Arts

5:14pm

Fri October 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

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Movie lovers have Netflix, music lovers have Spotify — and book lovers (whether they read literary fiction or best-selling potboilers) now have Scribd. The document sharing website has been around since 2007, but this week it launched a subscription service for e-book lending.

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2:55pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Movie Interviews

Sandra Bullock, Boxed In On The Set Of 'Gravity'

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

Many of the special effects in the action-adventure film Gravity were generated by computers — but star Sandra Bullock also had to put in a good deal of work, with choreographed movements simulating weightlessness.
Warner Bros.

The eye-popping new movie Gravity will make you very grateful you're planted on terra firma. It's a thriller directed by Alfonso Cuaron, in which shuttle astronauts on a spacewalk are stranded after a collision with a vast cloud of space debris.

And one of those astronauts — played by Sandra Bullock — is left on her own, hundreds of miles above Earth. She's running out of oxygen and tumbling untethered through the void of space.

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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.
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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 Thu July 17, 2014 6:19 pm

The original Ironside starred Raymond Burr as a detective who became a paraplegic after being shot in the line of duty.
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11:37am

Fri October 4, 2013
Barbershop

New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

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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

The Fade — a documentary by London filmmaker Andy Mundy-Castle — follows the lives of four barbers on three continents, all at the top of their game. New Jersey barber Johnny Castellanos also known as 'Hollywood' is a barber to the stars. His client list includes rapper and businessman Jay Z and artists and athletes like Pharrell Williams and Amar'e Stoudemire.

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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.
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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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