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After 'Putin's Kiss,' A Young Girl's Change Of Heart

An absorbing new documentary by Danish director Lise Birk Pedersen charts four years in the life of Masha Drokova, who became famous as the girl who publicly kissed Vladimir Putin. Critic John Powers says it "offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works."
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Role Of Maids Dusts Up Trouble For 'The Help'

The Help, the best-selling novel about the life of black maids in segregated Jackson, Miss., successfully transitioned into a box office smash. Viola Davis and Octavia Spenser are nominated for Oscars. Many fans are dismayed Oscar recognition goes to black women portraying domestics, a hated stereotype.
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'If A Tree Falls' Traces Earth Liberation Front's Rise

In the documentary If A Tree Falls, director Marshall Curry tells the story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a group that the FBI once described as America's number one domestic terrorism threat. The film has been nominated for an Academy Award.
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Company Bets Bad Movies Are Good For Business

There area a lot of bad movies out there. Some movies are so bad that they're good. For some reason people love them. Is there an art to making films that are deliberately bad? Can a company be successful by producing bad movies?
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Documentary Follows Pakistan's Acid Attack Victims

The film Saving Face is nominated for an Oscar. It chronicles the lives of acid-attack survivors in Pakistan. Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy talks to Renee Montagne about what happens to some of the victims.
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Critics: Bad Oscar Rules Have Ruined 'Best Song'

This year there are only two nominees for the Oscar's Best Original Song category — "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets and "Real in Rio" from the animated film Rio. Audie Cornish talks to Steve Pond, Academy Awards columnist for TheWrap.com, about the controversy.

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