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Ben Stiller, Spinning Daydreams In 'Walter Mitty'

Known for his broad comedies, the actor takes a more serious turn in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, playing a man who copes with his boring life by creating a wild fantasy existence. He spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about the film, which he also directed.

Then-Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte walks the hallways of the Threat Operations Center inside the National Security Agency in 2006. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This British Spy Thriller Shows How Thrill-Less Spying Can Be

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ROAM AND SPY STEVE TIBBETTS
O Solitude Branford Marsalis

In an effort to hire better job candidates, some companies are replacing paper resumes with tests designed to collect big data from job applicants. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Will A Computer Decide Whether You Get Your Next Job?

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Ish Lonak Ini Mohammed Saleh & Haitham Hasan
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San Sebastian Steve Vai

Atlas, a humanoid robot, is competing against 16 other robots in a Pentagon-sponsored contest this weekend. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Robot 'Olympics' Test Machines On Human Skills

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Everything Pharaohs
Front Burner Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Asghar Farhadi's The Past focuses on the complex family dynamics between Marie (Berenice Bejo), her soon-to-be ex-husband, her new love (Tahar Rahim, above) and her children. Carole Bethuel/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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From An Oscar Winner, A 'Past' Still Hauntingly Present

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Piezas (5) del siglo XVI, for piano [Pavana (Luis de Milán)]
Watson's Excellent Adventure Charlie Musselwhite
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NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy performs a spacewalk in May to inspect and replace a pump controller box on the International Space Station. On Saturday, two astronauts will perform the first in a series of similar spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line on the ISS. AP hide caption

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Astronauts Ready For Marathon Spacewalks

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F Burn Between Friends
Giggle Water Los Straitjackets
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The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original 'Welfare Queen'

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Mean Low Water Artie Traum
March for harpsichord in C major, Z. 648

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announces that the city will demolish Turner Field after Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Reed says it was a hard decision but he thinks the city will be better for it. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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The Cost To Keep The Home Team At Home May Not Be Worth It

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Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison

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Not Fit for Human Consumption Ant Neely
Step into My Dream Friction & Spice

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Ben Stiller, Spinning Daydreams In 'Walter Mitty'

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Step Out José González
Wormwood Tuatara
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