Arts

5:02pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Rome Portrait, And What A 'Great Beauty'!

In The Great Beauty, aging journalist and cynic Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) is forced to look back on his own lavish life after a former love dies.
Gianni Fiorito Janus Films

The ghost of Federico Fellini hovers wickedly over The Great Beauty, a fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque.

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5:02pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Reviews

Alexander Sokurov, Seeking New Shadows In A Dark Classic

The man who makes the deal with the devil, played by Johannes Zeiler, is back onscreen in a new interpretation of the Faust story from director Alexander Sokurov.
Leisure Time Features

Siberia-born director Alexander Sokurov is best known in the West for 2002's Russian Ark, a cinematic waltz through the Hermitage Museum that also functions as a primer on Russian history. The filmmaker is an idiosyncratic historian, though, as he demonstrates yet again with a version of Faust that completes his "tetralogy of power."

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2:17pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

Actor Bruce Dern Gets Up Close And Personal In 'Nebraska'

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 4:08 pm

Bruce Dern has been acting for more than 50 years. In Nebraska, he plays a man on a mission to collect $1 million.
Merie W. Wallace Paramount Pictures

After spending much of his career in supporting roles, actor Bruce Dern is finally getting some recognition: He won the best actor award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the new film Nebraska.

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12:21pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

Terrence Howard And Sanaa Lathan Dish On 'The Best Man Holiday'

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 10:25 am

Terrence Howard, Nia Long and Eddie Cibrian in The Best Man Holiday.
Michael Gibson AP/Universal Pictures

It's been nearly 15 years since movie lovers followed the romances and rivalries of college friends in The Best Man. There's Harper, the aspiring writer and "best man" of football star and husband-to-be Lance; Mia the bride-to-be of Lance; Robyn the girlfriend of Harper; Jordan the ambitious media maven; and Quentin the playboy.

Director Malcolm D. Lee's The Best Man became one of the top-grossing black movies of all time, and now the ensemble cast returns in The Best Man Holliday. The film opens in theaters Friday.

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10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

What Month Is It Anyway?

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. But you'll need more than a mnemonic rhyme to ace this quiz led by house musician Jonathan Coulton, in which all of the answers are one of the 12 calendar months. For example, the name of the month that comes from the Latin word for "ten" is December.

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10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

We Hates Bagginses

Gollum, the slimy creature from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, seems to have a lot of grammar problems. He also seems to hate a lot of things--especially irregular plurals. In this game, led by host Ophira Eisenberg, all of the answers are nouns whose singular and plural forms are the same. Contestants must answer by channeling the voice of Gollum.

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10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

Waterlogged

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 1:40 pm

You're going to need a bigger boat for this final round led by puzzle guru John Chaneski. Every answer is a word, phrase or proper noun that contains the name of a body of water or waterway. For example, the actress that starred in the John Waters movie Hairspray, before becoming a TV talk show host, is Ricki Lake.

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10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

Knock On Woody

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 12:58 pm

Actor Justin Long takes his turn in the puzzle hot seat for a game about the director Woody Allen.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Actor Justin Long told us he admires the work of Woody Allen, but we wanted to see just how much he knows about the man born Allen Stewart Konigsberg. In this Ask Me Another Challenge, host Ophira Eisenberg quizzes Long on all things Woody, from the films he's directed to the instrument he plays. (Hint: It's a woodwind.)

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10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

The Disney Wrongbook

The song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," from The Lion King may be about Simba and Nala's feelings for each other. But when house musician Jonathan Coulton gets his hands on it, he just might turn it into a tribute to The Price is Right. In this game, Coulton performs renditions of Disney tunes with the lyrics rewritten to be about very non-Disney things.

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10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

Common Denominators

What do Wiffle balls, bad alibis, donuts and bagels have in common? If you said they are things with holes in them, then you'll enjoy playing this game, in which house musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to name the common denominator in a list of four words.

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