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With A Spelling-Bee Subversion, Jason Bateman Breaks Bad

The Arrested Development actor stars in his own directorial debut as a 40-year-old middle-school dropout who decides — for a hidden motive — to compete in a national spelling bee.
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Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street

For years, the relationship only went one way: from stage to screen. But this spring, four big musicals are based on films, including favorites like Rocky, Aladdin and The Bridges of Madison County.
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Juggling Work And Motherhood On A Shoestring Budget

Millions of families under the poverty line are headed by single mothers. One of those women, Katrina Gilbert, is featured in the upcoming HBO documentary Paycheck to Paycheck.
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Wes Anderson: 'We Made A Pastiche' Of Eastern Europe's Greatest Hits

The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place in the fictional European country of Zobrowka on the eve of war. Anderson shot much of the film in Germany, drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape.
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'Prep School Negro' Shows Struggle Between Poverty And Plenty

When Andre Robert Lee was 14, he got a scholarship to an elite school in Philadelphia. He tells Renee Montagne his documentary chronicles the challenges he faced as a poor kid thrust into privilege.
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Hi Ho Spaniard! An Iberian Desert With Spaghetti Western Roots

Some of Hollywood's most popular Westerns were filmed in Spain's Tabernas Desert. Today those sets are used in Western-style theme parks for bank heists, shoot-outs and saloon shows.
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'Kids For Cash' Captures A Juvenile Justice Scandal From Two Sides

In 2011, two Pennsylvania judges were sent to prison for getting paid for keeping juvenile detention centers full. A new documentary looks back at the case, interviewing kids and the judges involved.
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The Unforgettable Performance Ed Harris Doesn't Remember

In a community theater production in 1973, Harris went into another zone. The Oscar-nominated actor says he totally embodied his character, and he's been chasing that high ever since.
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Review: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Bob Mondello looks at Wes Anderson's latest cinematic curiosity, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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Barbershop Guys Dig Into Hollywood Beef

Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, but he's being criticized for an old essay about black people. The barbershop guys give their own speeches on the topic.

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