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Postal Service Hopes 'Harry Potter' Stamps Spell Revenue

The USPS is banking that Harry Potter buffs will scoop up the limited-edition stamps, which feature stills from the eight Harry Potter films. But not everyone's a fan; critics say the new products are too commercial — and that a British import doesn't belong on a U.S. stamp.
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'Great Beauty,' 'Narco Cultura': Excess, Succeeding Wildly

Critic John Powers says Italy's submission for the best foreign language film Oscar and a documentary about the Mexican drug war got him thinking about a William Blake proverb: "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."
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The Future Of Magazines, Internet Real Estate, 'The Book Thief'

This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, inside the world of cyber real estate, the modern magazine industry, and J. J. Abrams latest project — a cyber cop drama.
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Father And Son Make A Slow Connection In 'Nebraska'

An elderly father and his son take a painfully long drive from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., ostensibly to collect the million-dollar prize that the father thinks he's won. Host Rachel Martin talks with Nebraska director Alexander Payne.
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At 13, 'Book Thief' Star Picks The Screen Over The Balance Beam

At 13, Sophie Nelisse is already making big career decisions. She started training in gymnastics at 3 and had her eyes set on the 2016 Olympics. She put those dreams aside when she landed the lead role in The Book Thief. She tells host Arun Rath, "It was a hard choice, but I chose acting."
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Animated Film On The 'Kamikaze Plane' Hits A Nerve In Asia

The latest film from Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki tells the story the engineer who designed the Mitsubishi Zero, the fighter plane used in attacks on Pearl Harbor. The Wind Rises is drawing sharp criticism from around Asia, where the wounds of World War II have yet to heal.
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On The Timeless Appeal Of 'Calvin & Hobbes'

The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores the world of the classic comic strip. NPR's Don Gonyea spoke with director Joel Allen Schroeder about the film and the strip, which still has devoted fans long after the final panels appeared in the paper.
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Steve Coogan, Tacking Toward The Funny Side Of Serious

In Philomena, the British comedian plays a journalist helping an older woman track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Coogan tells NPR's Robert Siegel about the project — one with a bit more weight than his usual work.
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Across 'Nebraska,' On A Journey That Goes Beyond The Trip

Critic David Edelstein calls the film, in which an elderly man sets out to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize, a "superb balancing act" from director Alexander Payne.
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Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska'

It's the letter everyone's received. The one that says you've won $1 million but is actually about selling magazine subscriptions. But what if someone truly believed they'd won that million? And what if that individual was your cranky father and he insisted on going to prize headquarters to collect his money.

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