Arts

11:11am

Thu January 22, 2015
Ask Me Another

Buffer The Consequences

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:51 am

It's going down at Ask Me Another! Don't crumble or stumble under the pressure, because in this game contestants have to think of words that end in "-umble." So let's get ready to...

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11:11am

Thu January 22, 2015
Ask Me Another

The Hills Are Alive

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:51 am

Every correct answer contains the letters H-I-L-L. What phrase metaphorically refers to a fatal weak spot? If you slay this round, then perhaps you don't have one of these when it comes to trivia.

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11:11am

Thu January 22, 2015
Ask Me Another

The Actor Factor

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:51 am

Stars sell movies. Be honest: would you rather watch Snakes on a Plane or "Snakes on a John Wayne"? In this game, contestants replace words in movie titles with rhyming celebrity names.

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11:11am

Thu January 22, 2015
Ask Me Another

State Of Mind

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:51 am

Get on that midnight train to...North Korea?? Guess what US state actually completes these lyrics as Jonathan Coulton sings famous songs with the wrong geographic regions in their titles.

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11:11am

Thu January 22, 2015
Ask Me Another

Sports, Explicated

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:51 am

Grab your oversized porous foam digit, because in this game, contestants must decipher the names of college sports teams from an overly literal explanation. Go athlete! Do the sport!

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7:03am

Thu January 22, 2015
Book Reviews

The Vastness Of Violent Loss In 'See How Small'

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 1:57 pm

Author Scott Blackwood based See How Small on a real incident, a multiple murder at an Austin, Texas, frozen yogurt shop in 1991.
Brian Cox

On a chilly autumn night in Austin, Texas, three teenage girls are finishing up their shift at an ice cream shop. Two men walk in, and when they leave, the store is on fire, the three girls still in there, naked, bound with their own underwear, murdered. The slayings and the arson take just minutes, but the families and friends of the girls take years to get over it — or to try to get over it; of course, they never do.

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2:16pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Parallels

Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:00 pm

Written during the Soviet era, Mikhail Bulgakov's classic novel, The Master and Margarita, continues to resonate in today's Russia.
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In times of turmoil, Russians turn to their great writers for inspiration.

One of those writers is Mikhail Bulgakov, who died 75 years ago. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin liked some of Bulgakov's work, but he considered most of it too dangerous to publish. A museum in Moscow shows that the work is just as relevant as ever.

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1:57pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Monkey See

'Parks And Recreation' Shows The Beating Heart Of Its Great Love Story

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 8:56 am

Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler play the platonic friends at the very beating heart of Parks And Recreation.
Ben Cohen NBC

The wedding of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) was one of Parks and Recreation's greatest moments. So was the wedding of April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt). But Tuesday night, Parks spent the second half of its hourlong double episode on its greatest love story: the friendship of Leslie and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).

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12:13pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:27 pm

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12:13pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Movie Interviews

Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 8:58 am

The Imitation Game, starring Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch, follows the story of mathematician Alan Turing — from his efforts to break Germany's Enigma code during World War II to his conviction for homosexuality.
Jack English Courtesy of Black Bear Films

It's been a good year for Benedict Cumberbatch. The English actor has earned an Oscar nomination for his starring role in the film The Imitation Game, and he's won critical acclaim — and a big following — for his performance on TV's Sherlock.

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