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Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Black is also one-half of the comedy folk-rock group Tenacious D. They've just released a new album in the style of heavy metal bands from the 1980s.
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That's Not CGI: At Monsterpalooza, Monsters Are Real

As usual, this year's summer blockbusters will be stuffed with computer-created aliens, zombies or vampires. Not all filmmakers want virtual creatures, however; at Monsterpalooza, they make their monsters by hand.
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Jason Segel: Creating Comedy With The Tone Of Life

Weekend Edition's Rachel Martin talks with actor and writer Jason Segel about his new film The Five-Year Engagement. They discuss Segel's take on the romantic comedy genre, his love of puppets, and the evolution of his affable onscreen persona.
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'Marley': A History On Film Of The Man Turned 'Legend'

Bob Marley has been used to brand everything from a clothing line and coffee company to his own museum and a resort in the Bahamas. A new documentary seeks to reconstruct what the reggae singer was like in real life.
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Untangling The Hairy Physics Of Rapunzel

Kelly Ward, senior software engineer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, was tasked with bringing Rapunzel's locks to life in Disney's Tangled. The hair had to look realistic, but not too real — otherwise Rapunzel would be towing 80 pounds of hair behind her.
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How Movie Makers Use Science To Make Magic

From the muscle-bound dad in The Incredibles, to the dinosaurs running wild in Jurassic Park, to Brad Pitt aging backward as Benjamin Button, Ira Flatow and guests look at the evolving technology used to create characters and visual effects on the silver screen.

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