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'Don Jon': Smooth Move There, Mr. Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's writing and directing debut is a modern look at a Don Juan who's got a bit of a porn problem. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's an assured first film from an actor who's clearly been paying attention to what makes a movie work.
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A Brutal Movie From China, Ripped From The Headlines

A Touch of Sin, from director Jia Zhangke, is a tangle of four violent vignettes — all based on true stories — that made it past China's famously strict censors with hardly any cuts. It gets its U.S. premiere this weekend at the New York Film Festival.
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The Competing Interests Behind Smokey Bear And The Crying Indian

The company behind iconic public service campaigns like Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog has been around since the 1940s. But how much is really known about the Ad Council? Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to author Wendy Melillo about her book How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America.
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Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Is An Openhearted Directorial Debut

Joseph Gordon-Levitt also wrote and stars in the film, about a prolific seducer and porn addict who changes his ways when Scarlett Johansson's character enters the picture. Critic David Edelstein says Don Jon is smart, with a subversive touch.
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Project Plié: Bringing Color To Ballet's Corps

If you've ever attended a ballet performance, you may have noticed the lack of diversity on stage. But a new initiative, Project Plié aims to bring some color to the art form. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from dancer Misty Copeland and American Ballet Theater CEO Rachel Moore.
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Point Of View: How So Many Rooted For 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White

How did the creators of Breaking Bad get millions of fans to stick by a meth-cooking drug lord season after season? The crafty use of an old editing technique in the pilot let us see the world through Walt's eyes, a film psychologist says, making it easier to excuse his immoral choices later on.
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Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'

Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. Now she criticizes changes that she used to support, like charter schools and school choice. She explains her reasoning in Reign of Error, her new book on the pitfalls of privatizing education.
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McDonald's Says Bye-Bye To Sugary Sodas In Happy Meals

From now on, the fast-food giant says, it will only market and promote milk, water or juice with its children's meals — though parents can still choose to order sodas for their children. The change comes as part of a larger plan to promote more healthful choices.
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An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars

A revival of Tennessee Williams' glorious 1945 drama opens tonight at Broadway's Booth Theater. Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones star in the play, which is partly based on the playwright's own life and family.
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'Masters Of Sex' Get Unmasterful Treatment On Showtime

The series follows the stories of science pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who helped bring sexuality into the light. Critic John Powers says it clearly aspires to be "the Mad Men of sex" -- but falls short in both its eye for detail and its retrograde portrayals of sex.

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