Neda Ulaby appears in the following:
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The upcoming sequel to the 2004 film has been running a veritable marketing blitz between viral videos, car commercials and even an in-character appearance by star Will Ferrell on a local newscast.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Netflix and Disney have announced a deal that calls for Marvel Television to develop four original live-action series. The new series will star relatively minor characters from Marvel's catalog.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Blockbuster is going to shut all of its company-owned stores. Some franchise stores will stay open. At its peak, the video rental chain had about 9,000 stores.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
An American rock musician born in Freeport on Long Island, N.Y., Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. Reed was 71.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Three brand-new cable channels all share exactly the same problem: How do you wrench the eyeballs of 20-somethings away from their gadgets and toward old-fashioned regular TV?
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
NPR's Neda Ulaby looks into "soft-profanity creep" — and other dynamics informing the state of the, er, art — when it comes to drama series on basic cable.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Ben Winters' mystery novels are set in the capital of New Hampshire, a community hardly known for its crime or intrigue. The twist? In his books, the planet is about to be hit by an asteroid, and everyone knows they're soon going to die. Amid the chaos, one Concord cop fights for law and order.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
NPR has been looking at comebacks — from politicians reinventing themselves to the recovery of once-endangered species. Then there are disgraced movie stars. Winona Ryder made everyone forget about her 2001 shoplifting arrest with her role in Black Swan. How far has her comeback taken her?
Monday, August 19, 2013
Most Americans say public libraries are important to the community — but eight states don't actually support them. Texas has cut budgets drastically; in Vermont, local librarians must go hand in hand to town meetings every year. Neda Ulaby reports on the landscape of library funding across the U.S.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Part of understanding African sacred music means thinking about its colonial context. It's the music of oppressed people combined with the music of their oppressors. For decades, Fred Onovwerosuoke has collected and arranged this music for choral groups.
Friday, August 02, 2013
There's nothing the Internet hates more than a spoiler. But when someone writes a blog or Facebook post that tells you what happens on an episode of a TV show you haven't watched yet, is it really ruined for you? Maybe spoilers really aren't spoiling it. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 26, 2012.)
Monday, July 29, 2013
A new show on ABC Family follows a family with one biological kid, two adopted kids and a new addition, a teenage foster kid. Given how fostering is such an inherently dramatic situation, why hasn't this ever been the premise of a TV show before?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Barbie sales have slumped. But Monster High is doing great. That's another line of dolls from Mattel — imagine even skinnier Barbies that look like they've been designed by Tim Burton. And the Monster High dolls have been a success, spawning hordes of ghoulish imitators.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
The long holiday weekend follows on the heels of a record-setting May and June at the box office. This month begins with the return of the lucrative family-friendly franchise: Despicable Me 2.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
They're barely even dolls. They're tiny, 2-inch figurines. But these little plastic girls are the biggest trend in dolls right now, largely because they can be incorporated into building and construction games, the biggest selling segment of the toy industry.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Lego introduced a line of characters and sets that helped the company reach girls successfully. But some question what's wrong with girls playing with plain old Legos, and what this line is telling them.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Science fiction author Richard Matheson has died. Matheson wrote a number of classic episodes of television shows such as Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. His novel, I Am Legend, was adapted into movies three times.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Bland's music is the kind that can school anyone about the incomprehensible depths of love, the importance of dignity and the promise of the kind of good life that really might be within reach.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
What happens when Steven Spielberg's idealism and Stephen King's cynicism combine in a CBS TV series? Under the Dome may be packed with sci-fi what-ifs, but beneath its mysteries is a small American town working out some very familiar human problems.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
NPR's Neda Ulaby investigates a trend in toys that sounds awfully familiar: Manufacturers are finding new ways to get kids interested in playing with blocks, both real and virtual.