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'Where Do We Go?' Lebanese Women Pave The Way

A group of women are determined to stop their hotheaded men from starting a religious war in Where Do We Go Now?, a bittersweet comedy from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki. The film has broken box office records in the Middle East.
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'Dark Shadows': A Vampire Returns, Without His Bite

Johnny Depp stars in Tim Burton's feature-film adaptation of the cult Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, about an 18th-century vampire transplanted to the 1970s. Critic and longtime Dark Shadows fan David Edelstein says the camp sendup of the show is lifeless and unfunny.
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Obama Heads To Hollywood; Conservative Group Mocks 'Celebrity President'

On Thursday, some of Hollywood's top stars and deepest pockets will congregate at the Studio City, Calif., home of actor George Clooney to mingle with President Obama and raise money for his re-election campaign. At least one conservative group is deriding Obama as a "celebrity president."
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What Inspires Singer Simone

Actress and singer Lisa Celeste is better known by her stage name, Simone. She's the daughter of the late legendary singer Nina Simone, and she's appeared on Broadway in musicals such as Rent and Aida. As part of the series, In Your Ear, she shares the songs on her personal playlist.
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Vanessa Williams On Scandals, TV And Her Mom

Award-winning actress and singer Vanessa Williams stars on ABC's Desperate Housewives. She's come a long way since a 1983 Miss America scandal forced her to give up her crown. Host Michel Martin talks with Williams about co-writing the memoir You Have No Idea with her mother, who she says inspired her. Please be warned this conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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This Mother's Day, Strike Up The Band

You might be getting your mom flowers, brunch, or a card this Mother's Day. But in Mexico, mariachi bands are snapped up to serenade moms well in advance of the holiday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dan Sheehy of the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He's also a member of Mariachi Los Amigos, a Washington D.C. mariachi ensemble.
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D.C.'s Fashion Designers Find A Home At Cultural Couture

The D.C. Fashion Foundation is hoping to provide more opportunities for local fashion designers through a new fashion business incubation program that launched this week. 

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'Dark Shadows': The Birth Of The Modern TV Vampire

When it comes to monsters on television, vampires have the market cornered. And so popular are TV vampires that opening this weekend is a movie based on the grand-sire of all vampire TV shows: Dark Shadows. Elizabeth Blair takes a look at the evolution of a TV character that will never die.

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