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Hollywood Holding On To Its Summer Love

Seventeen big-budget movies premiered this past summer, and almost all of them cost more than $100 million to make and about that much to promote. While only about 10 of them were solidly profitable, studios are not changing their strategies.
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Seeking Wonderful Young Adult Novels That Deal With Race

What books that touch on topics of race would you recommend to a not-so-bookish teen? A reader asks us to share our suggestions.
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The Man Who Duped Millionaires Into Paying Big Bucks For Fake Wine

Rudy Kurniawan, once considered one of the world's most formidable wine collectors, was convicted Wednesday of making cheap wine blends in his house and then passing them off as some of the rarest wines in the world, for thousands of dollars each, at auction.
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African-American Woman To Run Humorous 'Harvard Lampoon' Magazine

The humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon was founded in 1876, but for the first time, an African-American woman will run things. Host Michel Martin talks with President-elect Alexis Wilkinson and Vice President-elect Eleanor Parker about their plans for the magazine.
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Is Beyonce Still The Queen?

Pop star Beyonce's new surprise album has been getting a lot of buzz, but is it all it's cracked up to be? Beauty shop ladies Bridget Johnson, Aisha Harris, Danielle Belton and Anne Ishii weigh in.
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Hear, Here: Four Audiobooks With A Brand New Sound

Forget the taped readings of yore. Today's audiobooks feature integrated musical performances, movie-quality sound effects and all-star casts of rotating narrators. Take a peek at the new world of listenable literature with AudioFile magazine founder Robin Whitten's list of four notable audiobooks from 2013.
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From 'Crash Reel' To Recovery, And Everything In Between

NPR's Melissa Block talks with director Lucy Walker about her documentary The Crash Reel, which follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce from a devastating accident through his rehabilitation from a debilitating brain injury.
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The Coen Bros. On Writing, 'Lebowski' And Literally Herding Cats

Inside Llewyn Davis -- starring Oscar Isaac and a disobedient cat — is the latest from the filmmaking duo. The brothers talk with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about their writing process ("It's mostly napping") and the cult status of their 1998 film The Big Lebowski ("How do you explain that? I have no idea.")
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Have A Very Merry Faux Pas-Free Holiday

The holiday season can be a lot of fun, until you make that drunken blunder at the office party. What are the most common etiquette miscues, and how can you avoid them? Columnist and etiquette expert Harriette Cole shares tips with host Michel Martin.
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Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

Across the country, a new model of housing development is springing up that embraces the local food movement. Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are now serving as the latest suburban amenity.

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