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Good Acting, Directing And Story Make 'McFarland USA' Effective

McFarland USA is an apologetically inspirational Disney sports movie. Kevin Costner plays a coach who starts a high school cross-country team of Mexican-American kids in California's Central Valley.
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Argentine Oscar Nominee 'Wild Tales' Lives Up To Its Title

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello says the Argentine nominee for best foreign language film, Wild Tales, is an anthology of darkly comic stories that definitely lives up to its title.
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Hollywood Food Stylists Know: You Can't Film Styrofoam Cake And Eat It, Too

Melissa McSorley's job is to make food look good — and last — on camera. Sometimes that means cooking 800 Cubano sandwiches, other times it means scooping butter instead of ice cream.
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Watch This: The Akils On Black Film And TV You Can't Miss

The husband and wife team of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil have created some of the most iconic African-American characters on television. This is their list of must-see shows and movies.
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In 'Still Alice,' Director Couple Tells A Story That Mirrors Their Own

Just before Richard Glatzer and his husband, Wash Westmoreland, took the film on, Glatzer was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. By the time filming began, he was using an iPad to communicate.
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Polish Filmmaker To Bring Her Political Eye To 'House Of Cards'

Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, whose films explore fascism and communist oppression, is guest-directing the new season of House of Cards. Host Indira Lakshaman asks Holland about the political undercurrents in her work.
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At 'The Grand Budapest,' A Banquet Of Beards And Melange Of Mustaches

Nearly every male actor in The Grand Budapest Hotel has some kind of facial hair. In charge of each follicle — real or fake — was Oscar-nominated hair and makeup designer Frances Hannon.
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Filmmaker David Cross Says It's No Wonder We All Want Fame

The Arrested Development actor makes his directorial debut with the film Hits, which explores how easy it is to become famous in our celebrity-obsessed culture.
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Hugh Grant On Smart Romantic Comedies And Standing Up To The Tabloids

In The Rewrite Grant plays a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter who takes a job teaching at a college. Recently, Grant has been fighting against British tabloids using illegal hacking tactics.
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Love From A To Z — And Back Again — In 'The Last Five Years'

The Last Five Years is a musical romance with a unique storytelling twist. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says the quirks and tricks have him singing the movie's praises, despite a flaw or two.

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