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More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By 'The Hunger Games'

The popularity of The Hunger Games book and film series is leading to an uptick in the popularity of archery, especially among girls. USA Archery says membership is on the rise, and some sporting equipment outfitters have seen a big boost in bow and arrow sales in the years since the series began.
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From Morgan Freeman to Idris Elba, Who Played Mandela Best?

Many films have been made about Nelson Mandela. Danny Glover, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, and now Idris Elba have all tried to step into the icon's shoes. Host Michel Martin speaks to Sean Jacobs, founder of the blog Africa Is A Country, about which actor played him best.
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Winnie: Not 'Just The Woman Who Stood By Mandela's Side'

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is the latest biopic about former South African president Nelson Mandela. Host Michel Martin speaks to Naomi Harris who plays his former wife, Winnie, in the film.
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For Sale: One Maltese Falcon, Dreams Included

At an auction in New York, one of the two statues used in the 1941 movie will be up for bid. Sam Spade would say the falcon is much more than a bird: It's the "stuff that dreams are made of."
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Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters

American studios are working hard to play well in China's gigantic — and growing — movie market, all while negotiating complex rules and competing with popular domestic films.
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In A Tale Of Two Sisters, The Story's In The Songs

Iconic Disney moments aren't just about the characters, but the songs they sing. Husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed music for the new Disney film Frozen, capturing the friendship of sisters Elsa and Anna.
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Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Philomena -- radically different films whose heroines have surprisingly similar qualities.
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Movies and the International Market

Our critics share picks from this year's impressive list of potential Oscar contenders and explain why you're seeing so many China-focused story lines in American films.

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'Hunger Games' Fans Will Enjoy Thrills In 'Catching Fire'

Second movies in a series can be such a comfort: we already know the key characters, we have a sense of where the plot is going — we just have to hang on and enjoy the thrills. Which is what happens with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
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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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