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Bollywood To Hollywood: Director Embraces Chaos

Shekhar Kapur started as an accountant in the U.K., then became an actor and director in India. He later took his work to Hollywood and directed the Oscar-winning 1998 film Elizabeth. Host Michel Martin talks with Kapur about his controversial films, where he finds inspiration, and whether film festivals are still necessary.
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Astaire, Burns, Allen In 'Distress' In London Town

George and Ira Gershwin wrote some of their best songs for movies — one of which, 1937's A Damsel in Distress, has just been issued by Warner Archives. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says it may be the oddest of the Gershwin brothers' films.
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'Then Again': Diane Keaton On Owing It All To Mom

In 1977, Diane Keaton's role in Annie Hall turned her into the star she had dreamed of becoming since she was a little girl, when no one believed she would make it more than her own mother. Keaton looks back on her life — and her mom — in her new memoir, Then Again.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 15

cirque du soleil

A Second Chance, precious porcelain and Cirque du Soleil.

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Renoir's Perfect Lunch Is Not About The Food

A curator describes Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" as a painting of the perfect meal where the food doesn't really matter.
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In Don DeLillo's 'Angel,' Stories Of America Alone

The latest book from the celebrated American novelist is a collection of short stories pulled from his decades-long career. Exploring themes of isolation and solitude, The Angel Esmeralda charts a changing America from the 1970s through today.
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Abrams And Nolan Nab A 'Person Of Interest'

The new CBS crime drama Person of Interest tells the story of two men who help stop crimes before they happen. It's been praised for raising questions about the role of surveillance in society. Jonathan Nolan created the show, and J.J. Abrams, the man behind Lost, is executive producer.
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Photographer Sheds Light On Bangladesh

Steve Inskeep talks to Shahidul Alam, a former chemist who became a photographer because he was tired of seeing images of the developing world through the lens of Western photographers. He now runs an art gallery, a photo agency and a school of photojournalism in Bangladesh. He recently published a book of stunning photographs called My Journey as a Witness.
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Networks Add New Twists To Old Formulas, But Few Are Succeeding

Commentator Eric Deggans says the TV networks are spinning old genres in new ways, but they're mostly making themselves dizzy.
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Holiday Video Game Preview: Beyond 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3'

We look at some of the upcoming video game releases, including the hugely hyped Call Of Duty 3: Modern Warfare.

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