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How Boyz n the Hood Beat the Odds to Get Made—and Why It Matters Today

When John Singleton first approached Ice Cube to be in a movie, the rapper didn’t take him seriously. But soon the novice actor, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett, realized Singleton’s script about South-Central Los Angeles was unlike anything that had come before …

My search for the Nazi who saved my mother’s life

<b>((AP Photo))</b><p>Among my family’s many wartime secrets is the shocking story of the SS officer who rescued my mother as a toddler<p>Karen Kirsten<p>February 21, 2016 9:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Narratively<p>"I'm here to find an SS Officer,” I told the muscled man in uniform peering at me …

Hung Up

This Short Film About A British Flight Attendant Falling In Love With India Is Heartwarmingly Beautiful

"I've been flying to India for two years now, it's a feeling I cannot describe. The more I discover, the more I fall in love."

The Martian Visual Effects: What Was Real and What Wasn't?

Out of all the Best Picture nominees, <b>The Martian</b> is probably the most easily accessible for general audiences. It’s fun, dramatic, has a simple …

How to Make Your Film Look Cinematic When Your Lighting Setup is Less Than Ideal

One of the most common questions young filmmakers ask is, "How do I make my film look cinematic?" Usually the answer is "good lighting", but what if …

Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Director Roundtable With Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott and More

THR's Roundtables air on Sundance TV. The shows air Sunday at 8 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV, 126 on Dish nationwide and at 11 a.m. ET/PT on …

The Unproduced Script That Could Have Completely Altered The Careers of J.J. Abrams And Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino made his way onto the Nerdist podcast a couple of weeks ago to promote the arrival of <i>The Hateful Eight</i>, which made an impressive $4.5 million over the weekend in only 100 theaters. Among the topics that Tarantino covered on the podcast was revitalizing 70 mm film, his film series …

The witty author of the 'The Martian' told us his favorite science jokes — and they're nerd-a-riffic

The biggest sci-fi hit of 2015 all began with Andy Weir and his best-selling book "The Martian," which is a thrilling survival story based on the planet Mars.<p>Weir is a software engineer by profession and American novelist by hobby. So, he's got a mind for science.<p>But he's also a wise-creaking …

Jokes

Make This and You’ll Never Lose Your Keys or ID Again

If I had a dollar for every time I forgot my ID, keys or bus pass, I would probably have enough to money to go on a fancy tropical vacation. Eh, maybe just enough for a couple rounds of fancy tropical drinks. Real talk — keeping track of your keys and ID is pretty hard. They are so small and thin …

#BodyGoals: Here's Emily Ratajkowski in Revolve's New Summer Campaign

Need some more fitness motivation? Behold the latest campaign by Revolve. The mega e-tailer and occasional IRL retailer has once again teamed up with LA model-turned-actress Emily Ratajkowski, aka Emrata. The shoot was snapped at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, where Revolve is hosting a pop-up shop …

Emily Ratajkowski

Rio de Janeiro, in Fantastically High Definition

The Brazilian city like you've never seen it. Really.<p>Rio de Janeiro is called <i>cidade maravilhosa</i><i>,</i> or the "marvelous city," for a reason. "How is one melancholic in Rio de Janeiro?" asks the Brazilian writer Tatiana Salem Levy. "You lower your head, but on your right side a hill rises up, majestic; …

Rio De Janeiro