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Straight From Diablo Cody's Life: 'Ricki' And Difficult Families

In the film Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a mother who abandoned her family to become a rock star. Both Streep and writer Diablo Cody say the story of the film hits close to home.
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Major Stars And Teams Of Animators Bring 'The Prophet' To Screen

Khalil Gibran's blockbuster, The Prophet, hits theaters this weekend. Animated in the tradition of Disney's Fantasia, The Prophet is a collection of poems musing on joy, sorrow, marriage and death.
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'May Allah Bless France!' Tells The Story Of France's Hip-Hop Gatekeepers

Rapper Abd Al Malik, who grew up in the depressed suburbs of France, has turned his story into a soaring film memoir.
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Family Dysfunction Is Set To A Melancholic Beat In 'Ricki And The Flash'

In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a singer who left her husband and kids decades ago to pursue her rock 'n roll dream. Reviewer David Edelstein says Streep "tears up the screen" in the film.
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Speechless Sheep Leads A Cheeky Menagerie In 'Wallace And Gromit' Spinoff

Shaun the Sheep, a character from the stop-motion animation films, now has his own movie — an absurd and unstoppably amusing feature.
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NTSB: Harrison Ford Plane Crash Caused By Loose Engine Part

The investigative agency said that a main metering jet had worked its way loose, allowing too much fuel to enter the carburetor and choking off power.
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Villainous Scheme Makes Dozens A Few Minutes Late

A 40-foot inflatable "minion" — the yellow, unintelligible sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies who recently were given their own spinoff — broke loose and blocked traffic in Dublin this week.
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'Who Am I Without My Sport?' Greg Louganis On Life After Olympics

The documentary Back On Board traces the highs and lows of the star diver's career, the turmoil he faced as a gay, HIV-positive athlete — and the identity crisis that he experienced after retirement.
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'Best Of Enemies': When Televised Verbal Fireworks Were A Novelty

A new documentary chronicles the famed Gore Vidal-William F. Buckley debates and the beginnings of TV political punditry. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon.
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More Than A Toy: Lego Enthusiasts Have Built A Community

A LEGO Brickumentary chronicles how children and adults alike use Legos for work, play and therapy. The documentary also explores the Lego Group's near demise — and meteoric return.

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