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'Beasts': Taking Southern Folklore To The Next Level

Beasts of the Southern Wild came out of nowhere to win the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. The fable-like film, starring 6-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, takes place after a storm ravages Louisiana. (Recommended)
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In France, A Star Rises From An Oft-Neglected Place

The Intouchables, a heartwarming comedy about a Paris aristocrat's friendship with the unemployed black man he hires as his aide, is an unlikely box-office hit in France. The film has produced an equally unlikely new movie star: Omar Sy, the son of African immigrants from a gritty Paris suburb.
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'Beasts' Finds Its Heart In A 6-Year-Old Heroine

The film Beasts of the Southern Wild won top honors at Sundance and took a prize for best first film at Cannes. NPR's Melissa Block talks to director Benh Zeitlin about the isolated community he's imagined — and the extraordinary girl who narrates the picture.
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Remembering Groundbreaking Filmmaker Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron wrote When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, Julie and Julia and many other of the most memorable romantic comedies in recent history. A prolific writer and director, she achieved tremendous success in a historically male-dominated field. Ephron died Tuesday at the age of 71.
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A Laugh A Minute, On Screen And In Life

Nora Ephron, the essayist, novelist, screenwriter and film director, died Tuesday night in Manhattan. She was 71, and suffered from leukemia. Fresh Air remembers the creator of Silkwood and When Harry Met Sally with excerpts from a 2006 interview from WHYY's Radio Times.
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Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice

Nominated for multiple Oscars, the director and screenwriter gave us two of the most indelible scenes in contemporary cinema — and they're startlingly different.
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Nora Ephron, Filmmaker, Author, Dies

The celebrated author and filmmaker behind such hits as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally died in New York of pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, her son Jacob Bernstein told The New York Times. Ephron was 71.
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Alec Baldwin: A 'Rock' Throughout The Ages

The star of 30 Rock has two films out this summer. He plays a club owner in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. And he travels to Italy with an ensemble cast for Woody Allen's To Rome with Love.

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