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Kurt Cobain Speaks — Through Art And Audio Diaries — In 'Montage Of Heck'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

"The idea was not to tear him down, nor was it to put him on a pedestal," says director Brett Morgen. Instead, executive producer Frances Bean Cobain told Morgen to "make it honest."

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At 81, The Man Behind Big Bird Sees 'No Reason To Quit'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"It's an awfully good job," Caroll Spinney says, of the more than 40 years he has spent on Sesame Street. A new documentary tells the story of the octogenarian man playing a 6-year-old bird.

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Morning Edition

Carey Mulligan Returns To Period Drama For A Thomas Hardy Classic

Friday, May 01, 2015

The actress spent years avoiding the genre for fear of getting pigeonholed, but she says she made an exception for Far From the Madding Crowd because of Hardy's modern, forward-thinking heroine.

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Morning Edition

Too Scared To Talk To Police, Stalker's Victims Open Up In 'Grim Sleeper'

Monday, April 27, 2015

From 1985 to 2002, a series of killings struck South Central Los Angeles. A new documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, explores the 25 years it took for police to arrest a man they say is the killer.

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Actor Nick Kroll: 'I'm A Real Solid Uncle The First Hour'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"By hour three," Kroll says, "I'm either on my phone or taking a nap." He tells NPR how being a youngest sibling and uncle of 12 informed his new film, Adult Beginners.

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All Things Considered

Marfa's Mexican-Americans Remember 'Giant' And Southwest Segregation

Friday, April 24, 2015

The documentary Children of Giant tells the story of some of the people in the 1956 film — not James Dean or Rock Hudson, but rather the Mexican community that appeared in it.

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All Things Considered

The Nearly Lost Story Of Cambodian Rock 'N' Roll

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Before the Khmer Rouge regime, a thriving pop and rock scene adapted Western music heard on U.S. military radio stations. The documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten took 10 years to make.

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Fresh Air

'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is "all about commitment."

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All Things Considered

A Mother Rises Through The Ranks In 'Monkey Kingdom'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Macaque monkeys born at the top of society live like royalty. The new film from Disneynature follows a monkey born at the bottom of the pile who struggles to makes a better life for her family.

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All Things Considered

More Fear Of Human Intelligence Than Artificial Intelligence In 'Ex Machina'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"The anxiety in this film is much more directed at the humans," director Alex Garland tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "It was more in defense of artificial intelligence."

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Inside The Wild (And Hand-Drawn) World Of Bill Plympton

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Indie animation king Bill Plympton's latest feature, Cheatin', tells the loopy love story of Jake and Ella, and how their perfect romance fractured. Reporter Jon Kalish visited Plympton in his studio.

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For Fans Of 'Super Troopers,' Meow They're Getting A Sequel

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Super Troopers is one of the silliest movies in the pantheon of cult comedies and the film's creators have raised more than $3.5 million for a sequel through crowdfunding.

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Fresh Air

Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. "It's not about one person." Driver stars in the new film comedy While We're Young.

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Cate Blanchett Swears On Australian TV; Flap Ensues

Sunday, March 29, 2015

When Cate Blanchett was interviewed about her role in Cinderella last week, the interview came to an abrupt end with some inappropriate language. Oh, my! What would Prince Charming think?

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All Things Considered

No Joke: Hollywood Comedy Producer Finds Career In Prison Reform

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Scott Budnick hit it big in Hollywood as an executive producer of the Hangover movies. Then, in 2013, he decided to leave it all behind and focus full time on helping young people in prison.

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All Things Considered

Grace Hopper, 'The Queen Of Code,' Would Have Hated That Title

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Gillian Jacobs, known for her role as Britta Perry on Community, directed a short documentary on the computer programming pioneer. She says Hopper wasn't fond of the hype over her accomplishments.

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All Things Considered

'Merchants Of Doubt' Explores Work Of Climate Change Deniers

Friday, March 06, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to director Robert Kenner about his documentary, "Merchants of Doubt," which examines the work of climate change skeptics and their campaign to sway public opinion.

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All Things Considered

Speed Dating For Seniors Who Aren't Interested In Slowing Down

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A new film follows daters ages 70 to 90 looking for love in five-minute intervals. "Speed dating for seniors" may sound funny, but The Age of Love is really about our lifelong need for intimacy.

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All Things Considered

A Most Vibrant Year For Cinematographer Bradford Young

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The man behind the look of Selma and A Most Violent Year talks about depicting violence, participating in history and being a black cinematographer in Hollywood.

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Alt.Latino: Mixing Genres With Chicano Batman, Los Cenzontles

Sunday, March 01, 2015

What happens when Mexican folk music meets Cajun Zydeco? NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music's Alt.Latino about some musical mash-ups.

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