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The Movie Lawrence Kasdan's 'Seen A Million Times'

Weekends on All Things Considered series, Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching. In this first installment we hear from The Big Chill writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, who's latest film, Darling Companion, is in theaters now.
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This Story Is So 'Meta'

Why has 'meta' become a catch-all adjective for a culture that's increasingly self-referential, self-conscious, and self-parodying? Linguist Ben Zimmer says we're living in truly meta times.
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I Shall 'Scream' At Such A Price Tag

One of four versions Edvard Munch made of his masterpiece, The Scream, one of the most recognizable works of art in the world, was auctioned at Sotheby's this week for a record-setting price: $119 million.
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'Bring Up The Bodies': Taking Down Anne Boleyn

Hilary Mantel is the Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall. The next installment of her trilogy about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell is titled Bring Up the Bodies. It tells the story of Cromwell's part in the massive coup that took down Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn. Host Scott Simon speaks with the author.
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Former Talk Show Host Dick Cavett Plays Not My Job

Cavett was born and raised in Nebraska where he was encouraged to pursue the trade that had brought his family to the prairie years before: interviewing celebrities. We ask this legitimate name-dropper about three real people whose names are remarkably descriptive of who they are.
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Alcoholidays In America: ¡Viva El Tequila Julep!

The way holidays stack up in this country, an outsider might be forgiven for thinking the United States seems like a party monster lurching from beer blast to beer blast. And this Saturday presents an unholy marriage on the same day: Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. Call it Drinko de Mayo.
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Actor Bill Nighy On Career, 'Marigold Hotel'

Robert Siegel talks to actor Bill Nighy about his role in the new film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The movie follows a group of British retirees who move to the less-expensive and more-exotic India. Expecting a luxury development, they arrive to discover a hotel filled with dusty sheets and birds nesting in the rafters. Their experiences transform the way they see the world and themselves.

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