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Fresh Air Remembers 'LA Confidential' Director Curtis Hanson

Hanson also directed The River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 71. Originally broadcast in 1997.
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At White House, A Golden Moment For America's Great Artists And Patrons

Two dozen luminaries — from Terry Gross to Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman to Louise Glück — got laurels Thursday, as President Obama awarded the National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals.
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'Magnificent Seven' Director On Staying True To The Original Film's Message

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. Fuqua says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others."
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A Breakthrough Showcase For Black Filmmaking At The Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival's lineup of new movies pushed back against the narrow definition of a "black film" and offered a feast of cinematic stories about black life.
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Charmian Carr, Who Played Liesl In 'The Sound Of Music,' Dies At 73

Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 73. She sang the song "16 Going on 17" and was a longtime booster for the classic film.
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The Conflicting Narratives About Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is having a big week, as the subject of both a laudatory new Oliver Stone biopic and a scathing report from the House Intelligence Committee. We examine the competing narratives.
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A Former NSA Deputy Director Weighs In On 'Snowden'

You can probably guess what a former deputy director of the National Security Agency thinks of the new biopic on Edward Snowden.
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Toronto Film Festival Unveils Likely Awards Contenders

The Toronto International Film Festival is underway. Many likely Academy Awards contenders were unveiled at this year's festival.
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Oliver Stone Puts A Melodramatic Spin On 'Snowden' And The Surveillance State

Stone's new film presents the exiled former NSA contractor as a heroic whistle-blower. Critic David Edelstein says movie's take on Snowden is entertaining — but also a bit one-sided.
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Movie Review: Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'

There has already been a high-profile documentary about Edward Snowden. Now comes a drama from a filmmaker known for dramatizing the Vietnam war and the Kennedy assassination.

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