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Two-time Oscar nominee Richard Linklater wrote a script about a boy's childhood—then spent 12 years filming it. He tells Bill Newcott why the idea was "insane"…and why it was also the only way to tell the story.

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Begin Again

With his Oscar-winning film Once, writer/director John Carney made us all want to be street singers in Dublin. Now the Irish-born director's new film, Begin Again, works the same magic for Manhattan. Carney tells Bill Newcott why he loves filming in New York…and why Kiera Knightly is a better singer than Marlon Brando (no surprise). 

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Symphony orchestras across the country are performing classic music scores live—with the films showing on huge screens above them. National Symphony Orchestra conductor Emil de Cou tells Bill Newcott why directing an orchestra while watching a movie is a lot like juggling chainsaws. 

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Twenty five years ago he captured the essence of modern love in When Harry Met Sally—now Rob Reiner explores romance after 50 in his new film, And So It Goes. He tells Bill Newcott that although the ages may change, the essential boy-and-girl dynamic never does. 

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While making a documentary based on the autobiography of legendary film critic Roger Ebert, Oscar-nominated director Steve James spent months capturing intimate details of Ebert's final year. As his film, Life Itself, hits theaters, James tells Movies For Grownups' Meg Guroff the experience was unexpectedly exhilarating.

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New York, New Yorker

Three new documentaries recall two New York Cities that no longer exist: The anything-goes 20s that gave birth to The New Yorker…and the 1950 creative hotbed that made Manhattan the center of countercultural art and music. 

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Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrel was awarded the Navy Cross and a Purple Heart for his heroism, depicted in the Oscar-winning film Lone Survivor. But he tells Bill Newcott he wanted to be sure any movie based on his experience honored his fallen comrades. 

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In 1970, standup comic Bob Newhart had to choose between two movie projects. He tells Bill Newcott he picked the wrong one, but chances are it led to his subsequent sitcom stardom. 

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Words and Pictures

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star in the new romantic comedy Words and Pictures—and directorFred Schipisi tells Bill Newcott why they are just the type of veteran actors he loves to work with.  

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Cold in July

Sam Shepard and Don Johnson play two old friends trying to untangle a web or murder and deceit in Cold in July—and director Jim Mickle tells Bill Newcott why he loves movies that feature older characters. 

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