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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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July 18, 2014 | NPR · Wish I Was Here follows a struggling actor and father of two whose breadwinning wife is starting to rethink her role. It’s the first feature film Braff has directed since 2004′s Garden State.
 

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July 10, 2014 | NPR · Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film’s star was vital because he had to guess what he’d be like at 18. “I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting.”
 

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July 8, 2014 | NPR · Emily and Ben Dreyfuss recently reviewed the film in which their dad plays a biologist hunting a shark. In addition to finding it totally ridiculous, they realized there’s a lot they misremembered.
 

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July 6, 2014 | NPR · Programmer and activist Aaron Swartz was a “complex person,” says filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. He tells Swartz’s story, including his legal battle and suicide, in a new documentary.
 

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July 3, 2014 | NPR · In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert’s memoir. Ebert’s wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn’t know that he would die within months.
 

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June 30, 2014 | NPR · The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. “I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film,” McHale tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.
 

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June 29, 2014 | NPR · Peter Cullen, whose oeuvre ranges from Sonny and Cher to Winnie the Pooh, voiced the heroic robot-truck in the 1980s Transformers cartoons. He returned to the role for the series of live-action films.
 

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June 29, 2014 | NPR · After a climate change disaster, a train must circle the globe for its passengers to stay alive. The science fiction fable was inspired by a French graphic novel and directed by a South Korean auteur.
 

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June 26, 2014 | NPR · For her first feature film, director Gillian Robespierre says she wanted to cast Jenny Slate in the role as an empowered, funny woman. They tell Fresh Air what shaped them as women in comedy.
 

 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · In the digital age, our online accounts don’t die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · In an interview with NPR, the White House’s Tony Blinken endorsed Israel’s demand that before this conflict ends, Gaza must be demilitarized. That’s a demand Hamas is unlikely to agree to.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · In its first national day of mourning in more than half a century, the Netherlands will come to a standstill as two planes carrying the remains of some victims land in Eindhoven.
 

Arts & Life

July 23, 2014 | NPR · Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.
 

July 23, 2014 | NPR · Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare’s effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it “a high-spirited, often funny ride.”
 

July 22, 2014 | NPR · Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.
 

Music

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · The ocean serene, the sharks below: That’s the contrast of noise and melody the Danish duo The Raveonettes do so well. Watch this lyric video for “Killer In The Streets” from their new album Pe’ahi.
 

July 23, 2014 | NPR · All Songs Considered features “The Voyager,” the new album from Jenny Lewis, a singer known for complicated, emotional lyrics and vivid storytelling. It’s part of NPR Music’s “First Listen” series.
 

July 22, 2014 | NPR · On a visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by his baritone and his apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington to the studio.
 

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