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Goodnight Mommy: hello chilly Austrian matricide horror - Venice review

Veronika Franz, the journalist and wife of Austrian film-maker Ulrich Seidl, makes her debut, co-directing with Severin Fiala for this chilly, angular, ultra-violent arthouse horror showing in the Venice film festival’s Orrizonti sidebar. Seidl himself produces, and the result is a technically …

Oscars 2014 Results: Complete Winners' List

Tinsel town's night of nights ended with some well-deserved wins across the board, culminating in the award for Best Picture.<p>An array of brilliants …

Bourdain Wire

Writer <b>Michael Ruhlman</b> does a good Q&A with <b>Anthony Bourdain</b>. They cover a bunch of things, including a chef's obligations today and "knuckle-headed trends." Bourdain on authenticity: "I'm fine with any kind of riff, as long as it's respectful, but even there, is there something wrong with <b>Guy Fieri</b> …

Non-Chefs Named Gordon Ramsay Discuss Chef Gordon Ramsay

A round up of Gordon Ramsays who aren't chefs dish on the chef with whom they share a name.<p>The only person more professionally obnoxious than <b>Gordon Ramsay</b> might be <b>Amy Bouzaglo</b>, the namesake co-owner of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. The walking tornadoes collided last year on an …

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Spiced Mexican Sausage with Potatoes (Chorizo con Papas)

12 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed (available from Amazon)<p>8 dried chiles de árbol, stemmed<p>1 cup finely chopped cilantro<p>1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar<p>2 …

What's the Most Expensive Meal You've Had in New York?

Cheap eating has never been better in this city, but we've also never had so many options for blowout expensive dining. Be it 20-course tastings, $400 sushi, or three-digit food events, it's a good time to have money. And with deceptively casual small plates eating, it can be all too easy to drop …

Thief Review

Thief is a game that ekes pain. It’s not the pain of a guard whacked on the back of the head with a blackjack, or the pain of our shadowy, if glam, hero shot through with a crossbow bolt. It’s the pain of legions of developers, working long hours, chained to a shifting project with no center. It’s …

Star Wars Episode VII: casting Adam Driver as a villain is one very odd move

If there is one area where JJ Abrams usually gets it right, it is casting. He was on the money when he picked the relatively untried Chris Pine to play the new Captain Kirk in 2009's rebooted Star Trek. He nailed it when he saw the potential of Phillip Seymour Hoffman to portray one of the most …

Drew Barrymore And Adam Sandler Recreate A Great Moment From "The Wedding Singer"

Too cute.

The unbelievable story of Why Marlon Brando rejected his 1973 Oscar for 'The Godfather'

On March 5, 1973, Marlon Brando declined the Academy Award for Best Actor for his gut-wrenching performance as Vito Corleone in "The Godfather" — for a very unexpected reason.<p>Here's how it went down.<p>In the 1960s, Brando's career had slid into decline. His previous two movies — the famously …

Late-Night Highlight: Adam Sandler Brings Drew Barrymore to Tears With Sentimental Duet

Old pals Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore appeared together on <i>The Tonight Show</i> Wednesday night to sing a duet celebrating their many years of onscreen …

Stealth Search: Embattled Al Qaeda Hunts for a New Bin Laden

Battered and on the run, al Qaeda is quietly looking for a charismatic leader capable of taking command when Ayman al-Zawahri’s tenure comes to what will likely be a violent end. And just as quietly, the U.S. intelligence community is searching for that same man -– so they can kill him.<p>The deadly …

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Army disqualifies 588 soldiers after sexual assault review

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he's pleased the Army is getting a handle on the problem.<p>WASHINGTON — The Army has disqualified 588 soldiers as sexual assault counselors, recruiters and drill sergeants for infractions ranging from sexual assault to child abuse to drunken driving, USA TODAY has …

British troops less likely to get PTSD than Americans

British troops have been "relatively resilient" compared to US troops when dealing with the strains of Iraq and Afghanistan<p>British combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are up to four times less likely to suffer PTSD than their American counterparts, but are more likely to drink to dangerous …

Survivors Of Military Sexual Assault Come Forward At Public Hearing

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand held a hearing on sexual assault in the military two days after the Military Justice Improvement Act was blocked in the Senate.<p>A bill to address the sexual assault crisis in the military was blocked on Monday in favor of voting on Iran sanctions, but two days later, …

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Raise the Minimum Wage? Some Foes Say They'll Stop Tipping

There's a surprise side order of sourpuss getting served up in the national argument over raising the minimum wage: discontented workers say they'll stop tipping when they go out to eat.<p>The surprise battleground is Seattle, where a movement to raise the minimum wage -- at $9.32, already one of the …

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