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Classic Of Black Cinema, 'Cooley High,' Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Amid the blaxploitation craze, Cooley High showed a slice of urban life rarely seen on the big screen. It is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set in Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 24, 2015

You can hear some country and roots-rock music or see a movie about the man who’s best known as a massive yellow bird from a children’s television show.


New Documentary Finds Nina Simone 'In Between The Black And White Keys'

Simone's recordings still loom larger than the rest of her story. A new film about her life asks the question, What Happened, Miss Simone?

James Horner, Oscar-Winning Film Composer, Presumed Dead

Hollywood composer James Horner is presumed dead, after a plane crash Monday involved a plane that was registered to him. Horner scored notable films, including Titanic and Avatar.

'Me And Earl' Director Traces Path From Scorsese's Assistant To Sundance

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won the audience award and the grand jury prize at Sundance. He talks about how losing his dad shaped his approach to the film.

James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Feared Dead

A single-engine plane registered to Horner crashed on Monday in an area 60 miles from Santa Barbara, Calif. There were no survivors.

'Infinitely Polar Bear' Director Relives Childhood With Mentally Ill Parent

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Maya Forbes and her daughter Imogene Wolodarsky about their new film, Infinitely Polar Bear. Forbes wrote and directed the fictionalized take on her own childhood.

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

Director Pete Docter had the idea for this movie a little over five years ago after he saw his own 11-year-old daughter become sad and tried to imagine how the world looked through her eyes.

'Sadness Is Like A Superhero': Amy Poehler On Pixar's 'Inside Out'

The movie, directed by Pete Docter, follows the five emotions inside an 11-year-old's head. Poehler plays Joy, but she says Sadness' strength is she knows how to talk about loss.

'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

Screenwriter Oren Moverman talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the film's depiction of the Beach Boy's troubled life. We'll also listen back to an interview Gross recorded with Wilson in 1988.