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We Ask A Historian: Just How Accurate Is 'Lincoln'?

Lincoln biographer Ronald White critiques the accuracy of Stephen Spielberg's new film about the Great Emancipator. White says that while not every detail of the film is true, "the delicate balance or blend between history and dramatic art comes off quite well."
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"The Entertainer"

Lyle Talbot's Hollywood career spanned four decades, from near-stardom alongside Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis to roles in Ed Wood's famously terrible B-movies. Margaret Talbot's new book paints a portrait of her father and Tinseltown's golden years in "The Entertainer."

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When 'Unfilmable' Books Make Memorable Movies

Life of Pi and Cloud Atlas are two complicated, ambitious novels recently adapted for the big screen. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores what makes some singular narratives workable on film — and what makes some fail.
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Controversial Casting For A Nina Simone Biopic

The producer of an upcoming Nina Simone biopic has cast Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana in the lead role — a move that's proved controversial. Critics say that while Saldana is a talented actress, she's too close to traditional light-skinned Hollywood beauty standards.
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Bradley Cooper On Getting Back To His Roots

Bradley Cooper has been a comedy star — and People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." In Silver Linings Playbook, he plays an emotionally damaged schoolteacher trying to get his life together after being institutionalized. He speaks with Linda Wertheimer about the film.
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Son Of Founder Of 'Hollywood Reporter' Apologizes For Hollywood Blacklist

W.R. Wilkerson III is apologizing for the trade paper's role in what he calls "Hollywood's holocaust," the blacklist that destroyed the careers of those accused of communist sympathies.

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