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Summer 2015 Brings Movies for Toddlers to Teens

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A girl's emotions star in 'Inside Out,' an animation from Pixar. 'Minions' is the story of the little yellow creatures from the 'Despicable Me' series. Don't like cartoon movies? Try "Paper Towns' based on a John Green book or 'Ricki and the Flash' starring Meryl Streep and daughter Maggie Gummer. More

Video Demons, Male Dancers and Dinosaurs at Theaters Everywhere

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator and Channing Tatum reprises his role as stripper Magic Mike. But there are also scary movies about demon children, comedies with a talking teddy bear and a marijuana-smoking secret agent; and a documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse.

Video 'Jurassic World' Sells $1 Billion Worth of Tickets

The movie continues the series that began in the 1990s. It already is the second most popular movie of 2015. Critics praise the new film as exciting. A group of paleontologists praised the film as well. But they said they found the science behind the dinosaur story to be weak.

Audio Swift Change to Apple Streaming Policy

Taylor Swift protested Apple's plan to forgo paying royalties to artists during the three month free trial of Apple Music streaming service. She wrote that is a long time to go without being paid. Apple answered soon after Swift's blog appeared on the Internet. It promised royalties to artists.

Video Musician Helped Define Rock n’ Roll in 1950s and 60s

Saxophone player Grady Gaines worked with many of the early stars of Rock n’ Roll, including Little Richard, Sam Cooke and Fats Domino. The 81-year-old legend has now told the story of his life, in a book called “I’ve Been Out There.”

Audio A Nigerian Film Festival in Paris

Some of the best Nollywood films are showing at a film festival in Paris. The festival is called "Nollywood Week." This is the third year the festival has taken place. This festival is very important for bringing attention to films made in African countries.

Video Jews and Arabs Form Friendships Through Music

A project based in Israel is bringing together Jews and Arabs. At the same time, it offers classical music education to Palestinian children. "We showed everyone that there’s no reason why an Arab kid shouldn’t be able to play classical music on a high standard," says the project's main founder.

Video Films Explore Native Peoples, Culture Conflict

A film festival in Los Angeles, California features films about indigenous peoples and cultures. The films show efforts to teach native languages, continue arts such as dance, and gain justice for native people. People of various backgrounds use film to share their ideas about preserving cultures.

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life With Music

When Frankie Moran first saw his son Cole, he could not imagine ever sharing his love of music with the boy. Cole had cognitive delays and other birth defects. And he was blind. Cole Moran is now 12 years old. Cole plays music every day. He records his performances and listens back to the sound.

Video Resounding Earth: Creating Music from Metal

"The title “Resounding Earth” on the one hand, we are talking about resounding earth. The earth is full of metals that all of mankind has turned into instruments. We are going to play them from all around the world together on one stage."

Audio Chinese-American Nightclub Scene Changed Racial Stereotypes

Chinese American nightclubs were West Coast hotspots in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s. These popular nightclubs broke down racial barriers and paved the way for Asian actors to enter mainstream U.S. entertainment. This story is full of words and expression for talking about old school glamor.

Video 18 Films Seek Top Prize at Cannes Film Festival

The movies competing for the Palme d'Or come from France, Japan, the United States and elsewhere. But thousands of other films are screened at the famed international film festival. Hundreds of thousands of people flood the town to see the movies and, maybe, get a look at some stars as well.

Audio South African's Love Affair with Vinyl Records

Young people in South Africa are discovering music their parents, and even grandparents, grew up with. And they want to listen to it just like their older relatives did: on vinyl. Prices range from a few dollars to about $35 for a copy of a classic rock album in perfect condition.

Video Latina Blues Singer Releases New CD

Unlike some female performers, Evelyn Rubio does not criticize men in her songs. She says, “I really think there are so many good guys out there that they deserve to have a nice song talking about them.”

Video France Recreates Cave With Ancient Art

Some of the world’s oldest art is in a cave in France. The walls show mammoths, cave lions and other extinct animals. But the 30,000-year-old artwork is too fragile to be shown to the public. So experts have created a detailed copy of the cave and its paintings. The site is now open to visitors.

Audio Musicians, Singers Struggle in the Digital Age

People can listen to music on many devices, including tablets and mobile phones. But musicians are worried about their rights, and want to be paid for their work. New technologies can both help and hurt. If music is free, will singers, songwriters and musicians want to create new songs?

Audio Mayweather Defeats Pacquiao in 'The Fight of the Century'

On May 2nd, two boxers will compete in what is being called the “fight of the century.” Philippine citizen Manny Pacquiao will face American Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lovers of boxing have been waiting for this match-up for many years. And they are willing to spend a lot of money.

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington, DC

The museum is set to open in 2017. It will cost $400 million to build. A Christian businessman is leading efforts to build the museum; it will show Bibles and other objects of religious importance. He owns one of the world’s largest collections of Bibles and Bible-related artifacts. | As It Is

Audio New Paris Concert Hall Hopes to Link Rich and Poor Music Lovers

The new Paris Philharmonic concert hall opened earlier this year. Long before opening day, people questioned the large amount of money required to pay for the building. Now, the biggest problem is a social one. Can the concert hall influence a new generation of classical music lovers?

Video Monkeys Rule the Ruins in Disney Documentary

The new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” centers on a troop of tocque macaques that live in a special place in Sri Lanka. The animals live under a strict social order. New mother Maya is low on that order and struggles for survival with her newborn, Kip. Danger and drama define their existence.

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    Video Summer 2015 Brings Movies for Toddlers to Teens

    A girl's emotions star in 'Inside Out,' an animation from Pixar. 'Minions' is the story of the little yellow creatures from the 'Despicable Me' series. Don't like cartoon movies? Try "Paper Towns' based on a John Green book or 'Ricki and the Flash' starring Meryl Streep and daughter Maggie Gummer. More

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