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A Tip Of The Mouse Ears To Annette Funicello, 1942-2013

The Mouseketeer and bikini-musicals actress became a pop star and made a generation of boomer boys swoon. Later she faced multiple sclerosis with equanimity — and raised awareness and money in the process.
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A Close-Up Of Syria's Alawites, Loyalists Of A Troubled Regime

A director spent a year filming the Alawite community in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous, where many believe President Bashar Assad is the only man who can save them from the mostly Sunni Muslims leading the country's rebellion.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Ring On Display At Estate's Exhibit

J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy Lord of the Rings is filled with fantastical stories of elves, hobbits and wizards. But the ring at the center of his tale may have been inspired by a real ring. Owners of The Vyne, an English estate, say they possess the ring that inspired Tolkien's "ring of power."
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'Ginger And Rosa': A Study Of Women's Relationships

British filmmaker Sally Potter gained worldwide attention with her 1992 film Orlando. Like all of her movies, it was unconventional in its story and structure. Her new film, Ginger & Rosa, is more realistic and direct.
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Roger Ebert In Review: A 'Fresh Air' Survey

Fresh Air remembers film critic Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, with a roundup of interviews from our archive — one with Ebert alone, one with him and his late partner Gene Siskel, and two in which Ebert interviews iconic directors. Plus, critic-at-large John Powers discusses Ebert's 2011 memoir Life Itself.
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Remembering Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, was not only a writer but a social media master, a romantic and a guy who deeply believed in rice cookers. He was also one of the most influential critics of his generation.
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Roger Ebert: More Than A Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down Guy

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday. He was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation. On Wednesday, he had announced on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer. Ebert was 70.

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