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4 Books to Read After You Binge Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle

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Sometimes I’ll casually watch a show for years, just popping in to catch an episode or two. But other times I’ll become instantly obsessed, binging every episode I can get my hands on in a matter of days. This was my recent experience with the Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle, which I watched in a flurry of laughter, tears and the occasional swoon. For such an awesome show, Mozart in the Jungle has been flying mostly under the radar, at least until it cleaned up at the Golden Globes this year. And why wouldn’t it? Gael Garcia Bernal is awesome as Rodrigo, the young upstart conductor who takes over the New York Symphony from the older, traditional Maestro Thomas (Malcolm McDowell).…

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The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart heads to the big screen: Political drama Rosewater

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On the one hand, it might seem like an odd choice for a satirical comedian with his own cable show to tackle weighty material like the hotly contested 2009 elections in Iran between the conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his liberal challenger, Mir-Hossein Mousavi. On the other hand, anyone who’s seen Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show will know that its creator delivers harder hitting news on Comedy Central than most talking heads do on CNN, MSNBC, and most certainly Fox News. Stewart makes his directorial debut with Rosewater, which he adapted from Maziar Bahari’s 2011 memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Documentary filmmaker and Newsweek correspondent Bahari tells the story of his incarceration…

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