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Sondheim's Songs Go 'Into The Woods' And Onto The Big Screen  |   

Director Rob Marshall is no stranger to the movie musical — and now, he's taking on the challenge of adapting Stephen Sondheim's knotty, complicated songs to the big screen with Into the Woods.

Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth  |   

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique   |   

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art  |   

Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh's earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.

Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both  |   

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.

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