An Egyptian stock trader reads a copy of the <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> newspaper last November. Critics say the newspaper is reluctant to criticize the ruling military council and has engaged in self-censorship.
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Egyptian protesters are chased by soldiers in Cairo on Dec. 17, 2011. Egyptian soldiers swept into Cairo's Tahrir Square that day, chasing protesters and beating them to the ground with sticks and tossing journalists' TV cameras off balconies. The media in Egypt face direct threats such as these — but also more subtle pressures.
Back in October, a group of Republican voters in Arizona gathered at NPR's request to watch one of the early GOP presidential debates on TV. Wednesday night, they got together again. NPR's Ted Robbins watched with them in Saddlebrooke, a retirement community northwest of Tucson, and asked them to share their thoughts.
At the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive, filmmakers can screen their works in progress for an invite-only audience in the small, 57-seat theater. The screening room is also rented to show films to members of the Academy and the press.
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Filmmaker Judd Apatow (left) screened his film <em>Bridesmaids</em> at the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room to a group of family and friends, including actor Seth Rogen (right). <a href="http://www.aidikoff.tv/charles-aidikoff-screening-room-wall-of-fame/">Click here to see the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room Wall of Fame</a>.
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Charles Aidikoff, 97, learned the art of projection from his father, who ran silent movies in a Coney Island theater in the early 1900s. Aidikoff's grandson Josh carries on the family tradition — he became manager of the screening room at age 19.
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Josh Aidikoff mastered the complicated business of running film projectors when he was still in his teens. Now, the Aidikoff Screening Room has a digital projector, too, and Josh predicts that in a few years he won't be handling film at all.
Before they made it to the Oscars, the nominated films — not to mention all the films that didn't make the cut — were viewed by some 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Many of those movies were shown in small, private, rented screening rooms all over Hollywood.
The studios have their own screening rooms, of course, but often directors want a more private place to screen works in progress — with no studio suits in sight.