Arts

5:00pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Campaign': Just How Low Can Politicians Go?

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 5:49 pm

Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Zack Galifianakis) are political rivals in The Campaign, a movie that improves the more it lets the two actors veer toward the outlandish.
Patti Perret Warner Bros.

There's a devil-may-care recklessness to Will Ferrell that sets him apart from other screen comics — a willingness to commit to the moment without fear of embarrassment, even if the comedy goes right off the rails.

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2:32pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Movie Interviews

Chris Rock On The Funny Business Of Finding Success

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 3:01 pm

"I don't believe I can offend you in a comedy club," Rock says. Star comedians use comedy clubs to try out new material. "I think that's the deal that's made when you see a famous guy in one of these clubs."
Michael Parmelee Magnolia Pictures

How much funny family dysfunction can you pack into two days? Plenty, if you're Mingus and Marion (Chris Rock and Julie Delpy) an interracial, multinational Manhattan couple — each with kids from previous relationships — hosting Marion's family visiting from France. The film, 2 Days in New York, is a sequel to Delpy's 2007 film, 2 Days in Paris.

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11:49am

Thu August 9, 2012
Movie Interviews

Barber On Front Lines Of Civil Rights Battles

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:25 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we're going to talk about an important struggle in this country. We often talk about everyday heroes, people who, with no special credentials and no recognition, do remarkable things. Our next guest found someone like that and decided to make a film about him.

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7:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
Book Reviews

'Banyan' Lifts The Veil On Cambodia's Nightmare

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 6:33 pm

When Michele Bachmann, through the most circumstantial of evidence, recently linked Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood, it wouldn't have been irrational to think immediately of Joseph McCarthy's witch hunts. Bachmann's claim was quickly dismissed, bringing a rare moment of sort-of agreement between the parties, but it serves as an important reminder. Paranoid character-smearing is a time-honored tool of totalitarian regimes.

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3:21am

Thu August 9, 2012
Movie Interviews

Watch This: Lynn Shelton's Eclectic Mix Of Favorites

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 2:21 pm

Lynn Shelton first gained recognition for her 2009 film Humpday. She is known particularly for encouraging actors to improvise on set.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

3:19am

Thu August 9, 2012
Environment

Building For Birds: Architects Aim For Safer Skies

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 1:07 pm

Architect Guy Maxwell holds a printout of his proposed design for the new Bridge Building at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
John W. Poole NPR

Second of a two-part series. Read Part 1.

Modern architecture's love affair with tall glass buildings takes a toll. Every year, millions of birds crash into glass windows in North America.

These collisions may seem like an intractable problem. But in New York City, an architect is trying to find a solution.

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7:02pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Internet's Cat Obsession Justifies Itself In Cancer Ward

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 11:06 am

Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, 16, received a bone-marrow transplant at Seattle Children's Hospital in 2011 for leukemia and returned in July 2012 for follow-up treatment. On July 25, an artist at the hospital set up a cat photo installation in her room.
Courtesy of Seattle Children's Hospital

4:26pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Movie Reviews

No Mandatory Retirement In The Red-Light District

Meet the Fokkens follows Louise and Martine Fokkens, identical twins who have worked as prostitutes in Amsterdam for more than 50 years. Martine still works today, while Louise stopped a few years ago because of her arthritis.
Kino Lorber

Despite its dreadful English title (the Dutch title translates to the far better Old Whores), Meet the Fokkens strives mightily to be as quirky and bubbly as its portly protagonists. And it mostly succeeds, painting a warmhearted portrait of a pair of elderly twin prostitutes — they turned 70 earlier this year — one of whom, Martine, still occupies a storefront window in Amsterdam's red-light district while her sister, Louise, gave up the game two years earlier because of arthritis.

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3:35pm

Wed August 8, 2012
New In Paperback

New In Paperback Aug. 6-12

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Adam Johnson, Ronald Kessler and Peter D. Ward.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

1:03pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Movie Reviews

Sixty And Sexless, But 'Hope Springs' Eternal

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 2:58 pm

In Hope Springs, Kay (Meryl Streep) forces Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) into a week of couples therapy after she gets tired of — among other things — sleeping in separate bedrooms.
Barry Wetcher Sony Pictures

The last time my 14-year-old daughter saw me and my wife being affectionate, she said, "Ewwww, old people kissing." Now, I'm not so old — barely half a century. But let's be frank. My daughter's no different from many people whose objects of fantasy are young and freakishly fit. So even a mild, cutesy little comedy like Hope Springs about two sexagenarians trying to have sex can seem shocking, even transgressive.

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