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Movie Date: Dr. Demento, Waterbeds, the Ayatollah Khomeini, and 'Argo'

Friday, October 12, 2012

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen shares her memories of the Ayatollah Khomeini and waterbeds while Rafer reminisces about Dr. Demento and parody music. It's all in honor of the new Ben Affleck-directed movie - based on real events - "Argo." They also talk a bit about "Seven Psychopaths" and Mahatma Gandhi.

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The Takeaway

David Thomson on 'The Big Screen'

Friday, October 12, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies on the Takeaway. And today, rather than focus on a specific new release, we’re looking at the big picture. From silent films to youtube videos, from international cinema to Hollwood’s golden age, we’re going to try to cram in as much as we can. It’s all in honor of David Thomson and his new book, “The Big Screen,” which is both a history of, and valentine to, film.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Stunts

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jumping off buildings, running from a car engulfed in flames, getting into a brawl with a villain all some of the feats we see frequently in movies—and they’re performed by stuntmen (and women). Two experts join us to explain how stunts are performed in movies and on television: Hal Needham worked as a stuntman on more than 300 feature films and he was a pioneer in improving stunt technology and safety. He also directed the films Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, and Hooper, among others. He’s written about his career in Stuntman! My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life. And Blaise Corrigan, a stuntman who has worked in New York for more than 20 years in such films as The Avengers, The Departed, The Bourne Legacy, and the television shows Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, and Law and Order.

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The Takeaway

Creations, Myths, and the Untold Story of Marvel Comics

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Good guys, bad guys, and enforcers of the American way. No, we’re not talking about politics. We’re talking about comic book heroes! And specifically those from the multi-billion dollar powerhouse, Marvel Comics. The history of Marvel and its heroes is laid bare in the new book "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story." Sean Howe is the author. 

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The Takeaway

The Real Life Story of the Fake Movie Designed to Rescue American Hostages in Iran

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

In 1979, as the Iranian Revolution was in high gear, militants took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage. While the United States negotiated the release of the 52 hostages, an entirely different rescue mission was being planned for 6 other Americans who’d managed to escape and were hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's home in Tehran.

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The Takeaway

Lee Daniels on "The Paperboy"

Friday, October 05, 2012

Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels talks about negative reviews, standing ovations, Nicole Kidman doing her own make-up, and his strange genre-bending new movie "The Paperboy"

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Taken 2'

Friday, October 05, 2012

Rafer and Kristen have learned a lot from movies over the years. But it's quite possible that no movie will ever teach them more than this weekend's big release, "Taken 2," starring Liam Neeson. In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen go over ten of the lessons they learned from the action thriller.

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: 'Taken 2,' 'The Paperboy'

Friday, October 05, 2012

Each Friday, the Movie Date team gives their take on the weekend's big movie releases. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer are the hosts of Movie Date. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway. 

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Won't Back Down'

Friday, September 28, 2012

This week, Rafer and Kristen remember their favorite teachers and their favorite teaching movies. It's all in honor of "Won't Back Down," the new movie that pits teachers against parents against student unions. To help them get a grasp of the subject matter, Rafer and Kristen are joined by Kitty Crowley, a real veteran teacher from a failing New York City public school.  

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Trouble with the Curve' and 'End of Watch'

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kristen doesn't know much about baseball. Rafer knows even less. But they do know this: when it comes to baseball movies, even the most well-researched one won't hit a home run unless it also hits the heartstrings. Does Clint Eastwood's "Trouble With the Curve" hit those stings? Did Rafer cry when he watched it? And (most important to Kristen), dies Clint Eastwood talk to a chair in the movie?

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: 'Trouble with the Curve,' 'End of Watch,' 'House at the End of the Street'

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer discuss "Trouble With The Curve," a film that revives the debate presented in last year’s hit “Moneyball,” with a professional baseball scout. Which method — scouts or stats — is truly superior?

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'The Innocence of Muslims,' 'The Master'

Friday, September 14, 2012

From "The Innocence of Muslims" to "The Master," it's a big week for religion and movies, with one inciting violence overseas and another inciting audiences to ask if L. Ron Hubbard and a character named Lancaster Dodd are the same man. Rafer and Kristen discuss both films, and along the way, ask a lot of questions, express a lot of confusion, and share their favorite Scientology memories. 

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The Takeaway

The Rumors and Conspiracy Theories Surrounding "The Master"

Friday, September 14, 2012

It may only be in a small smattering of theatres in New York and L.A. at this point, but “The Master” is already one of the most talked-about movies of the year. Directed and written by P.T. Anderson, the film centers on a character who looks an awful lot like Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

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The Takeaway

Bob Dylan, Fifty Years Later

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his first album, Bob Dylan is releasing a new album called “Tempest.” And The Takeaway is looking at the album, as well as who Bob Dylan has become. What does he offer a new generation of listeners?

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Kristen and Rafer's Fall Movie Preview

Friday, September 07, 2012

It's been a mediocre movie summer, but Rafer and Kristen are trying to look on the bright side. Fall is officially here, and with it, some pretty leaves and promising entertainment. From the story of a big-hearted butter sculptor in Iowa to the real mission of a fake movie crew during the Iran hostage crisis to an a capella chick flick smackdown, there's something for everyone.   

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The Takeaway

Inside the Cruel World of an Underage Models

Friday, September 07, 2012

Some of them are as young as 12-years-old. Many are from impoverished countries. Countless numbers are exploited. One, a 13-year-old Siberian named Nadya, is documented in the new film, “Girl Model.” David Redmon is the film’s co-director. "Girl Model" is in theaters now in select cities.

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The Takeaway

Movies Slump in Summer, but Fall Offers New Hope

Friday, September 07, 2012

The end of the summer music season came this week, and that may be for the best. Based on the number of movie tickets sold, this was the worst summer in 20 years. What’s behind the slumping numbers? And what should you be seeing now that we enter fall?

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Oogieloves,' 'The Possession,' and 'Lawless'

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sometimes Rafer and Kristen hate movies. Sometimes they love movies. And sometimes they love movies in a way that other people hate them. This is one of those weeks. On the roster: 'Oogieloves,' 'The Possession,' and 'Lawless.'

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Expendables 2,' 'Paranorman,' 'Sparkle'

Friday, August 17, 2012

This week, Rafer finds a certain movie too stupid to enjoy, and Kristen considers the same movie not quite stupid enough. Also, is the world ready for a children's horror movie? And the Movie Date team gives their verdict on Whitney Houston's final swan song: "Sparkle." 

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The Takeaway

'Compliance': A Controversial Tale of Authority

Friday, August 17, 2012

In 2004, a McDonald’s manager in Kentucky received a disturbing call from a man pretending to be a police officer. He told her one of her employees was under suspicion of stealing from customers, and that he needed her help. Several bizarre instructions followed.

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