Author Colin Cotterill believes in fate. Though he didn't know it at the time, fate seemed to determine early on that he would write the Dr. Siri books, a series of mysteries that follows a 70-something Laotian country coroner. (This piece initially aired August 15, 2008 on Morning Edition).
As athletes have sprinted and soared their way to bronze, silver and gold in London, Morning Edition has celebrated the Olympics with the Poetry Games: We invited poets from around the globe to compose original works about athletes and athletics and asked you to be the judges.
Henry Hall prays to the heavens in 1934's <em>Our Daily Bread</em>. King Vidor's film about a farmers collective living through a drought was made during one of the country's most catastrophic dry spells.
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In <em>Rango</em>, the town of Dirt goes through a drought caused by greedy corporations and politicians, not by nature.
The nationwide drought that has withered crops in more than 30 states shows no sign of letting up. But as Katharine Hepburn established in her film, The Rainmaker, that doesn't mean hope has to dry up.
"I dreamed we had a rain, a great big rain," she tells her brothers, only to be told that "a drought's a drought, and a dream's a dream."
Francisco Cortes started at Fox as an apprentice, then rose through the ranks to become Fox News Latino's first director.
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According to one analytics site, <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/index.html">Fox News Latino</a> drew a healthy 3.3 million unique visitors in June of this year, but it's no longer the only game in town.
This is the first in a three-part series about major American networks trying to appeal to a broader Latino audience.
In a glass-walled conference room at Fox News in New York, reporter Bryan Llenas and two of his colleagues discuss the nature and success of their news site, Fox News Latino, largely aimed at English-speaking Hispanics.
Maybe a dozen feet away, two pundits can be seen heatedly arguing in a Fox News TV studio.
Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) and Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) in an action sequence from <em>The Bourne Legacy</em>. The franchise, now four installments in, marches on with a new lead character and actor. <em></em>
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Eric Byer (Edward Norton) is a bureaucrat who wants Cross dead after shutting down the government program that chemically altered and enhanced him.
As the title of the fourth movie in a perhaps never-ending series, The Bourne Legacy is almost too perfect. Variations on what happened to Jason Bourne in the first three entries can befall new characters indefinitely. If this prospect sounds a little tiresome — well, that's what quick cuts and superhuman stunts are for.
In Spike Lee's <em>Red Hook</em> <em>Summer</em>, <em> </em>Flik (Jules Brown, right) moves in with his bishop grandfather (Clarke Peters) for the summer and meets Chazz (Toni Lysaith). The movie is another in a string of Brooklyn-set stories from Lee.
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Enoch shares a word with Deacon Zee (Thomas Jefferson Byrd). Clarke Peters is powerful as Enoch and becomes the focus of the film as it goes on.
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It might seem unfair to compare an artist's latest work to his masterpiece from over 20 years ago, but Spike Lee not only appears to welcome the comparison, but invites it. From the steamy, sweaty, summer-in-Brooklyn setting to its loose structure to its incendiary climax, Lee's new Red Hook Summer is immediately identifiable as the direct descendant of 1989's Do the Right Thing.
There's so little craziness today in American movies — even American independent movies. Filmmakers are so busy trying to look as if they're not trying too hard that their strained effortlessness is sometimes the only thing that comes through.
Late in The Green Wave, a soulful look back at the brief 2009 people's movement for democratic elections in Iran, a former United Nations prosecutor and human rights activist observes that the protest, despite being brutally quelled by the forces of President Ahmadinejad, was "a tidal wave" that would sweep through the Middle East.
Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Zack Galifianakis) are political rivals in <em>The Campaign</em>, a movie that improves the more it lets the two actors veer toward the outlandish.
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The Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) support Huggins' campaign in hopes of securing their own business interests. The brothers' last name is a not-so-veiled reference to the real-life Koch brothers.
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There's a devil-may-care recklessness to Will Ferrell that sets him apart from other screen comics — a willingness to commit to the moment without fear of embarrassment, even if the comedy goes right off the rails.
"I don't believe I can offend you in a comedy club," Rock says. Star comedians use comedy clubs to try out new material. "I think that's the deal that's made when you see a famous guy in one of these clubs."
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Chris Rock stars as Julie Delpy's boyfriend in <em>2 Days in New York</em>. Delpy directed the film, a follow-up to her 2007 romantic comedy <em>2 Days in Paris</em>.
How much funny family dysfunction can you pack into two days? Plenty, if you're Mingus and Marion (Chris Rock and Julie Delpy) an interracial, multinational Manhattan couple — each with kids from previous relationships — hosting Marion's family visiting from France. The film, 2 Days in New York, is a sequel to Delpy's 2007 film, 2 Days in Paris.