Arts

5:39am

Sun March 31, 2013
Author Interviews

In A New Memoir, Maya Angelou Recalls How A 'Lady' Became 'Mom'

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 3:40 pm

Maya Angelou and her mother, Vivian Baxter. Although it took years, Angelou and her mother eventually developed a close and loving relationship.
Random House

Maya Angelou has lived a life so expansive and extraordinary that, even after seven autobiographies, she still has more stories to tell. Her latest book, Mom & Me & Mom, explores her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter. When Angelou was young, Baxter sent Angelou and her brother away to be raised by their grandmother; years later, she called them back to live with her again, the start of a sometimes fractious but eventually loving relationship.

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4:58pm

Sat March 30, 2013
Movie Interviews

Why Actor James McAvoy Almost Turned Down 'Trance'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

In director Danny Boyle's upcoming film Trance, James McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer whose gambling problem pushes him into an awkward relationship with a group of criminals.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Scottish actor James McAvoy stars in the new heist thriller Trance. It's the latest film from director Danny Boyle, best known for the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

In Trance, McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer with a gambling problem who ends up mixed in with a gang of criminals.

Although the 33-year-old has been dying to work with Boyle for years, he says he almost didn't take the part.

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4:58pm

Sat March 30, 2013
Author Interviews

'Game Over': Mixing Sports and Politics

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:27 pm

The New Press

The uneasy confluence of sports and politics is featured in a new book by The Nation's Dave Zirin, called Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

During the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, athletes routinely made their political views known. In some cases, that isolated them from sports fans. In other cases, their influence led to real change. But in recent decades, those voices fell silent. Some say the siren's call of endorsement deals made them gun-shy about speaking their minds.

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4:58pm

Sat March 30, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Saoirse Ronan Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

Alicia Silverstone (from left), Brittany Murphy and Stacey Dash in Clueless.
Elliot Marks AP

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.

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10:34am

Sat March 30, 2013
Movies

The 'Trailer Trash' That's Sent Us To The Cinema

Host Scott Simon speaks with Ian Crouch, web producer for The New Yorker, about tropes in movie trailers throughout the years. Crouch's blog post, "Trailer Trash," was published Friday on The New Yorker's Culture Desk blog.

8:16am

Sat March 30, 2013
Arts & Life

A Fossilized Confection Baked For Easter 1807

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 10:34 am

A British couple believes they've come across a hot cross bun that was baked more than 200 years ago. Host Scott Simon explains.

8:16am

Sat March 30, 2013
Theater

New York's Living Theater Drops Its Curtains

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 10:34 am

For nearly 70 years, the Living Theater championed some of the most challenging work in New York Theater. It was the original off-Broadway company. But last month, Jon Kalish reports, co-founder Judith Malina shuttered the space she poured all of her money into and moved into an assisted-living home.

6:11am

Sat March 30, 2013
Author Interviews

'Life After Life,' The Many Deaths And Do-Overs Of Ursula Todd

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 10:34 am

iStockphoto.com

One night in 1910, a little girl is born during a snowstorm in the English countryside. The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck; she turns blue and gasps for life. The doctor can't make it through the snow, and the little girl dies.

That same little girl is born on another version of that night in 1910, but this time the doctor makes it through the storm, delivers the baby and stays for breakfast.

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6:11am

Sat March 30, 2013
Author Interviews

David Sheff On Addiction: Prevention, Treatment And Staying 'Clean'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 3:43 pm

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David Sheff wrote a book in 2008 that became a kind of landmark. Beautiful Boy was a painful, personal story of the battle he tried to fight with and alongside his son, Nic, who was addicted to methamphetamines. The book became an international best-seller and made David Sheff one of the country's most prominent voices on addiction — not as a doctor, an addict or an academic expert, but as a father.

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6:11am

Sat March 30, 2013
Author Interviews

The 'Unsinkable' Debbie Reynolds Looks Back On Life, Love And A Boozy Busby Berkeley

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:29 am

Debbie Reynolds has been in show business for more than 60 years — beginning as an ingenue chirping a novelty tune called "Aba Daba Honeymoon" in one of her first films, a Jane Powell/Ricardo Montalban vehicle called Two Weeks With Love. That was 1950. Today, she's indisputably a grand dame of show business, working with names like Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.

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