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Friday, October 25, 2013

Arabian Sights Film Festival

Arabian Sights will feature films from several countries including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine.

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States Ponder Costs, Benefits Of Film Incentives

Targeted fiscal policies lure high-profile Hollywood productions — and the jobs and cash that come with them — to certain states. But in many cases, film companies get far more money from the state's coffers than they actually pay in sales and payroll taxes.
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'12 Years' Star Alfre Woodard: 'You're Never Too Young For The Truth'

Actress Alfre Woodard missed out on an Emmy last night for her role in 'Steel Magnolias,' but she's got plenty of other golden statues to comfort her. She's also generating buzz for the upcoming film '12 Years a Slave.' Woodard takes us behind the scenes of that film, and offers some wisdom about the acting business.
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Disney Experiments With 2-Screen Experience Involves iPads

The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live has opened in select theaters across the country. Children are encouraged to bring their iPad to the theater, and during the movie they become part of the story, play games and compete with the audience."
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'Rush' Gets Points For Style, Doesn't Win Our Hearts

Formula 1 racing is having its moment in the sun on American movie screens. The new movie Rush attempts to combine Hollywood style with an independent film's sensibility. Rush is directed by Ron Howard.
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'Wadjda' Director: 'It Is Time To Open Up'

The film, about a young girl who desperately wants a bicycle, is the first feature made entirely in Saudi Arabia. Director Haifaa Al Mansour joins host Rachel Martin to talk about making the film in a country where Mansour couldn't work outdoors unsupervised.
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Hollywood's Chinese Theater Reopens After Makeover

The iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood reopens to the public this weekend after a four-month renovation. The venue now holds one of the nation's largest IMAX screens. And it has a new name, after a purchase from Chinese TV maker TCL.
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Stuart Blumberg Really Wants To Talk About Sex

The director, who also co-wrote the 2010 indie hit The Kids Are All Right, joins NPR's Audie Cornish to chat about his film Thanks for Sharing, a romantic comedy that follows three men (and one woman) through stories of sex addiction and recovery.
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Gandolfini Is So Vivid In 'Enough Said,' You Forget He's Gone

The late actor stars opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the new comedy about a divorced TV archivist who falls in love with a divorced masseuse. David Edelstein praises Louis-Dreyfus' farcical timing, as well Gandolfini's ability to change his rhythm and demeanor.
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'Prisoners' Filled With Twists And Turns And Moral Ambiguity

Bob Mondello reviews Prisoners, a twist-filled thriller from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve that has Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman at odds over how to catch a kidnapper.

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