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Atwood says that her artistic side was always nurtured, particularly by her two grandmothers. Above are Atwood's sketches for characters from the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Warren Holder/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Colleen Atwood: To Design The Costume, Understand The Character

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Mark Wahlberg in the terse, tight Deepwater Horizon. David Lee/Courtesy of Lionsgate hide caption

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'Deepwater Horizon' Honors The Sacrifice Without Sacrificing The Action

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Matzo ball soup is a classic recipe straight from Eastern Europe. But not all Jews from the region came to the New World via Ellis Island, as reflected in this jalapeño-inflected family recipe from chef Pati Jinich. Copyright Ellen Silverman hide caption

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For Rosh Hashana, A Matzo Ball Soup By Way Of Mexico

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'American Honey' Trains Its Lens On Traveling Magazine Crews

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Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders

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Workers unload bananas in New Orleans. Bananas Foster, one of New Orleans' favorite desserts, is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, which spawned banana republics. Arnold Genthe/Library of Congress hide caption

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Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven. Sony Pictures hide caption

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Magnificent Seven' And 'Fleabag'

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Rolf Lassgård, left, stars as a grouchy widower in A Man Called Ove, which opens Friday in U.S. theaters. Music Box Films hide caption

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A Swedish Curmudgeon Wins Hearts, On The Page, And Now On Screen

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