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Movie Date: 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' 'Dead Man Down,' 'Emperor'

Monday, March 11, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Dead Man Down," "Emperor," and "Oz: The Great and Powerful." Along the way, they contemplate the power of Tyler Perry, the scariness of The Incredible Hulk, and the style choices of Joan Crawford. A warning: this week's trivia question refers to a certain college past time involving marijuana, "The Wizard of Oz," and Pink Floyd.  

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Beau Willimon on Hollywood and "House of Cards"

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The new drama "House of Cards" is getting plenty of attention, for a number of reasons. First, because it was produced by the video streaming service Netflix exclusively on their site. Second, because it was developed specifically to suit the tastes of Netflix customers, based on their metrics. And third, because the Kevin Spacey led series is smart, well-written, and gripping. "House of Cards" creator, writer, and producer Beau Willimon sheds light on how the show was made, and what it means for the future of entertainment.

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Movie Date: '21 and Over,' 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' 'Phantom'

Friday, March 01, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen are joined by Jeff Yang, who writes the Wall Street Journal's Tao Jones column. Jeff shares his thoughts on the new movie, "21 and Over" - from its depiction of race, to whether it's just a cheap mash-up of "Weekend at Bernie's" and "The Hangover." Along the way, Rafer admits he doesn't remember his twenty first birthday, Kristen falls asleep, and Jeff clarifies that he's not really Jackie Chan (even though he wrote a book called, "I Am Jackie Chan"). Other films discussed in this podcast include the Cold War thriller, "Phantom" and the fairy tale reboot "Jack the Giant Slayer."

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New Movie Releases: '21 and Over,' 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' 'Phantom'

Friday, March 01, 2013

This weekend, three very different movies hit the big screen: "21 and Over" is the latest offering from the writers of "The Hangover." "Jack the Giant Slayer" is a modern-retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk." And "Phantom" is a Cold War thriller.

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'The Man Behind the Wall': The Mystery of Banksy

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Oscar-nominated documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" introduced the world to Banksy and his modern day street art, but most of us know next to nothing about the artist, famous for concealing his identity at all costs. Journalist Will Ellsworth-Jones set out to reveal as much as possible about the graffiti artist in his fascinating new biography "Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall."

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Today's Takeaway | February 25, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Endless Possibilities of 3D Printing | Sequestration Could Have Devastating Impact on Scientific Research | Malian Musician Fatoumata Diawara Gives Voice to Women in Debut Album | 'The Man Behind the Wall': The Mystery of Banksy

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Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked

Friday, February 22, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen's bickering isn't restricted to the online world. Instead, it's made available to radio listeners all over the country. It's their first hour-long special for the airwaves, and it's all in honor of Hollywood's biggest night. Ladies and gentleman, "Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked." 

And yes, Rafer and Kristen are naked throughout.

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Oscars Countdown!

Friday, February 22, 2013

We’re just two days away from the Oscars, and we’re pleased to announce that our very own Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are hosting their first hour-long special for the public radio airwaves called "Oscar…Totally Naked." To give you a flavor of what their special includes, Rafer and Kristen share some highlights.

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Make Your Story A Part of Our Virtual Movie Trailer

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Takeaway and our Movie Date team are asking you to help us create the ultimate audio movie trailer, using your real life stories. All we need is for you to give us a sentence or two — a dramatic sentence, or a strange sentence, or a comedic sentence — about your life.

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Movie Date: 'Safe Haven,' 'Beautiful Creatures,' 'A Good Day to Die Hard'

Friday, February 15, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen and Rafer debate whether today is, in fact, a good day to die hard, or merely a fine one. They also discuss the merits of cuddling, creamy white stationary, witchcraft, and weird sexual hang-ups. It's all in honor of this week's releases: "Safe Haven," "Beautiful Creatures," and "A Good Day to Die Hard." Warning: if you don't know what plushies are now, you might after this podcast. Also, if you haven't already, check out this very special Valentine to Rafer, on Babes of NPR.

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Today's Takeaway | February 11, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign | What Should Americans Be Worried About? | Secretary Napolitano Advocates for Drones on the Border, Despite Lagging Results | Chinese Explore New Perspectives on a Changed Country in the New Year | Six Word Memoirs: Love and Loss

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Movie Date: 'Identity Thief,' 'Side Effects,' 'Top Gun 3D'

Friday, February 08, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen compare notes on their favorite pharmaceutical drug names. They also ask some big questions, including: Does volleyball really need to be seen in 3D? Should Steven Soderbergh retire? And if the only good part of a date is the kissing at the end...is it really a good date? It's all in honor of this week's big releases: "Top Gun 3D," "Side Effects," and "Identity Thief."

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New Movie Releases: 'Side Effects,' 'Identity Thief,' and 'Top Gun 3D'

Friday, February 08, 2013

Every Friday, The Takeaway’s Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in on the weekend's film releases. This week, there are three: the crime drama “Side Effects,” the vigilante road trip movie “Identity Theft,” and the 3D re-release of the eighties action classic, “Top Gun.”

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Make Up Artist Who Created Obi-Wan Kenobi and Other Icons Dies at 98

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Stuart Freeborn, the make up artist and visual creator of movie characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, died yesterday. He was 98. Freeborn turned actor Ron Moody into the street thief Fagin for the Musical Oliver, and he also captured movie-goer imaginations back in 1948 when he made Sir Alec Guinness into Fagin in David Lean's Oliver Twist.

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Muzak Headed for Bland, Easy Retirement

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Many people know Muzak as a catch-all for plain background music, but it's actually the name of a brand and a company. And this week, the company that owns Muzak - Mood Media - had decided to retire the Muzak brand name for good.

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Puppy Bowl!

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Super Bowl may be the most watched television event of the year, but that doesn’t mean that other networks don’t try their best to lure viewers. The most talked-about counter programming to the Super Bowl last night, the ninth Animal Planet Puppy Bowl, garnered millions of viewers.

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New Movie Releases: 'Warm Bodies,' 'Bullet to the Head'

Friday, February 01, 2013

Friday is movie day on the Takeaway, when we talk about the weekend’s big releases. This week, there are three: the teen zombie romance, "Warm Bodies"; the Sylvester Stallone buddy shoot-em-up, "Bullet to the Head"; and "Stand up Guys," a crime comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken. and Alan Arkin.

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Doping: The New Normal?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It seems we can’t go more than a few months, or even weeks between doping scandals. Has doping always been this prevalent in athletics? Or is it just easier to uncover? Dr. Harvey Shapiro is a physician, medical correspondent, and former doping control officer for the Olympics.

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Movie Date: 'Parker,' 'Hansel and Gretel,' 'Movie 43'

Friday, January 25, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," and in the process, are forced to explore one of Rafer's least favorite movie themes in recent years: the sibling romance. Other movies discussed this week are "Parker," starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez; and "Movie 43," starring Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Kate Bosworth, Uma Thurman, and everyone else in Hollywood. Warning to the easily queasy: this podcast includes talk of fecal matter, brother-sister romance, brother-brother romance, misogyny, and menstruation.

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Revisiting the Brothers Grimm

Friday, January 25, 2013

As "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," the latest Grimm re-telling, hits the big screen, we look at where it all began with Maria Tatar, editor and translator of the new "Annotated Brothers Grimm."

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