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

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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Black Lives Matter Activists Take It Off The Street And Into The Museum

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Los Angeles Chef Pushes Boundaries Of Taste In Art Installation

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Binh Danh melds early photographic materials and timeless landscapes to produce ethereal images of national parks. He made this daguerreotype of Cathedral Rocks and Cathedral Spires in June 2012. Courtesy of Binh Danh hide caption

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National Park Daguerreotypes Invite Viewers To 'Merge With The Land'

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'Such A Magical Time': Harry Potter Fans Recall Growing Up Alongside Wizard

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Alexander, a former kickboxing champ, came to the U.S. about 20 years ago to work as a stuntwoman. She has also worked with Marines and women in domestic violence shelters. Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Kickboxing Director Lexi Alexander Uses Activism To Bust Out Of 'Movie Jail'

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U.S. Army Takes Unique Approach With New Recruitment Video

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Lupita Nyong'o says it was "a very discombobulating thing," to go from obscurity to the Academy Awards. Alex Lubomirski/Lancôme hide caption

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After Very Visible Roles, Lupita Nyong'o Looks To Disappear Into Character

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Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley star in the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, a book that's been celebrated for its depiction of positive consent. James Bridges/20th Century Fox/AP Photo hide caption

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When Talking About Sexual Consent, YA Books Can Be A Parent's Best Friend

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Rare Tape Of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Game To Be Archived

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Actors onstage during a performance of Fallujah. The Long Beach Opera production is based on the combat experiences of a U.S. Marine in Iraq, and was co-written with an Iraqi-American. Keith Ian Polakoff/Long Beach Opera hide caption

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An Iraq War Opera Finds A Vein Of Empathy

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