Arts

5:55am

Fri July 24, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Southpaw' Throws Some Familiar Punches

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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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5:21am

Fri July 24, 2015
Strange News

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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5:03pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Movie Reviews

'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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5:03pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Movie Reviews

Emotional Maps And 'Paper Towns'

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

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

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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5:03pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Southpaw' Makes A Bruised Bruiser Out Of Jake Gyllenhaal

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

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

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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4:51pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Goats and Soda

An 80-Year-Old Looks Into The Eyes Of Her Teenage Self

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 8:05 pm

The hand-colored photo, titled "Reclining young lady," is of Stella Osarhiere Gbinigie when she was 16.
Solomon Osagie Alonge Franko Khoury/National Museum of African Art

She dressed up in her mother's lace blouse and wore her jewels. She and her two sisters were going to get her picture taken at a studio in Benin, Nigeria. She struck a pose. The year was 1950 and she was 16 years old.

Flash forward 65 years. Stella Osarhiere Gbinigie is in Washington, D.C., this month. She is now 80. And she comes face-to-face with her youthful portrait, hanging on the walls of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. She had never seen the original hand-colored portrait until just this past Tuesday.

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2:01pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Book Reviews

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

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

lydia Thompson NPR

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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2:01pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Interviews

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

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

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

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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11:33am

Thu July 23, 2015
The Salt

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

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

Trump for everything but wide
Courtesy of Lauren Garfinkel

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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10:03am

Thu July 23, 2015
Book Reviews

'Cure' Hits The Reset Button On Suicidal Minds

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

Lydia Thompson NPR

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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