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On The Big Screen, The Tax Guy Can Be Your Buddy

On Tax Day 2013, NPR's Bob Mondello surveys the cinematic landscape for films that tackle that most reliable of requirements: the paying and collecting of taxes. One surprising discovery: Hollywood doesn't always make the IRS the heavy.
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Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back

In his memoir The Friedkin Connection, the legendary director of films like The Exorcist and The French Connection recounts his journey from a poor Chicago neighborhood to the apex of Hollywood success.
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Jurassic Bark: How Sound Design Changed Our Imaginations

When Gary Rydstrom recorded and mixed together a set of noises for the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, he never guessed he'd inform our ideas about them for decades to come.
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William Friedkin: "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir"

Diane talks with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin about his life and decades-long career in film, and now, opera. His seminal movies include "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist."

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Mexican Film Lampoons The Rich And Sparks National Discussion

A new Mexican film pokes fun at the cluelessness of the country's rich and shows the stark income gap in this country where 40 percent live in extreme poverty and is home to the richest man in the world.
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Remembering Annette Funicello, America's Mouseketeer

Handpicked by Walt Disney to be one of the original Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello was America's girl next door. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1994 about Mickey Mouse ears and why she went public with her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. She died Monday at age 70 from complications of the disease.
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Going 'Mental' And Enjoying The Ride

P.J. Hogan's new movie is madder than madcap, a zany, nonconformist boundary-pusher whose offbeat manner makes for a rich and grounded film. Toni Collette plays the part of a modern-day Maria von Trapp as if she has nothing to lose — and Anthony LaPaglia shows his true Aussie accent.

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