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Movie Date: 'Bourne Legacy,' 'Hope Springs,' 'The Campaign'

Friday, August 10, 2012

In this week's Movie Date, Rafer explains why "The Bourne Legacy" has no right to use the words "Bourne" or "Legacy" in its title. Kristen does a truly horrendous imitation of Alfred Hitchcock. And Rafer and Kristen try their best to dance around the "things" that Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones do together (and by themselves) in the new romantic comedy "Hope Springs." 

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New Movie Releases: 'The Bourne Legacy,' 'Hope Springs,' 'The Campaign'

Friday, August 10, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies on the Takeaway, and we have three big ones this week: one with box-office pedigree, one that stars Hollywood’s most Oscar-nominated actress, and one that stars Zack Galifianakis.

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Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' Named the Greatest Movie of All Time

Friday, August 03, 2012

Every ten years, the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine polls nearly one thousand international film critics to find out what they consider the greatest movie of all time. For the past 50 years, the answer has always been the same: "Citizen Kane.” But this week, that changed.

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Movie Date: 'Total Recall,' 'Diary of a Whimpy Kid: Dog Days,' and 'Vertigo' vs. 'Citizen Kane'

Friday, August 03, 2012

Is "Vertigo" the greatest movie ever made? Is it better than "Citizen Kane"? Can you recall what's great about "Total Recall"? And why are Rafer and Kristen arguing about "Diary of a Whimpy Kid"?

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'Searching for Sugar Man': A Rock Star's Cinderella Story

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Few Americans have ever heard of Rodriguez, a protest rock musician who, after making two albums in the early '70s, quit the music business. Rodriguez returned to his native Detroit and began working in construction. His music played on for decades, just not in the United States.

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The 47 Endings to 'A Farewell to Arms'

Monday, July 23, 2012

Earlier this month, Scribner released a new edition of 'A Farewell to Arms' with 47 different endings. We tend to think of the classics as untouched relics, but is revisiting Hemingway's artistic process a useful look at the iconic writer's legacy?

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New Collection Anthologizes Taliban Poetry

Friday, July 20, 2012

Afghanistan has a long, rich literary tradition, particularly storytelling through poetry. A new collection, edited and translated by British researchers living in Kandahar, anthologizes 250 contemporary poems by members of the Taliban.

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The Takeaway's Musical Road Trip: San Francisco with Mates of State

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We’re continuing The Takeaway's Musical Road Trip series in the great city of San Francisco, California. Our tour guide will be one half of one of our favorite bands, Mates of State. Jason Hammel, along with his wife Kori Gardner, makes up the band Mates of State.

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The Takeaway's Musical Road Trip: Brooklyn with Reggie Watts

Monday, July 09, 2012

This summer, The Takeaway is embarking on a virtual road trip and around the country to some of America’s greatest music cities. Our tour guides will include some of the most popular recording artists and experts from each town. Giving us the aural experience of Brooklyn is Reggie Watts.

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Remembering Andy Griffith

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

It’s a song that’s so infectious, so a part of the American vernacular, it’s hard not to whistle along. For nearly a decade, it served as the opening theme to The Andy Griffith Show. No doubt, many of us whistled it when we heard of Andy Griffith’s passing yesterday.

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A Look Back at Fifteen Years of Harry Potter

Friday, June 29, 2012

Fifteen years ago, Harry Potter first hit the bookshelves in London. A year later, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" first arrived on the shores of America. In this audio essay, Celeste chronicles the fascinating story of an author who rose from nothing, and the magical story that has captured the imagination of children all over the world.

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New Movie Releases: 'Brave,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' 'To Rome With Love'

Friday, June 22, 2012

It’s Friday, when our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, review new movie releases. This weekend’s big ones include Pixar’s first female led-movie, "Brave," and the historic 3D horror film, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

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Is Pixar's New Film Anti-Feminist?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

At last! After nearly 20 years and over a dozen films, Pixar is releasing their first film featuring a female lead. It’s called “Brave” and it’s being lauded by many critics as a film that’s both “strong” and “feminist.” But is it just another princess movie?

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Push Girls: If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Reality television tells a million stories, of bachelorettes, adventurers, singers, dancers, family planning, and friends for life. In some cases, reality shows tell all these stories at the same time. That’s certainly the case with the new Sundance series “Push Girls.” But there is one thing that’s a little different about this series…all four women highlighted in the show are paralyzed from the neck down. Two of the stars of "Push Girls" -  Angela Rockwood and Tiphany Adams - tell us more about themselves and the show.

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This Week's Movie Releases: "Rock of Ages"

Friday, June 15, 2012

It’s Friday, when our Movie Date podcast team tells us which film releases are worth a night out. This week’s big release is “Rock of Ages,” the all-star love letter to 1980s hair metal.

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The Art of Rap

Friday, June 15, 2012

When people think of music as art they may think of a piano sonata by Mozart or a thrilling piece of be-bop by Charlie Parker, but a new documentary suggests that the title of "art" should also be bestowed on hip hop. Legendary rapper Ice T is the director of a new film called "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," which opens in limited release today.

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The True Story Of Arizona's False Prophet

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Can a fake religion have the same effect as a real one? A new movie, billing itself as “the true story of a false prophet” asks just that. Cultivating a personal mythology and teaching and perfecting thick fresh-off-the-boat Indian accent, New Jersey-born filmmaker Vikram Gandhi grew a thick beard, put on orange robes, and set up shop in Arizona, where he quickly acquired a cult following.

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New Movie Releases: 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and 'Hysteria'

Friday, June 01, 2012

This week’s big release is “Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame, and Charlize Theron as her wicked stepmother. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, break down what to see and what to skip.

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New Movie Releases: 'Men in Black 3' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Friday, May 25, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies at the Takeaway. This week’s big release is “Men In Black 3,” starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin as a young Tommy Lee Jones. We also have Wes Anderson’s newest movie “Moonrise Kingdom.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual to give their recommendations on what to see and what to skip.

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Donna Summer: Disco Queen and Uneasy Gay Icon

Friday, May 18, 2012

Donna Summer died yesterday at the age of 63. She held many titles, including Disco Queen, Grammy winner, number one chart topper, and of course, gay icon. But as a born-again Christian, Summer’s relationship with her gay fans wasn’t always an easy one. At one point, she found herself the subject of controversy over anti-gay comments she made during the AIDS epidemic.

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