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One Dot At A Time, Lichtenstein Made Art Pop

Roy Lichtenstein is best known for his dotted, angst-filled comics featuring beautiful ladies in distress. But a major retrospective at the National Gallery shows that the painter found inspiration beyond the comic-book world; he also paid his respects to the masters — Picasso, Monet and more.
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Some Book! 'Charlotte's Web' Turns 60

E.B. White's classic children's book is ostensibly about a spider and a pig. But author Michael Sims says the story is really about the barn the critters live in, based on a real barn on White's Maine farm.
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'Smashed': A Love Story Minus The Alcohol

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul star in this modern tale of addiction that explores what happens to a young marriage when the one thing that once brought them together suddenly vanishes. Director and cowriter James Ponsoldt says the idea for the movie came from real-life experiences.
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Brad Pitt Helps Chanel Shake Up Iconic Perfume

Chanel No. 5 is an iconic perfume, it's been around for 92 years. Marylin Monroe, Catherine Deneuve and Nicole Kidman have all endorsed the fragrance. Starting on Sunday, Brad Pitt is joining their ranks. He's the first man to endorse the perfume in its history.
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Traveling The World Brings Andrew McCarthy Home

Former teen heartthrob Andrew McCarthy heads around the world to confront his own issues on intimacy and commitment in his new memoir, The Longest Way Home.
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Washington's Lesser-Known Memorials

Find out why there are memorials on federal land honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot and women who died on the Titanic.

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Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

The musician and educator spent six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. His experience forms the basis of a new book, The Gershwins and Me, in which he explores George and Ira's work and influence.
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Vice Presidential Debate Mirrors 'American Idol'

The first two debates of the 2012 election cycle have had stratospheric viewership on TV.

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