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Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Werner Herzog's latest project is a slight departure for the acclaimed filmmaker: a 35-minute public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving. Yes, it's long, he says, but the "inner landscape" of great suffering such accidents can cause "can only be shown if you have more time."
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'Lovelace': A Sex Superstar's Struggle To Show Herself

A new biopic explores the story of Linda Lovelace, star of the 1970s film Deep Throat. Directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein talk with host Jacki Lyden their film, Lovelace.
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Karen Black, Strange And Lovely, And Always Game

Karen Black parlayed her strange and singular allure into quirky character roles that in many ways captured the zeitgeist of the 1960s and '70s.
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Clarification: Third Coast Documentary Festival

Last week on this program we featured a segment on the best short radio documentary, Blackbird Pot Pie: Noth the Pie Unami Made. In our excitement, however, we neglected to give credit to the winning producer, New Jersey-based independent producer Mary T. Diorio Schilling.
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'The Butler': 'It's Not A Movie — It's A Movement'

The new film, starring Forest Whitaker, tells the story of a man who experienced the country's racial tension from one of the most powerful addresses in the world. Director Lee Daniels and journalist Wil Haygood join Tell Me More to discuss the movie, and the man who inspired it.
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Director Blomkamp Follows Up 'Ditrict 9' With 'Elysium'

The film District 9 was one of the surprise hits of 2009 because it was a rare action movie that addressed issues in a smart way. Now its writer-director, Neill Blomkamp, is back with Elysium. A car thief must get to the healing machines on space station Elysium if he wants to live.
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Spike Lee: Doing The Right Thing For Himself

The legendary filmmaker is using the fundraising website Kickstarter to raise money for his latest movie — and he's drawing some criticism for it. He talks to host Michel Martin about funding his own films and the state of the industry today.
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In 'A World,' All Voice-Overs Are Not Created Equal

Lake Bell's comedy In a World ... tracks a vocal coach's efforts to break into the male-dominated world of voice-overs. She and actor/voice-over artist Fred Melamed tell Terry Gross about what drew them to voice-over work, and the origins of the "sexy baby vocal virus" trend.
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Libraries' Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen And In Song

In the latest installment of our library series, NPR's Bob Mondello visits some notable libraries in popular culture: Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel; Lucien's Library in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman; and the stacks in Buffy, Hogwarts, Doctor Who and Fahrenheit 451.
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A Future Where Class Warfare Is Much More Than A Metaphor

The writer-director of District 9 returns with Elysium, a dystopian sci-fi/action story with Matt Damon as the hardscrabble hero. Jodie Foster plays the severely chic Big Bad in a saga where the rich live a literally out-of-this-world life above a dying Planet Earth.

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