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Dustin Lance Black: Telling The Story Of 'J. Edgar'

The recent film portrays former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as a man who had to keep his sexual orientation a secret — while collecting other people's secrets to use against them. Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black explains how he researched the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Real Navy SEALs Star In 'Act Of Valor'

The new film Act of Valor blurs the line between the real and the unreal something fierce. The movie shot genuine SEAL training exercises, but the script couldn't be more generic.
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The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne

Life is a collection of "extraordinarily ordinary moments," says the Academy Award-winning director, if only people would "wake up and pay attention to how beautiful it all is." Payne's latest film, The Descendants, puts the power of everyday moments to use, and is nominated for five Oscars.
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Bob Mondello On Oscar Host, Best Picture

The Academy Awards take place on Sunday. Billy Crystal will be back hosting the event after Eddie Murphy dropped out. Audie Cornish talks with movie critic Bob Mondello about the hosting choice and the movies up for best picture.
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A California Civil War Over Internet Piracy

In southern California, Hollywood howls over "piracy" and is pushing for legislation. In the north, Silicon Valley cries foul over what it sees as restrictions on a free and open Internet. The most pressing issue for both may be the huge sums of money each stands to lose.
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Wenders Creates 3-D Tribute To Choreographer 'Pina'

Director Wim Wenders created the 3-D documentary Pina, in tribute to German choreographer Pina Bausch. When the two met over 20 years ago, they started planning a film that would capture her unique style of modern dance. Bausch died suddenly just days before filming started.

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