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In 'This Is 40,' Family Life In All Its Glory

Judd Apatow draws on his own experiences as a husband and father in a new comedy that explores the ups and downs of family life. The film stays close to home, literally and figuratively. It stars his wife, Leslie Mann, as well as their two daughters, and was filmed a few doors down from his house.
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National Gallery Of Art Presents Roy Lichtenstein's Pop Art Vision

In our latest contribution from NPR's Susan Stamberg, we'll visit an art exhibit that's great for adults and kids alike: a Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the National Gallery of Art.

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Big Gator Head Premieres At Miami Art Fair

One of the nation's largest art fairs is Art Basel Miami Beach. It's a city-wide event that has spawned dozens of satellite shows. The large alligator celebrates the artist Christo who used the power of art to cleanup Biscayne Bay.
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Architect Oscar Niemeyer, Who Designed Brazil's Capital, Dies

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect was known for some of the world's most famous modernist buildings, including Brasilia's crown-shaped cathedral. He was 104.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 6

Tonight may be the White House Christmas tree lighting, but there's plenty of holiday cheer to be had in D.C.'s arts scene tonight as well.

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Revisiting, Reappraising Cimino's 'Heaven's Gate'

When it was released 32 years ago, Michael Cimino's revisionist Western was considered one of the most colossal flops in Hollywood history. Critic John Powers takes a second look at the film and concludes that it's clearly "the work of one man and ... he wanted you to remember it forever."
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Why Drinking Tea Was Once Considered A Dangerous Habit

Reformers of the 19th century warned that taking a tea break would steer Irish peasant women to thoughts of revolution. The warnings largely went unheeded. Still, it gives us pause to think about our modern-day food obsessions and how they might look to others in the future.
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Susan Straight: One Home Town, Many Voices

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates profiles novelist Susan Straight, who is putting her hometown of Riverside, Calif., on the literary map. Straight herself is white, but she weaves the black, working-class voices of Riverside into her work.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 5

All the world's a stage, so why not add a little drama to your week?

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Home Video Review: 'Lawrence Of Arabia' On Blu-Ray

David Lean's epic classic made actors like Peter O'Toole cinematic legends. NPR movie critic Bob Mondello looks at the Blu-ray release and the special features for the film's 50th anniversary.

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