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How To Make Your Idol Hate You, In One Unfunny Comedy Audition

Kurt Braunohler is now a successful working comedian, but for years he struggled to get work. In applying for one major role, he claimed that he could speak fluent German. That wasn't exactly true.
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Poland's Tumultuous History Never Straightforward In 'Ida'

Ida is the story of a young woman on the verge of taking her vows to be a nun when she learns her parents were murdered Jews. Pawel Pawlikowski's new film is unlike the director's other movies.
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Maintaining The IMAX Experience, From Museum To Multiplex

Big-screen connoisseurs argue that retrofitted multiplex theaters don't provide the same immersive experience as the original, six-story screens.
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In 'Belle,' A Complex Life Tangled In Class And Commerce

Bob Mondello reviews Belle, based on a true story about a child of an admiral and a Caribbean slave, raised as an aristocrat in 18th century England.
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Does 'Rich Bigot' Sterling Deserve A Break?

The NBA could push Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his team over statements he made about African-Americans. But is he being unfairly chastised? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers British Actor Bob Hoskins

Hoskins, who played a human detective in a world of cartoon characters in the acclaimed movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died this week after contracting pneumonia. He was 71 years old.
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'Ida': A Coming-Of-Age Story With An Eerie Luster

Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's new film centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she's on the brink of becoming a nun.
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The Making Of 'Godzilla,' Japan's Favorite 'Mon-Star'

Steve Ryfle is the author of a book about the making of the film and its many sequels. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2004, on the film's 50th anniversary.
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Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.

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