Robert Siegel talks to French director and actor Maiwenn about her crime drama Polisse. The film follows the daily lives of a tightly-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. Basing her script on real child investigation cases, Maiwenn conveys the emotional strain of the unit's work with gritty realism.
Glenn Close is known for her acclaimed performances in the films Fatal Attraction and Albert Nobbs, and the TV series Damages. But off-screen, she works hard to reduce stigma and discrimination attached to mental illness, which affects her family.
Portland, Ore., is one of the cities trying something new in movie theaters — encouraging audience members to heckle via text messages. The jokes and comments appear on the big screen. Robert Siegel talks with Erik Henriksen of the Portland Mercury alternative weekly about this week's offering — Point Break.
There was Ali G, Borat and Bruno — and now, in The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen has a new character to add to his repertoire: the capricious ruler of an oil-rich country who travels to the U.N. to assert his right to have nuclear warheads.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of when Johnny Carson took over The Tonight Show. For 30 years, Carson reached a nightly audience 15 million people, but he was also intensely private. Guy Raz talks with Peter Jones, director of a documentary looking at the Carson's public and personal lives.
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's latest collaboration adapts the vintage Gothic soap opera, focusing on aristocratic vampire Barnabas Collins as a fish out of water in the 1970s. NPR's Bob Mondello says that except for Depp's clever turn as Barnabas, there isn't much to sink your teeth into.
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