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Sandra Bullock, Boxed In On The Set Of 'Gravity'

For her new film, the actress submitted to a singularly intense shooting regimen to achieve the movie's weightless visuals. She talked with NPR's Melissa Block about the filming process, which kept her alone inside a box for long stretches, listening to strange music and sounds.
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Houston, We Have A Space Flick: A Sentimental Mission In Zero 'Gravity'

Director Alfonso Cuaron puts you in orbit with novice astronaut Sandra Bullock and veteran-on-his-last-mission George Clooney as their space shuttle gets demolished by debris from an exploded Soviet satellite. Critic David Edelstein says that you should watch this movie on the biggest screen you can find.
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'The Fade': Four Barbers, Three Continents, One Film

A new film The Fade shows that from Accra to New Jersey, the barbershop has a special place in the black community. Host Michel Martin talks to the film's director, Andy Mundy-Castle about what he learned from following four barbers across the world.
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'Gravity' Is Out Of this World Twice Over

The new movie Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who play astronauts adrift in space. Director Alfonso Cuaron heads the impressive team that makes us feel we're stranded in outer space ourselves.
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Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

Rick Najera's name may not sound familiar, but his work is famous in Hollywood. Host Michel Martin talks with the funnyman about his career and his book Almost White: Forced Confessions of A Latino in Hollywood.
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British Filmmakers Shift American 'Conversation On Race'

Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave was one of several films featuring black British actors to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Black British filmmaking is on the rise on the global stage, and the worldwide focus leaves filmmakers and actors to navigate conversations on race and identity.
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'Valentine Road': A Path To Teen Tragedy

Five years ago, 14-year-old Larry King was killed by a classmate for exploring his sexual identity. In her new documentary, Marta Cunningham delves into King's life and death. She joins guest host Celeste Headlee to discuss the film and how her research transformed the way she viewed the crime.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, On Life And The Lenses We Look Through

The actor chatted with NPR's Rachel Martin about his writing and directing debut Don Jon. The film, which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, is about porn addict trying to make it in a relationship.
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Film Industry Gives Virginia Economic Boost

Virginia's film industry is making millions of dollars for the state while employing residents.

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'Don Jon': Smooth Move There, Mr. Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's writing and directing debut is a modern look at a Don Juan who's got a bit of a porn problem. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's an assured first film from an actor who's clearly been paying attention to what makes a movie work.

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