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Why Woody Allen Is Always MIA At Oscars

Filmmaker Woody Allen is notorious for not attending the Oscars each year, despite his numerous nominations.
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Vietnam Memorial Has Spelling Errors Set In Stone

The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial isn't the only monument in Washington, D.C., that's grappled with how to make a correction. At the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, more than 100 names have been misspelled. So far, 62 have been re-engraved.
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25 Years Later, 'The Singing Detective' Still Shines

The British musical private-eye drama, which first aired in 1986, starred Michael Gambon as a novelist hospitalized with a horrible skin condition who tries to write a Hollywood screenplay in his mind. David Bianculli explains why the miniseries is "TV's most polished, audacious masterpiece."
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'Wanderlust': A Zany Blast From The Communal Past

In the new comedy Wanderlust, an unemployed Manhattan couple (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) stumble into a hippie farming commune. David Edelstein says the movie features a "tribe of marvelously inventive comic actors doing a fair amount of inspired improvisation."
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Dustin Lance Black: Telling The Story Of 'J. Edgar'

The recent film portrays former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as a man who had to keep his sexual orientation a secret — while collecting other people's secrets to use against them. Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black explains how he researched the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Barney Rosset: A Crusader Against Censorship Laws

The book publisher who championed the works of beat poets and Samuel Beckett, and who defied censors with the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Tropic of Cancer, died Tuesday at age 89. Fresh Air remembers Rosset with excerpts from a 1991 interview.
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The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne

Life is a collection of "extraordinarily ordinary moments," says the Academy Award-winning director, if only people would "wake up and pay attention to how beautiful it all is." Payne's latest film, The Descendants, puts the power of everyday moments to use, and is nominated for five Oscars.
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For Asians And Latinos, Stereotypes Persist In Sitcoms

Critic Eric Deggans says in modern TV comedies, there are fewer stereotyped roles for African-Americans — but two CBS shows suggest that's not the case for Asians and Latinos.

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