Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

Comedian and actress Grace Helbig is a star on YouTube. "Having an audience that listens to and resonates with your creative ideas is invaluable," she says. Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP hide caption

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How Do You Measure Passion? Figuring The Value Of Social Media Followers

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2016 Pritzker Prize Goes To Chilean Architect Alejandro Aravena

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Amanda Saab cracked jokes, showed her creative side and even cooked bacon (which she didn't eat) during her time as a contestant on MasterChef. Greg Gayne/FOX hide caption

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In 2015, TV Broke Ground By Showing Relatable Women In Hijab

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Ellsworth Kelly, shown before one of his huge pieces at Peter Carlson Enterprises, Sun Valley, in 1996, has died at the age of 92. Clarence Williams/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Artist Ellsworth Kelly, Master Of Colorful Abstraction, Dies At 92

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In the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Clement Clark Moore describes Santa as a "jolly old elf." Above, a 1918 illustration of the poem, by William Roger Snow. GraphicaArtis/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Santa An Elf? Discuss

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What American Muslims Do On Christmas: New Traditions Emerge

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Film character BB-8 arrives at the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Dec.14. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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The Intimidating Task Behind This Season's Cutest Breakout Star

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In Krampus a family is stalked by a horrible figure taken from German and Austrian mythology. Above, Allison Tolman from left, Adam Scott Toni Collette. Steve Unwin/Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures hide caption

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Oh Holy Fright: Christmas Horror Movies That Slay

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Mattel's Michelle Chidoni says there wasn't any trepidation over casting a boy in a recent Barbie ad. "Barbie is a brand that's all about imagination and storytelling, whether you're a boy or a girl," she says. Moschino via YouTube hide caption

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From Dream Bride To Doll For Boys: The Evolution Of The Barbie Ad

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Mimi Cheng's Dumplings, a restaurant in New York City, has a November special: Thanksgiving dumplings filled with turkey, stuffing and gravy and served with cranberry sauce. Courtesy of Mimi Cheng's hide caption

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New York Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving In One Tasty Bite

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First-time Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven tells the story of five sisters from a contemporary Turkish village in Mustang. (From left) Tugba Sunguroglu, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan and Güneş Şensoy. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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'Mustang' Takes On Women's Rights In Fairy Tale Form

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George Takei and Lea Salonga in a scene from the musical Allegiance. Matt Murphy hide caption

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George Takei Debuts On Broadway In 'Allegiance'

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ISIS-Threatened Sites Left Off Endangered Heritage List

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The Heat, The Pressure, The Violence: Cooking Films Are The New Boxing Movies

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The Assassin isn't just a change of form for its director, Hou Hsiao-Hsien; it also puts a twist on the classic story of the roaming swordsman — or swordswoman — in medieval China. Courtesy of Well Go USA hide caption

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Renowned Director Breaks The Mold, With An 'Assassin' No One Saw Coming

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