November 29, 2013 A new movie captures the story of one of the world's great leaders. It's a classic biopic of a towering figure: Nelson Mandela. And it takes audiences through the many chapters of his sweeping life. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to Idris Elba about playing the legendary South African leader.
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Idris Elba (as Nelson Mandela) and Naomie Harris (as Winnie Mandela) in a scene from his trial.
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November 25, 2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is the latest biopic about former South African president Nelson Mandela. Host Michel Martin speaks to Naomi Harris who plays his former wife, Winnie, in the film.
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The new Disney film Frozen is the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa, whose relationship is captured in music by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
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November 24, 2013 Iconic Disney moments aren't just about the characters, but the songs they sing. Husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed music for the new Disney film Frozen, capturing the friendship of sisters Elsa and Anna.
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Sophie Nelisse says years of training as a gymnast taught her to focus in ways that helped her acting on the set of The Book Thief.
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November 17, 2013 This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, inside the world of cyber real estate, the modern magazine industry, and J. J. Abrams latest project — a cyber cop drama.
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November 17, 2013 An elderly father and his son take a painfully long drive from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., ostensibly to collect the million-dollar prize that the father thinks he's won. Host Rachel Martin talks with Nebraska director Alexander Payne.
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November 16, 2013 At 13, Sophie Nelisse is already making big career decisions. She started training in gymnastics at 3 and had her eyes set on the 2016 Olympics. She put those dreams aside when she landed the lead role in The Book Thief. She tells host Arun Rath, "It was a hard choice, but I chose acting."
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Joel Allen Schroeder dove into the world of Calvin & Hobbes for Dear Mr. Watterson, an admiring documentary about the strip.
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November 16, 2013 The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores the world of the classic comic strip. NPR's Don Gonyea spoke with director Joel Allen Schroeder about the film and the strip, which still has devoted fans long after the final panels appeared in the paper.
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Steve Coogan acts alongside Judi Dench in Philomena, the story of a woman searching for her son and the cynical journalist helping her find him.
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November 15, 2013 In Philomena, the British comedian plays a journalist helping an older woman track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Coogan tells NPR's Robert Siegel about the project — one with a bit more weight than his usual work.
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Bruce Dern has been acting for more than 50 years. In Nebraska, he plays a man on a mission to collect $1 million.
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November 14, 2013 Dern's new film follows a man named Woody who is starting to show signs of dementia. When Woody falls for one of those junk-mail sweepstakes come-ons, he becomes convinced that he's won $1 million and sets out on foot to collect the cash. Dern tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "[Nebraska] is the most personal movie I've ever done in my career."
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Terrence Howard, Nia Long and Eddie Cibrian in The Best Man Holiday.
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November 14, 2013 In the new film The Best Man Holiday, college friends reunite after some 15 years, and the old rivalries and romances reignite. It's the sequel to the 1999 comedy The Best Man, which became one of the biggest hits for a black director and cast. Host Michel Martin speaks with actors Sanaa Lathan and Terrence Howard.
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Jake Gyllenhaal plays the stoic Detective Loki in Prisoners, trying to track down two missing girls.
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November 8, 2013 On a visit to the set of Nightcrawler, NPR's Audie Cornish talks to the actor about his changing career and his recent crime drama, Prisoners, where he plays a solemn detective in search of two young missing girls.
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In Go for Sisters, former cop Freddy Suarez (Edward James Olmos) agrees to help a parole officer track down her wayward son along the U.S./Mexico border.
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November 8, 2013 Written and directed by John Sayles (Lone Star), the film focuses on a parole officer on searching for her missing son and the parolee and former cop she enlists for help. Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross star.
The real TLC (from left to right, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas) in the early-'90s.
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November 5, 2013 What do viewers want from musician biopics, like last month's VH1 movie about TLC? And what makes some of them work while others fail (horribly, horribly fail)?
For the first 18 years of his life, Steve Lickteig thought Joanie Lickteig was his sister. Both are pictured here in 1969.
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November 3, 2013 When he turned 18, Steve Lickteig learned that the woman he knew as his older sister was actually his mother, a secret his other siblings and most of his small Kansas town had known and kept from him. In a new documentary, Lickteig tries to understand how he was left in the dark for so long.
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Linda Blair, at just 12 years old, played the demon-possessed Regan MacNeil in the 1973 film The Exorcist, still widely considered one of the scariest movies ever.
October 31, 2013 On Halloween — and the occasion of The Exorcist's 40th anniversary — NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the film's director, William Friedkin, about the making and the legacy of the famed horror film.
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