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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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Sandwich Monday: The Grinch Sandwich

For this week's Sandwich Monday, a holiday treat. We re-create the sandwich referenced in "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch": sauerkraut, toadstools, and (substitute) arsenic sauce.
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The Camels Were 'Impossible': Peter O'Toole Remembers 'Arabia'

"I can't imagine anyone whom I'm less like than T.E. Lawrence," O'Toole told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1993. The handsome actor — who made his name in the 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia — died Saturday at the age of 81.
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'Billy Jack' Creator Tom Laughlin Dies

His character was an "ill-tempered, karate-chopping pacifist" who battled racists through four movies. The first film, released in 1971, also produced a hit song: One Tin Soldier. Laughlin was 82.
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Joan Fontaine, 'Coolly Beautiful' Oscar Winner, Dies

Fontaine became a star for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca. She won a best actress Oscar for her performance in the director's Suspicion. Her older sister was actress Olivia de Havilland. The two were estranged for most of their adult lives.
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What's Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

We want to know what holiday movies — whether traditional or perhaps a little more action-driven — are your favorites. Do you like your films with extra sap, or a little excitement?

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