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Movie Date: 'Dark Shadows'

Friday, May 11, 2012

Finally, a vampire movie that really gets vampires. The undead get a bad rap, but this week Kristen and Rafer offer praise to "Dark Shadows," Tim Burton's latest foray into creepy. One part soap opera, one part Johnny Depp, and one part 70s shag carpet, "Dark Shadows" moves this cult classic into new territory. 

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New Movie Releases: 'Dark Shadows,' 'Girl in Progress,' 'Bernie'

Friday, May 11, 2012

There are several movie releases today, including Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s newest collaboration “Dark Shadows,” the coming-of-age film “Girl In Progress,” and Jack Black’s newest comedy, “Bernie.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, share what's worth seeing and what isn't. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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New Movie Releases: 'Avengers,' 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'First Position'

Friday, May 04, 2012

There are several new releases today, including the long-awaited super-hero movie “The Avengers,” the all-star senior citizens’ ensemble “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and the dance documentary “First Position.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.

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Movie Date: 'The Five Year Engagement'

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In this week's Movie Date, Rafer bemoans what he considers the death of the romantic comedy. Kristen, as you'd expect, tell him to stop being a negative Nancy. It's all in honor of "The Five Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

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Musical Trends in Major Cities

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Many cities have rich musical traditions. But how can we decide what people listen to and how music shapes the culture of a certain location. Conrad Lee did the research for his Phd at the University College Dublin and he by using social media he found out how to determine what people are listening to.

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New Movie Releases: 'Five Year Engagement,' 'The Raven,' 'Pirates: Band of Misfits'

Friday, April 27, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies at the Takeaway. And there are plenty of big ones today, from the romantic comedy "Five Year Engagement" to the claymation kids movie "Pirates: Band of Misfits." Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual. 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 All-White World of 'Girls'

Friday, April 27, 2012

"Girls," written by and starring Lena Dunham, was initially the subject of overwhelming praise for telling the story of twenty-something New York females in a new way. But in the two weeks since the series premiered, "Girls" went from being praised to being the object of overwhelming vitriol. From the blogosphere to the New York Times, critics have asked: Why does this show, which takes place in Brooklyn, New York in 2012, have an entirely white cast? Russell Robinson is professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of a study on race, ethnicity and gender casting in Hollywood. Melissa Silverstein is the editor of Women and Hollywood and the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival.

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Movie Date: 'The Lucky One'

Friday, April 20, 2012

He's got to be strong. He's got to be able to build a barn and get along with children. Being able to play a sultry, sexy musical instrument also helps. In case it wasn't apparent already, this week we're talking about Kristen's fantasy man. And also some movie called "The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron. Let Kristen and Rafer's sultry voices and razor-sharp smarts woo you in this week's podcast.

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Remembering Dick Clark

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Yesterday, Dick Clark passed away. But the stamp he left on the world is still very much apparent. We remember him today with two people who know his story well. John Jackson is the author of “American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire.” And Lew Klein was the executive producer of American Bandstand, who hired Dick Clark fresh out of college.

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Julian Assange: The Next Oprah?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

 

From Oprah to Piers Morgan, the world loves a good talk show. And if the multiple seasons of Celebrity Apprentice have taught us anything, audiences also love reality TV shows featuring pseudo celebrities. Yesterday, a program premiered that’s a tiny bit of both. Entitled "The World Today," the new talk show is hosted by Julian Assange, the man most famous for founding WikiLeaks. Alessandra Stanley, television critic for The New York Times, watched the first episode of "The World Today." She shares her thoughts on whether Assange might be the next Ellen, or just another candidate for Celebrity Big Brother.

 

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Movie Date: Film as Political Propaganda

Friday, April 13, 2012

Heavy stuff this week. "October Baby" tells the story of a woman's discovery that her mother almost aborted her. Intended or not, the movie's politics — see what happens when you don't have an abortion? — align comfortably with those of the religious Right. Likewise, the recent film "The Lorax" and 2006's "Happy Feet" decry the ills of global warming in a quintessentially liberal parlance. But not all movies have agendas, right?

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New Movie Releases: 'Cabin in the Woods,' 'Three Stooges,' 'Lockout'

Friday, April 13, 2012

Three big movies out today: the horror movie “Cabin in the Woods,” the Farrelly brothers long-awaited “Three Stooges,” and the action movie “Lockout,” starring Guy Pierce. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.

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Morgan Spurlock on 'Comic-Con Episode IV'

Friday, April 13, 2012

Back in 1970, in the city of San Diego, a small group of comic book fans decided to organize a convention. Their dream was to attract 500 fans. In the end, however, only 300 showed up. But the organizers didn’t give up. Over 40 years later, San Diego Comic-Con International attracts 130,000 attendees each year. Morgan Spurlock takes a closer look at these die-hard fans, and the mother of all comic book conventions in his new movie, which hits theatres today. It’s called “Comic-Con Episode IV.”

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Thomas Kinkade and the Democratization of Art

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thomas Kinkade, the self-appointed "Painter of Light," died last Friday. In the days since his passing, the debate that surrounded him when he was alive has grown even louder. Was Kinkade a great democratizer of art or a charlatan businessman? Susan Orlean penned one of the most comprehensive pieces ever written on Thomas Kinkade for the New Yorker in 2001, entitled "Art for Everybody."

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Bully Rating Reveals MPAA's Inner Working

Monday, April 09, 2012

The director and studio behind the documentary "Bully" won their battle to have the movie’s rating lowered from the restricted R-rating down to PG-13. Even though it doesn’t have any explicit sex scenes or extreme violence, "Bully" was deemed more risqué than "The Hunger Games," a film about kids killing kids. Ethan Noble, is the chairman of Motion Picture Consulting. He helps filmmakers and studios get the ratings that they want.

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Movie Date: Does 3D Make Movies Worse?

Friday, April 06, 2012

The Titanic sank 100 years ago this month. To mark the anniversary, James Cameron is re-releasing his mega-blockbuster "Titanic" in 3D, prompting some critics to say its strictly a marketing ploy while others cheer the innovation.

Will "Titanic 3D" burn a hole in your wallet, or will it blow your mind? This week, Rafer and Kristen put that question to Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate. Listen to find out what he's got to say.

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New Movie Releases: 'Titanic' in 3D, 'October Baby,' 'American Reunion'

Friday, April 06, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies at The Takeaway. There are a couple very big ones this week, as well some smaller ones. On the big side, we have Titanic 3D, and on the small side, a socially conservative, religious, and very controversial film called “October Baby.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is the culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Yul Kwon on "America Revealed"

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Have you ever looked at a stop light, a slice of pizza, or the hot air coming out of your hair dryer, and wondered: What and who went into making this? A new four-part PBS series called “America Revealed” delves into this question; scaling back from small everyday items to give viewers a big picture view of how America functions. Along the way, it doesn’t just unveil the secrets of how stuff is made; it also tells a story of America’s history and people. The series is hosted by Yul Kwon, an attorney, businessman, and technology expert, who you might also recognize as the 2006 winner of the reality show “Survivor.”

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Movie Date: 'Bully'

Friday, March 30, 2012

This week, Kristen and Rafer watched "Bully," the new documentary from the Weinstein Company that takes on the controversial topic of grade school ridicule. "Bully" was in the news this week for hitting theaters unrated after the MPAA promised an R rating. The hype has certainly drummed up support for the movie, but does "Bully" do its subject justice? Or is "The Hunger Games" actually a better tool for teaching kids about violence?

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Children's Violence on Film: 'Hunger Games' v. 'Bully'

Friday, March 30, 2012

Recent films "The Hunger Games" and "Bully" have faced struggles over how they should be rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. In the end, "The Hunger Games" received a PG-13 rating, while "Bully" received an R rating. But not everyone thinks these ratings make sense. David Long and his wife Tina Long appear in the film "Bully," in place of their son Tyler, who couldn't. After years of bullying, Tyler killed himself at the age of 17. Rafer Guzman is a film critic for Newsday and co-host of the Movie Date Podcast.

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