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Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, Classic Hollywood.

This weekend will be Hader's final romp on Saturday Night Live. He joined the cast in 2005 and has been nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, an obsessive clubgoer. Hader talks about not understanding how people do standup and about watching old films, which sparked his interest in Hollywood.


Giving DVDs That Take You To A New World.

Critic John Powers has a theory: The best movies to give are seldom the recent hits. Instead, a good gift DVD should transport you into a different world that you can immerse yourself in over and over. Check out his favorites for this holiday season.


David Edelstein's Top 10 Movies of 2008

The top movies of 2008 — and the larger cultural trends reflected in those films. Fresh Air movie critic David Edelstein talks with Terry Gross about his Ten Best List for 2008.


David Edelstein's Top 10 Films of 2007

Fresh Air's arbiter of things filmic offers his annual year-end movies wrap-up.

This time, his Top 10 list has 11 entries, as the number-nine slot features a tie. Edelstein tells Terry Gross why he needed an extra spot — and why some films that drew praise from other quarters didn't make his cut. Here's the list, with links to previously published reviews and features by Edelstein as well as by All Things Considered's Bob Mondello, Morning Edition contributor Kenneth Turan, and other NPR voices:


Interview with Suketu Mehta

Suketu Mehta's book, Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, is now out in paperback. It's an exploration of Mehta's hometown. He returned to his birthplace after a 21-year absence, and his book is an exploration of what he calls the city of the future. Bombay is the world's largest city.


'More Treasures from American Film Archives'

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new three-DVD set More Treasures from American Film Archives. Distributed by The National Film Preservation Foundation, it's a collection of 50 American films made between 1894 and 1931.


A Writer's Return to Bombay after 20 Years

Suketu Mehta's new book is Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. It's an exploration of Mehta's hometown, where he returned after a 21-year absence. Born in Bombay, one of the world's most populous areas, Mehta still believes it's the city of the future.

Mehta now lives in New York. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Conde Nast Traveler and The Village Voice. He co-wrote a Bollywood movie called Mission Kashmir.


Top Film Picks of 2003

Film critic David Edelstein talks about the year's top movies. Edelstein is a film critic for the online magazine Slate.

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