Arts

1:58pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Movie Reviews

Houston, We Have A Space Flick: A Sentimental Mission In Zero 'Gravity'

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 2:51 pm

In Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone, an astronaut careening through space after an accident.
Warner Bros.

In a season in which we're all talking about AMC's phenomenal Breaking Bad and Netflix's elating Orange Is the New Black, Hollywood needs you, your kids and everyone in Europe and China to get out from behind those TV monitors and into theaters. Movie studios are falling behind on compelling narratives. But they can give you what TV can't: absolute, total bombardment.

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1:30pm

Fri October 4, 2013
The Salt

Meat-Drenched Oktoberfest Warms To Vegans

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:22 pm

Traditional fare at Bavarian Oktoberfest is heavy on meat, but that's changing as restaurants add more vegan and vegetarian options.
Wolfworld Flickr

Oktoberfest, one of the world's largest festivals, is mostly about beer. And to soak up all that froth and alcohol, Bavarians have traditionally reached for meat.

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1:05pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Science

DIY Halloween Hacks

Trying to liven up your ghosts and goblins this Halloween? Windell Oskay, cofounder of Mad Evil Scientist, shares homemade hack ideas for a festive fright fest, from LED jack-o'-lanterns, to 3D printed candy, to spooky specimen jars.

12:49pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Monkey See

Clip Job: 'Five Dances,' One Sweetly Moving Romance

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:10 pm

Ryan Steele in Five Dances
Paladin

Five Dances might be the least talky movie I've seen in months — but it's plenty expressive. What it says, it says silently, or at least nonverbally, in the music-and-movement language of Jonah Bokaer's haunting choreography, which speaks of solitary strivings and the brief, passionate connections that punctuate them.

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12:23pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Code Switch

Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance'

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:43 pm

The original Ironside starred Raymond Burr as a detective who became a paraplegic after being shot in the line of duty.
The Kobal Collection

11:37am

Fri October 4, 2013
Barbershop

New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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11:37am

Fri October 4, 2013
Movies

'The Fade': Four Barbers, Three Continents, One Film

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:35 am

London barber Faisal Abdu'Allah cuts director Andy Mundy-Castle's hair.
Big Bright Films

10:38am

Fri October 4, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Breaking Bad,' Bad Boys, Bad Choices

This guy and his dog are doing all they can to contribute to the world of Grand Theft Auto V.
AP
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First things first: FEAR NOT. This is a non-spoilery Breaking Bad discussion. If you don't believe me, consider that even two of the people in the room haven't seen the whole run of the series, so if there were spoilers, we'd know (and get punched). Instead, we try to put the themes of the series in the context of a bigger discussion about what kinds of protagonists we can and cannot root for, what kinds of television are growing and shrinking, and what kinds of conversations we want to have about the shows we love.

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7:36am

Fri October 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Study Says Reading (Literary) Fiction Can Boost Social Skills

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:33 am

Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction for her book Salvage the Bones.
Tina Fineberg AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
Arts & Life

Parents Of Child Prodigies Face Difficult Choices

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This week on the program, we've been talking to and about prodigies: children with extraordinary abilities far beyond their age. Yesterday, we talked about how hard it is to find the right balance, encouraging these kids without setting expectations too high, something that can hurt them later as adults. This is largely up to their parents, who face some incredibly difficult choices. And today we'll hear from two parents: the mother of a teenage computer wonder and the father of a pint-sized tennis phenom.

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