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80-Year-Old Reputed Mobster Acquitted In 1978 Heist Portrayed In 'Goodfellas'

Vincent Asaro was charged in helping with the Lufthansa heist that was depicted in the Goodfellas movie.

'My All-American' Remembers Forgotten Story Of Heroic Texas Football Player

My All-American is out in theaters on Friday. It's a story about Texas football and is written by the same person who did Rudy and Hoosiers. It centers on one of the players, Freddie Steinmark, and an improbable story that reached all the way to the White House.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 12, 2015

This week, cats make it to the big screen, but probably still hate us. Amphibians also get their moment in the spotlight.


Boston Clergy Sex Abuse Under 'Spotlight' Anew

Boston Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer was part of the investigative team that uncovered the massive scandal involving sexual abuse by Catholic priests. She speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about their story, which is now told in the feature film Spotlight.

Actress Brie Larson Finds Light Within The Darkness Of 'Room'

In her new film, Larson plays a woman who has created an elaborate fantasy world to hide a harsh reality from her son. The actress says the son's innocence in Room reminds her of her own childhood.

Bryan Cranston Becomes Blacklisted Screenwriter In 'Trumbo' Biopic

Cranston used tapes of writer Dalton Trumbo to study his speech patterns and smoking habit. Then he put on glasses and a mustache, and he says, "I [started] to see that man."

The Sounds Of James Bond, From The Editors Who Created Them

Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg won the Oscar for their sound work on Skyfall. Now they're back with the new James Bond movie, Spectre. NPR's Becky Sullivan talks to the pair about just what a sound editor does.

Movie Review: 'Spotlight'

The new movie Spotlight is about the team of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe that broke the story of sexual abuse in Boston's Catholic Archdiocese.

In 'Spectre,' Bond's Back And Looking Over His Shoulder

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Spectre, the latest in the Bond franchise. It's got the Bond cars, the Bond villain and the Bond girls, but it lacks the feeling of its predecessors.

Melissa Mathison, Screenwriter Who Wrote 'E.T.,' Dies

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Melissa Mathison has died at the age of 65. NPR's Mandalit del Barco offers a remembrance of the woman who wrote E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, among other films.