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'Anonymous': Stylish Claptrap, By Any Other Name

Could Shakespeare have been in love if he didn't even exist? Director Roland Emmerich's Elizabethan-era costume drama turns a cockamamie idea about the Bard's "real" identity into a ridiculous but handsome thriller.
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'Primetime' TV, Like You've Never Seen It Before

The PBS documentary series America in Primetime, which premieres this weekend, puts TV under the microscope, analyzing various tropes and character archetypes. Critic David Bianculli says it's the smartest TV show about television he's seen in the past two decades.
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Shakespeare, Thompson: Stick To The Print Versions

The lives of writers drive two films opening this week: The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, dramatizes a Hunter S. Thompson novel. Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, meanwhile, examines who wrote Shakespeare's plays. Critic David Edelstein says both films show how hard it is to write about writers.
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Scott Spencer: Plot Twists, Where Everything Changes

Many of Spencer's novels feature a turning point — a dreadful, unplanned act committed by one of the characters. In his latest book, Man in the Woods, a carpenter accidentally kills a man, which leads him to question himself and his relationship with God.
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'Like Crazy' Makes First Love Feel Real

"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" movie critic Kenneth Turan calls the Sundance standout "Like Crazy" a simple love story. It's about a young couple divided by geography.
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For 'Anonymous' Scribe, A Shakespearean Speculation

An oft-debunked notion about the authorship of Hamlet, Macbeth and the rest is at the core of a new political thriller from director Roland Emmerich. Screenwriter John Orloff tells Renee Montagne that he's less interested in historical fact than in dramatizing "the process of creativity."
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 28

Dia De Los Muertos

Scary stories, dreary dance, Cabaret Macabre and genuine Scottish jams.

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'Fast And Slow': Pondering The Speed Of Thought

Daniel Kahneman won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the psychology of decision-making. Now, in Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman revisits and recasts his world-famous research on what he calls "the machinery of the mind."
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No, You Can't: World Record Ideas That Didn't Cut It

Some of the alleged records rejected by Guinness World Records are every bit as interesting as the ones they take. And whether the submitter's idea for a new record is accepted or rejected, their common thread is wanting to be able to say, "I can do this better than anybody else on this planet."

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