Movies

Open Road Films
October 30, 2014 | NPR · “There’s something very primal about the slowing down at an accident scene,” says Gyllenhaal. He plays a freelance cameraman, racing to get the grisliest footage, in the film Nightcrawler.
 

Kino Lorber Inc.
October 29, 2014 | NPR · Godard, who has been making films for more than half a century, shared the 2014 Jury Prize at Cannes for his 3-D film, Goodbye To Language. He likes 3-D, he says, because “there aren’t any rules.”
 

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October 27, 2014 | NPR · The author of L.A. Confidential discusses his favorite flicks, including a 1963 Akira Kurosawa film he says may be the greatest crime movie he’s ever seen.
 

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October 24, 2014 | NPR · The film Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on the true story of a Chinese-American gang in New York City that helped traffic unauthorized immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s.
 

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Making Birdman “was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had,” Norton says. He also talks about why Anderson’s films are deep and getting royalties for the music in Death to Smoochy.
 

Roadside Attractions
October 18, 2014 | NPR · Dear White People follows four black students at a prestigious, majority-white college, where racial tensions are threatening to bring chaos to campus. So why not catch a screening at Harvard?
 

October 18, 2014 | NPR · Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in 1943, as part of his lifelong campaign to make the world acknowledge and prosecute the crime. A new documentary, Watchers of the Sky, tells his story.
 

Twentieth Century Fox
October 17, 2014 | NPR · “I’ve got to stay 100 percent present,” Keaton says. He is currently starring in Birdman, a dark comedy about an aging movie star who once played a superhero — a role he can’t quite get over.
 

Roadside Attractions
October 16, 2014 | NPR · Justin Simien’s film is funny, but it pushes viewers to think seriously about race and stereotypes in their own lives. Tongue-in-cheek title aside, he says the film speaks to the “human experience.”
 

Sony Pictures Classics
October 14, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with actor J.K. Simmons about his much buzzed about performance as a brutal music teacher in the new film Whiplash.
 

 

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News

Phoebe Boswell for NPR
October 31, 2014 | NPR · Did you know about the bat-demon of Tanzania? Or the Japanese girl who haunts school bathrooms? We’ve rounded up some spooky stories that come from different cultural contexts. The chills translate.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · The Temple Mount, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, was closed Thursday following the attempted assassination of a right-wing Jewish activist. More than 1,000 security personnel have been deployed.
 

AP
October 31, 2014 | NPR · Blaise Campaore, who ruled the West African country for 27 years after he seized power in a coup, agreed to resign after riots in the capital demanding his ouster.
 

Arts & Life

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the “nocturnal underbelly” of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters’ work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.
 

Music

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · With costumes inspired by Egyptian symbolism and science fiction, the late jazz innovator’s band plays an out-of-this-world set in the NPR Music offices.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 31, 2014 | WXPN · The Scottish soul singer, a best-seller in Europe, plays songs from his new album, Caustic Love.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 30, 2014 | NPR · The song is the exuberant sound of a novice exploring the possibilities of alternative electronic dance music with no real rule book or manual at his disposal.
 

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