euphoria, Crashes In Despair

An Iranian woman mourns in The Green Wave, a documentary that mixes live action and animation to tell the story of the protests that erupted in the country during its 2009 elections.
Dreamer Joint Venture

Late in The Green Wave, a soulful look back at the brief 2009 people's movement for democratic elections in Iran, a former United Nations prosecutor and human rights activist observes that the protest, despite being brutally quelled by the forces of President Ahmadinejad, was "a tidal wave" that would sweep through the Middle East.

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The Torch
5:01 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Ashton Eaton, Of United States, Wins Gold In Decathlon

Ashton Eaton of the United States smiles after competing in the Men's Decathlon Pole Vault in London.
Feng Li Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 4:58 pm

The American Ashton Eaton can call himself the greatest athlete in the world, today.

With 8,869 points, Eaton took the gold medal in the decathlon. His American teammate Trey Hardee took the silver with 8,671 points.

If you're not familiar, the decathlon is the closest the sports world comes to a standardized test in athletic ability. It spans two days and 10 events, including the 100 meter dash, the long jump, the high jump and the shot put.

The final event is the 1,500 meter run. It's a grueling final metric mile. Eaton finished it easily with a time of 4:35.

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Movie Reviews
5:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

'The Campaign': Just How Low Can Politicians Go?

Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Zack Galifianakis) are political rivals in The Campaign, a movie that improves the more it lets the two actors veer toward the outlandish.
Patti Perret Warner Bros.

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 5:49 pm

There's a devil-may-care recklessness to Will Ferrell that sets him apart from other screen comics — a willingness to commit to the moment without fear of embarrassment, even if the comedy goes right off the rails.

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Live Fridays From XPN
4:58 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Ryan Shaw In Concert

Andrew Davis WXPN

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 4:10 pm

Gospel and soul music was integral to Ryan Shaw's upbringing. The Decatur, Ga., native was born into a devout Southern Pentecostal family, and at 5 began singing in church with his four brothers. Secular pop music was not part of Shaw's musical upbringing, but he eventually left for college and ultimately landed a part in the gospel musical A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Part II). That gig opened up many opportunities for Shaw, including a major-label record deal in 2006.

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Ashton Eaton, Of United States, Wins Gold In Decathlon

Ashton Eaton of the United States smiles after competing in the Men's Decathlon Pole Vault in London.
Feng Li Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 5:04 pm

(This post appeared in our Olympics blog, The Torch.)

The American Ashton Eaton can call himself the greatest athlete in the world, today.

With 8,869 points, Eaton took the gold medal in the decathlon. His American teammate Trey Hardee took the silver with 8,671 points.

If you're not familiar, the decathlon is the closest the sports world comes to a standardized test in athletic ability. It spans two days and 10 events, including the 100 meter dash, the long jump, the high jump and the shot put.

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NPR Story
4:44 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Scandalous Bollywood Film Bores Indian Audiences

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:02 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Movie producers in India think they have a different formula for success. For decades, sex and nudity have been taboo in Bollywood films. So, the makers of a new film, a sequel called "Jism 2," made headlines when they cast Sunny Leone in the lead role.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "JISM 2")

SUNNY LEONE: (Foreign language spoken) I'm a Porn Star.

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Favorite Sessions
4:36 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Leif Ove Andsnes: Fatherhood And Freedom At The Piano

Leif Ove Andsnes.
WGBH

Now that pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is in his 40s, he's told himself that it's time to "grow up" and immerse himself in Beethoven. This comes at the same time that he's immersing himself in the life of his daughter Sigrid, now 2.

For Andsnes, seeing the world through Beethoven's eyes is one thing, but seeing it through the eyes of a child is something else altogether.

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The Torch
4:22 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Usain Bolt Cements His Place In History, Winning 200 Meter Gold

Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line ahead of Yohan Blake of Jamaica to win gold during the Men's 200m Final.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:02 am

Usain Bolt cemented his place as one of the greatest sprinters in history, when he won the 200 meter final today.

Bolt was challenged by his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, who closed in with less than 100 meters to go. Bolt kicked on his burners and ended up taking back the lead and beating Blake 19.32 to 19.44 seconds.

The big deal here is that this makes Bolt the first Olympian to win both the 100 meter and 200 meter races two Olympics in a row.

Warren Weir, another Jamaican, took third.

The AP adds:

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JazzSet
3:37 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Gabriel Alegria And Gerald Clayton On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 4:10 pm

The Litchfield Jazz Festival leads off with a weeks-long camp for high-school students and New York's finest musicians on the faculty, then climaxes with a two-day festival. This year it's August 11-12 in Goshen, Conn., but here we have two sets from the 2010 festival, featuring two groups with young leaders.

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