Movies

6:56am

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

What A Show! China's Movie Theaters Have Improved Dramatically

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 9:34 am

Moviegoers at a 3D IMAX theater in Beijing.
Ng Han Guan AP

On Morning Edition, NPR's Frank Langfitt reported about a Chinese company's $2.6 billion purchase of North America's second-largest movie theater chain. Now, he tells us how the movie-going experience has changed in China in recent years:

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6:05am

Fri May 25, 2012
Pop Culture

Happy Birthday Star Wars: Our Favorite Moments

Happy Birthday to Star Wars! The legendary film series debuted on May 25th, 1977.
Official Star Wars Blog Flickr - Creative Commons

On May 25th, 1977 in galaxy far, far away... moviegoers were introduced to a farmer boy from Tatooine, a smuggler and his Wookie, a princess, and a fearsome man dressed in black. Here are some of our favorite moments as Star Wars turns 35.

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4:51am

Thu May 24, 2012
Movies

'Star Wars' Turns 35 On Friday

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now let's talk about another icon, one with a light saber. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of "Star Wars." Thirty-five years ago, moviegoers first paid to see a tale from a long time ago in a galaxy far away.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It changed the life of John Booth, author of "Collect All 21: Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek."

JOHN BOOTH: There were no space movies to me before "Star Wars."

INSKEEP: And then came "Star Wars 1."

MONTAGNE: Actually, Steve, that's "Star Wars 4."

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4:13am

Sun May 20, 2012
Movies

From Borat To Aladeen, Laughter Is Cohen's Goal

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 8:27 am

Sacha Baron Cohen plays the fictional North African leader Haffaz Aladeen in his new movie, The Dictator.
Melinda Sue Gordon Paramount Pictures

There isn't much actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen won't do for a laugh.

Baron Cohen splashed his face with toilet water as Borat, the clueless TV reporter from Kazakhstan. He stripped in front of Congressman Ron Paul as Bruno, the gay Austrian fashion journalist.

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1:23pm

Fri May 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

Coming Soon — To A Theater Nowhere Near You

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 4:34 pm

A scene from Battleship, which opens this weekend in the U.S. Thanks to earlier releases abroad, the film has already grossed $215 million worldwide.
ILM/Universal Pictures

The movie Battleship, based on the popular board game, opens today in the U.S. In most respects, it's a typical popcorn picture — the kind of effects-laden action movie that audiences often turn into a summer blockbuster.

And while it may not be any good, it is undeniably ours — American from the water up: a Universal Studios picture about an alien invasion, crammed with special effects from Industrial Light and Magic and set largely on American warships.

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