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Movie Date: 'American Hustle,' 'Anchorman 2,' 'Her'

Friday, December 20, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at what could some of the last big movies of the year. They start with two big releases: The star-studded "American Hustle" and the much anticipated sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." They also look at "Her," the latest movie by director Spike Jonze. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a quiet man who falls in love with an intelligent operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

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Movie Date: 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Sound of Music Live'

Friday, December 06, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the intersections of music and film in three new releases: "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," and "Sound of Music Live." They also embark on some movie therapy with a listener who wants help with tracking down quality lesbian-themed films. And, as always, there's movie trivia.

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Movie Date: "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Oldboy," "Black Nativity," "Homefront," "Frozen," and an interview with Josh Gad

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WNYC

The Thanksgiving movie rush is upon us and The Movie Date team is here to tell you what to see and what to skip this holiday weekend. On this special Wednesday version of the podcast, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman review "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Black Nativity," "Old Boy", "Homefront," and "Frozen. And bonus! Kristen interviews Josh Gad, who stars as Olaf the Snowman in "Frozen."

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Josh Gad on Playing a Snowman in 'Frozen'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In Disney's new animated feature, "Frozen," Broadway and film star Josh Gad plays the funny, lovable snowman Olaf. His mission: to help two sisters named Elsa and Anna, voiced by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, lift their kingdom from an eternal winter. What he doesn't realize is how a world without cold might affect him. Gad joins The Takeaway to discuss, among other things, how one prepares to play a snowman.

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Movie Reviews: 'Frozen,' 'Oldboy,' 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' 'Black Nativity,' 'Homefront'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for The Takeaway, tell you what to see and what to skip this holiday weekend. The week's films include "Frozen," "Oldboy," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Black Nativity," and "Homefront."

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Movie Date: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' 'Delivery Man,' and 'Christmas Candle'

Friday, November 22, 2013

WNYC

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." They also answer listener mail in response to last week's review of "The Best Man Holiday" and offer some Movie Therapy to a listener who bemoans the lack of female action heroes. 

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Movie Reviews: 'The Hunger Games,' 'Delivery Man,' 'The Christmas Cradle'

Friday, November 22, 2013

Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, the Movie Date team weighs in on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Narco Cultura: Odes to Drug Lords

Friday, November 22, 2013

The music of Narcocorridos aspires to be the next hip hop. And among Mexicans and Latinos in the United States, it's already the most popular genre. The new documentary, “Narco Cultura” juxtaposes the flashy life of Narcocorrido artists—who sing in praise of drug lords—with the lives of individuals and families personally affected by the drug war’s destruction. The film is directed by award winning photographer Shaul Schwarz, and opens in limited release today.

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Learning About Life from"Time of Death"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Time of Death" is a new Showtime series that follows eight people as they succumb to terminal diseases, making visible the most painful moments of the dying as they confront the last months, days, and minutes of their lives. But creator and co-executive producer Miggi Hood says each episode is as much about life as it is about death. Hood joins The Takeaway to discuss how the series was conceived.

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Movie Date: 'Nebraska,' 'Best Man Holiday,' Angry Listener Mail, and Movie Therapy

Friday, November 15, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Nebraska," the latest from Alexander Payne and "The Best Man Holiday," the sequel to the 1999 African-American romantic comedy, “The Best Man.” They also help a Canadian listener who's in bad need of some Movie Therapy and answer a letter from a listener who's upset with Rafer.

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New Movie Releases: 'Best Man Holiday' and 'Nebraska'

Friday, November 15, 2013

Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, they look at the holiday reunion movie “The Best Man Holiday” and “Nebraska,” which is already getting some Oscar buzz. In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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New Movie Releases of The Week: 'The Book Thief,' 'Thor: The Dark World,' 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Friday, November 08, 2013

A Marvel superhero, a young girl in Nazi Germany, and a Texan with HIV prove that bravery comes in all shapes and sizes as "Thor: The Dark World," "The Book Thief," and "Dallas Buyers Club" go head to head at the box office this week. The Takeaway's Movie Date Team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, walk us through these new releases.

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The Places That Allow Us to Build and Dream

Friday, November 08, 2013

"Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces" is a new book that explores the relationship between surroundings and creativity, contrasting intimate visits to artist studios with explorations of America’s landscapes. It features the images and thoughts of 115 artists active today, including Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, Bill Viola, Marina Abramovic, and the great film and video artist Lorna Simpson, who joins us today, along with the editor and interviewer of “Art Studio America,” Hossein Amirsadeghi.

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The Woman Without A Memory, And What She Says About All of Us

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Lonni Sue Johnson suffers from what's called profound amnesia. She can't form new memories or bring up old memories. But while her brain doesn't work the way it should, it does give us profound clues about how our brains work and can be improved. Michael Lemonick is a contributor to Time Magazine, where his piece about Johnson "The Muse of Memory" is published this week.

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Fame and Madness: Inside the Hemingway Legacy

Friday, November 01, 2013

Seven members of the Hemingway family have died by their own hands. Several have struggled with addiction. More than a few have been diagnosed with mental illness. The new documentary, “Running From Crazy,” looks at the Hemingway family’s tumultuous history, through the eyes of Mariel Hemingway. The film is produced by Oprah Winfrey, and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

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New Movie Releases of The Week: 'Ender's Game,' 'Free Birds,' 'About Time'

Friday, November 01, 2013

This week, it's all about time travel and dystopia as the Movie Date team takes on "Ender's Game," "Free Birds," and "About Time." Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer are the Movie Date team. 

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R.L. Stine On the Role of Fear for Children

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Everyone has a story that as a kid, made the hairs on their neck stand up -- and often, those stories live with us throughout adulthood. Author of scary fiction for children, R.L. Stine, has written several scary series for children, including GoosebumpsFear Street and The Nightmare Room. He discusses the role that fear plays in children's lives.

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New Movie Releases of The Week: 'The Counselor,' 'All Is Lost,' 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

Friday, October 25, 2013

This week in movies: mayhem on land at sea. Our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in on Cormac McCarthy's debut screenplay, 'The Counselor,' Robert Redford in 'All is Lost,' and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, 'Blue is the Warmest Color.'

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St. Louis Vs. Boston: A Tale of Two Cities

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

When it comes to the 2013 World Series, it is really a tale of two cities—St. Louis and Boston. These team stories you may already know if you are a baseball fan, but as St. Louis and Boston gear up to face off in baseball's biggest event, The Takeaway looks past the game to compare the cities themselves. Our mission is to pit the two cities against each other in an effort to hear from passionate fans that are headed into the World Series.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the Evolution of the African American People on Film

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose newest five-part documentary is called “The African Americans,” discusses the the recent depictions of African Americans on film - from "Django Unchained" to "Twelve Years A Slave."

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