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100 Years Later, What's The Legacy Of 'Birth Of A Nation'?

Sunday, February 08, 2015

D.W. Griffith's film premiered in Los Angeles a century ago Sunday. In many ways, the movie — three hours of racist propaganda — was the beginning of Hollywood.

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What Do We Do 'In The Shadows?' Dishes, Mostly

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Jemaine Clement, famed Flight of the Conchords member, is now a vampire. He and co-star/director Taika Waititi play squabbling bloodsucker flatmates in the new mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.

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All Things Considered

Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

Saturday, January 31, 2015

While Deon Taylor was playing professional basketball in Germany, he had an epiphany: he wanted to make movies. The self-taught director's latest film, Supremacy, was released this Friday.

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All Things Considered

At Sundance, 'Project Syria' Puts Viewers In Center Of Conflict

Monday, January 26, 2015

At the Sundance Film Festival, "Project Syria" places participants in Aleppo during a rocket blast and later in a Syrian refugee camp. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with project lead Nonny de la Pena.

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At Its Core, Warped Family Drama 'Mommy' Is 'A Story Of Love'

Sunday, January 25, 2015

In his award-winning film, Xavier Dolan, 25, tackles the relationship between a single mom and her troubled son. He says, "I feel like I knew this kid. ... He's just the worst version of who I was."

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All Things Considered

'Red Army' Explores How The Cold War Played Out On Ice

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When the U.S. hockey team beat the USSR during the 1980 Olympics, it was dubbed the "miracle on ice." Red Army profiles the Russian athletes and their place in the Soviet Union's propaganda machine.

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Fresh Air

Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

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In 'Selma,' British Actor Brings Outsider's Perspective To MLK

Monday, January 19, 2015

David Oyelowo talks about playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film Selma — as well as the LBJ controversy, slavery and how he learned about what it's like to be black in America.

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'Blackhat': A Classic Detective Story For A Brave New World

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Over his years as a director, Michael Mann has taken on many crime stories. In his new film, malware is a central villain and the hero battles an adversary who resides in the virtual world.

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Julianne Moore: Alzheimer's Makes Us Question 'Our Essential Selves'

Friday, January 16, 2015

In Still Alice, Moore plays Alice Howland, a 50-year-old linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Moore says she spent months meeting with people affected by the disease.

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Morning Edition

American Film On A Tibetan Migrant Finds Unlikely Success In China

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Because Tibet is a sensitive topic, you'd expect the Chinese government to ban Nowhere to Call Home. But the documentary about a widow and her son is quietly making the rounds — and winning fans.

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Nancy Grace Says 'Gone Girl' Satire Was Flattering, Made Her Laugh Out Loud

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gone Girl fictionalizes the controversial cable news star. "I did not go into this to win a popularity contest," says Grace, host of a true crimes and current affairs show on HLN.

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Fresh Air

The Magic Of The 'Boyhood' Experiment: Time And Patience

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

If the story fell apart after 12 years of filming, it would have been a "real drag," says Patricia Arquette, and a "colossal waste of time," says Ethan Hawke. Instead, it won three Golden Globes.

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A Half-Century Of Battles For The Biggest Rock Walls

Sunday, January 11, 2015

As two climbers attempt Yosemite's most daunting cliff face, documentarian Nick Rosen, co-writer and co-director of Valley Uprising, explains the park's history of climbs and culture clashes.

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Ellar Coltrane, Taking Notes On Life And Girls For 'Boyhood'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

NPR's Tamara Keith spoke with the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who spent more than a decade shooting the movie. This story first aired on July 12 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Theory of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the challenges of portraying a genius. This story originally Nov. 8 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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All Things Considered

'I Was A Dramatic Kid': For Jessica Chastain, Acting Came Naturally

Friday, January 09, 2015

Chastain started her own theater company at age 10. As the first in her family to go to college, she says attending Juilliard was scary, but her grandmother helped her through it.

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Fresh Air

The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Ava DuVernay's new film dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history. She says she wanted to "elevate [Selma] from a page in your history book and really just get it ... into your DNA."

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'I Was So Grateful For My Body': Jennifer Aniston Portrays Chronic Pain

Sunday, January 04, 2015

In Cake, Aniston plays a haunted woman who is suffering from debilitating pain. While Aniston is not actively looking for dramatic roles, she says "comedy and drama go hand in hand."

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'Leviathan' A Dark Social Satire Of Russian Society

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The new Russian film Leviathan chronicles one man's struggle against a greedy mayor confiscating his property, providing an epic and timely portrait of Russian society.

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