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'Footnote' Takes On Ambition, Father-Son Rivalry

Footnote is set in Jerusalem's Hebrew University and deals with the implacable rivalry between two scholars of the Talmud, the complex and sacred text of the Jewish religious tradition. These competitive scholars, the misanthropic Eliezer and the gregarious Uriel, also just happen to be father and son.
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Efforts to Deal With Bullying (Rebroadcast)

An estimated one in six children and teenagers will be bullied this year. A new documentary highlights how bullying can trigger a cycle of violence. Diane speaks to the director of the film "Bully," one of the teenagers who appears in the...

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Joan Chen: No More Concubine, Dragon Lady Roles

Joan Chen was only a teenager when she was awarded China's equivalent of the Oscar. Americans know Chen best for her roles in the TV series Twin Peaks and the film The Last Emperor. She is honored at this year's San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Chen talks with host Michel Martin.
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Teen Comes To D.C. To Fight R Rating On 'Bully'

Students in the District were at the premiere of one bullying film this week, although an R rating may keep them from seeing another. One Michigan teenager came to D.C. this week to argue the case for a lower rating for the film with the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Wal-Mart Backs Hollywood's UltraViolet System

Wal-Mart announced an online video partnership with most of the major Hollywood movie studios on Tuesday. The idea is to make it easier for people to legally watch and share movies digitally.
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New Film Takes An Intimate Look At School Bullying

Robert Siegel talks with Director Lee Hirsch about his new documentary Bully. The film follow several middle and high school students who are victims of bullying. Recently, the Motion Picture Association of America gave Bully an R-rating for its language content. Almost 300,000 people so far have signed an online petition asking the MPAA to change the rating to a PG-13. Hirsch talks about the ratings controversy and the film.
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Mike Nichols: 'Salesman' By Day, Artist Always

Director Mike Nichols' story can be traced from Nazi Germany to Hollywood and Broadway. Over more than 50 years in show business, he's done serious (The Graduate), he's done shtick (Spamalot) and now he's doing a revival. Nichols' production of Death of a Salesman opens March 15.
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'Friends With' Benefits From Its Complications

In Friends with Kids, Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt play two best friends who decide to have a baby together while keeping their relationship platonic — so the baby doesn't interfere with their romantic lives. Critic David Edelstein says the film is simply marvelous. (Recommended)

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