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Aaron Sorkin: The Writer Behind 'The Newsroom'

HBO's new behind-the-anchor-desk drama follows in the footsteps of Sorkin's hit series The West Wing. "I like writing about heroes that don't wear capes or disguises," he says.
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In Rapid-Fire 2012, Memes' Half-Life Fell To A Quarter

Internet memes used to stick around for months on end (remember "Charlie Bit My Finger"?). But in 2012, the shelf-life of an Internet sensation became increasingly fleeting. Funny videos and games are now enjoying only brief moments in the cultural spotlight before they're forgotten.
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'Law & Order' Meets Tom Clancy In Dick Wolf's First Novel

The Law & Order creator's detective fiction debut is set in New York after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Although The Intercept borrows stylistically from Wolf's television background, he says novel writing allows him "to tell bigger stories on a bigger canvas."
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'Hyde Park': An FDR Portrait That's More Fiction Than Fact

Hyde Park on Hudson tells the story of a love affair between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley. Historian Geoffrey Ward evaluates the accuracy of the new film and finds it lacking. "It's a very odd film," he says.
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'Thunderbirds' TV Show Creator Anderson Dies At 83

Gerry Anderson, the man who created the iconic TV series Thunderbirds in the 1960s, has died, the BBC reports. Anderson, whose work was honored by a special set of moving-image stamps in Britain last year, had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.
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Will Hollywood Catch Up To A Changing Audience?

Some films are generating Oscar buzz, including Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. In 2010, she became the first woman to receive an Oscar for Best Director, and that got a lot of people asking why it took so long. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with filmmaker Reginald Hudlin about why so few women and minorities have gotten the golden statue.
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Joan Rivers Hates You, Herself and Everyone Else

Comedian Joan Rivers hates a lot of things. Her new book, I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me, details the things Rivers can't stand, from her appearance to obituaries to younger comedians who steal her gigs.
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Aziz Ansari's Latest Is 'Dangerously Delicious'

The comedian, who plays Tom Haverford on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, just released a new comedy special directly on his website. He's also embarking on a multicity tour, where he'll be riffing on the things that terrify him — marriage, for instance, and babies.
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Don't Fear That Expired Food

When food passes its sell-by date, it's swept from the supermarket shelf. But that doesn't mean it's not safe to eat. Taste and smell are usually better indicators of a food's safety. And some items, like canned foods, can even last years or decades after their expiration date.
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Online Videos: Not Just Made By Amateurs Anymore

This year has seen an explosion of professional online videos, eclipsing home videos of cats and babies. In 2012, 8 of the top 10 YouTube videos were professional — and Hulu, Netflix and multichannel networks like MiTu all produced exclusive new programming.

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