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'Precious' Director Daniels Flocks To Controversy

Director Lee Daniels is best known for his provocative 2009 movie, Precious. On Friday, he's out with The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey. It's about a reporter investigating a murder in the Florida bayous. Daniels tells host Michel Martin why he's attracted to extreme story lines. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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How 'Star Wars' Seduced Another Generation Of Kids

The first Star Wars movie came out 35 years ago, but a never-ending stream of cartoons, books and video games has kept the saga current. Even for little kids too young to have seen the film, Star Wars has turned into a permanent part of their entertainment mythology.
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Re-Creating Indiana Jones' Boulder Run In D.C.'s 'Alley Of Doom'

In an alley in Washington, D.C., strangers came together to simulate Indiana Jones' boulder run, using a very big inflatable boulder.
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Bond Gadgets Stand Test Of Time (But Not Physics)

The James Bond film franchise may be turning 50, but its gadgets will never get old. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and NPR's David Greene dig through the inventory of Bond's best contraptions.
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Sept. 11 Documentarian Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

Melissa Block profiles several of the newly announced 2012 MacArthur Fellows. In this segment she speaks with Laura Poitras, a documentarian who is making a trilogy of films about the post-Sept. 11 world.

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