Movies

The Weinstein Company
December 19, 2014 | NPR · Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.
 

Universal Pictures
December 17, 2014 | NPR · Louis Zamperini was an Olympian before he enlisted in World War II and became a prisoner of war. Jolie says he told her to “make a film that reminds people that they have greatness inside themselves.”
 

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
December 15, 2014 | NPR · The 19th century painter wasn’t always “very pleasant” and he was a “man of massive contradictions,” Spall says. So Spall says he had to “dig deep” to play the title role in Mr. Turner.
 

Courtesy artist
December 14, 2014 | NPR · In Shikeith Cathey’s short film, faceless strangers answer questions like “What makes you happy?” and “Do you cry?” The artist says, “These questions, as simple as they are … they aren’t discussed.”
 

Warner Brother Pictures
December 13, 2014 | NPR · Paul Thomas Anderson is the first to make a novel by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon into a film. He says he studied the book, about a stoner detective, intensely and treated it as his Bible.
 

Warner Brothers Pictures
December 11, 2014 | NPR · Paul Thomas Anderson is a master of outlining times and places occupied by his strange dreamers. Inherent Vice, set in California in the 1970s, gets many things right, even if it’s a bit too epic.
 

Sony Pictures Entertainment
December 9, 2014 | NPR · The famously redheaded orphan is played this time by African-American actress Quvenzhané Wallis. “The original Annie had a red Afro,” points out Indiana University scholar Terri Francis.
 

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
December 8, 2014 | NPR · “No comedian wants to have to analyze and defend” jokes, says Rock, who wrote, directed and stars in the new film Top Five. He adds: “I’m not a politician; I’m not a thinker. I’m a comedian.”
 

Asphalt Stars
December 6, 2014 | NPR · A new film tells the story of how Nicky Vreeland — a trained photographer and grandson of a fashion icon — used his camera to help rebuild the Tibetan Buddhist monastery he now leads.
 

Brian McCabe
December 5, 2014 | NPR · Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, the story of a marquee comedian who abandons his standup roots for blockbuster film glory.
 

 

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News

December 19, 2014 | NPR · The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He’ll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.
 

iStockphoto
December 19, 2014 | NPR · Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That’s a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service recently said it has more than 300 million users.
 

Arts & Life

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That’s a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He’s a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
December 19, 2014 | NPR · Three decades after her first interview with him, Fiona Ritchie meets up with the Scottish musician, who’s known for a long career with the legendary Battlefield Band.
 

Getty Images
December 19, 2014 | NPR · In a 2001 session, Shearing and host Marian McPartland reminisce about seasons gone by and play holiday songs, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Away In A Manger.”
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · A dancer’s desperate and purposeful choreography was shot in locations all over London using one-point perspective, a powerful accompaniment to this poetic post-hardcore track.
 

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