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Behind Great Art, The Artist's Painstaking Process

NPR's Bob Mondello looks at two documentaries — Six by Sondheim and Tim's Vermeer — that delve deep into the creation of art, whether it's a sprawl of Broadway songs or a 17th-century oil painting.
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Great Soundtrack Aside, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Hits A Sour Note

Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen continue to mine American pop culture in their latest film. It's 1961 in Greenwich Village, and a homeless folk singer is trying desperately to break out. Critic David Edelstein says the overarching tone of the film is snotty, condescending and cruel.
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How 'Black Nativity' Made Its Way To The Big Screen

The film is one of several fall and winter offerings from Fox Searchlight — including 12 Years a Slave, Black Nativity and Baggage Claim — featuring African-American casts and themes.
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The 'Anchorman' Legend Continues, And It's Everywhere

The upcoming sequel to the 2004 film has been running a veritable marketing blitz between viral videos, car commercials and even an in-character appearance by star Will Ferrell on a local newscast.
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Gyptian: New Album 'Like Insanity'

Although Jamaica is a small island, it packs a big punch in the world of music. Host Michel Martin speaks with dancehall reggae artist Gyptian about his latest album Sex, Love & Reggae.
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On Becoming Llewyn Davis, A Hero Who Excels At Failing

Actor Oscar Isaac disappears into the title role of the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, a black comedy about a '60s folk singer who just can't make it, no matter what he does. He speaks with NPR's Melissa Block about playing the less-than-likable character.
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Teller Breaks His Silence To Talk 'Tim's Vermeer'

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the usually silent half of Penn and Teller about his upcoming documentary, which follows an inventor trying to replicate the method he believes the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer employed to create his incredibly lifelike paintings.
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Director Alexander Payne On Mining Every Film For Comic Potential

Payne tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he first read Nebraska — a film about an old man who is beginning to show signs of dementia — as a comedy "with moments of gravity." Payne also directed Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants.
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Cleveland Celebrates 30 Years Of 'A Christmas Story'

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the movie A Christmas Story. The holiday film has grown a cult following over the years, but it has taken on a special importance in Cleveland, where some of the scenes were shot.
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In Malcolm Lee's Movies, 'African Americans Are Just People'

Filmmaker Malcolm Lee most recently directed Best Man Holiday. His production company Blackmaled Productions focuses on the image of black men on screen.

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