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'American Idol' Judging Desk Down Two Seats

The TV show American Idol has lost two of its judges in two days. Both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have announced they're leaving the show.
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"Reading Rainbow" Returns: LeVar Burton

Actor LeVar Burton on the roles that have defined his career and the relaunch of "Reading Rainbow."

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Wish You Were Here: The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Writer David Rowell always imagined what a seaside town with a boardwalk could be. He found it as an adult, on Delaware's Rehoboth Beach.
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An Olympic-Sized Outrage Grows Over French Fry Sales At The Games

McDonald's deal to block others from selling fries at the Olympics is giving some people heartburn. Hear more tonight on All Things Considered, and check out our Storify of what we're reading now.
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Looking For The Megabucks? Think Megapixels

The safest bet for a box-office draw is not a superhero, action or sci-fi film — it's computer animation. Franchises like Toy Story, Ice Age and Shrek consistently make billions for their studios, Bob Mondello writes — and that's before DVD and toy sales kick in.
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Aaron Paul: Playing A Meth Dealer On 'Breaking Bad'

Student-turned-drug dealer Jesse Pinkman was supposed to die in the first season of the AMC drama. But the writers decided the chemistry between high school teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) was too good to let go.
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Original Fiction In All The 'Shades' Of Fandom

Fifty Shades of Grey, the biggest phenomenon in publishing right now, began as a work of fan fiction based on the Twilight books. Now, author E.L. James is taking the series to the ultimate fans: attendees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
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'Margaret': The Tortured Journey Of A Girl, On Screen

David Edelstein says the extended cut of Kenneth Lonergan's second film is "as close to a masterpiece as any American film in a decade." Never widely screened, the film, starring Anna Paquin, is out now on DVD. (Recommended)
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Sigourney Weaver: No Damsel In Distress

The actress stars in the new TV drama Political Animals as Elaine Barrish, a former first lady and current secretary of state. She spoke to Morning Edition's Renee Montagne about the new show and the kind of female characters she tends to get cast as.

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