Arts

4:52pm

Sat May 4, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Paula Patton Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:24 pm

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Adam McKay's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
The Kobal Collection

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen a Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

The movie that actress Paula Patton, whose credits include the films Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jumping the Broom and Disconnect (currently in theaters) could watch a million times is the comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

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12:07pm

Sat May 4, 2013
Sports

A 'Decadent And Depraved' Derby With Hunter S. Thompson

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:27 pm

When illustrator Ralph Steadman accepted an assignment with writer Hunter S. Thompson at the Kentucky Derby, he never imagined the weekend that would ensue. Here, Steadman depicts the race's winner, a colt named Dust Commander.
Ralph Steadman

In the spring of 1970, a British illustrator named Ralph Steadman had just moved to America, hoping to find some work. His first call came from a small literary journal called Scanlan's. It was looking for a cartoonist to send to the Kentucky Derby. Steadman had heard of neither the race nor the writer he was to accompany, a fellow named Hunter S. Thompson.

Steadman hadn't read any of Thompson's work, and he certainly didn't know that the writer had a bit of a drinking tendency, but he agreed to go.

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7:03am

Sat May 4, 2013
Author Interviews

A Look Inside The Garage: A Q&A With Marc Maron

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 4:23 pm

With his newest book, Attempting Normal, released on April 30, and a TV show, Maron, that premiered on IFC on May 3, comedian Marc Maron is having a busy spring. Maron considers himself primarily a stand-up comic, but he's also an actor, author and host of the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. The podcast has a simple premise: Maron interviews another comic. But the resulting product is complex and compelling.

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5:51am

Sat May 4, 2013
Movie Interviews

'The Great Gatsby': Retold Again, With A Distinct Treatment

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 11:53 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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5:51am

Sat May 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

Please Don't Delete This Interview About Spam

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 11:53 am

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5:51am

Sat May 4, 2013
Author Interviews

'Fat' Dad Jim Gaffigan On Kids, Comedy And Apartment Living

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 11:53 am

Jim Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian.
Nigel Parry Crown Archetype

Jim Gaffigan is outnumbered. The comedian and actor lives with his wife, Jeannie Noth Gaffigan, and five children — that's not a typo — in a two-bedroom apartment in lower Manhattan.

It's a neighborhood that quite proudly abounds with hipsters, swingers, adults-only shops, men in high heels, and people who mutter to themselves on the street. But nothing may attract more surprise in the neighborhood than a Midwestern couple and their five children.

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3:53am

Sat May 4, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Steve Martin Takes A Quiz About Boring People

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 11:56 am

Jason Merritt Getty Images

Steve Martin is a comedian, a playwright, an author, an art collector, an actor, a Grammy-winning banjo player, a composer and, as we all know, a "wild and crazy guy."

So we've decided to ask him three questions about the most mundane and dull guys we could find: the speakers at London's Boring Conference, which we read about in the Wall Street Journal.

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2:03am

Sat May 4, 2013
Author Interviews

Burt Bacharach: 'Never Be Afraid Of Something That You Can Whistle'

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 10:25 am

Burt Bacharach has just released a memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart.
Olaf Heine HarperCollins

Burt Bacharach has written huge hit songs, each recognizable after just a couple of notes: "Alfie," "What the World Needs Now," "That's What Friends Are For" — the list goes on. He's written 73 Top 40 hits, along with musical comedies and other collaborations. He's won Oscars and the Gershwin Prize. His songs are often poised on the edge between poignancy and joy, or sometimes the reverse.

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12:13am

Sat May 4, 2013
Three-Minute Fiction

Three-Minute Fiction Round 11: Finders Keepers

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 6:30 am

Karen Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia! was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012. Her most recent work is a collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
Michael Lionstar

Round 11 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest begins now!

Here's how it works: We ask you to write an original short story that can be read in about three minutes, so no more than 600 words. Each round, we invite an author to throw out a challenge and help us judge the contest.

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5:33pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Movie Interviews

Riz Ahmed: Shifting Across Identities And Roles

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:32 pm

In the new film The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the Pakistani-British actor Riz Ahmed plays Changez, a self-described "lover of America" who moves back to Pakistan to educate activists.
IFC Films

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the story of one man's struggle with identity and loyalty after 9/11.

The film's title character, Changez, is an ambitious twenty-something who seems to have it all: A Princeton degree, a Wall Street career and a beautiful girlfriend (played by Kate Hudson). But after 9/11, Changez becomes conflicted about where he belongs.

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