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Hollywood's Competition: China's Booming Film Industry

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The film industry is booming in China. In February, China's domestic box office revenue surpassed that of the U.S. for the first time. 

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The Takeaway

Ethan Hawke on Mentorship, Artistic Identity and Directing

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ethan Hawke discusses his latest project, "Seymour: An Introduction," a documentary about the life and work of pianist Seymour Bernstein. 

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All Things Considered

No Joke: Hollywood Comedy Producer Finds Career In Prison Reform

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Scott Budnick hit it big in Hollywood as an executive producer of the Hangover movies. Then, in 2013, he decided to leave it all behind and focus full time on helping young people in prison.

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All Things Considered

Movie Chains Balk At Netflix's Plan For Simultaneous Release

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The streaming service plans to release Beasts Of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, in theaters and online at the same time. But at least four major movie theater chains won't be showing it.

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All Things Considered

Grace Hopper, 'The Queen Of Code,' Would Have Hated That Title

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Gillian Jacobs, known for her role as Britta Perry on Community, directed a short documentary on the computer programming pioneer. She says Hopper wasn't fond of the hype over her accomplishments.

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The Takeaway

A Less-Than-Best Hotel, Horrible Robots, and Cult Members on the Loose

Friday, March 06, 2015

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Chappie" and "The Second Best Marigold Hotel." They also dive into Tina Fey's new Netflix series, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." 
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All Things Considered

Albert Maysles, Pioneering Documentary Filmmaker, Dies

Friday, March 06, 2015

Albert Maysles, a documentary filmmaker behind the films "Gimme Shelter" and "Grey Gardens" died Thursday at the age of 88. He was one of the fathers of what was called "direct cinema."

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All Things Considered

'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Stays True To Its Name

Friday, March 06, 2015

Maggie Smith and Judi Dench reunite in Jaipur, India, for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which came to theaters Friday.

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All Things Considered

'Merchants Of Doubt' Explores Work Of Climate Change Deniers

Friday, March 06, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to director Robert Kenner about his documentary, "Merchants of Doubt," which examines the work of climate change skeptics and their campaign to sway public opinion.

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Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies At 88

Friday, March 06, 2015

He is perhaps best known for the films Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter. The Oscar-nominated director died Thursday in New York.

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Fresh Air

In The Northern Ireland Period Thriller '71,' No One Dies Well

Friday, March 06, 2015

The film is about an English private who is cut off from his unit in the middle of a riot in Belfast in 1971. It's a conventional and smashingly good chase melodrama, but it's also a tragedy.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, review three of this week's big movie releases: "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Chappie," and "Unfinished Business."

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Focus,' Con Men And Rock And Roll

Friday, March 06, 2015

On this week's show, the state of rock and the art of the con — or at least the con-artist film.

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Morning Edition

Being Unoriginal Is Not The Biggest Problem For 'Chappie'

Friday, March 06, 2015

Chappie is the new film from director Neil Blomkamp about a robot that becomes humanity's last hope. It echoes everything from Dr. Frankenstein's creation to the Tin Man in The Wizzard of Oz.

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'Chappie,' A Fighting Robot In A Film That's A Disappointing Copy

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Both a rehash of Robocop and an attempt by director Neil Blomkamp to recapture what he put into District 9, Chappie feels like an unsuccessful cloning attempt in more ways than one.

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Not Much Reason To Return To This 'Hotel'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel fails to bring back the most charming and interesting elements of its predecessor, while emphasizing some of the first film's weaknesses.

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Weeping, Shooting And A Belly Full Of Gum In 'October Gale'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Patricia Clarkson stars in a disappointing tale of a grieving woman who happens to find a gorgeous young guy with a bullet hole in him in the middle of her elegant cabin floor.

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'Unfinished Business' You're Better Off Not Even Starting

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Tasteless but also discordantly saccharine, Unfinished Business manages to be the one thing it absolutely cannot be if it is to succeed: totally unfunny.

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'Two Men In Town' Covers Old Desert Ground

Thursday, March 05, 2015

There's not much that's new in the criminal-goes-straight story Two Men In Town, but a good performance from Forest Whitaker helps it along.

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All Things Considered

Speed Dating For Seniors Who Aren't Interested In Slowing Down

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A new film follows daters ages 70 to 90 looking for love in five-minute intervals. "Speed dating for seniors" may sound funny, but The Age of Love is really about our lifelong need for intimacy.

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