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'Life Of Pi' Star On The 'Duet' Of Acting.

Actor Irrfan Khan talks about his role in the new movie Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee and based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Khan also starred in Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake and A Mighty Heart.


Doris Day: A Hollywood Legend Reflects On Life.

Day started singing and dancing when she was a teenager, and made her first film at 24. After nearly 40 movies, she walked away from that part of her life in 1968, and started rescuing and caring for animals. Here, she speaks to Terry Gross in a lengthy interview about her career in film and music.


Astaire, Burns, Allen In 'Distress' In London Town

George and Ira Gershwin wrote some of their best songs for movies -- one of which, 1937's A Damsel in Distress, has just been issued by Warner Archives. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says it may be the oddest of the Gershwin brothers' films.


A Stroll Among The Memories On 'Sesame Street'

The venerable children's TV show celebrates its 40th anniversary on Nov. 10, with a demonstration from First Lady Michelle Obama on how to plant your own vegetable garden. The late Jeff Moss, one of the program's co-creators, talked to Terry Gross in 1998; we'll listen back to excerpts from that conversation.


For The Swell Season, Life Imitates Art

In 2007 Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly." The song was from the film Once, a touching musical love story that starred Hansard and Irglova as struggling musicians and kindred spirits — a relationship that carried on off-screen.


'Once' Bitten: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

Actor-musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won an Oscar for Best Original Song, "Falling Slowly," in the film, Once. The movie, about two musicians who write songs together and fall in love, is out now on DVD.


From 1931, a Vintage 'Threepenny' on DVD

The Threepenny Opera revolutionized musical theater. Playwright and lyricist Bertolt Brecht, composer Kurt Weill and actress Lotte Lenya created a sensation when their show opened in Berlin in 1928.

Two years later, the great German director G.W. Pabst turned it into a movie, and it's just been released as a Criterion Collection DVD.


A Chorus of Movie Musicals Reprised on DVD

Fresh Air's classical music critic reviews several vintage Hollywood musicals that have recently been released on DVD.

Titles include The Pirate, Words and Music, Royal Wedding and The Gang's All Here.

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