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How To Compose Music For A Movie About Music

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to film composer Justin Hurwitz, 29, about his first major movie score, for the movie Whiplash. Hurwitz talks about using music to heighten tension.
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Some Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

Sony had pulled the controversial comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after ominous threats were made, allegedly by a group that hacked the studio's emails.
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Satirizing Dictators Is Nothing New — Just Ask Charlie Chaplin

The Interview is hardly the first time a dictator has been portrayed on the big screen — Bugs Bunny, Mel Brooks and South Park have all taken aim at fearsome world leaders.
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A Vital Chapter Of American History On Film In 'Selma'

Director Ava DuVernay speaks to NPR's Michele Norris about making Selma, a searing depiction of the battle for voting rights — and the first major movie about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Scoring The Screen: Thomas Newman And the Music Of 'Shawshank'

Oscar-nominated composer Thomas Newman — whose credits include animated films like Finding Nemo and Wall-E to classic dramas like The Shawshank Redemption — kicks off our "Scoring the Screen" series with Robert Siegel.
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We Ask A Scholar: How Does Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Compare With The Bible's?

Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but "it's not exactly Exodus; it's panorama and pageantry, which is what film does." And, he adds, why not?
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For Updated 'Annie', The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

The comic strip Little Orphan Annie was launched during the Great Depression. A remake of the 1987 movie arrives when the income gap between rich and poor is the highest it's been since the 1930s.
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The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America

A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. Karen Grigsby Bates finds the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.
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Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

The actress stars in the new film Into The Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she's a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.
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Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

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