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Anna Akana, a bespectacled, 25-year-old comedian who writes, directs and stars in skits about everything from personal stories, to friendship and even dealing with anxiety, says she is sort of over YouTube. Anna Akana/Screenshot via YouTube hide caption

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For Online Video Stars, YouTube Is No Longer The Only Stage

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The Brink imagines how the White House situation room —€” and the U.S. secretary of state, played by Tim Robbins —€” respond when Pakistan is taken over by a certifiably crazy general. Merie W. Wallace/HBO hide caption

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HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

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'Jurassic World' Speaks A Universal Language

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Joy (left, voiced by Amy Poehler) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) catch a ride on the Train of Thought in Pixar's Inside Out. The movie opens in theaters nationwide June 19. Disney/Pixar hide caption

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Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right

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Andersson's new film, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, consists of a series of absurdist episodes. It opens with a man (Per Bergqvist) wandering a museum, looking at exhibits of stuffed birds. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Roy Andersson: From Mordant Ad Director To Philosophical Filmmaker

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Influential Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

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Why does there seem to be such a vast space between Etsy and blue-chip virtual auction houses like Sotheby's? Where's the website where you can spend $200 or $2,000 on quality art online? New companies are trying to fill that gap. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Online Art Sites Aim To Fill Gap Between Etsy And Sotheby's

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Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born visual artist who has made her home country's turbulent history the subject of high art. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a retrospective of her work. Above, Neshat's 1999 Rapture Series. Photograph by Larry Barns/Courtesy Gladstone Gallery hide caption

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Artist Shirin Neshat Captures Iran's Sharp Contrasts In Black And White

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Picasso Painting Breaks Record For Most Expensive Artwork Sold At Auction

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Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story. Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs/Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park hide caption

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Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

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Blackbird is about a gay interracial romance set in the deep South. courtesy of blackbirdthemovie.com hide caption

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A Look At 'Blackbird,' The First Film On The New 'Black Netflix'

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Small South Carolina Newspaper Takes Home Top Pulitzer Prize

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Sydney Lucas as Small Alison and Michael Cerveris as her father in the new production of Fun Home. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home'

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Jon Stewart's Replacement Is Unlikely Choice For 'The Daily Show'

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BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg admits his underlying assumption that male is the default gender for his characters is "stupid and wrong." Netflix hide caption

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For 'BoJack Horseman,' It Matters If A Cartoon Dog Is A Man Or A Woman

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