November 15, 2012 Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay for the film Lincoln, which focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. Kushner read more than 20 books before writing about Lincoln, a man who had "an enormous capacity for grief that didn't deprive him of the ability to act."
November 15, 2012 James Bond and The Rolling Stones both turn 50 this year. As critic John Powers points out, both may have been born in response to a dying British Empire, but their evolving legacies have reflected the times through which these brands have lived.
November 13, 2012 Emma Miller looks at a new documentary about Gregory Crewdson, whose photographs are created with the care taken by a filmmaker.
November 12, 2012 In the new zombie film World War Z, Brad Pitt is battling some serious hordes. But how does the trailer do in preparing us for the view?
November 12, 2012 Commentator Chris Klimek is a longtime Bond fan who had serious doubts about Sam Mendes — an artsy, auteur director — taking the reins of his beloved franchise. After seeing the film, though, he has a few different ideas.
November 10, 2012 It's the weekend, and for many that means movies. Ever wonder who's working that little room up there in the theater? Photographer Joseph O. Holmes has followed the flickering light to find out.
November 10, 2012 Stephen Spielberg's new movie Lincoln features the authentic sounds of 1865, from Lincoln's own pocket watch to the latch on the carriage door that carried him to Ford's Theatre. Sound designer Ben Burtt talks about making the objects of Lincoln's life heard.
November 10, 2012 Photographer James Balog has spent the last several years recording global warming in its coldest regions. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Balog about the new documentary, Chasing Ice, which follows Balog on his quest to document the planet's vanishing glaciers.
November 9, 2012 Two of the year's most highly anticipated movies arrive this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and Skyfall, the third film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond 007, directed by American Beauty Oscar-winner Sam Mendes. Film critic David Edelstein has this review of both.
November 9, 2012 Director Sam Mendes won critical acclaim and an Oscar for his first feature film, American Beauty. Now, he is taking on one of the most iconic cinematic franchises in the new James Bond film, Skyfall. He speaks with Renee Montagne about the experience.