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Summer Music: Jim James's Mixtape

Friday, July 08, 2011

We're celebrating summer music here at the Takeaway. Throughout the month we’ll be talking with different musicians about what songs say summer to them. Our guest today is Jim James, the lead singer and founding member of the band, My Morning Jacket. The band's latest album is called “Circuital.”

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Susie Essman on 'Curb' and the 'Delightfully Loathsome' Susie Greene

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The eighth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" premieres this Sunday on HBO. The show hinges on star Larry David’s inability — or refusal — to follow social cues. Most of the characters respond to David's antics with passive aggression. But there is one character who consistently faces Larry head on: Susie Greene. Known for her filthy mouth and tendency to scream at other characters, Susie is one of the long-running comedy series' most beloved characters.

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My America: Abraham Verghese

Thursday, July 07, 2011

All week, we’ve been speaking with influential Americans about what patriotism and America means to them as part of our series "My America." Today’s guest is Dr. Abraham Verghese, professor of the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University Medical School, and best-selling author of "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story" and "Cutting for Stone."

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The Takeaway's Summer Book Club: 'The Tiger's Wife'

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Our summer book club continues today with Celeste's first pick for July. Tea Obreht burst onto the literary scene this year with her first novel, "The Tiger’s Wife." The book explores one woman’s family history through historical myths and realities in the Balkans region.

At the age of 25, Obreht has already done what many authors hope to achieve a lifetime. In addition to critical acclaim for "The Tiger’s Wife," she also won the Orange Prize this year, making her the youngest person ever to do so.

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My America: Chang-Rae Lee

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

We've been talking with influential Americans all week about what patriotism and America means to them in a new series "My America." Today’s guest is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated novelist Chang-Rae Lee.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Green Room with Paul Provenza

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Paul Provenza discusses his upcoming season of “The Green Room with Paul Provenza.” He’s spent a lifetime in the comedy trenches as a stand-up/director/producer, earning the trust and respect of his fellow comics and his audience.  He is best known for directing and co-producing the scathing documentary “The Aristocrats.” He’s joined by comedian Billy Connolly, who was featured in “The Aristocrats.” The new season of “The Green Room with Paul Provenza” starts on Showtime July 14.

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My America: Alexandra Pelosi and Michiel Vos

Monday, July 04, 2011

In honor of July 4th we’re talking with influential Americans all week about what patriotism and America means to them. We’re calling the series “My America.” Today’s guests have views on America that are informed as much by their work as journalists as by their personal lives.

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Summer Music: Ryan Tedder's Mixtape

Monday, July 04, 2011

We’re kicking off a new series today; a summer music series. Throughout the month of July we’ll be talking with a different celebrity guest about what songs say summer to them. Our first guest is One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder.

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John C. Reilly and Jacob Wysocki on "Terri"

Friday, July 01, 2011

"Terri"—which opens today—is the story of an introverted adolescent who likes watching hawks eat mice and prefers to wear pajamas to school. When his high school vice-principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, takes him under his wing, we learn more about both Terri’s vulnerabilities and Mr. Fitzgerald’s.

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New Movie Releases: 'Transformers 3,' 'Larry Crowne,' 'Monte Carlo'

Friday, July 01, 2011

It’s Friday, which means we'll be talking about new movies here at The Takeaway. This week’s big openers are the 3D action spectacular "Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon," the Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks–led romantic comedy "Larry Crowne," "Monte Carlo," a teen chick flick centering around a case of mistaken identity.

 

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Movie Date's Movie Dare: Watch 'Road House' and 'Glitter'

Friday, April 01, 2011

In honor of April Fool's Day, Rafer and Kristen decided to turn this week's Movie Date into a Movie Dare. Knowing that Kristen would never choose to see "Road House" on her own, Rafer dared her to see the Patrick Swayze classic. And knowing that Rafer had yet to enjoy the entire Mariah Carey oeuvre, Kristen dared him to see "Glitter." Was this the scariest dare ever?

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Movie Date: Paranormal Teen Romances

Friday, February 18, 2011

Each week, Rafer and Kristen spar about the movies they think you should or shouldn't see. This week, they ponder whether the new paranormal teen romance film "I Am Number Four" is the new "Twilight" or just a substandard rip-off. And it's one of those rare times when they're actually in agreement.

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The Takeaway

Give Melissa Leo a Break

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

A lot of people seem to be in a big uproar over Oscar-nominee Melissa Leo’s audacity. As you may have heard, she’s been campaigning for an Oscar, and not in the usual ways. Yes, she’s doing interviews with Oprah and other national media outlets (including “The Takeaway”). And yes, she’s stopping and chatting with the press whenever she hits the red carpet. But in addition to the usual tactics, she’s also mounted her own campaign, paid for and orchestrated not by a PR company or a film company (as these campaigns usually are), but by herself.

 

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Movie Date: Revolutionary Films

Friday, February 04, 2011

In honor the people in Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere who have been rising up, Kristen and Rafer share their favorite movies that celebrate the revolutionary spirit.

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Movie Date: How 'No Strings Attached' Works in Real Life

Friday, January 21, 2011

Whenever Kristen and Rafer watch a movie together, they keep their opinions a secret from each other until the podcast. But that's hard when they bring along their friends, as they did with this weekend's big movie, "No Strings Attached," starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The friend Kristen brought is in a real "friends with benefits" situation and Kristen talks about how the movie's story compares with her real life.

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Movie Date: Who Should Win The Golden Globes?

Friday, January 14, 2011

This Sunday, awards season officially kicks off with The 68th Annual Golden Globes. Will "The Social Network" beat "The King's Speech"? Can Natalie Portman trump Michelle Williams? Kristen and Rafer debate who they think will win and should win.

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Movie Date: Can Actors Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

The new backstage celebrity drama "Country Strong" hits theaters Friday, and the big question on everyone's mind is, can Gwyneth Paltrow actually sing?

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Movie Date: 2011 Film Resolutions, What We'll See and Not See

Friday, December 31, 2010

Highlights include a discussion about Mel Gibson's new puppet movie, a disagreement over Russell Brand and thoughts on the new "Green Lantern."

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Movie Date: High Brow and Low Brow Options for Christmas Weekend

Friday, December 24, 2010

This week, Rafer and Kristen talk about two of Christmas weekend’s big openers: “True Grit” and “Little Fockers.” Not surprisingly, they disagree on the merits (and shortcomings) of both films.

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Movie Date - 'Tron: Legacy'

Friday, December 17, 2010

Disney saw fit to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at "Tron: Legacy," despite the world having neither become bathed in black light nor overrun by light-trailing motorcycles since 1982's "Tron" ... and both Rafer and Kristen think the money might have been better spent elsewhere.

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