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

PR News/Hawaiian Airlines
April 21, 2014 | NPR · “Kid’s lucky to be alive,” an FBI spokesman says of the 16-year-old who authorities believe stowed away Sunday in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. The odds were against him.
 

Reuters/Landov
April 21, 2014 | NPR · President Park Geun-hye says the captain did little to help the hundreds on board escape. More than 60 bodies have been recovered. More than 230 people, most of them high school students, are missing.
 

Boston Globe via Getty Images
April 21, 2014 | NPR · The 117-year-old road race is full of lore and rich with history. We talk to two men who likely know the marathon better than anyone else on the course today.
 

Arts & Life

April 21, 2014 | NPR · Also: a poem by Michele Glazer; the best books coming out this week.
 

Getty Images
April 20, 2014 | NPR · It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe’s greatest social crises.
 

The Kobal Collection
April 20, 2014 | NPR · Sports movies seem to have made a strange turn from focusing on players to focusing on agents and managers. It makes for a sad progression from magical realism to yelling about money.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
April 20, 2014 | NPR · One of the world’s best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It’s all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 20, 2014 | NPR · Sean Lennon has made one of the best recordings of his career, with help from bassist, singer and partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The two follow their acoustic debut with a fabulously fuzzy rock album.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 20, 2014 | NPR · The natives of Mexico City offer a stripped-down, intimate recording that’s no less thrilling.
 

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