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Cate Blanchett Swears On Australian TV; Flap Ensues03/29/15
When Cate Blanchett was interviewed about her role in Cinderella last week, the interview came to an abrupt end with some inappropriate language. Oh, my! What would Prince Charming think?
Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?
Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
In The TV Show 'Younger,' You're Only 26 Twice
In the new TV Land show, Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old who needs to get back into the job market. So she moves to Brooklyn, gets highlights, learns how tweet, and pretends to be in her 20s.
Comedian George Carlin Is National Portrait Gallery's Newest Face
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Kelly Carlin, the daughter of the late comedian George Carlin, about the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's unveiling of her father's portrait Friday.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: SXSW And Hometown Cliches
Scads of music recommendations, talk of Austin and Portland, and what's making us happy this week.
Small Batch Edition: Talking 'X-Files' With Kumail Nanjiani
On today's Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.
'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard
The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."
Lebanon's Reality TV: Like The Kardashians, Only Less Serious
Maybe it's a sign that the U.S. does have influence in the Middle East. Lebanon's newest reality show, The Sisters, might look familiar. It features a trio of sisters who are into fashion big time.
For 'BoJack Horseman,' It Matters If A Cartoon Dog Is A Man Or A Woman
The creators of BoJack Horseman had to make a decision: would a female dog be as funny as a male dog? When it comes to gender in comedy, sometimes animators have more power than they realize.
James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset
The Late Late Show with James Corden fills the post-David Letterman time slot on CBS. TV critic David Bianculli says that based on first impressions, Corden will "settle in nicely."
'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race
The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.
Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat
What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.
Decades Before YouTube, Video Pioneers Captured Turbulent Era
In the pre-digital age, shooting video was unwieldy and expensive. But in the late 1960s, storytellers calling themselves "Videofreex" used the first portable video recorders to film a changing world.
One Man, New TV Show: James Corden Takes Over At 'Late Late Night'
Come Monday night, CBS's The Late Late Show will have a new host: James Corden. The British actor told NPR's Scott Simon he's hoping to breathe some fresh air into late night TV.
In Move From Web To TV, 'Childrens Hospital' Could Set An Example
Childrens Hospital returns to Comedy Central's Adult Swim for its sixth season Friday. NPR's Eric Deggans spent a day on set and reports on how this niche comedy is swimming against the tide.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Nick Hornby's 'Funny Girl' And Adapting Books
On this week's show, we read a book — specifically Nick Hornby's Funny Girl. We broaden out from there to film adaptations of books, and as always, we tell you what's making us happy this week.
A Watch Party For The 'Empire' Season Ender
With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a fictional black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in Washington, D.C., takes in the show's season finale.
Small Batch Edition: On Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell
We talk to romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.
Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?
Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.
Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows
The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Spread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.
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