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Two Takes, Light And Dark, On The Unexpected Life

The films Young Adult and We Need to Talk About Kevin could hardly be more different — one tragic, the other comic — but at center, they're both about the same modern malady: the life that hasn't turned out as planned.
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The Bolo Tie's Artful Ride From Closet To Museum

Long a staple of Western wear, the bolo tie is getting the museum treatment in Phoenix. The Heard Museum celebrates the tie's history and artistry in a new exhibit where simple designs are displayed alongside more traditional works of art in the high-ceilinged gallery.
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Spies Like Them: 'Tinker, Tailor' And Other Odd Ilk

Set in the Cold War era, the espionage thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy spotlights a retired security agent's mission to uncover a Russian spy within Britain's MI6. David Edelstein says the movie is thrilling, creepy and full of "faces you'll love to study."
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Herzog's Doc Brings Prehistoric Paintings To Life

German filmmaker Werner Herzog was one of the few people permitted to enter a cave in France containing the oldest recorded cave paintings. What he saw — and what he imagined — is the subject of his documentary, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
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A Cinnamon-Glazed Porridge From Norway

Linda Wertheimer introduces a new dish from the holiday food series: the traditional Norwegian porridge, rommegrot. Listener Christine Bielke relays how her family serves up the cinnamon- and butter-topped dish every holiday season.
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Online Video Sites Go Pro And Get Original

Move over, cute kittens and goofy kiddos: YouTube is pouring money into slick, professional channels, including one that works with Madonna. Streaming services are developing their own original programing — including a resurrected, Netflix-only season of Arrested Development. It's like the early days of cable TV, when HBO started out airing movies and ended up with The Sopranos.

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