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Mandalit del Barco

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Oscars Get Political, As Acceptance Speeches Wade Into Social Issues

Monday, February 23, 2015

At the Academy Awards, many of the big winners were expected — but the ceremony drew energy from their speeches, which addressed a gamut of issues, from equal pay for women to immigration.

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'Birdman,' Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne Win Big Oscar Prizes

Monday, February 23, 2015

Birdman was named best picture at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Julianne Moore won best actress for her work in Still Alice, and Eddie Redmayne won best actor in The Theory of Everything.

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Meet John Sloss, The Man Behind Some Of Your Favorite Indie Films

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sloss is a lawyer, talent manager, sales agent and producer for films like Boys Don't Cry, The Fog of War and Boyhood. "He's a bulldog. He fights for the films he believes in," one filmmaker says.

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Sundance Festival Opens Doors For Minority Filmmakers

Monday, February 02, 2015

The festival has become a launching pad for emerging filmmakers of color who face challenges in historically white, male-dominated Hollywood.

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'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

Friday, January 30, 2015

The former rap music mogul, Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.

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New Technology Immerses Audiences At Sundance Film Festival

Monday, January 26, 2015

From flying like a bird to walking through a refugee camp in Syria, virtual reality has enabled journalists, filmmakers and artists to immerse their audience in their stories like never before.

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Movie Stars Wait To See Who Gets An Oscar Nomination

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The 87th annual Academy Award nominations are announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills. Actors like Patricia Arquette, Michael Keaton and Benedict Cumberbatch are expected to be among them.

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Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Serros wrote about being a bicultural Chicana who was influenced by both her working-class, Mexican-American heritage and Southern California pop culture. She died Sunday at the age of 48.

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Satirizing Dictators Is Nothing New — Just Ask Charlie Chaplin

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Interview is hardly the first time a dictator has been portrayed on the big screen — Bugs Bunny, Mel Brooks and South Park have all taken aim at fearsome world leaders.

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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release Of 'The Interview'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony Pictures decided to cancel the release after several big theater chains opted to drop the movie from their line up. The Interview is a comedy centered on a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.

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Hacking Of Sony's Computers Creates Much Drama

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.

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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Named for the original model — an employee of Kodak — the portraits were used by photo labs to calibrate printers. But until the 1970s, that model was always white.

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Sacred, Sad And Salacious: With Many Meanings, What Is True Blue?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In medieval art, Virgin Mary was cloaked in blue. In Colonial America "blue laws" made it illegal to buy alcohol on Sunday. And more recently, irreverent blue humor made blue the most off-color color.

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Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Day of the Dead holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Latin America countries is now the subject of a 3-D animated movie, produced by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutiérrez.

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A Maverick Director, At Home On The Range

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.

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Hollywood, Broadway Icon Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall was Humphrey Bogart's partner on and off the screen. She was nominated for an Academy Award, won two Tony Awards and received an honorary Oscar in 2009.

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Sultry Film Star Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Actress Lauren Bacall, who paired with spouse Humphrey Bogart in films including The Big Sleep and Key Largo, has died at 89, according to the Bogart estate. NPR has not confirmed the report.

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.

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Amazon Relents: Begins Selling Rowling's 'Silkworm'

Monday, June 23, 2014

J.K. Rowling's new book, The Silkworm, has been caught up in Amazon's ongoing fight with publisher Hachette Book Group. Amazon has been delaying delivery on more than 5,000 of Hachette's titles

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