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Stephen Sondheim

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Stephen Sondheim discusses the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. Picking up where he left off in last year’s Finishing the Hat, Sondheim shares lyrics, excluded songs and early drafts, never-before-seen material from unproduced projects, anecdotes, his advice on songwriting, discussions of theater history and the state of the industry today, and exacting dissections of his work.

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“Seminar” with Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, and Alan Rickman

Friday, December 02, 2011

Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, and Alan Rickman discuss “Seminar,” a new comedy by Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck. In the play, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with an international literary figure. Under his brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder. It’s playing at The Golden Theatre.

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Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy on "Venus in Fur"

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy talk about their roles in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur.” Arianda plays Vanda, a talented young actress determined to land the lead in a play based on the erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her audition for the playwright/director, played by Dancy, becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. It's playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

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A Celebration of Woody Guthrie

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s daughter, and singer Nellie McKay discuss the new album “Note of Hope,” a celebration of Woody Guthrie, based on his words and writings. The collection features Grammy-winning bassist Rob Wasserman’s collaborations with Nellie McKay, and other performers. The tracks, primarily unpublished Guthrie writings, were written between 1942 and 1954 while he was living in New York City and Brooklyn.

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Lillian Lorraine

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nils Hanson talks about Lillian Lorraine, who was in Ziegfeld's 1910 Follies and went on to become one of the most famous entertainers—and target for tabloid gossip—in America. The biography Lillian Lorraine: The Life and Times of a Ziegfeld Diva recounts her meteoric rise and fall from grace.

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“Hand to God”

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Robert Askins discusses writing “Hand to God,” which stars Steven Boyer and Geneva Carr. Christian Puppet Ministries are normally a great way to teach children about the Bible, but in this play children can be fooled by Satan’s tricks—even within the sanctuary of the Christian Puppet Ministry of Cypress, Texas, the devil lurks. “Hand to God” is playing at Ensemble Studio Theatre through December 18.

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Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, and Camille Mana on “Asuncion”

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jesse Eisenberg discusses writing and acting in his play “Asuncion,” It also stars Justin Bartha and Camille Mana. It’s a dark comedy about what happens when two young white men who think they are truly open minded take in a new roommate, a young Filipina woman named Asuncion. “Asuncion” is playing at the Cherry Lane Theater through December 18.

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Abel Gance’s “Napoleon”

Monday, November 28, 2011

Academy Award-winning historian, documentarian, and archivist Kevin Brownlow talks about restoring Abel Gance’s legendary film “Napoleon.” The current restoration, completed in 2001, reclaims about 30 minutes of footage culled from archives around the world and visually upgrades much of the film—the 35mm print uses the original dye-bath techniques, accurately recreating the color tints and tones of the initial release. It hasn’t been screened theatrically in the U.S. with live orchestra for nearly 30 years.

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Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley from "The Descendants"

Monday, November 28, 2011

Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley talk about their roles in director Alexander Payne’s new movie, “The Descendants.” In it, George Clooney plays a man struggling to pull his life and family together after his wife ends up in a coma.

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Michel Hazanavicius on "The Artist"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Michel Hazanavicius, writer and director of “The Artist,” talks about the film. Set in Hollywood in 1927, it tells the story of the intertwined destinies of a silent movie superstar whose career is fading with the advent of the talkies, and a young extra on the brink of major movie stardom. “The Artist” opens November 25, at the Paris and the Angelika.

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Catherine the Great

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Massie tells the story of Catherine the Great, an obscure young German princess who rose to become the Empress of Russia, one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Massie’s biography Catherine the Great tells the story of her life and legacy.

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Marcus Roberts Performs Live

Monday, November 21, 2011

Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts will perform songs from his new album “Celebrating Christmas” live in the studio. On the album, Roberts is joined by Rodney Jordan on bass and his longtime drummer Jason Marsalis, and together they weave familiar holiday melodies into the layered rhythms, tones and textures of traditional jazz.

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Marlo Thomas and Steve Guttenberg on “Relatively Speaking”

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Marlo Thomas and Steve Guttenberg talk about their roles in “Relatively Speaking,” three one-act comedies by the writing trio of Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, directed by John Turturro. Each comedy springs from a different branch of the family tree. In "Talking Cure," Ethan Coen uncovers the sort of insanity that can come only from family. In "George is Dead," Elaine May explores the hilarity of death. And in "Honeymoon Motel," Woody Allen invites you to the sort of wedding day you won’t forget. “Relatively Speaking is playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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Director John Landis on His Movies and Movie Monsters

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Director John Landis discusses his career as a filmmaker, making such films as Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, Trading Places, Three Amigos, An American Werewolf in London, and Into the Night. He’s the author of Monsters in the Movies, about the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the screen. And BAMcinématek is presenting See You Next Wednesday: 8 Films by John Landis.

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A Trip to the Moon

Friday, November 11, 2011

Serge Bromberg, of Lobster Films, discusses the hand-painted color version of Georges Méliès’ “Le Voyage dans la lune” (“A Trip to the Moon”) (1902), unseen for 109 years until its glorious new restoration by Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage, and talks about the world premiere of his and Eric Lange’s 2011 documentary “The Extraordinary Voyage.”  “The Extraordinary Voyage” and “A Trip to the Moon,” are both playing as part of MoMA’s “To Save and Protect” program.

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King Lear at the Public Theater

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sam Waterston, who plays King Lear; Kelli O’Hara, who plays Regan; and Michael McKean, who plays Gloucester, discuss the production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” at the Public Theater. It’s playing through November 20.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on "Melancholia"

Friday, November 11, 2011

Charlotte Gainsbourg discusses her role in the Lars von Trier film “Melancholia,” a psychological disaster film about the end of the world. It’s set at a wedding celebration, and as the lavish ceremony threatens to come undone due to family resentments and the bride's erratic behavior, true disaster looms above in celestial form. The planet Melancholia has suddenly appeared in the night sky, heading directly towards Earth. “Melancholia” opens November 11 at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. She also discusses her recording career, and her latest album, "Stage Whisper."

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Stockard Channing and Rachel Griffiths on "Other Desert Cities"

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stockard Channing and Rachel Griffiths discuss the play "Other Desert Cities." Rachel Griffiths plays Brooke Wyeth, a novelist, who returns home to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner-circle—Stockard Channing plays her mother. When she tells them she's about to publish a memoir about an explosive chapter in the family's history, family turmoil ensues. "Other Desert Cities" is playing at the Booth Theater.

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Puppets on Film

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Cheryl Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter; puppeteer Basil Twist; and Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash talk about “Puppets on Film.” Presented by BAMcinématek and the Jim Henson Foundation, “Puppets on Film” is the most comprehensive survey of live puppetry in cinema ever compiled for both children and adults. It includes the Muppet movies, documentaries, 1980s cult classics, fantasy films, and shorts by contemporary artists. In anticipation of the November 23 release of The Muppets, a selection of films produced, directed, or godfathered by Muppets creator Jim Henson.

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The Life and Work of Spencer Tracy

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

James Curtis describes the life and work of the actor Spencer Tracy, one of the most revered screen actors of his generation, considered by many to be the actor’s actor. Spencer Tracy: A Biography looks at Tracy’s career, his Catholicism, his devoted relationship to his wife, his drinking that got him into so much trouble, and his 26-year-long bond with his partner on-screen and off, Katharine Hepburn.

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