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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.

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

Increasingly, privately owned sports teams aren't just asking for newer, fancier digs. They're also asking the public to pay half — or more — of the bill.

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The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original 'Welfare Queen'

The story of the woman famously referred to as a "welfare queen" in Ronald Reagan's 1976 campaign is far more bizarre and unsettling than the stereotype she became the emblem for, as a stellar long read from Slate reveals.

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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

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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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Astronauts Ready For Marathon Spacewalks

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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

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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
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