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Bollywood To Hollywood: Director Embraces Chaos

Shekhar Kapur started as an accountant in the U.K., then became an actor and director in India. He later took his work to Hollywood and directed the Oscar-winning 1998 film Elizabeth. Host Michel Martin talks with Kapur about his controversial films, where he finds inspiration, and whether film festivals are still necessary.
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Astaire, Burns, Allen In 'Distress' In London Town

George and Ira Gershwin wrote some of their best songs for movies — one of which, 1937's A Damsel in Distress, has just been issued by Warner Archives. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says it may be the oddest of the Gershwin brothers' films.
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'Scenes Of A Crime' Probes Police Interrogations

The award-winning documentary Scenes of a Crime covers the case of Adrian Thomas, who was convicted of killing his 4-month-old son. Thomas was interrogated for nearly 10 hours at a New York police station. He first claimed innocence but later confessed, then recanted. Host Michel Martin speaks with co-director Grover Babcock.
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A Look At Media, Gender In 'Miss Representation'

American teenagers devote an average of 10 hours and 45 minutes to media consumption each week. Filmmaker Jennifer Newsom says the overarching message for young girls is harmful. In Newsom's documentary, "Miss Representation," she exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.
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It's The End Of The World, And She Feels Fine

The rogue planet Melancholia threatens to hit Earth, while two couples (Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard; Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland) bicker at a wedding.
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As The World Ends, A Certain 'Melancholia' Sets In

Lars von Trier's Melancholia stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as sisters who undergo a psychological transformation as disaster approaches. Critic David Edelstein says the film is a sublime fusion of form and content with a truly Wagnerian climax. (Recommended)
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Clint Eastwood Takes On FBI Legend 'J. Edgar'

The new movie J. Edgar is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover who headed the FBI for 48 years. Hoover championed scientific crime fighting in general and the use of fingerprints in particular.

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