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Kevin Kline

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kevin Kline talks about his new film, “Darling Companion.” He plays a doctor whose wife (played by Diane Keaton) rescues a lost dog and forms a special bond with it. When the dog runs away, they set off on a frantic search. “Darling Companion” opens April 20 at the Paris and Union Square Theaters.

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“Death of a Salesman”

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mike Nichols talks about directing Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” He’s joined by Linda Emond, who plays Linda Loman. “Death of a Salesman” is playing at the Barrymore Theatre.

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This Year's Tribeca Film Festival

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, and Frédéric Boyer, artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival, talk about this year’s festival.

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Philippe Falardeau on “Monsieur Lazhar”

Friday, April 13, 2012

Director Philippe Falardeau tells about his new film “Monsieur Lazhar,” which was one of this year's five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It tells the story of an Algerian immigrant substitute teacher who brings emotional stability to a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. “Monsieur Lazhar” opens April 13 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and the Angelika Film Center.

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Renée Fleming

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soprano Renée Fleming discusses her new album “Poèmes,” her first solo album of classical repertoire since 2009. She performs Ravel’s 1903 song cycle for soprano and orchestra, Shéhérazade, together with Olivier Messiaen’s collection of love songs to his young wife, Poèmes pour Mi.

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The Takeaway

Ashley Judd's Puffy Face: Why Do We Care?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Actress Ashley Judd is again in the media spotlight for slamming the media spotlight. This week, Judd penned an article in Daily Beast about her appearance — specifically her so-called "puffy face" — and the media’s obsession with it. Mary Elizabeth Williams writes about women and the media as a Staff Writer for Salon. Cindy Gallop is an advertising consultant and former chairwoman of the advertising agency BBH.

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Bill Evans

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sax player Bill Evans talks about his new album, “Dragonfly,” and about performing at the Blue Note April 10-14, which will include special guest appearances by players of Evans' pedigree: namely Mike Mainieri on vibes, John Medeski on keyboards and fusion legend trumpeter Randy Brecker. “Dragonfly” is his 19th solo album and third with his Soulgrass band, and it features a fiery ensemble that fuses Evans' lineage with American blues, bluegrass, and progressive jazz.

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Simon Callow on "Being Shakespeare"

Monday, April 09, 2012

Actor, author, and director Simon Callow discusses his role in the new play “Being Shakespeare.” Written and researched by preeminent Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare’s prose is layered with British history and culture, providing a comprehensive picture of how Shakespeare’s childhood, schooling, and life during the Elizabethan period would have inspired his characters. Callow is the author if 16 books and has starred in the films "Amadeus," "A Room with a View," "Shakespeare in Love," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," among others. “Being Shakespeare” is playing at BAM April 4-14.

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The Business of Art: A Panel Discussion

Monday, April 02, 2012

We broadcast a panel discussion on artists and the business of art from our recent show in the Greene Space. Gallery owner Sean Kelly, Whitney Museum of American Art curator Carter Foster, and artists Pat Steir and Fred Wilson talk about the current state of the art market in light of the economic downturn and the impact of the exponential growth of art fairs.

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Edward Albee and Jane Alexander on “The Lady from Dubuque”

Friday, March 30, 2012

Playwright Edward Albee discusses “The Lady from Dubuque,” along with actress Jane Alexander, who is starring in the Signature Theatre Company’s production of the play. “The Lady from Dubuque” is playing at the End Stage Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Frank Langella on Dropping Names

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Frank Langella discusses his encounters with some of the past century's most famous people—Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Laurence Olivier, Jackie Onassis, Montgomery Clift, among others. His memoir Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them takes us into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

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Celebrating Edith Wharton

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount, and writer Roxana Robinson talk about the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton’s birth. They’ll look at the life, writings, and legacy of Wharton, one of America’s most celebrated writers. The Mount, the Lenox estate Wharton designed and where she wrote Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth, will be celebrating her birthday throughout 2012. The New York Society Library’s exhibition Edith Wharton's "New York City: A Backward Glance" is also on view.

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“Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York”

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nina Rosenblum and Daniel Allentuck discuss producing and directing the documentary “Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York,” about a cooperative of radical photographers, born out of the labor movement, who were determined to use their cameras as a tool for social change. Members included noted mid-20th century photographers Weegee, W. Eugene Smith, Aaron Siskind, Bernice Abbott, and Ruth Orkin, among others. In 1951 the U.S. Attorney General publicly blacklisted the Photo League for its left-leaning roots, and the group disappeared. “Ordinary Miracles” opens March 29 at the IFC Center.

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Michael Tilson Thomas on “American Mavericks”

Monday, March 26, 2012

Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, discusses “American Mavericks,” celebrating the work of maverick composers, including John Cage, Edgard Varèse, John Adams, Steve Mackey, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Meredith Monk, Mason Bates, and more. The series includes performances by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony—along with Jessye Norman and Emanuel Ax, and a new breed of musical interpreters, including Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, Matmos, Joan La Barbara, Jennifer Koh, Lisa Moore, JACK Quartet, and Jeremy Denk. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will be performing at Carnegie Hall.

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Terence Davies and Rachel Weisz on "The Deep Blue Sea"

Friday, March 23, 2012

Director Terence Davies and actress Rachel Weisz discuss their new movie, “The Deep Blue Sea.” Rachel Weisz plays the wife of a high-WASP judge, a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, and it opens March 23 at the Paris Theatre and the Angelika Film Center. Terence Davies’ films are also being presented in a retrospective at BAMcinematek through March 27.

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Kenneth Lonergan and J. Smith-Cameron the Film “Margaret”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan talks about his latest movie, “Margaret,” along with J. Smith-Cameron, who stars in the film. The story of self-involved teenager Lisa’s emotional turmoil after witnessing (and perhaps being in some way responsible for) the death of a pedestrian hit by a bus, “Margaret” was shot in 2005 and then spent years in the editing room. The film also stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeannie Berlin. It opens at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on March 23.

J Smith-Cameron is currently appearing in "The Maids" at the Theater at St. Clement’s through April 1.

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Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe on "4:44 Last Day on Earth"

Monday, March 19, 2012

Director Abel Ferrara and actor Willem Dafoe discuss the new film “4:44 Last Day on Earth.” It’s about a New York couple who cycles through anxiety, ecstasy, and torpor as the end of the world approaches. “4:44 Last Day on Earth” opens at IFC Center.

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The Song Machine

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook talks about the relatively small number of producers and top-liners who create a disproportionately large share of contemporary hits, which may explain why so many songs sound the same. His article “The Song Machine” appears in the March 26 issue of The New Yorker.

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Cruel and Unusual Comedy, Part 3

Friday, March 16, 2012

Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, an archivist from the Eye Film Institute, and film historian Steve Massa discuss "Cruel and Unusual Comedy Part 3: Selections from the Eye Institute, The Netherlands," a two-week program at MoMA featuring the Euro-clown comedies that were incredibly popular between 1908 and 1914.

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Tony Kaye and Adrien Brody on "Detachment"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Director Tony Kaye and actor Adrien Brody discuss working together on the film, “Detachment.” Brody plays a substitute teacher who moves around often to avoid getting attached, but that changes when he accidentally becomes a role model to the students at a public school where the teachers are burnt out and the students are apathetic. “Detachment” opens March 16 at the Empire 42nd Street and Village East theaters.

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