Arts

5:24am

Sat June 15, 2013
Author Interviews

Gaiman's New 'Ocean' Is No Kiddie Pool

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 4:40 pm

Neil Gaiman, one of the world's most beloved fantasy authors, has won the Hugo and Bram Stoker awards, and the Newberry Medal — and now he's written his first novel for adults in eight years.

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3:51am

Sat June 15, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin On Getting Mooned

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 11:14 am

AFP AFP/Getty Images

You probably know that Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. But that guy in all the pictures from the first moon landing? That's Buzz Aldrin. So here's a lesson for you all: It doesn't matter if you're the first guy out of the spaceship, just as long as you make the other guy hold the camera.

So sure, Aldrin has been to the moon, but what does he know about mooning? We've invited him to play a game called "Drop your pants and take a bow" — three questions about exposing one's buttocks.

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3:22pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Movie Reviews

It Takes A (Gay) Village In 'Call Me Kuchu'

David Kato, a teacher and LGBT rights activist — as well as the first openly gay man in Uganda — is at the forefront of Call Me Kuchu's story.
Cinedigm

Horrific and uplifting, the excellent documentary Call Me Kuchu is partly framed as a portrait of David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man. An activist of enormous courage and persistence — against odds that make the U.S. fight for marriage equality seem like a cakewalk — Kato was a savvy political strategist, with wit, charm and joie de vivre to burn. And he loved a good party, with his friends in drag where possible. But he was terrified of sleeping alone on his farm.

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1:18pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Sound' Scares In An Homage To '70s Italian Horror

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:25 pm

Toby Jones plays a solitary sound engineer working night shifts in Berberian Sound Studio, a cunningly structured, deftly executed love letter to the gory Italian scarefests called giallos.
IFC

Horror films are filled with the things that nightmares are supposedly made of: monsters, madmen, murder, assorted blood and guts.

But those are really just the props of nightmares — representations of the psychological terrors that really plague us: our fears about mortality, isolation, abandonment and failure. Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio is one horror film that opts to skip the usual frolic among those metaphorical monsters in favor of a deeply unsettling dive into the subconscious.

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11:24am

Fri June 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

Pulitzer Winner's Personal Film About Being Undocumented

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 1:08 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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11:24am

Fri June 14, 2013
BackTalk

Decades Later, Her Fans Prove Buika's Teacher Was Wrong

Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the listener inbox for backtalk. This week, there's a lot of love for Spanish singer Buika.

11:24am

Fri June 14, 2013
Barbershop

Kanye: 'Complete Awesomeness' Or Completely Overrated?

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:01 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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7:44am

Fri June 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: CIA Nominee Catches Grief Over Bookstore Erotica Readings

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

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7:03am

Fri June 14, 2013
Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

Secrets Of The Universe: 5 Great SF And Fantasy Summer Reads

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 3:03 pm

Andrew Bannecker

This summer, you can expect to be profoundly haunted by some of the best works of speculative fiction the season has to offer. The protagonists in these novels are mobbed by the ghosts of history, by the re-awakened dead, and by their recollections of traumas so formative that they transcend personal experience to become species memory. They are also, somewhat humorously, dogged by all the secret truths that have been edited out of Wikipedia entries.

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2:45am

Fri June 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

Zack Snyder, Making Superman Over For Our Era

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 11:04 am

Actor Henry Cavill and director Zack Snyder confer on a shot for an early sequence in Man of Steel. Cavill is the first British actor to wear Superman's iconic red and blue — though not the first to play a D.C. comics superhero.
Clay Enos Warner Bros. Pictures

The quintessential American superhero — the one who forged the genre — returns to the multiplex this weekend: Superman. The latest big-screen iteration, called Man of Steel, explores the birth of the character (played as an adult by British actor Henry Cavill), delving into why he came to Earth, his inner conflicts growing up, and how he resolves them.

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