Ben Gazzara has died at the age of 81. The actor known for his brooding tough-guy presence died of pancreatic cancer Friday in New York. Gazzara made his big break into film with his role as an accused killer in Otto Preminger's 1959 courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder.
Screenwriter Will Reiser coped with his cancer diagnosis by thinking up ideas for cancer comedy movies with his best friend, actor Seth Rogen. Rogen and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt now star in a film based on Reiser's life. Both Gordon-Levitt and Reiser join Fresh Air for a conversation about the film.
It's been 20 years since actor Bill Murray woke up to Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" in the movie Groundhog Day. Each year, the town of Woodstock, Ill. — where the movie was filmed — relives the experience.
Actor Anthony Mackie is best known for playing uptight Army Sgt. JT Sanborn in the Academy Award-winning movie The Hurt Locker. Mackie is also no stranger to off-Broadway plays and independent films. The Julliard graduate stars in Man on a Ledge, and has several other productions scheduled for release in 2012.
With the silent film The Artist in competition for this year's Best Picture Oscar, Bob Mondello has been thinking about the pre-talkie era. As it happens, the last silent film to win for Best Picture has just been released on Blu-ray: the 1927 flying-ace epic Wings.
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