Sun January 19, 2014
The Sunday Conversation

Hard-Working Hollywood Extra Hopes For Bigger Roles

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 9:59 am

Actor Jesse Heiman has had some less-busy years, but says, "this town works in crazy ways ... and your next big day could be tomorrow. So you just gotta keep your head up and keep going."
Bobby Quillard

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

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Sat January 18, 2014
The Salt

And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:57 pm

To appeal to the high-rollers of the world, like the ones in The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio, restaurants are doling out more expensive sides.
Mary Cybulski AP

There's a lot that's over the top about "The Wolf of Wall Street," the Oscar-nominated film that's up for best pictures. Including the side dishes.

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Thu January 16, 2014
The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

'12 Years A Slave' Inspires 'True Conversations' About Slavery

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:39 pm

Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor play Patsey and Solomon, two slaves on a Louisiana plantation, in 12 Years a Slave.
Francois Duhamel Fox Searchlight Pictures

NPR continues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often, NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.

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Fri January 10, 2014
Movie Interviews

A 'Wolf' On The Loose, And Loving The Carnage

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 11:44 am

Other people's money: Leonardo DiCaprio plays high-living stock swindler Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Paramount Pictures

Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles, an only child whose father worked in comics and named him after artist Leonardo da Vinci. DiCaprio began his career as a child actor, appearing in TV commercials and shows before transitioning to films.

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Thu January 9, 2014
Arts District

Gene Kelly's Career: Evidence Mom Knows Best?

An iconic image from 'Singin' in the Rain.'
Image provided courtesy of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Hollywood history would be very different had Gene Kelly pursued his dream of playing shortstop for the Pittsburg Pirates. Born and raised in the Steel City, it was his mother who insisted he take dance lessons as a child.

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