Arts

11:55am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Does The Hallmark Channel Have Basic Cable's Most Efficiently Defined Brand?

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:50 pm

Kellie Martin and Ethan Erickson in I Married Who?
Alexx Henry Hallmark Channel

10:58am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Nature Of Suspense And Our Love Of Cover Songs

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:53 pm

NPR
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This week, we're visited by the marvelous Barrie Hardymon for a show about the nature of suspense — brought on by Stephen's and my enthusiasm for the new Ben Affleck film Argo -- and about cover songs. We play a lot of music, including covers we love and the raw materials to put together covers that don't exist except in our dreams.

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10:51am

Fri October 19, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Sessions': Sex, Comedy And Something More

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:53 pm

Living most of his life in an iron lung forces Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) to see the world from a different point of view.
Fox Searchlight

In 1983, Berkeley poet and journalist Mark O'Brien wrote an article about sexual surrogates — women and men trained to help people with disabilities learn to use their bodies to give themselves and others erotic pleasure.

For O'Brien, the subject wasn't academic. After a bout of childhood polio, he had spent much of his life in an iron lung. He could talk, and tap out words on a typewriter holding a stick in his mouth. He could feel things below the neck. But he couldn't move his muscles.

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9:48am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Entirely Real Photos: What's It Like At A Rockettes Rehearsal?

Linda Haberman (L), Director and Choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular directs The Rockettes at the 2012 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Rehearsals this week in New York.
Rob Kim Getty Images

I have no particular wisdom about this photo; I just think it's interesting to see that the Rockettes are never not regimented. I thought maybe you'd be allowed to wear your own dance clothes, but it makes sense that they'd want to see the effect of everyone looking the same, even in practice. These women work hard.

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9:03am

Fri October 19, 2012
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 18, 2012

Sherman Alexie's Blasphemy, a collection of stories about Native American life, debuts at No. 15.

8:44am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Morning Shots: 'Girls,' Jerks, 'Sugar Dome,' And Messing With Classics

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:51 pm

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I continue to be utterly fascinated by Ta-Nehisi Coates and his quest to learn French. "I now understand why two-year-olds are so frustrated," and other insights. [The Atlantic]

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5:37pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Around the Nation

To Shrink Rents, S.F. Considers Shrinking Apartments

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 8:32 pm

The development firm Panoramic Interests is building about two dozen "micro-apartments" in San Francisco. The company is poised to offer even smaller units if the city approves a proposed new minimum size of 220 square feet.
Artist's Rendering of Smartspace Unit Courtesy of Panoramic Interests

In many large cities, like Dallas, Phoenix and even parts of Chicago, $800 a month is enough for a clean one-bedroom apartment, decked out with a living room, washer and dryer — and maybe even a pool, in a larger complex.

But if you want to live alone in San Francisco, getting those amenities at that price is practically a pipe dream. With the region's resurgent high-tech industries luring many well-educated, well-paid workers to the Bay Area, the average rent for a studio apartment in the city now runs around $2,000.

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5:14pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

Aging Gracefully By Sticking 'All Together'

Five friends decide to move in together as an alternative to retirement-home living in the French-language dramedy All Together.
Huma Rosentalski Kino Lorber

Like the characters in this year's indie feel-good The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — British pensioners who decide to spend their autumn years living communally and on the cheap in India — the French seniors of the charming yet melancholy All Together face aging in a time of banking crises and austerity measures.

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5:03pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Nobody Walks' The Straight And Narrow Path

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 8:50 am

A married Hollywood sound man (John Krasinski) falls for his collaborator and house guest (Olivia Thirlby) in Nobody Walks, a messily mortifying study of emotional impulse.
Magnolia Pictures

October is normally a time for watching movies through your fingers, knowing something grim is about to happen. Ry Russo-Young's new film, Nobody Walks, is no exception — except that at a horror movie, you're guarding against images that are sure to be terrifying. In this intimate, quietly compelling indie drama, they're mortifying.

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5:03pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

Tyler Perry Takes A Shot At Thriller Territory

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:17 pm

Cross, Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols) and Tommy Kane (Edward Burns) race against the clock to find the sociopathic assassin.
Sidney Baldwin Summit Entertainment

A vigilante with the heart of a social worker, the protagonist of Alex Cross wants to nurture and uplift — but also to make the sort of moves that delight a multiplex crowd.

He is, in short, Tyler Perry's alter ego.

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