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Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus

Believe it or not, the person responsible for keeping each and every shot of a movie in focus never looks through a camera lens. NPR's Susan Stamberg explains the role of the focus puller.

Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom

Oscar-nominated short films, once all but impossible to see except at art-house theaters, are surging in popularity via online streaming and on-demand services.

New Academy President Pushes For More Diverse Voting Members

Last summer, the organization behind the Oscars elected its first African American president: film marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs. She's been working to diversify a monochrome membership.

A Meet-Cute Romance With A Delicious Twist

A correspondence begins in the unlikeliest of ways when a lunch delivery from a Mumbai woman to her office-worker husband accidentally makes its way into a stranger's hands.

In 'Stalingrad,' Where The Fog Of War Is Plenty Thick

A new 3-D take on a formative Russian war story has its impressive moments, but ultimately feels contrived and confusing.

Book Review: 'Night in Shanghai'

Alan Cheuse reviews Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn't Make You Feel Small

The astrophysicist says that participating in a "great unfolding of a cosmic story" should make us feel large, not small. This spring, Tyson hosts a TV series called Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.

Remembering Harold Ramis, Master Of The 'Smart Dumb-Movie'

Best known for Animal House, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, Ramis died Monday at 69. Critic John Powers says Ramis was like a favorite uncle who spices up the family reunion by spiking the punch.

Dangerous Dad Of 'Scandal' Turns The Tables

Actor Joe Morton is probably best-known these days as one of TV's toughest dads, playing Rowan Pope on Scandal. Morton talks about the show's return, plus his 40-year career in film, TV and theater.
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Scalia Heads To The Stage In New Play On Supreme Court Justice

A Supreme Court justice will be at the center of a new drama next year, but the affair won't unfold in the U.S. Supreme Court, but rather on stage.