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Hidden Figures: The Women Who Put A Man In Space

Hidden Figures, Theodore Melfi’s salute to the black female mathematicians who were the booster rockets of NASA’s early space program, swerves around a conversation-ending refrain: “That’s just the way things are.” It’s what geometry genius Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) hears when her coworkers won’t let her attend their all-male…
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'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' Among WGA Theatrical Screenplay Nominations; 'Westworld,' 'Stranger Things' Lead TV Noms

From left: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘La La Land’ Courtesy of David Bornfriend/A24; HBO; Dale Robinette/Lionsgate As the Writers Guild of America on Wednesday announced its nominees in the theatrical and documentary screenplay categories, awards season favorites La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight each claimed a spot in the…
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The Uses Of The Classical

For three seasons, America’s Got Talent apportioned one slot to a contestant voted in via YouTube, creating an impression of direct democracy on reality television. In 2010, the elected contestant was Jackie Evancho, a 10-year-old Pittsburgh vocalist who sang with such cyborgian finesse that some suggested her audition tape was…
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