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'Extremely Loud' And Incredibly Manipulative

Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been adapted into a movie starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Critic David Edelstein says the end result doesn't fully mesh with the story it is trying to tell.

This Weekend, Some New Shows (And Old Favorites)

From new offerings like House of Lies to favorites like Californication and Downton Abbey, there are a plethora of options to watch this weekend. David Bianculli runs down what's on and explains which ones are worth watching.

For Some, Three Kings Day Is Bigger Than Christmas

Three Kings Day is when the three wise men are believed to have visited the baby Jesus. Many cultures, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, are celebrating on Friday. Festivities are also going strong in East Harlem, Miami, Los Angeles, even Disneyland. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gonzalo Casals, who organizes a parade in East Harlem.

'Spy': A Nuclear Caper, With A Nod From Clinton

In Thomas Caplan's latest novel, The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen, Ty Hunter, a spy-turned-movie star, is called back to service at the U.S. president's behest. The book is Caplan's third work of fiction, and an early draft got a little editing help from the real-life ex-president.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 6

Norwegian Wood, Generous Company’s Gumbo and samba star Diogo Nogueira.


Photojournalist Eve Arnold Dies At 99

She captured the ordinary and the extraordinary — but to her, they were all just people in front of the lens.

Photographer Eve Arnold Dies At 99

Robert Siegel talks to Brigitte Lardinois, associate director photography at the University of the Arts in London, about the late photographer Eve Arnold whose work captured the lives of the rich and famous — and the down and out. Arnold died Wednesday at 99.
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Photos Of Power: China's Empress Dowager

The Freer Gallery of Art is dusting off old black-and-white images of the woman once known as the most powerful in Asia: the Empress Dowager.

Growing Up Muslim And Midwestern In 'Dervish'

Playwright and author Ayad Akhtar draws from his own childhood in Wisconsin to tell the story of a 10-year-old Pakistani-American's romantic and religious awakening.