Shirley Clarke's 1967 film Portrait of Jason has returned to theaters after a meticulous restoration. As a historian and a documentarian tell reporter Howie Movshovitz, it's as remarkable in many ways today as it ever was.
The legendary film director's new film is about a group of passengers stuck on an airplane. It's a comedy: In between panicking, the passengers find time to fall in love, make love — and come out of the closet. It's also a return to the filmmaker's Spanish roots.
NPR's Scott Simon talks to writer-director Sofia Coppola and actress Emma Watson about their film The Bling Ring, in which a group of celebrity-mad teens rob the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and others. It's based on a true story.
There will be hits and misses at movie houses this summer, but it's a decent bet Despicable Me 2 will end up in the that-went-well column. NPR's Elizabeth Blair looks at the appeal of the sequel's singularly villainous hero.
The new Superman movie features startlingly overt Christ-like images. Warner Brothers has encouraged the comparisons with a distinctive PR campaign targeting Christian audiences, all the way down to a website where pastors can crib a sermon that likens Superman to Jesus Christ: How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the original superhero who ever lived and died and rose again?
In an effort to figure out whether the stereotype of the "bro" had a racial component to it, we mapped out the dimensions of bro-ness. Turns out it's a fairly nuanced landscape, but there's one celebrity who indisputably rules it all.
Renee Montagne talks with Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri about his new film: The Attack. Based on a best-selling novel of the same name, the film follows an Arab-Israeli doctor whose life takes a sharp turn after a suicide bombing.
The 51-year-old actor died on Wednesday in Rome. Reports attribute his death to a heart attack. Gandolfini had been a character actor for years before he was given a chance to read for Tony Soprano in a new series about a New Jersey mob boss HBO was producing in the late 90s.
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