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From An Oscar Winner, A 'Past' Still Hauntingly Present

Director Asghar Farhadi's film — which follows a man returning to his estranged wife to finalize a divorce — has garnered quite a few awards. NPR's Bob Mondello says that it definitely deserves its accolades. (Recommended)
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'Her,' Another Quirky Film For Director Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze is known for directing emotionally resonant films — like Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan reviews Jonze's new film Her.
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A Town, A Team, And A Dream That Just Won't Die

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Davy Rothbart, co-director of the documentary Medora -- the story of a shrinking Indiana town and its hard-luck high-school basketball team.
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A 'Kind Of A Big Deal' Gets Even Bigger In 'Anchorman 2'

In a sequel, Ron Burgundy makes the leap from local to national news. "We felt like we needed to jack up the stakes," says director and co-writer Adam McKay. He and star Will Ferrell join Terry Gross to talk about making movies — and that epic 'stache.
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Hollywood Holding On To Its Summer Love

Seventeen big-budget movies premiered this past summer, and almost all of them cost more than $100 million to make and about that much to promote. While only about 10 of them were solidly profitable, studios are not changing their strategies.
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In 2013, Non-Blockbusters Saw Huge Success, But Who Funded Them?

This past summer, Hollywood released many high-budget blockbusters that failed. But this year, some smaller, critically acclaimed films reached the big screen and hit it big. For more on funding for movies big and small, Melissa Block talks with Los Angeles Times movie industry reporter Steve Zeitchik.
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From 'Crash Reel' To Recovery, And Everything In Between

NPR's Melissa Block talks with director Lucy Walker about her documentary The Crash Reel, which follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce from a devastating accident through his rehabilitation from a debilitating brain injury.
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The Coen Bros. On Writing, 'Lebowski' And Literally Herding Cats

Inside Llewyn Davis -- starring Oscar Isaac and a disobedient cat — is the latest from the filmmaking duo. The brothers talk with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about their writing process ("It's mostly napping") and the cult status of their 1998 film The Big Lebowski ("How do you explain that? I have no idea.")
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All Aboard! Real-Life Polar Express Chugs Through Michigan

Every brake screech, whistle and rattle from the movie The Polar Express came from recordings of a historic locomotive, the Pere Marquette 1225. After four years of costly repairs, passengers can once again jump onboard and travel to see Santa Claus at the North Pole (imagination required).
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Spike Jonze Opens His Heart For 'Her'

In the director's sci-fi romance, a man (Joaquin Phoenix) falls very much in love with his computer operating system (Scarlett Johansson). Jonze spoke with NPR's Audie Cornish about going to the future to direct an old-fashioned love story.

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