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Day 8 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Girlhood’ Reviewed

There are longueurs that occur throughout French director Céline Sciamma’s new drama Girlhood almost as if on a schedule. These moments feature the central character Marieme (Karidja Toure) seemingly soaking in a privileged moment in […]

04/16/2015

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Netflix Seeing Biggest Subscriber Gains In Streaming-Era History

Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as “House of Cards” lure subscribers at a quickening pace. Netflix said Wednesday that it gained 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year.

04/16/2015

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Selfie Sticks Discouraged At Cannes Film Festival

World cinema heavyweights including China’s Jia Zhangke, Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino and the United States’ Gus Van Sant will compete for prizes at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

04/16/2015

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Rita Wilson Undergoes Double Mastectomy After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Actress and singer Rita Wilson announced on Tuesday that she had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

04/15/2015

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Tap Talk: Craft Beer Festival Comes To Mpls.

Attention, craft beer enthusiasts: This weekend is your chance to guzzle (well … politely sample) the craftiest of beers from nearly 75 different breweries.

04/15/2015

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Day 7 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘The Mask You Live In’ Reviewed

Why is it that nearly all of America’s mass murders are men, when women have just as easy access to firearms? Why are boys more likely to be bullied? To have learning issues? To drop out of school? To commit suicide? Those are just a few of the questions posed by The Mask You Live In, the latest documentary on gender in America by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, whose last film, Miss Representation, explored how women are under-represented in positions of power.

04/15/2015

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City Pages Calls Mark Rosen The Cities’ Best Sports Anchor

WCCO’s own Mark Rosen was honored in City Pages’ 2015 edition of their popular “Best of the Cities” issue. Every April, the alt weekly unleashes their choices for all the top items in arts and entertainment, food and drink, shopping and services, and sports and recreation.

04/15/2015

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Local Music Tap: Most Anticipated ‘Record Store Day’ Releases

With all the Record Store Days festivities kicking into high gear this week, we wondered: what are the most anticipated releases this year? Well, we asked many shops around Minnesota and compiled their answers!

04/14/2015

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Day 6 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Finding Gastón’ Reviewed

Saying that a documentary about a world-renowned chef could make your mouth water isn’t really impressive. But if a film could make you a fan of a country, a people, a cuisine, that’s something more powerful. Julia Patricia Perez’s Finding Gaston introduces the audience to one of Peru’s greatest cultural ambassadors, Gaston Acurio. The man, who appears at length in the film, is a bastion for every pepper, sauce and recipe native to his homeland, and he goes to incredible lengths to fortify the small Latin American nation as a haven for culinary treasures.

04/14/2015

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Win a Trip to See Mumford & Sons in NYC: Play Pingo

Pingo is a free game that rewards you for taking photos with your phone. Not only is Pingo simple and fun, but prizes are given away every day—lots of them!

04/14/2015

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Day 5 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Amour Fou’ Reviewed

Writer/director Jessica Hausner’s latest work is weirdly captivating. The visual style, with people standing stiff as paintings and stoic Weimaraner dogs seemingly everywhere, sets it apart from so many movies these days while simultaneously cementing the movie in the historical frame of German Romanticism.

04/13/2015

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CBS Announces Star-Studded Guest List For Final ‘Late’ Shows With David Letterman

David Letterman is packing his final 28 shows as a late-night host with a who’s who of Hollywood names and favorites leading up to his May 20 swan song.

04/13/2015

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Salt-N-Pepa, Michael McDonald, Pat Benatar Playing MN Zoo This Summer

The Minnesota Zoo’s 2015 concert series will include performances by Salt-N-Pepa, Michael McDonald, Lucinda Williams, and Jonny Lang. On Monday, the Zoo announced the full lineup for the Subway Music in the Zoo concert series, which kicks off June 6 with a split bill between Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin.

04/13/2015

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Best New Books For Spring Book Club Picks

Spring has sprung, the weather is (finally!) warming up, and we are excited gather over a glass of crisp white wine and discuss the seasons hottest books with our favorite girlfriends. Our sister company, Simon & Schuster, is celebrating the resurgence of sunshine and greenery with the book club picks to keep you and your club reading throughout cherry blossom season.

04/13/2015

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Day 4 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Clouds Of Sils Maria’ Reviewed

Of all the contemporary name-brand directors on the festival circuit today, Olivier Assayas may be one of the most enigmatic. His films usually play with a high degree of clarity, though just as often it […]

04/12/2015

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‘Pot (The Movie)’ Features Plight Of Minnesota Family

A movie premiering Saturday at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival is taking on marijuana. Michael Hope’s film, “Pot (the movie),” tells the plight of a Minnesota woman who gave her son medical marijuana.

04/11/2015

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Review: ‘The Longest Ride’ Isn’t What It Claims To Be

The best thing about The Longest Ride, the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker novel, is the bullriding. The slow-motion shots, with the animal’s legs kicking and snot slinging into the air, capture the ride as an act of grace. An entire documentary focused on the sport could be carried by the power and beauty of such images. The same, however, can’t be said for “The Longest Ride,” which tries to mash two quite different loves stories together and ends up a messy, pointless excuse to see a glimpse of Scott Eastwood’s ass.

04/11/2015

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Day 3 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Virtuosity’ Reviewed

Allow me a personal indulgence. One year ago this month, I auditioned in MacPhail School of Music’s concerto competition. It was the first time I’d tried out for anything on piano since high school. I […]

04/11/2015

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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival Kicks Off

Minneapolis is indeed a cultural hub this weekend, with literary writers from all over the country already in town for the AWP Conference, and now film-makers from all over the world kicking off the 33rd annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

04/10/2015

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Day 2 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Victoria’ Reviewed

It’s probably near impossible to see Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria and not be impressed. The entire 140-minute film is captured in one continuous shot by the incredibly athletic camerawork of Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, and never does the movie drag its feet, lose its momentum or devolve into a swirling, jittery mess. Instead, “Victoria” has a gorgeous, liquid quality. At one moment, it’ a carefree romp through nocturnal Berlin, and then it changes, right before your eyes, into a heart-pounding thriller, all gunshots and getaways.

04/10/2015

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This Week: Robin Williams Is Protected & Maya Angelou Gets Stamped

This week, a late comedian’s likeness can’t be used for quite some time and a late poet gets honored.

04/10/2015

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Teens & Technology: Study Finds 25 Percent Are Online ‘Almost Constantly’

A new study by the Pew Research Center shows just how much teens are using technology and social media.

04/10/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Week

From a large music festival-conference to a soul legend crooning it up in St. Paul, here are four great shows to see this week(end)!

04/09/2015

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Tyra Banks To Host ‘The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards’ On POP

Emmy Award-Winning talk show host, creator and producer Tyra Banks to host “The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on POP, Sunday, April 26th at 8pm ET/PT.

04/09/2015

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Youth Created Art On Display At The Intermedia Arts Center

The final paintings are being hung this week for an art show curated and created by kids. The exhibit, called “ME(me)”, opens this Saturday at Intermedia Arts Center.

04/09/2015

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2015 Academy Awards

“Birdman” was the top winner at the 2015 Academy Awards, winning best picture and best director. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash” also earned multiple awards.

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Puppy Bowl XI Starting Lineup

Forget the Patriots, ignore the Seahawks. The REAL competition this year is between Drew Carey, Pepper, Faulkner and the rest of the starting lineup for Puppy Bowl XI. See them all here!

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2015 Oscar Nominations

The 2015 Oscar Nominations were announced Thursday morning, including lots of nominations for “Boyhood,” “Birdman,” and “The Imitation Game.” See all the contenders in the top categories here.

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Golden Globes’ Best & Worst Dressed

The stars came out in full force at the 2015 Golden Globes, and some brought A-game glamour to the red carpet while others chose duds that were … well, duds.

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