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Mandalit del Barco : NPR

As an arts correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and other topics.

Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:18:00 -0500

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Films At Sundance Reflect Vast Cultural Shifts Across The World

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:18:00 -0500

The Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, Utah, the first since the Harvey Weinstein story broke. This year's slate of films reflect vast cultural shifts across the country and the world.

Mary J. Blige Gets Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star On Her Birthday

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:02:00 -0500

Mary J. Blige is having a moment. The nine-time Grammy winning singer has been getting award nominations for acting in the film Mudbound. Blige says she's grateful for her star.

Activism At The 75th Golden Globes Went Beyond Black Dresses

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:57:00 -0500

Stories of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood inspired women at the Golden Globes to wear black dresses. Among the night's winners: Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

'All The Money' Re-Shoot Was Decided 'In A Heartbeat,' Ridley Scott Says

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 16:36:00 -0500

After Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, director Ridley Scott raced to save his film. He gathered the cast and crew and shot 22 scenes in nine days — this time with Christopher Plummer.

For 'Last Jedi' Director, The Journey To 'Star Wars' Began With Action Figures

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Rian Johnson remembers playing with the toys as a kid. "Those were the first movies I was making in my head," he says. The Last Jedi is the first of four Star Wars movies he's slated to work on.

At Design Miami, The Future Isn't So Bright

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

The Florida fair is an alternative to the expensive contemporary art market: collectible design, which includes everyday items that speak to a shift away from seeing the future as bright and polished.

Accomplished Actress And Humanitarian Meghan Markle To Marry Prince Harry

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Prince Harry of Wales, the fifth in line to the British throne, has announced his engagement to American actress and model Meghan Markle. She may be best known for her role as Rachel Zane on the TV show Suits, but she's also a humanitarian.

Pixar's John Lasseter Takes Leave Of Absence After Harassment Allegations

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:10:24 -0500

The Hollywood Reporter published allegations that Lasseter, Pixar's chief creative officer, is known for "grabbing, kissing, and making comments about physical attributes."

Mexico, Music And Family Take Center Stage In 'Coco'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:52:00 -0500

Pixar's newest movie is meant to be a love letter to Mexico. Coco has an all-Latino cast, it's packed with references to Mexican culture, and it went right to No. 1 at the Mexican box office.

'Guerrilla Tacos': Street Food With A High-End Pedigree

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:23:00 -0400

Wes Avila is leading a new wave of LA chefs: children of immigrants, classically trained in French cuisine, who blur the lines between high and low. His acclaimed food truck now has a cookbook.

Orange Chicken, Panda Express' Gift To American Chinese Food, Turns 30

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:38:00 -0400

The concoction, crispy fried chicken tossed with a sweet and sour sauce, is an Americanized version of dishes found in China. But this top seller has developed its own authenticity over the years.

Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:58:00 -0400

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

More Women Accuse Harvey Weinstein Of Sexual Harassment

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Allegations against Weinstein are emerging from all levels of the entertainment industry — including instances of sexual assault and a recording by the NYPD in which he admits to groping a woman.

Puerto Rico's 'Singing Newspapers' Tell A Story Of Resilience

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:02:00 -0400

The call-and-response singing and drumming tradition known as Plena brings "a little joy" to the hurricane-damaged Calle Loiza neighborhood in San Juan.

Puerto Rico's 'Singing Newspapers'

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Folks are beginning to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Maria, and for Puerto Rico's plena musicians, it means rebuilding a sense of culture and community.