Movies

The Weinstein Company
November 25, 2014 | NPR · Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing’s comrade in arms.
 

DreamWorks Animation
November 23, 2014 | NPR · Tom McGrath, an executive producer of Penguins of Madagascar who also co-directed the first three films in the franchise, says he came to voice the part of the penguin Skipper kind of by accident.
 

Roadside Attractions
November 22, 2014 | NPR · Two composers became instrument builders to score the film, set in the pioneer days of the American West. “We both knew what the movie sounded like. We just had to find it,” Tommy Lee Jones says.
 

Black Bear Pictures
November 21, 2014 | NPR · Cumberbatch stars in The Imitation Game, as the British mathematician who helped break German codes. “It’s a war thriller, it’s a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged,” he says.
 

Blackbird Productions
November 14, 2014 | NPR · The creator of Love and Basketball has a new film out called Beyond the Lights. “For me it’s just about putting people of color in every genre and making it become normal,” she says.
 

Courtesy of Open Road Films
November 13, 2014 | NPR · Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari’s experience of being tortured in an Iranian prison. “His humor sustained him,” the Daily Show host says. “And I found that incredibly empowering.”
 

Courtesy of Treehouse Moving Images
November 8, 2014 | NPR · International jewel thief Doris Payne, now 84, has a criminal history that dates back to the 1950s. A new documentary tells her story and goes inside one of her more recent trials.
 

Focus Features
November 8, 2014 | NPR · The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne, focuses on the theoretical physicist’s relationship with his wife more than his professional accomplishments.
 

Paramount Pictures
November 7, 2014 | NPR · “I got to do a lot of things in this film that I’ve been wanting to do since I was a kid,” Nolan says. His new movie has explorers traveling through space to find a new home for humanity.
 

Disney
November 7, 2014 | NPR · Baymax, the lovable robot in the new Disney movie, was inspired by inflatable robots being developed at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
 

 

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Katherine Streeter for NPR
November 27, 2014 | NPR · Sibling relationships are the longest-lasting family ties we have, and they’re among the most likely to bring health and happiness as we age. Think on that when your brother grabs the wishbone.
 

AP
November 27, 2014 | NPR · The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.
 

AP
November 27, 2014 | NPR · The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.
 

Arts & Life

AP
November 27, 2014 | NPR · The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.
 

Crown Media
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
 

AP
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
 

Music

November 27, 2014 | NPR · Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. “People were throwing things away,” he says. “I just took it as a family matter.”
 

Courtesy of the artist
November 26, 2014 | WXPN · The British singer and songwriter’s voice fills subtle, muted arrangements with color.
 

November 26, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro previews his Thanksgiving Day conversation with Melissa Etheridge.
 

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