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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Friday, January 02, 2015

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

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Screenwriter: 'The Interview' Is A Case Of Accidental Irony

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sony's movie The Interview was meant to be just a silly comedy, but now it's a symbol of free speech. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to its screenwriter, Dan Sterling.

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All Things Considered

A Week With Musical Storytellers Of The Silver Screen

Friday, December 26, 2014

Music can give movies special power. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel speak with the composers behind Life of Pi, Whiplash, Chocolat, Halloween and Finding Nemo.

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Morning Edition

A Vital Chapter Of American History On Film In 'Selma'

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Director Ava DuVernay speaks to NPR's Michele Norris about making Selma, a searing depiction of the battle for voting rights — and the first major movie about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Morning Edition

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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All Things Considered

Scoring The Screen: Thomas Newman And the Music Of 'Shawshank'

Monday, December 22, 2014

Oscar-nominated composer Thomas Newman — whose credits include animated films like Finding Nemo and Wall-E to classic dramas like The Shawshank Redemption — kicks off our "Scoring the Screen" series with Robert Siegel.

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All Things Considered

We Ask A Scholar: How Does Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Compare With The Bible's?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but "it's not exactly Exodus; it's panorama and pageantry, which is what film does." And, he adds, why not?

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All Things Considered

The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates finds that the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.

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Filmmaker: Sony Hack Will Make Satirists Think Twice About Content

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sony has canceled its new film, The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korea's leader. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with filmmaker Kevin Smith about writing controversial comedies.

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Bradley Cooper And 'American Sniper' Widow Team Up To Tell SEAL's Story

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cooper worked closely with Taya Kyle to turn her late husband's book, about his time as a Navy SEAL, into a film. "We all felt him the whole time we were shooting the movie," Cooper says.

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All Things Considered

How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.

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Sondheim's Songs Go 'Into The Woods' And Onto The Big Screen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Director Rob Marshall is no stranger to the movie musical — and now, he's taking on the challenge of adapting Stephen Sondheim's knotty, complicated songs to the big screen with Into the Woods.

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Fresh Air

Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

Friday, December 19, 2014

Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.

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Morning Edition

The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

Friday, December 19, 2014

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

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All Things Considered

Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

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All Things Considered

Angelina Jolie On Her Film's 'Unbroken' Hero: 'He Was Truly A Great Man'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Louis Zamperini was an Olympian before he enlisted in World War II and became a prisoner of war. Jolie says he told her to "make a film that reminds people that they have greatness inside themselves."

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Fresh Air

Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

Monday, December 15, 2014

The 19th century painter wasn't always "very pleasant" and he was a "man of massive contradictions," Spall says. So Spall says he had to "dig deep" to play the title role in Mr. Turner.

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All Things Considered

'#Blackmendream': Showcasing A Different Side Of Black Manhood

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In Shikeith Cathey's short film, faceless strangers answer questions like "What makes you happy?" and "Do you cry?" The artist says, "These questions, as simple as they are ... they aren't discussed."

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'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.

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Adapting 'Inherent Vice' Made Director Feel Like A Student Again

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson is the first to make a novel by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon into a film. He says he studied the book, about a stoner detective, intensely and treated it as his Bible.

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