May 4, 2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel features an all-star cast of veteran British actors, as well as young star Dev Patel. Patel plays an entrepreneur with big dreams of transforming a dilapidated hotel into a luxury resort for "the elderly and beautiful." The film opens in select U.S. cities Friday. Patel talks with host Michel Martin.
April 28, 2012 Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Black is also one-half of the comedy folk-rock group Tenacious D. Also, actor Hugh Laurie talks about playing Dr. House and critic John Powers reviews a surrealistic Russian novel.
April 28, 2012 Lawrence Kasdan, who's known for The Big Chill and Grand Canyon, has directed another boomer-centric comedy in Darling Companion. Pat Dowell talks with star Kevin Kline about his role, and with Kasdan and his wife and co-writer, Meg Kasdan, about the real-life experience that inspired the movie.
April 28, 2012 Actress Michelle Yeoh portrays Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi in the new biopic The Lady. Before she played a symbol of nonviolence, Yeoh began her film career as a fighter in martial arts pictures. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Yeoh about the film and her career.
April 23, 2012 Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Black is also one-half of the comedy folk-rock group Tenacious D. They've just released a new album in the style of heavy metal bands from the 1980s.
April 22, 2012 Weekend Edition's Rachel Martin talks with actor and writer Jason Segel about his new film The Five-Year Engagement. They discuss Segel's take on the romantic comedy genre, his love of puppets, and the evolution of his affable onscreen persona.