Arts

12:35pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Arts & Life

'House Of Lies' Star Don Cheadle On How To Make It In Hollywood

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:15 pm

Don Cheadle is known his roles in Hotel Rwanda, Crash and Ocean's Eleven.
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Don Cheadle may be one of Hollywood's quietest superstars. He was known for having high impact in supporting roles before Hotel Rwanda catapulted him to fame. He earned an Oscar nomination for playing the real-life hotel manager who protected more than a thousand Tutsis from the Hutu militia during the Rwandan civil war. Cheadle appeared in other critical and box office hits like Crash and Flight. He's now earned an Emmy nomination for his role in the TV show House of Lies.

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11:54am

Thu September 19, 2013
NPR Story

Meet Armando, Sesame Street's Newest Neighbor

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 5:15 pm

Ismael Cruz Cordova as Armando, with Muppets Rosita and Elmo.
Gil Vaknin

Sesame Street kicked off its new season this week, and it's putting a special focus on Hispanic heritage. There's also a new character on the block: Armando (also known as Mando). He's played by actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He earned a bachelor's in fine arts from New York University and has appeared in several films and the CBS drama The Good Wife. He's currently performing off-Broadway.

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9:14am

Thu September 19, 2013
Monkey See

Morning Shots: Michel Gondry Does The NFL To A Beat

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 2:15 pm

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I cannot understand how I missed the news that Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones are about to open as Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, but this charming list of past pairings makes me want to watch the play ... a lot. (David Tennant and Catherine Tate!

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7:37am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: National Book Award Fiction Longlist Includes Lahiri, Pynchon

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 10:13 am

The winners of the National Book Awards will be announcedΓ‚ Nov. 20.
NationalBook.org

(This post was updated at 10 a.m.)

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

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7:03am

Thu September 19, 2013
Book Reviews

'Nightmare Range': Crime And (Not Much) Punishment In The DMZ

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 1:51 pm

At the end of the Korean War β€” a long, bloody, and under-memorialized conflict that claimed millions of lives β€” no real treaty was ever signed. Although there was an armistice in 1953, the nations of North and South Korea remain, technically, still at war. The Demilitarized Zone along the 38th parallel is one of the tensest borders on earth, with thousands of men, tanks and artillery pieces pointed at each other over minefields and barbed wire fences, fingers on triggers 24 hours a day.

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7:03am

Thu September 19, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'From Scratch: Inside The Food Network'

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:06 pm

Emeril Lagasse promo image
Jim Cooper AP

Back in 1993, the Food Network was the Little Network that Nobody Really Thought Could. Cable TV was still, if not in its infancy, then enduring a difficult toddlerhood β€” no one knew what cable audiences were interested in, and no one thought a scrappy startup dedicated to food would go anywhere. Twenty years later, the doubters have been proved wrong; the Food Network is a global powerhouse that's made the names and fortunes of stars like Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray.

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7:03am

Thu September 19, 2013
Book Reviews

From Kolbasa To Borscht, 'Soviet Cooking' Tells A Personal History

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 6:52 pm

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For years I have wondered, albeit vaguely, about gefilte fish, a dish that appears in various guises in novels about Jewish families, almost always at points of celebration or domestic tension. Here's how to make it: Skin a whole pike, mince the flesh, mix with vegetables and bread. Sew the minced fish back into the skin and poach for three hours. Garnish with horseradish.

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3:19am

Thu September 19, 2013
Television

Dean Norris, Breaking Out Of That Good-Guy Mold

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:44 am

Breaking Bad, on which Dean Norris played DEA agent Hank Schrader, has two more episodes to go before its series finale.
Ursula Coyote AMC

Actor Dean Norris took to Twitter the other day. "Missed last night's Breaking Bad," he wrote. "Heard it was intense. Filmed several alternate versions. Can't wait to see what they used."

Please note: There's a spoiler farther down this page.

Norris plays β€” played? β€” a drug enforcement agent on the acclaimed AMC series, which wraps for good after just two more episodes. His character's brother-in-law is a chemistry teacher with cancer who, at the series' outset, gets into cooking methamphetamine to pay for his treatment.

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3:18am

Thu September 19, 2013
Art & Design

Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:44 am

Laziz Hamani

When it was time to create a new collection, Christian Dior had a ritual: He went to his garden and sat down among the flowers.

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5:24pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Theater

Daniel Craig Heads Back To Broadway With 'Betrayal'

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:01 pm

Daniel Craig, at right, is probably best known as the current incarnation of James Bond. He's in rehearsal now for a Broadway production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, alongside Rafe Spall and Rachel Weisz β€” who plays his wife, and is that in real life, too.
Brigitte Lacombe

A revival of Harold Pinter's play Betrayal is in rehearsal now in New York. It's the story of an affair, and it unfolds backward in time, from the lovers sharing a post-romantic drink to the passion they first experienced seven years earlier. Along the way, much deception β€” betrayal, even β€” is revealed.

Daniel Craig, who stars as the jilted Robert, tells NPR's Robert Siegel that the show, first performed in 1978, still feels "surprisingly contemporary. ... When you have someone as good as Pinter, it remains timeless. And the themes are timeless. It's just good writing."

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