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Getting 'Dallas Buyers Club' Made Took Tenacity And 'Will'

The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient who fought the system to get what he needed to survive. But screenwriters Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten had to fight to get the movie to the big screen, with Borten turning to alcohol and drugs along the way.
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Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts'

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London's West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.
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DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required

Remember the Sears kit houses from the early 1900s, ordered from a catalog and assembled on-site? Now, online designers around the world are building WikiHouses out of plywood pieces that fit together like a puzzle. No nails, no fasteners, no adhesives. Just slot-together joints and the Internet.
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Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau

A new biography reveals that young Thoreau took quite a few detours on his path to Walden. A gossipy young man who loved eating popcorn, ice skating and listening to his music box, schoolmates and neighbors found him standoffish and regarded his fascination with plants and Indian relics as downright odd.
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Fumbling Through 'Fatherhood,' Even With The Best Advice

For a new documentary Web series, actor Hank Azaria set out to discover why anyone would want to be a dad. Then, he became an expectant father himself. So he asked fellow celebrity dads a new question: Now what should I do?
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Vikings Of The World, Unite In Battle: The Apocalypse Is Upon Us

According to legend, the Norse gods have embarked on an epic battle called Ragnarok. By Saturday, it will lead to the end of civilization as we know it. In York, England, Viking enthusiasts are gathering for the JORVIK Viking Festival.
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Mike Rowe's Own Dirty Job: Selling Knick-Knacks Overnight

Long before Rowe was the host of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel, he bet his friend that he could host on QVC. He says he took it as an opportunity to do the late-night talk show he'd always wanted.
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Get Ready To Flip Your Lid

Today's puzzle is "One, Two, Three — Flip!" The answer will come in the form of two words, and for each word you'll get a clue beforehand. Reverse the order of the first three letters of the first word to get the second word.
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Disney's First Crop Of Trained Animators, Profiled

The first generation of animators to attend Walt Disney's California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s is profiled in Vanity Fair magazine. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Nancy Beiman, who was part of that first class.
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Martin Scorsese Takes Poland's Communist-Era Art Films On The Road

The filmmaker fell in love with Polish cinema in college, and the images have stayed with him ever since. "I close my eyes, I see them," he says. "They're very vivid, expressive, immediate." Scorsese's festival of 21 handpicked movies will travel to 30 American cities.

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