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George Lucas Sneezes, And Other Moments From His Talk With Colbert

Saturday, April 18, 2015

George Lucas doesn't have a lot left to say about Star Wars, but Stephen Colbert does, and so does a guy in the crowd who just wants to help George Lucas out.

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In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.

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The Takeaway

The Weekender: Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In this special extended interview, famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and her new documentary.

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All Things Considered

A Tart Take On Bitter Realities In 'Tangerines'

Friday, April 17, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Tangerines, an unconventional war drama that was this year's Estonian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

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All Things Considered

'Star Wars' Fans Gear Up For New Film At Convention

Friday, April 17, 2015

Star Wars fans are gathering this week for the annual Star Wars Celebration fan convention in Anaheim, Calif.

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The Challenges Of War At A Distance

Friday, April 17, 2015

The new film Good Kill is a little too blunt in its treatment of drone warfare, but strong work from Ethan Hawke as a troubled pilot helps it along.

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Fresh Air

In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Friday, April 17, 2015

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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The Takeaway

Is Technology Our Friend or Foe?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Technology: sometimes it helps us to stay connected. Sometimes it makes us a little too connected...or not connected enough. 
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The Takeaway

Imagining a World Without Birds

Friday, April 17, 2015

When he's not busy fielding nominations for Pulitzers, Jonathan Franzen is involved in a passionate fight against the poaching of endangered songbirds.

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Morning Edition

Awkward At Times But 'Child 44' Can Hold Audiences' Attention

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's taken 7 years for the best-selling literary thriller Child 44 to make it to the screen. It's set in the Soviet Union in the last days of Josef Stalin and stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

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Soundcheck

Who’s Behind The Mask? Six Musicians Who Weren’t Who They Were Rumored To Be

Friday, April 17, 2015

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King tells the story Orion, a singer who sounded a lot like Elvis, and wore a mask. John Schaefer rounds up other musicians with mysterious identities.
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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Takeaway's Movie Date Podcast team reviews the new releases hitting the box office this weekend. 

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The Internet Of Spooky Things Is Alive In 'Unfriended'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's a tradition for horror films to find teenagers where they live, so it makes sense that Unfriended would find them saying nasty things to and about each other online.

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Two Unmoored Souls Too Gloomily Drawn In 'Felix And Meira'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To its credit, this story of an Orthodox Jewish woman struggling with her faith doesn't shortchange all it offers. But her encounter with a man who might offer a different future doesn't satisfy.

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'Monkey Kingdom' Is Best When It's All Monkeys All The Time

Thursday, April 16, 2015

There's some too-cute narration and some suspiciously convenient footage in this sort-of documentary from Disneynature, but when the monkeys are at their best, they're quite charming.

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WATCH: The New 'Star Wars' Trailer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Force Awakens is due for release Dec. 18 — and the teaser's release coincides with a celebration of the Star Wars universe at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

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The Takeaway

Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and the new Disneynature film, "Monkey Kingdom."

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Is There Anything Left To Say About 'Saturday Night Live'?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday with a documentary that faces a massive challenge: Trying to find a new angle on one of the most thoroughly documented institutions we have.

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All Things Considered

More Fear Of Human Intelligence Than Artificial Intelligence In 'Ex Machina'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"The anxiety in this film is much more directed at the humans," director Alex Garland tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "It was more in defense of artificial intelligence."

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The Takeaway

A True Story About Identity Theft, Murder, and Lies

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A murderer on the FBI's Most Wanted List stole journalist Mike Finkel's identity. Now this true crime story is headed to the big screen.

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