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Jacki Weaver, Looking For Oscar Gold With 'Silver Linings'

The actress's turn as the tough but loving matriarch in Silver Linings Playbook gave her the chance to act alongside Robert De Niro — and earned her a second Academy Award nomination.
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'Argo': What Really Happened In Tehran? A CIA Agent Remembers

The political drama Argo is based on the real story of a CIA-planned rescue in revolutionary Iran. Experts say it gets most of the story right — but two men who were actually there say the end of the story was more complicated than Hollywood might think.
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Say Yes To 'No': Retro Political Thriller Packs A Timely Punch

Imbued with a retro, classic feel, the stunning Chilean drama No takes a powerful look at the positive effects of political advertising. It's a message American audiences might marvel at, but this Oscar-nominated film definitely delivers. (Recommended)
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'Many Worlds': A Film That Keeps Its Eye On The Audience

Many Worlds is a 15-minute drama from Alexis Kirke, of the Interdisciplinary Center for Computer Music Research at Plymouth University in England. The film, about a bizarre physics experiment cooked up by a depressed girl and unleashed on her friends, "reads the minds" and the bodies of the audience, and changes its plot while they watch it.
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Playing The Big Room: An Oscars Joke-Writer Reflects

After the teary acceptance speeches, the most quotable moments from any Oscars telecast are the jokes. Comedy writer Dave Boone, a regular joke writer for Hollywood's biggest night, offers his tips on how to make 'em laugh in Movieland and beyond.
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Hollywood's 'Hooray': Hardly A Happy Hymn

It's Oscar season, meaning that classic toe-tapper "Hooray for Hollywood" will soon be booming out of TV speakers everywhere. But the cheery cinema hymn has a more complicated compositional past, as NPR's special correspondent Susan Stamberg explains.
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The Movie Roman Coppola Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Writer-director Roman Coppola could watch Woody Allen's Stardust Memories a million times. "It's a film that is endlessly imaginative and has wonderful surprises at every corner," he says.

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