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The 'Trailer Trash' That's Sent Us To The Cinema

Host Scott Simon speaks with Ian Crouch, web producer for The New Yorker, about tropes in movie trailers throughout the years. Crouch's blog post, "Trailer Trash," was published Friday on The New Yorker's Culture Desk blog.

A Film So Sumptuous, 'Renoir' Himself Might Have Helped Out

The slow, silky pace of Gilles Bourdos' biopic Renoir might burden a lesser subject. But the beauty of the cinematography suggests the aesthetic of the Impressionist master, lending the whole film a surreally beautiful air. (Recommended)

Actor Richard Griffiths, Uncle Vernon In 'Harry Potter' Movies, Dies

Best known as Harry's cruel Muggle uncle, Griffiths was an accomplished stage actor as well. Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry, says Griffiths' "encouragement, tutelage and humor" made him a joy to work with.

Former NJ Governor On His 'Fall To Grace'

In 2004, Jim McGreevey was the governor of New Jersey and a rising political star. That was until he admitted his homosexuality, and an improper relationship with a male staff member. What happened next is the subject of the new HBO documentary, Fall To Grace. Host Michel Martin speaks with McGreevy and filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi.

Hollywood's History Of Putting Gay Rights On Trial

With the Supreme Court hearing arguments this week on same-sex marriage, film critic Bob Mondello observes a parallel evolution in what he calls a Hollywood mini-genre: films in which gay characters are either taken to court or seek redress in court for issues involving their sexuality.

'American Winter' Families Struggle To Survive Fall From Middle Class

Diedre Melson, John Cox and Pam Thatcher are college-educated parents who once considered themselves part of the middle class. Then the Great Recession hit. A new HBO documentary shows their families desperately trying to make ends meet.