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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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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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