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In 'Blindspotting,' A Cinematic Love Letter To A Changing Oakland

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Actors and spoken-word artists Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal wrote and star in a buddy comedy finely attuned to race and class politics. Of course, they set it in their hometown.

Comic-Con Day 3: The Best Hawkeye

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On their third day at San Diego Comic-Con, Mallory Yu and Petra Mayer get into the spirit of things by dressing up as their favorite heroes and checking out the parade of amazing costumes on display.

Beowulf In The Suburbs? 'The Mere Wife' Is An Epic Retelling

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For too long the Old English poem has long been perceived as a "masculine text," says Maria Dahvana Headley. Her new adaptation is told from the perspective of Grendel's mother.

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A Superstar In China, Daniel Wu Emerges In His Native California

The Chinese-American actor became an action movie mainstay abroad over the last 20 years. Thanks to his leading role in the TV series Into the Badlands, he's finally getting noticed in the U.S.

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Gus Van Sant's New Film Tells The Story Of Iconoclastic Portland Cartoonist

The new film by filmmaker Gus Van Sant is a look at the life of irreverent Portland cartoonist John Callahan, his struggles as a quadriplegic and his recovery from alcoholism.

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Not My Job: Former FBI Director James Comey Gets Quizzed On Loyalty Rewards

Comey wrote a book called A Higher Loyalty and he told the Senate intelligence committee that President Trump demanded his loyalty over dinner. But what does he know about loyalty programs?

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Comic-Con, Day 1: Still Alive

The huge fan convention that is San Diego Comic-Con kicks off today. NPR's Petra Mayer and Mallory Yu are there, and their look at Preview Night includes fandom, puppets and the aspirations of girls.

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On The Seventh Day, They Played Soccer

Jim McKay makes movies about New Yorkers who don't often make it to the big screen. His newest, En el Séptimo Día, is about Mexican undocumented workers who gather on the pitch on their only day off.

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You Get The First 78 Seconds Of Cat Power's New Album

Hear a brief but transporting introduction to Chan Marshall's first new album in six years: Wanderer, due out Oct. 5.

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Put Your Face In It: How Gaming Helped Me Understand My Dog

If you want to know how a dog sees the world, ask yourself how you explore virtual spaces with your controller. No, really!

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Sacha Baron Cohen Is Hit-And-Miss In 'Who Is America?'

Sacha Baron Cohen likes to dress up and try to get people to say dumb things, and in one case in his new Showtime series, he finds success. But other times, the show falls flat.

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Exploring, Not Explaining, The Mind Of Robin Williams

Robin Williams is the subject of a new HBO documentary called Come Inside My Mind. Using clips and interviews, it documents his unusual process and his complicated life.

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'Give Me Your Hand' Explores Female Mysteries And Monstrosities

Abbott's new thriller Give Me Your Hand is set partly in a scientific lab studying a severe form of PMS — she says she's fascinated by "this sort of idea that the female body is monstrous."