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Finland's HIM Releases Early Work In 'Lashes to Ashes'

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's cold and dark in Finland, but the Finnish band HIM has been heating things up. HIM is currently touring the U.S.; two band members join NPR's Scott Simon to talk about their music.

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Fresh Air

Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age

Friday, December 12, 2014

Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."

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The 1970s, Ugly And Adrift In 'Inherent Vice'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson is a master of outlining times and places occupied by his strange dreamers. Inherent Vice, set in California in the 1970s, gets many things right, even if it's a bit too epic.

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All Things Considered

The Annie Of Tomorrow Has The Same Hard Knocks, But Different Hair

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The famously redheaded orphan is played this time by African-American actress Quvenzhané Wallis. "The original Annie had a red Afro," points out Indiana University scholar Terri Francis.

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Fresh Air

Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far'

Monday, December 08, 2014

"No comedian wants to have to analyze and defend" jokes, says Rock, who wrote, directed and stars in the new film Top Five. He adds: "I'm not a politician; I'm not a thinker. I'm a comedian."

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From Chic Manhattanite To 'Monk With A Camera'

Saturday, December 06, 2014

A new film tells the story of how Nicky Vreeland — a trained photographer and grandson of a fashion icon — used his camera to help rebuild the Tibetan Buddhist monastery he now leads.

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All Things Considered

Chris Rock On Standup, Sellouts And Defining Success

Friday, December 05, 2014

Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, the story of a marquee comedian who abandons his standup roots for blockbuster film glory.

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Fresh Air

After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Brolin co-stars in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. He says as an actor he's always wondering: "Can I live up to what this person has written? There's always a fear around that."

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All Things Considered

In 'Imitation Game,' An Outsider Takes Center Stage

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Director Morten Tyldum says he wanted the film, about World War II code breaker Alan Turing, to show "how important it is to actually celebrate those who are different than us instead of fear them."

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Finding Ferguson And Other News Headlines In 'Mockingjay'

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1, the newest installment in the Hunger Games movie franchise will likely top the box office this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Bloomberg View's Stephen Carter.

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Documentary Recalls The Talented, Difficult Life Of Bing Crosby

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bing Crosby has long been the voice of the Christmas season, and now he's the subject of a new American Masters documentary. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Kathryn and Mary Crosby about his legacy.

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All Things Considered

Beware The 'Babadook,' The Monster Of Your Own Making

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The monsters of repression are what terrorize a mother and her son in this independent, Australian, horror movie. "I wanted it to look more low-fi and more handmade," says director Jennifer Kent.

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Fresh Air

Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

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Guest DJ Jessye Norman: From Augusta To Valhalla

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

After decades of performing, the celebrated soprano's enthusiasm for music is irresistible. She chooses some of her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.

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All Things Considered

'Madagascar' Director Polishes His Penguin Voice

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tom McGrath, an executive producer of Penguins of Madagascar who also co-directed the first three films in the franchise, says he came to voice the part of the penguin Skipper kind of by accident.

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In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Two composers became instrument builders to score the film, set in the pioneer days of the American West. "We both knew what the movie sounded like. We just had to find it," Tommy Lee Jones says.

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Benedict Cumberbatch: Code Breaker Alan Turing Was A Puzzle Himself

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cumberbatch stars in The Imitation Game, as the British mathematician who helped break German codes. "It's a war thriller, it's a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged," he says.

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Fresh Air

Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympic wrestlers on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.

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All Things Considered

'National Gallery' Offers A Lingering Look At Art

Friday, November 14, 2014

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary takes audiences behind-the-scenes at London's National Gallery and delves into the stories being told in paintings. Wiseman tells NPR's Robert Siegel what he learned and how he goes about filmmaking.

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Morning Edition

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood: It's Time To 'Obliterate The Term Black Film'

Friday, November 14, 2014

The creator of Love and Basketball has a new film out called Beyond the Lights. "For me it's just about putting people of color in every genre and making it become normal," she says.

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