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Brittanie Reed and her mother, Wendy Fitt, the two pastry chefs behind Snickety Snacks, took their inspiration for these sugar cookies from a series of Beatles finger puppets by the artist Hanasaurusrex.

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Take a bite out of Ringo: Giant cookies honor pop culture icons

From Calvin and Hobbes to Fall Out Boy, two self-taught pastry pros specialize in hand-painted cookies of musicians and other cultural icons. Their creations seem almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

Boots performs live at WNYC

Boots: Beyoncé's most mysterious and least talkative collaborator

He became the Internet’s favorite mystery late in 2013 when he was credited as a songwriter and producer on Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album.

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'Hunger Games' director Francis Lawrence knows the pressure is on

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The director of "Mockingjay: Part One," says he was "a little nervous" about meeting fans' expectations for this episode, which doesn't have much action.

'Stop Kiss': Playhouse director makes risky debut with lesbian love story

Seema Sueko, director of the Pasadena Playhouse's run of 'Stop Kiss,' talks about how the audience response to her directorial debut exceeded all of her expectations.

'Mike Tyson Mysteries' producer says boxer plays a 'comedic fantasy' of himself

Hugh Davidson, producer/writer of the Adult Swim show, says the former boxer "is very aware and trying to do the best he can, and it's hard not to root for that."

Hackers shut down Sony Pictures' corporate network

Employees arrived Monday morning to find a message on hacked computer screens featuring a skull and the words: "We've obtained all of your Internet data..."

'Founding' letter that inspired Kerouac found 60 years later

It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.

Computer Engineer Barbie gets a rewrite by the Internet

The 2010 book "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" was highly criticized this week; it shows Barbie designing a game, but relying on male friends to code it for her.

Who will get the biopic treatment next?

For better or worse, biopics — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person — have been reliable vehicles for actors of color to establish their mainstream actor bona fides.

New music plus old Dylan lyrics in 'Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued'

Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Taylor Goldsmith were asked to write music to create songs based on never-used Bob Dylan lyrics.

How the singer from the metal band Deafheaven keeps from destroying his voice

George Clark talks about the difficulties of keeping up with tour life, especially when it involves screaming into a mic every night.

Does country star Ty Herndon's coming out signal a sea change for Nashville?

NPR music critic Ann Powers talks about Herndon's place in the country music world and what this news means to that industry and culture.

'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night': The world's first Iranian vampire Western

Director Ana Lily Amirpour talks about her history with horror flicks, the joy of designing characters, and pitching a black-and-white film in Farsi with "a dope soundtrack."

Los Angeles animal shelter slashes prices on 100 pets

Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles is stretching Black Friday into a 62-hour marathon and the first 100adopters will get pets for $10.

Thanksgiving, frozen: A 6-day guide to what to cook ahead

You don't have to leave all the cooking for Thursday. We offer tips for getting most of the meal ready in advance so you can sleep in a little later on the big day.

Felicity Jones on the complexity of 'The Theory of Everything'

"The Theory of Everything" examines the life of Stephen Hawking - from his college years and early scientific breakthroughs, through his long struggle with a motor neuron disease. But it's also a love story.