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

Adepero Oduye planned to be a doctor, but after her father died suddenly, she decided to change course and pursue an acting career. Focus Features hide caption

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Coming Out, Coming Of Age As A Teen 'Pariah'

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Skylar Grey: And The Hits Keep Coming

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Col. Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) was a father figure to Cpl. Radar O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff). CBS/Landov hide caption

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Harry Morgan, M*A*S*H's Col. Potter, Dies At 96

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Mark Duplass and Ken Marino star in the new video "The First A.D.," a video at the successful website Funny Or Die. Screenshot hide caption

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Not Just Any Set: Behind The Scenes At 'Funny Or Die'

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Controversial Film Director Ken Russell Dies At 84

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Silent Screen idol George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), a young and upcoming dancer, share a vivacious moment on stage in Michel Hazanavicius's film The Artist. The Weinstein Company hide caption

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In 'The Artist,' A Silent Look At Old Hollywood

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Seeds Of Change: Once Upon A Time's Regina (Lana Parilla) has an apple (or six) with Snow White's name on it. The ABC show — which transports the population of the Enchanted Forest into modern-day Maine — is one of two new network dramas that put a new twist on old tales.

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Fairy-Tale Adaptations: It's Ever After, All Right

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A Moving Sound. YunYa Hsieh stands at the center, Scott Praire sits to the right.

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Death Metal, Vernacular And Tradition: The Music Scene In Taiwan

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Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

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