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Regina King Reigns In Hollywood

The actress has successfully navigated working both in front of and behind the camera. She's won an Emmy for her television work, and she's in demand as a director on shows like Animal Kingdom.
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The Editor's Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero

The legendary editor nurtured the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But it was taming Thomas Wolfe's massive tomes that was perhaps his greatest feat. Now, that struggle has inspired a film.
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'Genius' Offers A High-Toned Look At The Editor-Writer Relationship

A new film tells the story of book editor Max Perkins, who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. Critic David Edelstein says Genius "isn't quite ingenious enough."
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'O.J. Simpson: Made In America' Dives Deep Into Life Of Fallen Football Hero

Ezra Edelman's seven-and-a-half hour documentary for ESPN, O.J. Simpson: Made in America, is really several documentaries in one. It's the story of Simpson's rise as a football icon and black celebrity, and his downfall as a murder suspect in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. But it's also the story of race in America, and what happens when celebrity culture meets the justice system.
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'From Afar' Draws You In By Holding You At Arm's Length

A relationship drama with societal implications marks a striking debut for first-time writer director Lorenzo Vigas. Like the film's leading man, he'll draw you in by holding you at a slight remove.
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Actress, Victims Advocate Theresa Saldana Dies At 61

Saldana was in films such as Raging Bull. In 1982, she was stabbed 10 times by an obsessed fan. She survived the attack and later helped start support groups for other victims of violent crimes.
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Muhammed Ali Vs. Sonny Liston: The 'Worst Mess In History Of Sports'

In remembrance of Muhammed Ali, NPR looks back at Robert Siegel's conversation with filmmaker Gary Robinov, director of Raising Ali, about the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight boxing match between Ali and Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine. This story originally aired on May 22, 2015, on All Things Considered.
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Syrian Teen's 9-Minute Doc Hits Cannes, Sundance, L.A. Film Fest

After her family fled to a refugee camp, she took a workshop in making videos. Her film about day-to-day life is now making the festival rounds.
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Los Angeles Film Festival Highlights Diversity In Film Industry

The Los Angeles Film Festival opened this week, showcasing the work of its most diverse roster of filmmakers yet. Film critic Carla Renata offers her take on the festival lineup.
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'Art Bastard': A Rebel With A Canvas

Robert Cenedella established himself in the 1960s as the anti-Warhol. A new documentary goes through his years fighting against the New York art establishment by being, well, what the title says.

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