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Gary Oldman Steps Into A Spymaster's Shoes

In a new film based on John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the veteran actor reinvents an iconic character — and finds a darker George Smiley than the one Alec Guinness created for British TV.
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Writer Susan Orlean Plays Not My Job

The New Yorker staff writer has just written a book about the life and legend of America's beloved canine icon Rin Tin Tin. We've invited her to play a game called "Rin Tin Tin is just the be gin gin ginning."
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Three Juicy Tales Of The Ultimate Food Taboo

Few things are creepier than the idea of eating another person — even in extreme circumstances. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recommends these three stories where humans are the main course, whether on account of tribal ritual, or of extreme desperation.
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Lincoln Biopic: Virginia's Hollywood Incentives Get Closer Look

Lawmakers are offering production company's millions to film projects like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln in the Commonwealth -- whether they work or not is the subject of a debate.

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Bow Bow, Chk-a-Bow: Five Voices Rise To The Top Of TV's A Cappella Competition

Melissa Block talks to Pentatonix, the group that recently won NBC's a cappella competition The Sing-Off.
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The Beauty and Brains Behind 'Hedy's Folly'

In a new book, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Richard Rhodes tells the behind-the-scenes story of movie star--and inventor-- Hedy Lamarr, "the most beautiful woman in the world." Lamarr invented "frequency hopping," a concept that's still used in today's wireless technology.
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Deconstructing A Skyscraper

In her new book, The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, author Kate Ascher sheds light on the infrastructure and services that make life and work possible in a modern skyscraper. She examines everything that goes into designing, building and maintaining these towering buildings.
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For Fassbender, Two Perspectives On The Perils Of Sex

Critic David Edelstein looks at two current films starring the actor Michael Fassbender — the anti-erotic drama Shame and the biographical drama A Dangerous Method, both of which grapple with the dangers of desire.
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NORAD Santa Tracker Up And Running

Following a practice that has become a tradition NORAD has launched their Santa tracking website for this year -- where kids can track the flightpath of jolly old Saint Nick.

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