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His 'Potential Was In Maturity': Helen Mirren, Chris Columbus On Alan Rickman

The actor Alan Rickman has died. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the actress Helen Mirren and Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, about the actor and his career.
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Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of beloved blockbusters like The Winds of War is celebrating his milestone with a new memoir, Sailor and Fiddler, that sums up his thoughts on what it means to write.
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The Failed Coup That Led To Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Adolf Hitler wrote his famous manifesto while serving time for an attempted coup that started in a German beer hall. Author Peter Ross Range says, "There was an obvious need to get his message out."
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The Fog Of War Collides With The Fog Of Michael Bay In '13 Hours'

Bay's new film presents the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya from the perspective of military contractors. Critic David Edelstein says 13 Hours is a "ham-handed but ... generally effective portrait."
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The Oscars Show Some Love To Global Topics

And the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards include plenty of globally-minded films, covering everything from Ebola to honor killings.
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Alan Rickman, Much More Than Hollywood's Go-To Villain

The British actor who starred in the Harry Potter movie series as Severus Snape and in such hits as Die Hard and Love Actually died Thursday. He was 69.
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2016 Oscar Nominations Are Announced: 'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max' Get Most Nods

The Revenant has a dozen nominations, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10, and The Martian with seven. The winners will be announced on Feb. 28.
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Actor Alan Rickman Has Died; Portrayed Snape In Harry Potter Films

Rickman appeared in many blockbuster films during his prolific career, from 1988's Die Hard with Bruce Willis to 2003's Love Actually and the Harry Potter films.
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Super Bowl Commercial Inspires Maraniss To Write About Detroit's Better Times

David Greene talks to journalist David Maraniss about a key moment when Detroit seemed to rule the world. Maraniss has written a history of Detroit's commerce and culture called Once in a Great City.
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Lego Says It's Changing Its Policy After Ai Weiwei Controversy

The Danish company encountered a social-media backlash in October after refusing to sell bricks for a project by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

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