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Every year, the Librarian of Congress selects 25 movies to be added to the National Film Registry. This year, the list included Home Alone and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
CBS first aired the televised holiday special in 1973. The message still shines, but some characters and scenes feel a little dated.
Mayo may be the new face of Hollywood star-makers. The president of Orion Pictures is under 40, and dedicated to realizing unique artistic visions in a risk-adverse industry.
Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are among the cutting-edge tools employed by the USC Shoah Foundation and Illinois Holocaust Museum
Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news, but he also had a lively sense of humor, revealed late in his career when he became the judge and scorekeeper for Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!
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The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature is Kazuo Ishiguro. After the past two years, in which the Swedish academy honored a Russian journalist and a certain American songwriter, it marks a return to literary fiction.
Young YouTube stars work hard to look authentic and accessible, and they can make millions of dollars doing it. But the pressure to appear perfect while living online can sometimes be too much.
Several main characters in the HBO series happen to have disabilities. “I had never seen my own experience in life reflected so accurately, so vividly, so viscerally,” says one disability activist.
Unconventional relationships are all over TV. Open marriages and three-ways have driven stories on scripted shows like House of Cards, Transparent and Orphan Black — and reality TV isn’t far behind.
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A writers’ strike was narrowly averted Tuesday, as a tentative three-year pact was reached between members of the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Hollywood writers are set to strike Tuesday when their current contract with studios, networks and producers ends. At issue is healthcare and a changed TV landscape with shorter seasons and less pay.
The screen siren was probably most responsible for the notion of “famous for being famous.” NPR’s Neda Ulaby looks back at Gabor’s contributions to pop culture and to our ideas about celebrity.
TV doesn’t have the best track record with public transportation; in the ‘90s and early 2000s, even shows set in New York rarely showed characters on the subway or bus. Now, that’s starting to change.
The new film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang — a 49-year-old technical writer based in Seattle. “Fiction writing is very hard for me,” he explains — and so Chiang takes his time.
When Pura Belpré became a librarian in 1921, she couldn’t find Spanish language books for kids — so she wrote them herself. Belpré would go on to become a champion of bilingual library programs.
Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs married last year. The next few weeks will see the release of Tim Burton’s adaptation of his book, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and her book, Furthermore.
When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
A self-taught filmmaker and his wife made the terrifying film in just one evening, using IKEA lights and a homemade dolly. The 2 1/2 minute short has now been adapted for the big screen.