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Earl Hamner, Creator Of 'The Waltons,' Dies At 92

The long-running television show set in the Depression-era Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia told a story based on Hamner's youth through the characters of John Boy Walton and his loving family.
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Comedian Garry Shandling Dies At 66

Garry Shandling, the comedian and actor who starred in The Larry Sanders Show, died on Thursday at age 66.
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Actor And Comedian Garry Shandling Dies At 66

Best known for his work on the pioneering cable television comedy series The Larry Sanders Show, Shandling died following a "medical emergency," the Los Angeles Police Department said.
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In 'Navel Gazing,' Michael Ian Black Lays It All Out, Insecurities And All

"When I'm acting, I always imagine myself as looking totally different than the person that appears onscreen," Black says. The comedian writes about family, masculinity and vanity in his new memoir.
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The Many Masks Of Batman In 'Caped Crusade'

Glen Weldon's book The Caped Crusade traces the evolution of Batman, and argues that his anger and obsession are only part of the character; his childhood anti-crime oath makes him a hopeful figure.
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For Actress Regina King, A Childhood Gig Launched A Career In Hollywood

King began acting professionally as a teen on the TV show 227. Now she co-stars in ABC's American Crime and HBO's The Leftovers. She also directs for television, but says "I absolutely love acting."
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'Hollywood Hoofbeats' Chronicles The Horses That Captured Moviegoers' Hearts

Author Petrine Day Mitchum tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that show business horses have been known to develop an actor's affection for the camera, often coming to life when the director says "action."
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Blame It On The Algorithm: Defining The Word That's Giving Instagrammers Fits

Instagram will start testing a new algorithm that will choose what content we see first. Tech journalist Kurt Wagner explains what an algorithm does, and why users might not be so happy about it.
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'Gaycation': Ellen Page Explores LGBT Lives Globally On Travel Show

Page's new TV show on Viceland is called Gaycation. The actress and co-host Ian Daniel speak to NPR's Michel Martin about the show, in which they explore LGBT culture around the world.
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'The West Wing Weekly' Podcast Promises To Break Down Every Episode

Joshua Malina, who played Will Bailey on the show, and Hrishikesh Hirway plan to take a deep dive into the critically acclaimed series.

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