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E-Vote Hiccups Delay Oscar Balloting

A new online option was meant to make things easier for Oscar voters — but widespread reports of difficulties have prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to extend the deadline.
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'Downton' Returns With Aristocratic Class And Clash

On Sunday, the PBS anthology series Masterpiece Classic begins its third season of Downton Abbey, the British period drama that has taken England — and America — by storm.
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Ozomatli Turns To A New Cool: Kids' Music

The Grammy-winning band is known for mixing music styles and writing lyrics about immigration, violence and other issues. But now it's turning to kid-friendly fare: songs about trees, germs, even a moose on the loose. Band member Jiro Yamaguchi talks about the band's new album, Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz.
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A Dancer Rises And Falls And Rises Again

Alicia Graf Mack thought her dancing days were over when an autoimmune disorder forced her to hang up her toe shoes. But now she's back, dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and determined to make the most of her time on stage.

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Oprah's Network Sees 10 Straight Months Of Growth

January marks Oprah Winfrey Network's second year anniversary. After numerous delays and setbacks, OWN launched in 2011, replacing Discovery Health Channel. Although the cable channel is posting ratings gains, some wonder just how well it is doing.
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'Downton Abbey' Cast: It's More Fun Downstairs

NPR's David Greene speaks with Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, Sophie McShera, Jim Carter and Rob James-Collier — all cast members of the British TV hit Downton Abbey. The third season premieres in the U.S. Jan. 6 on PBS.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 3

Oy vey — with these performance art options you can enjoy a short film, take in a little Shakespeare, or sit down for a documentary to hear a whole megillah.

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Dyn-O-Mite! Comedian Jimmie Walker Talks Showbiz

Comedian Jimmie Walker is best known for his Good Times sitcom character J.J. Evans. But there's more to Walker than just laughs. For Tell Me More's Wisdom Watch series, host Michel Martin talks with Walker about his long career in showbiz, detailed in his memoir, Dyn-O-Mite: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times.
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Quentin Tarantino, 'Unchained' And Unruly

With his latest film, director Quentin Tarantino was inspired both by spaghetti westerns and the drama of slavery and the Civil War. The movie is extremely violent — but, says Tarantino, "What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse. ... If you can't take it, you can't take it."

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