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'Grandmaster' Ziyi Zhang: 'I Can Do Better Than Just Kicking Ass'

Actress Ziyi Zhang is known for Oscar-winning films like Memoirs of a Geisha and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Now she co-stars in The Grandmaster, inspired by kung fu legend Ip Man. She speaks with guest host Celeste Headlee about her new fierce role and how women have gained prominence in kung fu films.
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Winona Ryder: With Smaller Roles, A Welcome Return From Exile

NPR has been looking at comebacks — from politicians reinventing themselves to the recovery of once-endangered species. Then there are disgraced movie stars. Winona Ryder made everyone forget about her 2001 shoplifting arrest with her role in Black Swan. How far has her comeback taken her?
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Dangers Of Texting While Driving

Texting while driving caused nearly 200,000 car accidents in 2011. Filmmaker Werner Herzog spotlights the problem with a new public service announcement.

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'Cutie And The Boxer': Two Lives Entwined At Home, In Art

Zachary Heinzerling's documentary captures the curious dynamics of a complicated relationship between two artists whose lives and work are inextricably intertwined. As Karen Michel reports, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara are still figuring themselves out after 40 years and more.
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The Words Vivien Leigh Left Behind

An upcoming exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London celebrates the life of the actress, including diary entries, film scripts and personal letters to Leigh from Winston Churchill, Graham Green and the Queen Mother. Host Scott Simon speaks with exhibit curator Keith Lodwick.
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Movie Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

The new movie Lee Daniels' The Butler stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in a story that took five years and 37 producers to bring to the screen. The film is inspired by the real life career of a White House employee who served eight presidents.
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Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Werner Herzog's latest project is a slight departure for the acclaimed filmmaker: a 35-minute public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving. Yes, it's long, he says, but the "inner landscape" of great suffering such accidents can cause "can only be shown if you have more time."
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'Lovelace': A Sex Superstar's Struggle To Show Herself

A new biopic explores the story of Linda Lovelace, star of the 1970s film Deep Throat. Directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein talk with host Jacki Lyden their film, Lovelace.
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Karen Black, Strange And Lovely, And Always Game

Karen Black parlayed her strange and singular allure into quirky character roles that in many ways captured the zeitgeist of the 1960s and '70s.
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Clarification: Third Coast Documentary Festival

Last week on this program we featured a segment on the best short radio documentary, Blackbird Pot Pie: Noth the Pie Unami Made. In our excitement, however, we neglected to give credit to the winning producer, New Jersey-based independent producer Mary T. Diorio Schilling.

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