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American Mozart

American Mozart

Intense and emotional, the hip-hop superstar has become a national joke. Could a concert tour with Jay-Z, his preternaturally controlled friend and rival, offer redemption—or disaster?

The Most Dangerous Gamer

The Most Dangerous Gamer

The video-game developer Jonathan Blow is his industry’s harshest critic. In trying to prove the artistic capacity of his medium, Blow may cement his legacy—or end his career.

How to Make a Hollywood Hit

How to Make a Hollywood Hit

Charting the new globe-trotting science of moviemaking

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How America Forgot About Chess

The once-popular game is suffering from boring grandmasters and controversial leadership. | Santiago Wills


Hollywood's Problem With Senior-Citizen Sex Paramount

Hollywood's Problem With Senior-Citizen Sex

The newly reissued 'Harold and Maude' is funny, but it didn't treat Maude's love life as a joke.

Soap Operas Have Died on TV but Live On in Movies ABC

Soap Operas Have Died on TV but Live On in Movies

'Dark Shadows' adapts a long-running serial—the kind of network show that just doesn't work anymore.

A Design Challenge: What if Nixon, Lincoln, or Bush Were Running Again? Re Elect

A Design Challenge: What if Nixon, Lincoln, or Bush Were Running Again?

An exhibit on display in New York shows MFA students reinterpreting past presidents' tenures for the present.

Things Are Looking Up for 'The Office' NBC

Things Are Looking Up for 'The Office'

The show's first year after Steve Carell's departure was rough, but next season should be better.

What Does a Radical Look Like? © The Richard Avedon Foundation

What Does a Radical Look Like?

A new exhibition of Richard Avedon's photography shows off the sartorial choices of activists like Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg.

What Happens When Cajun and Zydeco Meet Classic Rock AP Images

What Happens When Cajun and Zydeco Meet Classic Rock

Louisiana's regional music scene is embracing its own traditions while reinterpreting popular music.

The Future of Video Games Could Look a Lot Like Television Telltale Games

The Future of Video Games Could Look a Lot Like Television

Game creators are experimenting with shorter, episodic stories.

The End of Adorkable: 'New Girl' Grows Up Fox

The End of Adorkable: 'New Girl' Grows Up

In its first season, the show's gone from a Zooey Deschanel quirkfest to a funny, accurate picture of the awkwardness of young adulthood.

Scarlett Johansson Has the Most Human Moment in 'The Avengers' Marvel

Scarlett Johansson Has the Most Human Moment in 'The Avengers'

Black Widow's display of vulnerability shows the challenge of being a female superhero—and an empowered woman in the real world.

Could the Internet Save Book Reviews? AP Images

Could the Internet Save Book Reviews?

Even as print publications are getting rid of reviewers, websites and podcasts offer new ways of approaching literature.

MCA, Kid Forever: How the Beastie Boys United Us by Never Growing Up Reuters

MCA, Kid Forever: How the Beastie Boys United Us by Never Growing Up

The outpouring of grief when Adam Yauch died Friday showed the incredible reach of his band's music.

Guns N' Roses' Soft-Rock Legacy Reuters

Guns N' Roses' Soft-Rock Legacy

The new rock hall-of-famers had a bad-boy image—but did their most successful work on mushy ballads.

The Resurrection of 'GCB' ABC

The Resurrection of 'GCB'

How the ABC soap went from being a tiresome collection of mean-girl cliches to a sensitive portrait of religious people

Can America Quit Football? Reuters

Can America Quit Football?

An interview with filmmaker Sean Pamphilon about his latest work-in-progress,"The United States of Football"

4 BountyGate Players Suspended: What It Means for the Future of Football AP Images

4 BountyGate Players Suspended: What It Means for the Future of Football

Will the NFL commissioner's harsh punishment set a precedent? What options do the players have? An expert answers these questions, and more.

What 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' Said Nonesuch

What 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' Said

Wilco's legendary album, which turned 10 last week, was about how hard it is to communicate honestly.

The Kentucky Derby and the Slow Death of Horse Racing AP Images

The Kentucky Derby and the Slow Death of Horse Racing

On the eve of the sport's biggest event, it needs more than a Triple Crown to survive.

The Quest to Ask Better Questions Bloomsbury

The Quest to Ask Better Questions

Warren Berger's next book will look to improve the very act of asking.

Summer Movie Guide: Which Film to See Each Week Till September Columbia Pictures

Summer Movie Guide: Which Film to See Each Week Till September

'Men In Black III' or 'Moonrise Kingdom'? 'G.I. Joe' or 'Magic Mike'? Could the new 'Spider-Man' be good?

In Cuban Film and in Real Life, Defecting Tempts the Young Una Noche

In Cuban Film and in Real Life, Defecting Tempts the Young

Two recent movies dramatize struggles to leave the island—just as two actors decide themselves to do so.

The Biggest Story in Photos

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