Movies

IFC Films
April 11, 2014 | NPR · Hateship Loveship was inspired by a short story about a caretaker who falls victim to a cruel joke. Wiig and director Liza Johnson explain how the film’s restraint says more than fireworks ever could.
 

Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures
April 10, 2014 | NPR · Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez tell Terry Gross about the inspiration for “Let It Go” and a “very strong strike across the bow at all princess-myth things” song that didn’t make the film.
 

Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
April 10, 2014 | NPR · In a new film, Cage plays an ex-con who takes a teenage boy under his wing. He and director David Gordon Green discuss the film’s use of amateur actors and finding levity in difficult stories.
 

Marvel Studios
April 4, 2014 | NPR · Anthony Mackie plays Falcon in the new film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He talks about the cultural significance of the Falcon, and how it’s “monumental” for his eclectic career.
 

Getty Images
March 30, 2014 | NPR · Errol Morris turns the lens on Donald Rumsfeld in his newest documentary, The Unknown Known. It’s similar to Morris’ The Fog Of War — except this time, to his disappointment, he doesn’t learn much.
 

Strand Releasing
March 30, 2014 | NPR · Rithy Panh’s new film is a kind of documentary about Cambodians like him and his family who experienced the brutality of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Panh uses clay figurines to tell the story.
 

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
March 29, 2014 | NPR · The ancient story of the Great Flood gets a Hollywood update in director Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Noah. Aronofsky says he wanted to add drama to the story, making Noah’s character more dynamic.
 

Courtesy of Lionsgate
March 28, 2014 | NPR · “I was very careful not to portray a saint that is unreachable,” says the director of a new film about the farmworker advocate. “He was a simple man who did an extraordinary thing.”
 

Pantelion Films
March 27, 2014 | NPR · The new film Cesar Chavez tells the story of the civil rights leader who fought to secure a living wage and better working conditions for farm workers. Michael Peña talks about playing the lead role.
 

Sundance Selects
March 22, 2014 | NPR · Known for serious films such as The Clockmaker and ‘Round Midnight, the French filmmaker has turned to comedy — with a serious undertone — in his latest film, The French Minister.
 

 

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News

AP
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The boy hid in the wheel well of a jet that flew Sunday from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. Though temperatures plunged and oxygen was scant, he survived. The father says Allah “saved him.”
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · A large piece of metal was found this week along the coast of western Australia. But authorities are convinced it is not debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8.
 

AFP/Getty Images
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Authorities say an Afghan security guard opened fire at a hospital run by a U.S.-based Christian group. Two victims were reportedly a father and son. Another U.S. citizen is said to have been hurt.
 

Arts & Life

AP
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, has died.
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · Philip Short’s new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.
 

AP
April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Mexican-born Kenyan actress has been lauded for her looks, her impeccable fashion sense, and her humility. Now People says she’s the most beautiful woman in the world.
 

Music

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
April 24, 2014 | WQXR · Conductor Robert Spano leads the orchestra and chorus in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, music written for the 1962 rededication of the cathedral in Coventry, England, destroyed in a 1940 air raid.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2014 | NPR · New York-based singer Melaena Cadiz’s rustic folk earworm, “Needles River,” was inspired by the realism in The Grapes Of Wrath and East Of Eden. But the video strikes a more surreal and ghostly tone.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Albarn says the sound he helped create with Blur in the 1990s was not a celebration of England, but a reaction to America’s encroaching influence.
 

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