Arts

1:49pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

A spry 52 when the film was shot, Tom Cruise — still his own stuntman — careens a motorcycle, sans helmet, around a winding Moroccan highway at suicide-miles-per-hour.
Bo Bridges Paramount Pictures

The most mercilessly thrilling action sequence of 2015 is still the entirety of Mad Max: Fury Road. But a credible challenger has at last arrived in the perilously punctuated Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, a super-fun sequel that spends its best 15 minutes at the Vienna State Opera.

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1:21pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Movie Reviews

New Griswolds Take New Dysfunctions On A 'Vacation'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 2:08 pm

Skyler Gisondo (from left), Steele Stebbins, Christina Applegate and Ed Helms star as the next generation of Griswolds in Vacation.
Hopper Stone Warner Brothers Pictures

Those keeping up with the National Cinematic Lampooniverse (NCL) will be interested to know that Vacation isn't a remake of the three-plus-decade-old Chevy Chase comedy, but a continuation of the series. It takes place in a world where the events of Vacation, European Vacation and Christmas Vacation have happened and everyone has gotten older, if not wiser. Now Rusty Griswold, the grown son of Chase's Clark Griswold, wants to follow in his father's footsteps and drag his own family on a cross-country misadventure.

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1:15pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 1968, The 'Best Of Enemies' Faced Off In A Brutal, Televised Feud

In 1968, ABC paired two pundits from opposite ends of the political spectrum — William F. Buckley Jr. (left) and Gore Vidal — for a cut-throat intellectual faceoff. The documentary Best of Enemies explores this media milestone.
ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Late in a series of bruising televised debates on ABC tied to the momentous Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968, Gore Vidal beamed one of his supercilious side-eyes at William F. Buckley Jr. and called him a "crypto-fascist." Buckley bared his teeth, branded Vidal a "queer" and threatened to rearrange his face.

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12:26pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Movie Reviews

'The End Of The Tour' Is A Film For David Foster Wallace Buffs

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 1:44 pm

Jesse Eisenberg (left) plays journalist David Lipsky and Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour.
A24 Films

Some David Foster Wallace fans recoiled when they heard that sitcom veteran Jason Segel had been cast to play the Infinite Jest author in a movie. But Segel stretches impressively beyond expectations in The End of the Tour, an intriguing if not altogether convincing film. The actor is not just hulking physique and long hair wrapped in an unflattering bandana.

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9:36am

Fri July 31, 2015
TED Radio Hour

What Does It Mean To Be A "Cancer Survivor"?

After Debra Jarvis went through cancer treatment, she didn't want to be labeled only as a cancer survivor.
Robert Benson Robert Benson/TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Debra Jarvis' TED Talk

Debra Jarvis had breast cancer, but it doesn't define her, she says. Jarvis explains how clinging to the identity of "survivor" sometimes stifles personal growth.

About Debra Jarvis

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Movies

'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 1:20 pm

Jason Segel plays writer David Foster Wallace in the new film The End of the Tour.
A24 Films

The late David Foster Wallace still casts a long shadow over the literary world almost seven years after his suicide at age 46. Wallace is the subject of a new movie, The End of the Tour, which opens Thursday in New York and Los Angeles. The film depicts Wallace at a big moment in his career: It's 1996, he's just turned 34, and he's on a publicity tour for his breakthrough novel, Infinite Jest.

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
StoryCorps

Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:23 pm

Newspaper clippings of young Donnie Dunagan from the early '40s.
Courtesy of Donnie and Dana Dunagan.

Donnie Dunagan is a hard-nosed Marine, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served for a quarter-century. First drafted in the '50s and subsequently promoted 13 times in 21 years — a Corps record at the time, he recalls — Dunagan found the Marines a perfect fit. That is, so long as he could keep a secret.

A dark reminder of the past Dunagan left behind still lurked unspoken: He was Bambi.

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6:26pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was denied a six-month visa to the U.K.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says he was denied a six-month visa to the U.K. because British officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction on his application.

Ai applied for the six-month business visa, but was instead restricted to a 20-day travel visa from Sept. 9-29.

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4:31pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Listen To Me Marlon' Explores Brando's Life In His Own Words

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:24 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Two words - Marlon Brando.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE")

MARLON BRANDO: (As Stanley Kowalski) Hey, Stella.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "ON THE WATERFRONT")

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3:29pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Movie Reviews

'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:20 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

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