Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

While Leonard Nimoy became famous as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, he was conflicted about the role. He later came to embrace it. He's shown here with actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. Getty Images hide caption

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He Was, And Will Always Be, Our Friend: Remembering Leonard Nimoy

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Chuck Workman at his editing station in Beverly Hills in 2010, the last year he created montages for the Oscars. Workman says montages today have a less highly edited style. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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King Of Condensed Films: Meet Chuck Workman, The Oscars' Montage Master

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This year's Oscars will be given out at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night. At O'Brien's Pub in Santa Monica, Calif., pub trivia regulars — including many former game show champs — had their own competition, answering harder-than-average questions about Academy Awards past and present. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

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'I'll Take Insanely Hard Oscar Trivia For 400, Alex'

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Sam Taylor-Johnson directs Jamie Dorn and Dakota Johnson on the set of Fifty Shades of Grey. Chuck Zlotnick/FOCUS/UNIVERSAL hide caption

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'Fifty Shades' Director Explores Passion, Performance And Control

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Christian Grey Began His Fictional Career As A Vampire

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Robert Duvall (right) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Judge, which also starred Robert Downey Jr. The nomination left many critics scratching their heads. Claire Folger/AP hide caption

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And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

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Kim Fowley, Producer And Rock Svengali, Dies

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Syrian political cartoonist Ali Farzat sits at his desk at a Kuwaiti newspaper on Dec. 14, 2011. Earlier that year, Farzat was badly beaten in retaliation for cartoons that mocked Syrian President Bashar Assad. Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Satire In The Muslim World: A Centuries-Long Tradition

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Social media provides voice to movements and helps drive them. Picking the right platforms for these sensitive conversations, though, is a sign of our growing digital sophistication. iStockphoto hide caption

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Managing Conversations Online Is A Puzzle Of Picking Platforms

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Bess Myerson Was An Author, TV Personality, Civil Servant

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Mary Timony Brings 'Understated Swagger' To Ex Hex

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Every year, David DeBoy and The Hons (Wendy Savelle, center, and Karen Fitze) perform a live — and often sold-out — show in the upstairs cabaret of a Baltimore restaurant. Courtesy of David DeBoy hide caption

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'Crabs For Christmas': A Tuneful Baltimore Tradition (Really!)

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Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

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