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  • Bill Hader was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Stefon on Saturday Night Live.
    Mike Coppola / Getty Images
    5:49pm Jul 01, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, Classic Hollywood

    This weekend will be Hader's final romp on Saturday Night Live. He joined the cast in 2005 and has been nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, an obsessive clubgoer. Hader talks about not understanding how people do standup and about watching old films, which sparked his interest in Hollywood.
  • Pamina (Amy Carson) and Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) in Kenneth Branagh's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
    Revolver Group
    4:41pm Jul 01, 2013
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime

    Director Kenneth Branagh has given us fresh Shakespeare and witty modern comedies of manners, and some years ago he turned to opera, with an adaptation of Mozart's classic set in World War I. It's finally available in the U.S., and critic Lloyd Schwartz says the results are disappointingly mixed.
  • Michael C. Hall has played the serial killer Dexter Morgan for eight seasons on Showtime.
    10:55am Jul 01, 2013
    Arts Arts

    It's Showtime For Untested 'Ray Donovan' And Proven 'Dexter'

    The cable network presents two drama series this Sunday — series at different ends of their life spans. In its eighth and final season Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall, is worth sticking with, while Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber unveils its very impressive first episode.
  • 10:55am Jul 01, 2013
    Books Books Arts Music & Culture

    For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

    Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
  • Saoirse Ronan plays Eleanor, an ancient (and uncharacteristically ethical) vampire in Neil Jordan's Byzantium.
    IFC Films
    3:01pm Jun 27, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Two Master Moviemakers, Two Singularly Fine Films

    Pedro Almodovar's ensemble comedy I'm So Excited is set on an airplane with mechanical problems; Neil Jordan's Byzantium centers on a pair of itinerant English vampires. The two films couldn't be more different, but the two filmmakers are very much in command of their craft.
  • In the current New Yorker, Michael Specter explores the conflict among some people who suffer from Lyme disease, and the doctors who study it.
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    4:50pm Jun 26, 2013
    National National Science Environment Health & Safety

    'The Lyme Wars' That Tiny Ticks Have Wrought

    Since Lyme disease was first identified in the late 1970s, it has become the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the country. Journalist Michael Specter talks about his New Yorker article on the disease and its controversial history.
  • Amy Schumer isn't afraid to talk sexting, dirty talk or even the fine line between rape and deeply troubling sex in her comedy.
    Peter Yang / Comedy Central
    2:35pm Jun 25, 2013
    Arts Arts

    'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

    Amy Schumer talks a lot about sex — so much so that her Comedy Central special was called simply Mostly Sex Stuff. But her comedy is about much more than that. On her show Inside Amy Schumer, as well as in her stand-up, she tackles racism and awkward moments, and yes, sex, too. Also sex.