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Action Film Director Park Chan-Wook Transports Erotic 'Handmaiden' To 1930s Korea

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Ragnar Kjartansson's Woman in E takes place in a circular room built from a gold tinsel curtain. Unlike many of his works, Woman in E features real people, rather than films. Cathy Carver/Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine (New York) and i8 Gallery (Reykjavík) hide caption

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Art Star Ragnar Kjartansson Moves People To Tears, Over And Over

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Colleen Ballinger says Miranda Sings was inspired by two kinds of people: the girls who were mean to her in college and those unfortunate souls publicly warbling away on YouTube, whose ambitions — to put it nicely — exceed their abilities. Carol Segal/Netflix hide caption

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'Haters Back Off!': New TV Show Makes YouTube Star More Than Internet Famous

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Academy Chooses Bob Dylan As Unlikely Choice For Nobel Literature Prize

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South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee (left) and director Shin Sang-ok (right) made nearly 20 films for their captor, Kim Jong Il. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Acting For Film Or Acting For Life? Doc Tells Story Of Kim Jong Il's Captives

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"You can't have the modern American restaurant without Delmonico's," explains Yale historian Paul Freedman. The restaurant opened in 1837, setting the bar very high for fine dining. Above, a dinner in honor of an admiral held at Delmonico's in 1906. Library of Congress hide caption

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Food For Thought: 10 Restaurants That Shaped America

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Pura Belpré became the first Puerto Rican librarian at the New York Public Library in 1921. She's shown above leading a story hour in the 1930s. New York Public Library hide caption

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How NYC's First Puerto Rican Librarian Brought Spanish To The Shelves

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Former Journalist Sabaa Tahir Writes Dystopian Fantasies Inspired By The News

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Literary 'It Couple,' Both Best-Selling Authors, Work Side By Side

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Artist Noah Davis founded The Underground Museum to bring world-class art to a neighborhood in Los Angeles — for free. He was just 32 years old when he died from cancer in 2015. Ed Templeton/The Underground Museum hide caption

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

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Cover of the first trade collection of the 1980s comics series Suicide Squad. DC Comics hide caption

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The Unsung Heroine Who Helped Shape 'Suicide Squad'

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Gabriel Bateman and Teresa Palmer star in the big-screen adaptation of Lights Out, a film that began as a low-budget short, uploaded to YouTube. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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'Lights Out': A Scary Swedish Short Spawns A Summer Hit

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Born This Way is produced by Jonathan Murray, the co-creator of MTV's Real World. Above, cast members Cristina Sanz (left), Rachel Osterbach, Steven Clark and Sean McElwee (top). Adam Taylor/A&E hide caption

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A Cast With Down Syndrome Brings Fresh Reality To Reality TV

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The dining room for Wolvesmouth: Taxa, a pop-up dining experience as art installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Geffen Contemporary location. Myles Pettengill/Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles hide caption

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At LA's MOCA, A Celebrated Chef Serves Up Dinner As Art Installation

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