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Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow

Tom Clancy's wonkish spy returns in a new thriller from Kenneth Branagh, with Star Trek's Chris Pine in the title role and the director playing a menacing Russian bad guy out to bring the U.S. to its knees.

Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow
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Roger Ailes is the subject of a new book by New York Magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman. He describes Ailes' rule inside Fox News as "absolute." Jim Cooper/AP hide caption

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Texas is one of 23 states in which Republicans have control of both the state legislature and the governor's office. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It

There was a time when people in the know in Memphis described James Govan as Otis Redding's natural successor. A new compilation collects some of his unreleased recordings.

The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It
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Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

His 18th album is a mixed-bag assortment of covers and originals brimming with undimmed eagerness.

Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'
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In addition to being the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was New York state's first Hispanic federal judge. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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In Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, who, Thompson says, hated the whole idea of having her book made into a film. Francois Duhamel/Disney Enterprises hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Emma Thompson, Gary Shteyngart, 'Babylon' And 'Detective'

The actress takes on Mary Poppins' acerbic creator, the novelist recounts his emigration from the USSR to the U.S. and David Bianculli says two new miniseries are worth special mention — and couldn't be more different.

Fresh Air Weekend: Emma Thompson, Gary Shteyngart, 'Babylon' And 'Detective'
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Julian Fellowes On The Rules Of 'Downton'

On the hit PBS Masterpiece series, the social rules the characters have always known are changing as the world events of the 20th century unfold.

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'Invisible Woman' Charts Charles Dickens' Hidden Relationship

A new film explores the affair between Dickens and a young actress for whom he left his wife, but who for years never showed up in biographies of Dickens. It's the second film directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also plays Dickens.

'Invisible Woman' Charts Charles Dickens' Hidden Relationship
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Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

Ken Tucker says The River & The Thread is a travelogue; a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.

Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History
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In Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, who, Thompson says, hated the whole idea of having her book made into a film. Francois Duhamel/Disney Enterprises hide caption

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Not-So-Cheery Disposition: Emma Thompson On Poppins' Cranky Creator

When it came to turning her children's book into a movie, Thompson says, P.L. Travers was patronizing, demeaning, rude, and "reminded me of Margaret Thatcher." Thompson plays the acerbic author in Saving Mr. Banks.

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Kenny Clarke, Inventor Of Modern Jazz Drumming, At 100

The drummer known as "Klook" was a founder of bebop — and a man endlessly open to possibilities.

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Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich (left), Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage in a Moscow court on Oct. 10, 2012. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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IFC's The Spoils Of Babylon follows a sister (Kristin Wiig) and adopted brother (Tobey Maguire) caught up in a passionate romance. Katrina Marcinowski/IFC hide caption

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