Movies

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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.
 

Focus Features
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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News

AP
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The federal highway trust fund will run short of money starting this week unless Congress acts. But the Senate’s bill differs significantly from what the House passed last week.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · The effort to end polio is taking a toll on Pakistan’s already overstretched health system. With more children dying of measles and diarrhea, some question whether the focus on polio is worth it.
 

AP
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Israel broadened its bombing campaign on Tuesday, bringing the Palestinian death toll above 1,200. Brief hope for a cease-fire was quickly dashed.
 

Arts & Life

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
 

ABC
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Monday night’s Bachelorette finale went in a very unusual direction for a show that usually denies the degree to which it’s about sex.
 

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
July 29, 2014 | NPR · “Cowboy” Jack Clement produced and wrote songs for the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. On his final album, the late visionary reclaims some of those tunes and makes them his own.
 

Courtesy of the artists
July 29, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s All Songs Considered, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis collaborate with fellow Seattle band Fences, plus new music from Frazey Ford, Spider Bags, Zola Jesus, GOAT and more.
 

Courtesy of LargeUp
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The roots reggae singer has played to thousands and appeared on Jimmy Fallon, but he says he is only willing to go a certain distance to please the mainstream.
 

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