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Oscar Bonus: Interviews with the Filmmakers Behind Five Oscar-Nominated Docs

Friday, February 20, 2015

Here are our interviews with the filmmakers behind each of the five feature documentaries nominated for an Academy Award this year. Catch up ahead of Sunday's ceremony!
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Fresh Air

In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.

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The Takeaway

'The Duff,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' 'McFarland USA,' and Interviews with the Oscar Nominees

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's a jam-packed Movie Date, with reviews of 'The Duff,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' and 'McFarland USA,' as well as interviews with the Oscar nominees!
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Morning Edition

Good Acting, Directing And Story Make 'McFarland USA' Effective

Friday, February 20, 2015

McFarland USA is an apologetically inspirational Disney sports movie. Kevin Costner plays a coach who starts a high school cross-country team of Mexican-American kids in California's Central Valley.

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Morning Edition

As 'Hollywood Jobs' Turns 10, We Follow Up With The Folks In The Credits

Friday, February 20, 2015

NPR's Susan Stamberg has talked to everyone from focus pullers to foley artists. She finds that in the last 10 years, technology and out-of-state tax incentives have been Hollywood game-changers.

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The Takeaway

The 2015 Oscars: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

Friday, February 20, 2015

All this week, in the lead up to the Oscars, we've been looking at the films nominated for Best Picture. Today, we talk predictions with our Movie Date Podcast team. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Deadly Superbugs, The Best of The Web, and Audio Porn

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Takeaway chats with the director of the CDC about drug-resistant bacteria, we look at the hidden treasures you missed online this week, and we explore the rise of audio porn.

'Queen And Country' Follows A Familiar Protagonist Through A New War

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A sequel to 1987's Hope And Glory, Queen And Country traces the effects of the Korean war — and the absence of effects — on his alter ego, Bill Rohan.

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A Filmmaker Follows Education Without Required Classes — Even Math

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In the documentary Approaching The Elephant, director Amanda Rose Wilder takes a close look at the inaugural year of a "free school," where kids pursue what interests them most.

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Checking Off The Boxes Of A Disney Sports Movie In 'McFarland, USA'

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kevin Costner's latest sports movie about a coach lifting up a team of misfits to defeat a bunch of posh enemies isn't exactly breaking new ground, but it isn't meant to.

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All Things Considered

Argentine Oscar Nominee 'Wild Tales' Lives Up To Its Title

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello says the Argentine nominee for best foreign language film, Wild Tales, is an anthology of darkly comic stories that definitely lives up to its title.

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The Takeaway

Best Picture Preview: 'Selma'

Thursday, February 19, 2015

All this week, in the lead up to the Oscars, The Takeaway is taking a closer look at some of the films that are nominated for best picture. Today: "Selma." 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Does Acting Matter?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Film writer and author David Thomson argues that good acting serves a bigger purpose than simple entertainment. 

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Top 5 @ 105

Top 5 Classical Cameos on Film

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In honor of Hollywood’s big night and our love of classical music, here are our five favorite movie cameos by famous musicians.

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The Takeaway

Best Picture Preview: 'The Imitation Game'

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All week in the lead up to the Oscars, we're taking a closer look at some of the films nominated for Best Picture. Today, we speak with the writer and director of "The Imitation Game."

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Morning Edition

Hollywood Food Stylists Know: You Can't Film Styrofoam Cake And Eat It, Too

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Melissa McSorley's job is to make food look good — and last — on camera. Sometimes that means cooking 800 Cubano sandwiches, other times it means scooping butter instead of ice cream.

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Popular Mexican Actress Lorena Rojas Dies

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

She acted in telenovelas, but also made a name for herself in film and on stage.

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Morning Edition

Watch This: The Akils On Black Film And TV You Can't Miss

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The husband and wife team of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil have created some of the most iconic African-American characters on television. This is their list of must-see shows and movies.

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The Takeaway

Best Picture Preview: 'The Theory of Everything'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

All week in the lead up to the Oscars, we're taking a closer look at some of the films that are nominated for best picture. Today: "The Theory of Everything," with director James Marsh.

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The Takeaway

Best Picture Preview: 'Whiplash'

Monday, February 16, 2015

In the lead up to the 2015 Academy Awards, we're taking a closer look at some of the films that are nominated for best picture...with the directors and writers behind the films.

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