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The Six Pack

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Episode 105: Shirtless Curtain Pullers (AUDIO)

The Six Pack | Posted December 5, 2012

Michael Giltz

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DVDs: James Bond Day -- Adele and The Ultimate Bond Boxed Set

Michael Giltz | Posted December 5, 2012

The most desirable release of all is the BluRay boxed set of every single official Bond film -- but let's clear the decks of the other items first.
Greg Wetherall

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Examining Page One: Inside the New York Times

Greg Wetherall | Posted December 5, 2012

Their problem is one facing thousands of papers across the globe: Why pay for a newspaper in a world where information is everywhere -- instantly -- and for free?
Charlotte Robinson

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Piano Bar Icon Bobby Wetherbee on Celebrating 50 Years Entertaining Provincetown (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted December 5, 2012

This week I talked with piano bar icon Bobby Wetherbee, who is celebrating 50 years of entertaining audiences in Provincetown, Mass., about the longevity of his career and his spin on LGBT issues.
Andromeda Romano-Lax

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Big State, Small Screen: An Alaska TV Writer on the Power of Place

Andromeda Romano-Lax | Posted December 5, 2012

What are your favorite set-and-filmed-beyond-L.A. shows?
Phil Simon

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Review: Sounds That Can't Be Made by Marillion

Phil Simon | Posted December 5, 2012

I've listened to the album about 20 times now and here's my review. In short, fans will not be disappointed. Sounds is a melodic and challenging album worth seeking out, the band's most complete effort since 2004's Marbles.
Zorianna Kit

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Head Games Movie Review: Doc Explores the Silent Concussion Crisis in American Sports

Zorianna Kit | Posted December 5, 2012

In the documentary feature Head Games, former WWE wrestler and Harvard football player Christopher Nowinski says that playing his beloved sports was the "closest thing to being a warrior without having to go to war."
Tom O'Neil

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The Sessions and Django Unchained will enter Golden Globes as dramas, Hyde Park as comedy

Tom O'Neil | Posted December 5, 2012

While The Sessions has a lot of comedic elements, it focuses on a very dramatic subject: a paralyzed polio survivor who hires a sexual surrogate to help him lose his virginity. Macy portrays a local parish priest who counsels Hawkes en route.
Melissa Webster

BayFest - Alabama's Premiere Music Festival

Melissa Webster | Posted December 5, 2012

BayFest 2012 is upon us this weekend! Featuring musical acts of just about every genre imaginable on seven different stages in downtown Mobile from Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th, BayFest offers up something for everyone.
Mike Ryan

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'Taken 2': What Do You Do If You're Taken To See 'Taken 2'? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

Mike Ryan | Posted December 5, 2012

You hear the words echo in your head: "You're going to be taken ... to see Taken 2." Now listen carefully, because you don't have much time. Liam Neeson (Darkman) reprises his role as Bryan Mills, a former C.I.A. operative with an extraordinarily high percentage of immediate family members who can say, "I've been kidnapped at some point in my life." Will you make it through? Is there any chance that you will enjoy this experience? As a service, we answer every question that you could possibly have about Taken 2?
Jackie K. Cooper

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The New 'Steel Magnolias' Doesn't Live Up to the Memory of the Original

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted December 5, 2012

Steel Magnolias was a classic movie, and it is hard to recreate a classic. You can only hope to please those who have not seen the original.
Jonathan Kim

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ReThink Review: Wuthering Heights - Modernized Classic

Jonathan Kim | Posted December 5, 2012

Oscar-winner Andrea Arnold has pulled off something very special with her adaptation of Emily Brontë's literary classic Wuthering Heights -- she's made a story that's over 150 years old feel modern without modernizing it.
Nicki Richesin

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Interview With Mira Sorvino About Trade of Innocents

Nicki Richesin | Posted December 5, 2012

Although her performances have been greatly praised, it's perhaps her humanitarian work where her heart truly lies. In Trade of Innocents, Sorvino once again marries her acting prowess with her passion for helping exploited children.
Dwight Brown

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Movie Review: Lee Daniel's Latest - The Paperboy( *1/2)

Dwight Brown | Posted December 5, 2012

It's puzzling why an African American director would choose this unsettling project in the first place; his fans will be perplexed. All that went right in his previous film has gone awry in this sour, bitter-tasting mint julep.
Chris Jancelewicz

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The Lasting Power Of James Bond

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted December 5, 2012

What is it with James Bond? Why, after 50 years of 007, do we still flock to theaters with as much enthusiasm as we did in 1962? Currently on our sixth Bond (Daniel Craig), we're not bored. We're not tired of his hyper-masculine antics at all.
Jonathan Holiff

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Before There was Johnny and June, There was Johnny and Saul

Jonathan Holiff | Posted December 5, 2012

My father, Saul Holiff, was Johnny Cash's long-time personal manager. But what distinguishes Saul from contemporaries is that his client was all but unmanageable. This is, perhaps, why my father micro-managed me right out of his life.
Vanity Fair

Seth MacFarlane Wrong Choice for Oscar Host?

Vanity Fair | Posted December 5, 2012

When the Seth MacFarlane was announced as the 2013 Academy Awards host earlier this week, many Internet users registered their enthusiastic approval of the decision on Twitter.
SF Critic

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Until the Quiet Comes -- We Can Enjoy

SF Critic | Posted December 5, 2012

The music is beautiful and dark, which may pay tribute to the bigger meaning of where we stand as a culture. In a time of beauty all around us, there are the dark looming realities and atrocities of the world today.
James Duff

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'Cheaters Never Prosper'

James Duff | Posted December 5, 2012

In the next-to-last episode of Major Crimes, our division encounters various criminals gaming the system, and though nearly everyone gets exposed in the end, it's unclear whether cheaters utterly fail to prosper.
Nick Hurwitch

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So You Created a Time Loop: A Time Traveler's Analysis of Looper

Nick Hurwitch | Posted December 5, 2012

We are not here to ruin anyone's movie-going fun. We greatly enjoyed Looper. But we are here to fry your brain like an egg.
Dr. Peggy Drexler

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Mom and Dad and TMI: Are You an Over-Sharer?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted December 5, 2012

We're always hearing about children and teenagers who share too much: with their friends; with their parents; online, with the world. But what happens when it's Mom and Dad dabbling in TMI? How do we know how much--and what sort of--information our kids can handle?
Liz Smith

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Carly Simon's 'No Secrets' Re-released. But Some Secrets Remain Intact. (Who Was 'So Vain'?)

Liz Smith | Posted December 5, 2012

Who of a certain age doesn't know those lyrics from Carly Simon's ironic and infamous song -- "You're So Vain"? It was a parlor game for decades trying to figure out to whom Carly was referring.
Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

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Dog Ears Music: Born in October Playlist

Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted December 5, 2012

This week our playlist includes music by Cliff Richard, Thelonius Monk, Matthew Sweet, John Lennon, Zoot Sims, Mahalia Jackson and more.
Dan Persons

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Mighty Movie Podcast: Wake in Fright Director Ted Kotcheff

Dan Persons | Posted December 5, 2012

There are too many chunks of cinema history that have gone permanently lost that anytime something is called back from the ashes, it's cause for celebration. Even so, Ted Kotcheff's acidic, sweaty Australian drama Wake in Fright is a special case.
Shira Lazar

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David Blaine Reveals 'Electrified' Is Most Dangerous Stunt Yet (Exclusive Video)

Shira Lazar | Posted December 5, 2012

Blaine has taken on a variety of insane feats in his career, from hanging upside-down for 60 hours in New York's Central Park to freezing himself in a block of ice. But he's never done anything like this.
Marshall Fine

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Movie Review: Taken 2

Marshall Fine | Posted December 5, 2012

How much bad luck can one family have? Enough for a hit movie -- Taken -- and what I assume the makers hope is a hit sequel: Taken 2.
Gotham Chopra

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Decoding Deepak

Gotham Chopra | Posted December 5, 2012

So here's the honest truth about my film, which chronicles a year-long roadtrip I embarked on with my dad. When I started it almost two years ago, I wasn't entirely clear what we were doing.
Mike Ragogna

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Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted December 5, 2012

Leonard Maltin

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LEONARD MALTIN'S OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Best Indie Films To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted December 5, 2012

The fall movie season is beginning to heat up, with Oscar contenders waiting in the wings, but right now some of the best films playing in theaters come from independent filmmakers and documentarians.