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In 'Equity,' Wall Street's Glass Towers Have Glass Ceilings

NPR | July 29, 2016

Anna Gunn plays a Manhattan investment banker determined to succeed, but powerful men — and slack film-making — let her down.

Rachel Chavkin Loves Chaos, And With 3 Shows In The Works, It Shows

NPR | July 29, 2016

The avant garde director has two shows running off-Broadway and a musical opening in October. Though she's working on several different projects, she says there's always "a conversation" between them.

From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

NPR | July 29, 2016

Movie heroes are fine. But let's be real — it's usually the bad guys we find most compelling.

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Books | Arts

Indie Bookseller Recommends 3 Vacation Reads

NPR | July 29, 2016 1:53 p.m.

Nina Barrett, owner of Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston, Ill., recommends The Royal We by Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld and The Violet Hour by Katie Roiphe.

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New 'Merchant Of Venice' Recasts Shylock As A Sympathetic Everyman

NPR | July 29, 2016 1:53 p.m.

Actor Jonathan Pryce is playing the Jewish moneylender in a new touring production of The Merchant of Venice that reimagines Shakespeare's supposedly-comic villain as a tragic and universal figure.

Books | Arts

'You Will Know Me' Says No, You Won't

NPR | July 29, 2016 6:50 a.m.

Megan Abbott's novel about a talented young gymnast and her mother starts with a mysterious death, but the real mysteries are the characters themselves: You never really know the people close to you.

Entertainment | Arts

Upcoming PBS 'Hamilton' Documentary Puts Us In the Room Where It Happens

NPR | July 29, 2016 4 a.m.

Linda Holmes' latest dispatch from the Television Critics Association meeting focuses on Hamilton's America, which combines history, performance and the making of the Broadway smash.

Entertainment | Arts

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Stranger Things' And Onscreen Weddings

NPR | July 29, 2016 2 a.m.

The panel tackles the Netflix horror thriller Stranger Things before discussing favorite weddings from movies and TV. Then, as always, it's on to What's Making Us Happy this week.

Arts

This Time Out, Matt Damon's Not Feeling The 'Bourne'

NPR | July 28, 2016 2 p.m.

Jason Bourne is back — still, again, some more — in a new film critic Chris Klimek calls an "idea-starved vestigial tail" on the Bourne series.

Arts

In 'Tallulah,' An Aimless Young Woman Stumbles Across A Purpose: Kidnapping

NPR | July 28, 2016 2 p.m.

The plot's overstuffed, but whenever Ellen Page and Allison Janney share the screen, Tallulah finds its palpably human center.

Arts

'Indignation,' Based On Philp Roth's Autobiographical Novel, Marred By Miscasting

NPR | July 28, 2016 2 p.m.

Roth's mercurial 2008 coming-of-age novel gets a dutiful, sober-minded adaptation undercut by a miscast Logan Lerman in the film's lead role.

Entertainment | Arts

'It's Not My Story': Baz Luhrmann On Collaborating To Make 'The Get Down'

NPR | July 28, 2016 9 a.m.

Linda Holmes offers another update from the Television Critics Association meeting, this time on Luhrmann's hip-hop Netflix series The Get Down.

Entertainment | Arts

Stars Hollow Intel: A Few New Beans Are Spilled On The 'Gilmore Girls' Return

NPR | July 28, 2016 7:20 a.m.

From the Television Critics Association meeting in Los Angeles, Linda Holmes reports on Netflix's upcoming Gilmore Girls reunion.

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OPB | July 30, 2016

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