Arts

5:53pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Movie Reviews

Washington, Wahlberg Are Bad Boys, And Whatcha Gonna Do?

Bobby and Stig (Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) are two hypermacho hoods who've teamed up to rob a bank — but wait, are they really the bad guys they say they are?
Patti Perret Universal

Hypermacho but tongue-in-cheek, the first 20 minutes of 2 Guns are enormous fun. Tough guys Bobby and Stig (Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) bicker and flirt — with a pretty diner waitress, and with each other — while casing a small-town Texas bank.

Then they set the diner on fire, don masks, and knock over the bank for $43 million, all while taking care to save any cops from getting hurt and even kissing an available baby. The heist, it would seem, has gone according to plan. Yet something's a little off.

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5:03pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Sculptor Struggles, But The Art Is Frustratingly Hollow

Aging sculptor Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) finds new inspiration in the person — if not the personality — of a young Spanish refugee (Aida Folch) in The Artist and the Model.
Cohen Media Group

Writer-director Fernando Trueba certainly isn't earning points for his original premise in The Artist and the Model, which tells the story of an elderly French artist at the end of World War II who suffers from a creative block until the arrival of a young muse fuels a late-career resurgence.

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5:03pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Movie Reviews

Beyond Earth's Gravity, A Space Opera Goes Flat

Daniel Luxembourg (Christian Camargo) is chief scientist on a doomed mission to one of Jupiter's moons in Europa Report, a found-footage whatdunnit with sci-fi-thriller ambitions.
Magnolia

In space, not many people can hear you scream. In fact, traveling in a manned spacecraft is probably a bit like working on a soundproof movie set — which is plainly where Europa Report was shot.

Tricked up with split screens and digital-video glitchery, this low-budget sci-fi saga emphasizes the claustrophobia and monotony of a long journey beyond Earth's gravity. But it also borrows gambits from horror movies, withholding information and eliminating characters one by one.

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4:03pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Found Recipes

Zwetschgendatschi, A Mouthful That Captures The Perfect Plum

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 5:48 pm

Zwetschgendatschi is the Bavarian word for plum cake. The dessert uses Damson plums, which are only in season for a few weeks each year.
Courtesy of Gesine Bullock-Prado

If it's early August, it must be time for Damson plums. Gersine Bullock-Prado — a Vermont-based pastry chef and author of Bake It Like You Mean It — has a special place in her heart for them.

"They're not like your normal plum. They're not round. They're oval and very dark purple, almost black."

When barely ripe, the plums are firm, tart and olive green, Bullock-Prado says. "[They're] just these lovely little orbs of joy."

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2:13pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Monkey See

Coffee Break: The Get Your 'Mary Poppins' Groove On Edition

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* Having seen Cate Blanchett's electric Blanche DuBois, and had a public pretend-squabble with our own Bob Mondello about it, I felt like I was all up in Charles McNulty's head when I read his take on Blue Jasmine. [The Los Angeles Times]

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1:26pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Food

'America's Test Kitchen' On Grilling Peaches, Tofu And Burgers

Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen says the trick to grilling peaches is using fruit that's ripe but firm.
mccun934 via Flickr

When Bridget Lancaster and Jack Bishop talk about preparing food on the public TV series America's Test Kitchen, they're really good at explaining why the recipe works. Bishop is the editorial director of the show, and Lancaster is the lead instructor of its cooking school. They've both contributed to the new America's Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook. They join Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about preparing summer foods, and to answer some cooking questions from the Fresh Air staff.

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1:13pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Alt.Latino

Te Odio, Te Amo: Why Telenovelas Rule Latin Entertainment

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 8:35 am

Cuna de Lobos (Cradle of Wolves) is one of the most iconic telenovelas of all time.
Courtesy of the artist

12:12pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Television

A Drama-Free Show For Black Women?

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we want to tell you about a new TV program that's hoping to bring new relevance to TV talk. The show is called "Exhale," it's on the ASPiRE network. That's a television network created by NBA legend Magic Johnson, to serve primarily African-American viewers. On the show, a panel of accomplished women talk about everything from health and fitness to sex and relationships.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "EXHALE")

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12:12pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Music

Tailor Ozwald Boateng On Songs That Inspire Style

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we'll leave that group of fabulously dressed women and hear from a man who's regularly featured on international best dressed lists, while wearing his own designs. British designer and tailor Ozwald Boateng spoke to us recently about his career in fashion and his passion for all things African. For the occasional feature we call "In Your Ear," we ask guests to tell us about the songs that keep them going. And we couldn't resist the chance to ask Boateng what's on his playlist.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HEY YA!")

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7:41am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: The Smell Of Chocolate Boosts Book Sales, Study Says

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 7:58 am

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

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