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Despite Controversy, 'Ghostbusters' Opens With $46 Million

After considerable online hubbub about its all-female leading cast, the reboot of Ghostbusters brought in $46 million in its opening weekend.
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Comic Mike Birbiglia On His Best Failure And The 3 Rules Of Improv

Birbiglia says the failure of his sitcom pilot is the best thing that could have happened to him, artistically. His new film, Don't Think Twice, tells the story of an improv comedy group.
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'Aliens' Turns 30: Celebrating The Iconic Sci-Fi Sequel

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews NPR contributor and critic Chris Klimek about the Aliens sequel and the 30th anniversary of the film.
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'Zero Days' Documentary Exposes A Looming Threat Of The Digital Age

Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the large-scale implications of computer malware. Critic John Powers calls Zero Days an important — and chilling — film.
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In 'The Fixers,' A Glimpse Of Cleveland That Goes Deeper Than The Guidebook

Kate Spoko created a documentary series called The Fixers. In it, she asks Clevelanders what tour of the city they would give to Republican National Convention delegates.
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What Makes A Comedy Funnier? Music With A Straight Face

When tapped to write the score for the Ghostbusters reboot, composer Theodore Shapiro knew the trick to getting laughs: a soundtrack of serious music.
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Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."
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'Ghostbusters' Review: Reboot Has Winks To The '80s Franchise

Renee Montagne talks to Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times about the new Ghostbusters movie. A generation later, much has changed — this time it's an all-female cast.
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What Do Contested Conventions Look Like? Ask Hollywood And Sinclair Lewis

Thanks to movies, novels and TV, Bob Mondello knows what a contested convention would be like: raucous crowd, oppressive din and (if movies are any guide) Angela Lansbury scheming in the corner.
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'The Money Was The Soft Spot': 'The Infiltrator' On Taking Down Pablo Escobar

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Robert Mazur, the federal agent who went undercover as a money launderer to take down the banks behind Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel. Bryan Cranston plays Mazur in the new movie, The Infiltrator, which dramatizes the years long operation.

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