In 1970, Stephen Sondheim’s comic musical Company broke most of the conventions of American musical theater. Now, a newly restored documentary goes inside the making of the original cast album.
Hall’s new Netflix film centers on two light-skinned Black women — one of whom passes for white. The story is a personal one for Hall: Her grandfather and mother also passed as white.
NPR’s David Folkenflik speaks with Sara Gay Forden about her book, The House of Gucci, which has just been released as a feature film starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver.
Kelsey Snell speaks with writer-director Stephen Karam and actor Jayne Houdyshell about their new movie, “The Humans.” It’s an exploration of dread and love among three generations of a family.
Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, stars in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, a warmly raucous look at an ambitious teen on the make in 1980s Los Angeles.
NPR Music critic Ann Powers reviews a new docuseries called “The Beatles: Get Back”. It centers around hours of unseen footage of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
More than 30 films are opening between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Here’s a selective peek at all the wanna-be blockbusters and awards contenders that Hollywood has wrapped up for the holidays.
An enterprising teen and a 20-something photographer’s assistant become unlikely friends — and then zig-zag from one comic episode to the next — in this altogether wonderful film.
NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with actor Sandra Bullock about her new film, The Unforgivable, a story about a woman who leaves prison after 20 years incarcerated and tries to rebuild her life.
Journalist James Andrew Miller and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talk about how HBO changed television and why the next few years are pivotal for the network’s future.
Lin Manual Miranda, who wrote songs for the Disney’s new movie Encanto, traveled to Colombia with crew members to learn about the country’s history. Encanto celebrates the country’s culture.
Familial squabbles fuel two films opening Thanksgiving weekend: House of Gucci, about a family famous for fashion, and The Humans, a pulitzer-winning look at a clan gathering for the holidays.
Our Pop Culture Happy Hour team shares their TV and movie recommendations for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The film Shaft was released 50 years ago this week and heralded what came to be known as Blaxploitation cinema. The genre has a checkered legacy — and inspired Oscar-winning music.
Chloe Zhao, a director celebrated for intimate indie films, is in charge of the franchise blockbuster Externals. Who wins in that situation: the franchise, the director or fans?
Leila Fadel talks with filmmaker Robert Greene about his latest project, “Procession.” It follows six men who suffered abuse from Catholic clergy. They scripted, acted and filmed their stories.
NPR’s Michel Martin talks with Crow about her documentary that follows three Mexican-American high school students in Texas training to become border patrol officers.
Scott Simon speaks with writer-director Jane Campion about her latest film, “The Power of the Dog.”
Parks, who died in 2006, worked for Life magazine and later became the first Black director of a Hollywood film. He’s the subject of the documentary, A Choice of Weapons. Originally broadcast in 1990.
A new documentary looks at the “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show in a new light – but doesn’t definitively answer some important questions.
Jane Campion’s Western plays out like a tightly wound psychological thriller, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as one of the scariest characters you’re likely to meet this year.
Mills, who also wrote and directed Beginners and 20th Century Women, says his films all ask, “What are you going to remember? Who are you going to remember it with or what are you forgetting?”
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons play brothers, and Kirsten Dunst the widow who comes between them in Power of the Dog, a western set in 1920s Montana, directed by Jane Campion.
Mike Mills wrote and directed the new film C’mon C’mon, inspired by his relationship with his own child. Mills says his work is about memory and capturing the essence of the people he loves.
King Richard tells how Richard Williams doggedly pursued professional tennis careers for his daughters, Venus and Serena. His methods may have kept them from the burnout that ends many careers.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will appear in an HBO Max special next year celebrating the film franchise. Rowling will be featured in archival footage, but will not join in person.
A new documentary bounces randomly, rather than chronologically, through Vonnegut’s life, with music, editing, photography and sequencing that are fully in line with what, and how, Vonnegut wrote.
The Navajo Nation Museum is bringing a newly voiced version of the classic spaghetti Western to the Navajo Nation.
Bill McBride’s Vader Vault now includes about 70,000 pieces of Darth Vader memorabilia. Toys, paintings, helmets — and all sorts of other items — collected over the past 30 years.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” premiered on Nov. 16, 2001. To celebrate, we’re dusting off our Pensieve and revisiting NPR’s coverage from 20 years ago.