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August 21, 2014 | NPR · Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.
 

Ranchwater Films
August 19, 2014 | KUNC · Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch — he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood.
 

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August 7, 2014 | NPR · Mirren stars as a French restaurant owner in The Hundred-Foot Journey, a film about food, family and the clash of cultures. She says during her first 20 years in film, sets were “very locker roomy.”
 

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August 4, 2014 | NPR · For our Men in America series, we asked men about the movies that make them cry. Reading through 5,000+ responses, we noticed a recurring theme — or should we say, a recurring man: Tom Hanks.
 

BBC
August 2, 2014 | NPR · A new BBC documentary tells the stories of six young Syrians from different sides of the war: among them, one who learns the names of bombs, not how to read; another who didn’t eat bread for a year.
 

Marvel
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Morning Edition’s David Greene talks to director James Gunn about his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which Marvel hopes to make its next big franchise. Characters include a raccoon and a tree.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story — including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out.
 

Roadside Attractions
July 26, 2014 | NPR · Anton Corbijn directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles — playing a haggard German intelligence agent in the film adaptation of the John le Carré spy thriller A Most Wanted Man.
 

Sony Pictures Classics
July 25, 2014 | NPR · Allen doesn’t rehearse, and he isn’t a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn’t direct. He says Allen was a “very involved and meticulous director” while making Magic in the Moonlight.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · “There’s nothing scarier than the neighbors,” says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.
 

 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The World Health Organization says the official number of Ebola cases and deaths may “vastly underestimate” the scale of the outbreak. So how bad is it really?
 

August 21, 2014 | NPR · The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen’s shooting.
 

General Motors
August 21, 2014 | NPR · The 1964 World’s Fair showcased jet packs and other miracles of science. Here’s how people back then thought the future would look (and how it actually turned out).
 

Arts & Life

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.
 

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Daniel Kehlmann’s F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
 

Music

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera’s labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America’s largest performing arts organization.
 

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August 20, 2014 | WXPN · The Pennsylvania band performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock ‘n’ roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The guitar virtuoso seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead, taking a line from the former’s iconic “Marquee Moon” as a song title.
 

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