Arts & Life

The Summer of '63
4:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963

Underlying the sweetness of Kyu Sakamoto's unexpected hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss.
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Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:22 pm

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Arts & Life
2:54 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bullock And McCarthy, Packing 'Heat' (And Laughs) In Boston

'Heat' Stroke: The genius of this buddy-cop comedy is in its pairing of Sandra Bullock (left, as a by-the-book process nerd of an FBI suit) with Melissa McCarthy, who plays a sloppy Boston detective with no patience for procedure.
Gemma La Mana Fox

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:22 pm

Summer movies, as you may have noticed, are overwhelmingly male-dominated. But this summer, there's an exception: The Heat, a buddy cop flick with a distaff difference.

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Monkey See
12:58 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Let Us Now Have A Heated Argument About Plinko. I'll Start.

Carlos Santiago and his daughter, Jasmine, play Plinko as show host Drew Carey and model Manuela Arbelaez on a special Father's Day episode of The Price Is Right. (Plinko is terrible.)
Greg Gayne CBS

There are people who believe that Plinko is the best game on The Price Is Right. I have a name for these people. I call them "Wrongety Wrong Wrong." They are the leaders of Wrongitania. They are the Doctors Of Wrongology. They are the Wrongtown Rats.

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Africa
12:41 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Culture Clash Between Africans And African-Americans?

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Monkey See
10:45 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Typecasting, Tony Soprano, And The Chicken Dance

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First, this week, you will hear the production skills of our pal Nick Fountain, filling in for Jess Gitner, who for some reason thinks she can go on vacation. (Whatever, Jess Gitner.)

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Monkey See
8:52 am
Fri June 28, 2013

'The Heat' Is Absolutely Revolutionary, For Being Mostly Ordinary

Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in The Heat.
Gemma La Mana Twentieth Century Fox

The date: June 14, 2013. The writer: me, in despair, without a single non-art-house movie with a female lead playing anywhere near me. The piece: "At The Movies, The Women Are Gone."

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
5:55 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Summer Adventure: 5 Thrilling, Chilling, Far-Ranging Reads

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 8:38 pm

Reading always turns any season into summer. Maybe it's because I associate my first bouts of time with books with time out of school, with summer afternoons on the back porch when the weather made it too hot to play, and the air seemed just quiet enough that you could focus your early reading skills on the page before you and make a story emerge from the shapes and squiggles printed there. Even for someone as fortunate as I am, someone who reads for a living, summer always feels like a special time.

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Movie Reviews
5:50 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Blood Will Tell: In 'Byzantium,' A Gothic Vampire Diary

Clara (Gemma Arterton) is the elder — but not necessarily the most responsible — of a mother-daughter pair of "sucreants," or blood-drinking immortals some call vampires, in Neil Jordan's Byzantium.
Christopher Raphael IFC Films

Neil Jordan seems well aware that audiences may be feeling deep fatigue about vampires. So with his latest, the director of Interview With the Vampire makes a vampire film that seeks to reinvent the species, while harking back to a more classical — read: less sparkly — take on the genre.

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Found Recipes
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Blueberry Dumplings The Star Of Lasting Summer Memories

Blueberry Dumplings, a simple summer dessert that doesn't require turning on the oven.
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When blueberries are in season, you don't need to turn on the oven to make a delicious dessert. Valerie Erwin says it takes just 15 minutes to make one of her favorite summer dishes, Blueberry Dumplings. She shared the recipe for All Things Considered's Found Recipes series.

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Movie Reviews
5:09 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Into Womanhood, With A Girlfriend Hand In Hand

As the title character (Melvil Poupaud) begins a new life as a woman, Laurence Anyways tracks the ups and downs of a relationship that will face more than one test.
Breaking Glass Pictures

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:48 am

Laurence Anyways begins with several close-ups of strangers pinning the passing camera with looks of surprise, disdain or suspicion. The person under examination is the eponymous Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a noted novelist who at the story's outset is about to embark upon a new life as a woman. Later, after the film has flashed back to show us her whole transition, comes an interviewer's question: "Do looks matter to you?"

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