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Up For Best Picture: 'Life Of Pi', 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

Morning Edition goes back into the archives to hear from the directors of two films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, which will be handed out Sunday. Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin, both have elements of magical realism.

For Publicist Marvin Levy, It's All About Eyeballs

A publicist is responsible for making a movie known — in a good way, with any luck. It's a multifaceted job, but what does he or she really do? NPR's Susan Stamberg continues her annual Hollywood Jobs series with a story of one prolific publicist and the director he serves.

Baby Boomers Return To The Multiplex, And Hollywood Notices

With popular films like Amour and Quartet filling theater seats — and winning awards — it's clear that targeting the 50-plus demographic can be a win-win for filmmakers.
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Cab Driver Turns Experiences Behind the Wheel Into Movie

Cab driver Oleg Merkulov has seen all sorts of things while on the job, and he turned one of those experiences into a quirky, low-budget film.

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'Hollywood On The Potomac': New Book Captures D.C. On Film

Mike Canning's new book, "Hollywood on the Potomac," offers the first comprehensive look at how Washington, D.C., appears in American feature films.


For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count

On a movie set, every piece of furniture, wall hanging or bit of desktop clutter that an actor doesn't touch is chosen by the film's set decorator. For her annual Oscar-season series on Hollywood jobs, NPR's Susan Stamberg follows a handful of these decorators from prep through "Action!"