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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
In movies like Toy Story, Despicable Me and the new fairy tale Frozen, elaborate sight gags are critical to the cartoon humor. And the process of getting the laughs from storyboard to screen is more complicated than you might think.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Fans of the animated comedy Family Guy got a shock Monday. Some wailed about it on Twitter and Facebook. Spoiler alert: The episode was about the death of Brian, the family dog. One fan started a petition to insist that Fox bring back Brian. It reached 30,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. But the internet has made petitions so easy, they may have lost their power.
Friday, November 01, 2013
The film Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of Ron Woodroof, a man with AIDS in the 1980s who smuggled in experimental treatments to fight his disease. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports that the real Ron Woodroof was just as colorful as the Hollywood version.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Charity Navigator's ratings system currently looks at how much a nonprofit spends on its programs versus its overhead. Beginning in 2016, the rating will also factor in a group's effectiveness. But some nonprofits argue that results can be hard to measure — especially if you're working in a war zone.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Stephen King's novel Carrie gets a big-screen update, complete with prom pranks, buckets of blood and a mother you might not want to take anybody home to meet. NPR's Elizabeth Blair takes a look at a character she remembers being terrified by when Piper Laurie played her in the 1976 film.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
The Spanish language film Instructions Not Included was No. 5 at the box office over the Labor Day weekend. Movie studios are paying attention to Latino audiences because they buy a quarter of the movie tickets sold in the U.S.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Library or Apple store? The Digital Commons at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., has more screens than it does books. It's just one example of the many ways libraries are remodeling to meet the needs of 21st century users.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Librarians have to get creative to reach out beyond their faithful fans and engage with more members of their communities. So some libraries have started lending out tools like fishing poles, and others offer "human books" — volunteers with special expertise or interesting experiences.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
More than two years after it started, OWN, the cable channel that is a partnership between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, announced it is turning a profit.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
There have been a lot of big flops at the movie box office this summer, most notably The Lone Ranger.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The nominations for this year's Emmy awards were announced on Thursday. House of Cards, Netflix's venture into producing original content, was recognized with several nominations.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
An Indian-American comedian unafraid to joke politely about race and politics, Hari Kondabolu regularly challenges long-standing beliefs with his material. While his comedy is about being treated like an outsider, the jokes offer a sense of community.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The couple shared a lifetime of collaboration. She died Tuesday, just shy of their 70th wedding anniversary.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
There will be hits and misses at movie houses this summer, but it's a decent bet Despicable Me 2 will end up in the that-went-well column. NPR's Elizabeth Blair looks at the appeal of the sequel's singularly villainous hero.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
When parents aren't sure how to approach a difficult subject, they sometimes turn to other media — and Linda Ellerbee is happy to lend a hand. She's been the host of Nickelodeon's NickNews for 22 years, and her one rule of thumb is don't dumb it down.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The Hirshhorn contemporary art museum had proposed an ambitious plan for a giant, inflatable addition. But the Board of Trustees couldn't agree on whether to continue fundraising to build the bubble, so the museum's director — the project's biggest supporter — will resign.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
One of France's most beloved songwriters, Moustaki died Thursday in Nice after a long illness. He was known for infusing French song with sounds from around the world.
Monday, May 20, 2013
TV is still a huge topic of conversation on and offline, according to recent research. In fact, conversation about TV is growing in the last few years. And face-to-face word of mouth still has tremendous power when it comes to attracting new viewers to a show. TV still seems to be the most influential medium when it comes to shaping American culture.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The amazing tale of two sisters from a poor neighborhood — who play tennis unlike anyone before them and each reach No. 1 in the world — is one we're not likely to see again.