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5:13 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Washington, Wahlberg Are Bad Boys, And Whatcha Gonna Do?

Bobby and Stig (Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) are two hypermacho hoods who've teamed up to rob a bank β€” but wait, are they really the bad guys they say they are?
Patti Perret Universal

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:53 pm

Hypermacho but tongue-in-cheek, the first 20 minutes of 2 Guns are enormous fun. Tough guys Bobby and Stig (Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) bicker and flirt β€” with a pretty diner waitress, and with each other β€” while casing a small-town Texas bank.

Then they set the diner on fire, don masks, and knock over the bank for $43 million, all while taking care to save any cops from getting hurt and even kissing an available baby. The heist, it would seem, has gone according to plan. Yet something's a little off.

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This Is NPR
5:12 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro, Live On Stage With Pink Martini

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:09 am

Summer in Los Angeles isn't complete without a trip to the Hollywood Bowl. This outdoor concert venue seats just over 17,000 people and holds a variety of concerts from The Sound of Music sing-a-longs and Classical performances with the LA Philharmonic to contemporary acts like Vampire Weekend, vocalist Natalie Cole and everything in between.

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Movie Reviews
5:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

A Sculptor Struggles, But The Art Is Frustratingly Hollow

Aging sculptor Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) finds new inspiration in the person β€” if not the personality β€” of a young Spanish refugee (Aida Folch) in The Artist and the Model.
Cohen Media Group

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:03 pm

Writer-director Fernando Trueba certainly isn't earning points for his original premise in The Artist and the Model, which tells the story of an elderly French artist at the end of World War II who suffers from a creative block until the arrival of a young muse fuels a late-career resurgence.

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Movie Reviews
5:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Beyond Earth's Gravity, A Space Opera Goes Flat

Daniel Luxembourg (Christian Camargo) is chief scientist on a doomed mission to one of Jupiter's moons in Europa Report, a found-footage whatdunnit with sci-fi-thriller ambitions.
Magnolia

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:03 pm

In space, not many people can hear you scream. In fact, traveling in a manned spacecraft is probably a bit like working on a soundproof movie set β€” which is plainly where Europa Report was shot.

Tricked up with split screens and digital-video glitchery, this low-budget sci-fi saga emphasizes the claustrophobia and monotony of a long journey beyond Earth's gravity. But it also borrows gambits from horror movies, withholding information and eliminating characters one by one.

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All Tech Considered
5:10 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Google Ups Its Game Against Apple With New Smartphone

The new Moto X launched Thursday in New York City.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 10:40 am

When it was launched Thursday, the Moto X, Google's first smartphone product to come out of its buyout of Motorola, was not the highest powered or highest pixeled device. Rather, the designers boasted of its usability β€” that the Moto X has a larger purpose: making the technology of a phone adapt to the way people use them, rather than force user behavior to adapt to the technology.

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The Record
5:09 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

How The Hot 100 Became America's Hit Barometer

Courtesy of Billboard

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 7:40 am

Listen at the audio link to Chris Molanphy and NPR's Audie Cornish talk on All Things Considered about the history of Billboard's Hot 100 chart.


Hear that? On the radio? That slick, dreamy crooner dude, singing about how he's going out of his mind over that girl? Well, she's an animal β€” baby, it's in her nature. He used to play around with hearts that hastened at his call. But when he met that little girl, he knew that he would fall.

Wait a sec ... what song is this? Which dreamy dude is this? What year is this?

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Alt.Latino
5:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Te Odio, Te Amo: Why Telenovelas Rule Latin Entertainment

Cuna de Lobos (Cradle of Wolves) is one of the most iconic telenovelas of all time.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 7:35 am

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NPR Story
5:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Calif. City To Use Eminent Domain To Stem Foreclosures

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Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:49 pm

The city of Richmond, California, has plans to become the first city in the country to use eminent domain to stop home foreclosures.

Eminent domain is typically used to force homeowners to sell their property to make way for a new sports stadium or highway, for example.

But earlier this week, Richmond announced it had sent letters to banks and mortgage holders, threatening to use eminent domain to seize more than 600 underwater mortgages if lenders don’t agree to sell them the loans by mid-August.

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NPR Story
5:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Nursing Home Encourages Residents To Have Sex

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Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 1:16 pm

A quick scan of the calendar at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in Bronx, New York, makes it look like just another nursing home: movie night, trivia, a trip to a Yankees game.

But, as reported in a recent Bloomberg series (article list below), the Hebrew Home is different. The nursing facility actively encourages and supports sex and intimacy among its residents β€” including those with dementia.

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NPR Story
5:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Outbreak Of Rare Parasite Linked To Salad Mix

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Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:49 pm

Food safety advocates say they are alarmed by a lack of information being disseminated about the spread of a nasty intestinal illness that has sickened nearly 400 people nationwide, including cases in two states that have been linked to prepackaged salad.

The outbreak of the rare parasite cyclospora has been reported in at least 15 states, and federal officials warned Wednesday it was too early to say that the threat was over.

But if you’re looking to find out exactly where it came from, you may be out of luck.

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