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One Marine's Journey To 'Hell And Back Again'

Photojournalist Danfung Dennis embedded with the U.S. Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Hell And Back Again. The film tells the story of Sgt. Nathan Harris' transition to life North Carolina after being wounded in Afghanistan.
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Bret McKenzie: A Very Manly Muppet [Extended Cut]

McKenzie, half of the New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, wrote five songs in the recent Muppets movie. "Man or Muppet" is nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards. [extended cut]

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'Awake': Can A Risky New Drama Break A Streak Of Bad Luck?

Kyle Killen, the man who wrote the new drama Awake, was also behind the Mel Gibson flop The Beaver and the critically hailed but quickly cancelled Lone Star. Can he change his luck?
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Poland's Holland, Exploring Holocaust History Again

Poland's official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film is director Agnieszka Holland's third film set during the Holocaust. Holland discusses characters with contradictions and why this story compelled her to revisit a subject she had decided not to return to.
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'Tinkering' With A Spy Classic Gets Oscar Nod

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy screenwriter Peter Straughn is up for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Straughan about rewriting the classic John le Carre spy novel.
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Oscar Lobbying On The Other Campaign Trail

The 2012 Academy Awards are fast approaching, but behind all the glitz and glamor of Hollywood there is furious lobbying going on for that golden statuette. Robert Siegel talks with Christy Grosz, the awards editor at Variety, about the ins and outs of Oscar campaigning.
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A Veteran's 'Return' To The Front Lines Of Home

In Liza Johnson's drama, Return, Linda Cardellini plays a vet who returns from her time overseas with no way to make sense of where she was and what it meant. Critic David Edelstein says the film's lack of a traditional story arc makes it seem even more real.

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