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Meet John Sloss, The Man Behind Some Of Your Favorite Indie Films

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:03am

Sloss is a lawyer, talent manager, sales agent and producer for films like Boys Don't Cry, The Fog of War and Boyhood. "He's a bulldog; he fights for the films he believes in," one filmmaker says.

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Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:03am

Matt Sumell wrote Making Nice in part as a response to his mother's death from cancer. "I was using the good luck of bad luck," he says. "You use what hurts."

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A Lot Of Sound And Fury In 'The Infernal'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 6:03am

Mark Doten's debut novel has some beautiful writing in it, but critic Jason Sheehan says the book suffers from too much verbal and typographical trickery, and not enough actual story.

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King Of Condensed Films: Meet Chuck Workman, The Oscars' Montage Master

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:16am

It's a classic element of the Oscars telecast: that sequence of clips paying tribute to film industry greats. Chuck Workman created them for 20 years, and likens his craft to making a fruitcake.

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Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:14am

A new year's tradition of wearing a new, custom-tailored outfit to celebrate the Lunar New Year is fading in Korean culture.

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Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:13am

A new year's tradition of wearing a new, custom-tailored outfit to celebrate the Lunar New Year is fading in Korean culture.

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Tibetan Villagers Pose Before Backdrops, Earn Oscar Nomination

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:12am

They're photographed in front of Asian scenes, a beach, Disneyland. It's a fictional film called Butter Lamp. And it has a real message.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:21pm

On this week's show, all eight Best Picture nominees, strong feelings from all concerned, and the rare feeling that a fistfight might be about to ensue.

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'I'll Take Insanely Hard Oscar Trivia For 400, Alex'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:46pm

Can you name the longest title of a film nominated for best picture? Or most Oscar-nominated family? At O'Brien's Irish Pub in Santa Monica, the trivia night regulars are former game show champions.

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The Oscars Are Coming, With 1 Big Hit And Few Close Contests

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:46pm

Linda Holmes and movie critic Bob Mondello sit down with Audie Cornish to talk about the upcoming Oscars.

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In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.

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The Comedy And Good Conversation Of Harris Wittels

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:06pm

NPR contributor Glen Weldon remembers writer, actor, producer, musician, and comedy podcast mainstay Harris Wittels, who died Thursday, just 30 years old.

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An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 6:33am

While immigration is a subject of some of the most intense political debates in this country, inaugural poet Richard Blanco says it also drives his art. He shares his journey to becoming an American.

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As 'Hollywood Jobs' Turns 10, We Follow Up With The Folks In The Credits

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:29am

NPR's Susan Stamberg has talked to everyone from focus pullers to foley artists. She finds that in the last 10 years, technology and out-of-state tax incentives have been Hollywood game-changers.

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From Iran To Comedy Central: Maz Jobrani's Path To 'Middle Eastern Funny Man'

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:53pm

The Iranian-American comic came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, just before Iran's 1979 revolution. His new memoir is I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV.

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Will The Next 'MacGyver' Be An Indian Woman?

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:21pm

Sharpen your Swiss Army knives and grab an extra roll of duct tape because Mac may be coming back. The creators are looking to the fans to design the new show. And there's one big twist.

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Argentine Oscar Nominee 'Wild Tales' Lives Up To Its Title

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:05pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello says the Argentine nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Wild Tales, is an anthology of darkly comic stories that definitely lives up to its title.

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For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of Personal Lows And Professional Highs

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:11pm

Wilmore is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show, which fills the late-night spot on Comedy Central vacated by Stephen Colbert. The show launched just as Wilmore's 20-year marriage was coming to an end.

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As CBS' 'Two And Half Men' Ends, Questions On How It Lasted So Long

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:22pm

CBS' Two and Half Men ends a 12-season run tonight as TV's longest-running multicamera sitcom. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says some experts still struggle to explain the show's longtime success.

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In These New Comics, Getting Your Wish Isn't Always Great

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:03am

Mainstream superhero comics have a streak of teenage wish-fulfillment: Great power and great responsibility. But a new wave of comics is exploring how complicated it can be when wishes are granted.

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