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Despite 'Star Wars' Success, Disney Stock Drops

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Ben Fritz of the Wall Street Journal about Disney stock dropping, despite enormous Star Wars success.

A Nigerian Actress Had An Unlikely Dream: Make A Movie About Fistula

Fistula, an injury that can result from childbirth, causes incontinence. Health groups supported the idea of a film, but nobody wanted to back it. That didn't stop Stephanie Linus from making Dry.

Oscar Voting Begins On Nominations That Are 'Muddier' Than Usual

Renee Montagne talks with Kim Masters, editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter and host of The Business, about what's shaping up to be anybody's race for best picture at the Academy Awards.

'Chimes At Midnight' Gives Weight To A Shakespearean Knave

For our "Ones That Got Away" series, NPR film critic Bob Mondello checks out Chimes at Midnight, an Orson Welles masterpiece that hasn't been available in the U.S. for decades.

Remembering Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler

Wexler won Oscars for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Bound for Glory, and was nominated for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Matewan. He died Sunday. He was 93. Originally broadcast in 1993.

John Boyega Is Awakening 'Star Wars' Fans In Nigeria

The actor who plays Finn, a disillusioned Stormtrooper in the new film, has said he's "a confident, Nigerian, black, chocolate man." Nigerian filmgoers are over the moon.
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Wendell Pierce On Acting, New Orleans, And His Memoir, "The Wind in the Reeds" (Rebroadcast)

Best known as "Bunk" from the TV series "The Wire," Wendell Pierce is now working to rebuild his old neighborhood, Pontchartrain Park, one of New Orleans' first middle-class African American communities.


Doctor Behind 'Concussion' Wanted To 'Enhance The Lives' Of Football Players

Dr. Bennet Omalu's discovery of a new degenerative brain disease among football players inspired a movie-and the wrath of the NFL.

How Director David O. Russell Discovered 'Joy'

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with director David O. Russell about his new comedy "Joy," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

'Revenant' Reveals A Breathtaking, Punishing Saga Of Survival And Revenge

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews The Revenant, a harrowing survival tale from the director of last year's best picture Oscar winner.