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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - March 30, 2013

The ‘Unsinkable’ Debbie Reynolds Looks Back on Life, Love and a Boozy Busby Berkeley

By Scott Simon

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(Duration: 9:12)

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds has been in show business for more than 60 years — beginning as an ingenue chirping a novelty tune called "Aba Daba Honeymoon" in one of her first films, a Jane Powell/Ricardo Montalban vehicle called Two Weeks With Love. That was 1950. Today, she's indisputably a grand dame of show business, working with names like Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - February 24, 2013

UIUC Alum Wins Best Director at Oscars

By The Associated Press, with additional reporting from Illinois Public Media

Ang Lee

Ang Lee has won the Academy Award for best director for his "Life of Pi." Lee graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - February 18, 2013

Quvenzhane Wallis: ‘If I Have To Be Fierce, I’ll Be Fierce’

By Melissa Block

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(Duration: 8:09)

Quvenzhane Wallis was just 5 years old when she auditioned for a role in the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, and 6 when she shot the movie. Now, at age 9, she is the youngest ever to receive a best actress Oscar nomination.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 18, 2012

C-U’s Native Film Critic Turns 70: Ebert’s Early Life

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 8:13)

Roger Ebert

For most people, the name Roger Ebert stands out as a man who’s known for giving movies a thumbs up or down. And it’s widely known he hails from Urbana.  But to those who haven’t read the famed critic’s memoir, there’s a backstory to a man who didn’t set out to write about film.  

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