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The Funny 50: A Cavalcade Of Comic Writers

Writer and comedian Andy Borowitz read through more than 1,000 different authors before picking the top 50 for his new book, The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to the Onion.
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After 40 Years, Grisly 'Exorcist' Book Gets A Rewrite

In 1971, William Peter Blatty told the spine-chilling story of a little girl who becomes possessed by a malevolent demon in Washington, D.C. It was called the The Exorcist — and it was only his first draft. Now, Blatty has revised and polished his landmark novel for its 40th-anniversary re-release.
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Justin Timberlake On Music, Comedy And Wearing Out His NPR T-Shirt

Justin Timberlake's new movie is all about man who can trade time like money. With his adventures in comedy, music, and acting, it's hard to believe Timberlake himself has much time to spare.
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Actor Alan Alda Plays 'Not My Job'

We've invited Alda to play a game called "You're the Assistant Keeper of the Royal Privy": three questions about what goes on behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace.
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Kids' Book Club: A 'Graveyard' Tour With Neil Gaiman

Welcome to NPR's Back-Seat Book Club, where author Neil Gaiman is here to answer your questions about The Graveyard Book. Gaiman explains how Nobody Owens, a young boy raised in a graveyard, learns the value of life from the dead.
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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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