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In 'Still Alice,' Director Couple Tells A Story That Mirrors Their Own

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Just before Richard Glatzer and his husband, Wash Westmoreland, took the film on, Glatzer was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. By the time filming began, he was using an iPad to communicate.

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All Things Considered

At 'The Grand Budapest,' A Banquet Of Beards And Melange Of Mustaches

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nearly every male actor in The Grand Budapest Hotel has some kind of facial hair. In charge of each follicle — real or fake — was Oscar-nominated hair and makeup designer Frances Hannon.

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All Things Considered

Filmmaker David Cross Says It's No Wonder We All Want Fame

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Arrested Development actor makes his directorial debut with the film Hits, which explores how easy it is to become famous in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

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Hugh Grant On Smart Romantic Comedies And Standing Up To The Tabloids

Saturday, February 14, 2015

In The Rewrite Grant plays a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter who takes a job teaching at a college. Recently, Grant has been fighting against British tabloids using illegal hacking tactics.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: A Movie Date Special

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Three of this year's Oscar-nominated directors drop by for some exclusive interviews. 

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The Takeaway

'Fifty Shades of Grey,' 'Old Fashioned,' 'Kingsman: The Secret Service,' 'The Slap'

Friday, February 13, 2015

Put on your handcuffs. After much anticipation, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' hits theatres. Also on the chopping block: 'Old Fashioned' and 'Kingsman: The Secret Service.' 
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All Things Considered

Love From A To Z — And Back Again — In 'The Last Five Years'

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Last Five Years is a musical romance with a unique storytelling twist. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says the quirks and tricks have him singing the movie's praises, despite a flaw or two.

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The Takeaway

Sex, Love & Intimacy: What 'Fifty Shades' Gets Right & Wrong

Friday, February 13, 2015

How does “Fifty Shades of Grey” change our conversations and perceptions about sex in America? What does it get right and wrong? Make Love Not Porn Founder Cindy Gallop weighs in. 

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Looking For Stories To Challenge Taboos? Forget 'Fifty Shades'

Friday, February 13, 2015

For all the fuss, Fifty Shades Of Grey is actually pretty unambitious in its ideas about sex compared to, for instance, Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien.

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Morning Edition

Publishing Phenomenon 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Hits The Big Screen

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey is an R-rated fairy tale, a kind of Cinderella tale with restraints. It's about as believable as Jack and the Beanstalk but considerably kinkier in intent.

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Spike Lee Turns An Intriguing Eye To The 'Sweet Blood' Of Vampires

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Spike Lee's new vampire film, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus, was funded through Kickstarter and emerges as one of his most enigmatic works.

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A Properly Violent 'Kingsman' Takes On A Supervillain With Style

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service has Colin Firth as a natty spy who only gets nasty when he absolutely must.

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'Gett' Follows A Years-Long Quest For Separation

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Israel's official entry for this year's Academy Awards was a drama about a wife whose husband refuses to agree to a divorce under Jewish law — a process that ultimately takes five years.

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'The Rewrite': Hugh Grant Operating At Maximum Hugh Grant

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Marc Lawrence's agreeable but ho-hum comedy brings the stammering, comfortable romcom version of its lead actor farther still from the more adventurous work he once did.

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All Things Considered

'Fifty Shades' Director Explores Passion, Performance And Control

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to be a blockbuster — and the director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, is a relative unknown outside of the art world, where she's a star. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a profile.

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Soundcheck

Jim Jarmusch: Walking The Tightrope

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The filmmaker and musician discusses walking the line between narrative and abstraction, his live scores for Man Ray's silent films, and previews his upcoming opera on Nikola Tesla.

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The Takeaway

Report Claims Right-Wing Films Break the Box Office

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

According to conservative watchdog group Movieguide, conservative films made three times as much money as liberal ones last year: $71.49 million per movie versus $22.48 million per film.

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The Takeaway

Retired Army Pilot Urges Hollywood To Portray Veterans Fairly

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A group called "Got Your 6" plans to certify the films that meet their criteria. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Medicine's Struggle, Veterans on Film, and The Curse of Beauty

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the struggle to provide end-of-life care, we explore how veterans are portrayed in Hollywood, and we discuss the unfortunate importance of beauty.

All Things Considered

Filmmaker Takes A Stand Against Extremism In Oscar-Nominated 'Timbuktu'

Monday, February 09, 2015

Abderrahmane Sissako's film was inspired by the seizure of the Malian city by Islamist fighters in 2012. It has won international accolades with its lyrical beauty and critique of religious extremism.

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