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Barber On Front Lines Of Civil Rights Battles

James Armstrong's Birmingham barbershop was a hub for the civil rights movement, serving customers like Martin Luther King, Jr. Armstrong helped desegregate schools and organize voting rights marches. He's the focus of the 2012 Oscar-nominated short documentary, The Barber of Birmingham. Host Michel Martin talks with co-director Robin Fryday.
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Watch This: Lynn Shelton's Eclectic Mix Of Favorites

Lynn Shelton is the director of Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, both of which featured significant amounts of improvised dialogue. For Morning Edition's occasional series, Watch This, Shelton recommends films spanning from a 1928 silent to a 1971 unconventional comedy.
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60 And Sexless, But 'Hope Springs' Eternal

In Hope Springs, Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) seek out a couples therapist (Steve Carell) to try to rekindle the spark in their marriage. Critic David Edelstein says it's a post-reproductive chick flick for audiences who are no longer spring chickens.
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Remembering Award-Winning Composer Marvin Hamlisch

He wrote music for The Sting, A Chorus Line and The Way We Were, and won a Tony, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.
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The Movie Jay Chandrasekhar's 'Seen A Million Times'

Writer-director Jay Chandrasekhar could watch Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap a million times. "The accents are flawless, the music is really good," he says.
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Franchises Age, But Their Stars Stay Forever Young

The Bourne Legacy is the latest movie to recast a main character in order to continue the franchise. But from Bond to Bewitched, Batman to Dumbledore, Hollywood has never been afraid to dump old stars and seek fresh blood for the sake of a character's longevity.

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