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Toy Story 3

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lee Unkrich talks about the challenges of directing “Toy Story 3” the third film in the series of extremely popular, commercially successful animated Pixar films.

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Movie Stars Laugh and Squirm as Ricky Gervais Hosts Golden Globes

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ricky Gervais, why don't you host every awards show from now on? Every single one. I don't care if it's the Oscars or the Employee of the Month awards at Wal-Mart. I think it would make life a little sweeter, even if we were cringing the whole time.

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Golden Globes Preview: From Red Carpet to Acceptance Speech

Friday, January 14, 2011

This Sunday, awards season officially kicks off with The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. eastern time on NBC. Also known as the happiest awards show in Hollywood, the Globes is an event where alcohol is served throughout the night, TV stars and movie stars mingle, and comedies and dramas are given equal recognition. But in addition to the misbehaving, winning, and losing, what else should we be keeping our eyes on at this year’s ceremony?

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How to Predict the Golden Globes Awards

Friday, January 14, 2011

When it comes to the Golden Globes, there are certain bets you can place that you're more or less guaranteed to win.

For example, want to bet that at least one person will stumble onto the stage with a drink in hand? Sure, especially if there's money on it. Want to wager that the camera will pan over to Jennifer Aniston whenever Brad Pitt is on stage? Well, that's a gimme.

But what about wagers that are less obvious — about winners and losers and predictors for the Oscars? I have some tips that might help you out.

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What Music Gives You 'The Chills'?

Monday, January 10, 2011

If you thought that some songs gave you a certain kind of buzz, now you've got science to back you up.

Neurologists in Canada are reporting that music can increase levels of dopamine, the chemical in the brain associated with addictive drugs. The researchers, at McGill University, have even come up with a decidedly non-scientific name for it: "The Chills."

Tomorrow, we'll look into how this works, but we're asking you now: What music would you say gives you "The Chills?"

 

 

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Russell Simmons on How You Can Get Rich

Friday, January 07, 2011

Russell Simmons made his name as one of the most influential names in hip-hop by helping to found Def Jam Records in the 2980s. But he's also a the author of a successful self-help book that Oprah Winfrey helped become a bestseller. Simmons tells us why he's trying to help people get rich.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Karen Abbott tells the story of America’s coming-of-age through the life of vaudeville performer, Gypsy Rose Lee. Her latest book, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, delves into Gypsy’s world, including her dramatic triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose.

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When Do You Know if You're Watching Too Much TV?

Monday, January 03, 2011

When you watch television for the same amount of hours as you put into a full-time job, it might be time to rethink the situation. Today's stat about TV-watching got us thinking about what happens to someone when they watch this much TV: 34 hours a week, according to Nielsen data.

But is this much time in front of the tube that bad for you? Not according to author Steven Johnson, who we're reaching out to for tomorrow's show.

He argues in one of his books, "Everything Bad is Good for You," that today's TV watcher has to do more "cognitive work" than the people who consumed television in the time of "The Love Boat" and "I Love Lucy."

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The Takeaway’s 2010 Breakup Quiz

Friday, December 31, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from 2010 about the year that was…the good, the bad, and the ridiculous. Today, our subject is the year’s big breakups, and our guest is author, humorist, and newshound Andy Borowitz. But rather than just talk about or look at the breakups, we’re also inviting listeners to participate and answer a quiz that we’re calling the Takeaway’s 2010 Breakup Quiz.

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Ryan Gosling on 'Blue Valentine'

Friday, December 31, 2010

The American film industry never seems to grow tired of portraying young lovers as they meet, fall in love, and get married before settling into an imaginary "happily ever after." But what they almost never present us with is the reality of marriage over time, of the toll that child-rearing, boredom and familiarity can take on a couple in the years after they first see each other across a crowded room. The just-released film, “Blue Valentine,” attempts to tackle these issues.

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Books to Look Out for in 2011

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 is coming to an end, but a whole new year of news and culture awaits in 2011. All week long, we're talking with big thinkers about what they’re anticipating…from new movies to world events. Today, we're anticipating some of the books we know will be coming out in 2011. 

We’re joined by Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor for Essence magazine and frequent books contributor to The Takeaway. We also speak with Karen Holt, former deputy editor of Publishers Weekly, and contributor of book reviews to O: The Oprah Magazine and Essence. Both Bass and Holt offer their book recommendations.

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2011's Music Newsmakers: Jay-Z and Kanye West, Lady GaGa, R.E.M., and More

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

As 2010 draws to a close, we look forward to another year of music in 2011. We speak with Caryn Ganz, editor of the Yahoo music blog "The Amplifier," about what she's expecting from Lady Gaga and Kanye West, along with perennial favorites P. J. Harvey and R.E.M.

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Stephen Dorff on 'Somewhere'

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sofia Coppola, director of "Lost in Translation," "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antionette," has a new film in theaters called "Somewhere." The film centers on a movie star named Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff) who lives a wild, juvenile, nomadic life, often in hotels. His life is upended upon the arrival of his young daughter Cleo (played by Elle Fanning), who has spent most of her life living with her mother.

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Remixing the Holidays: Christmas Memories with Natalie Cole

Friday, December 24, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.

Our series wraps with nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole, who talks with us about her new Christmas special with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (taped last year, and airing tonight on PBS stations), her father's famous Christmas songs, family memories, and of course, her favorite seasonal music.

 

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Remixing the Holidays: Jazzy Holiday Tunes with Carlos Lando

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.

We’re joined by Carlos Lando, DJ and program director for Takeaway affiliate station Jazz89 KUVO in Denver. Carlos shares some of his favorite jazzy Christmas tunes.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: Not Bon Jovi...Neil Diamond!?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Today around the office, the debate raged over this year's inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Alice Cooper? Of course; the dude's rock credentials are as solid as his knowledge of Milwaukee. Even Tom Waits, who host John Hockenberry characterized as more of a beat poet, has enough edginess and bombast as a performer to deserve rock star status. Other inductees on the list included New Orleans veteran Dr. John, singer Darlene Love, and Leon Russell

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What's Wrong with the 2011 Golden Globes Nominations

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Let’s make one thing clear. I’m not completely upset with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association about the 2011 Golden Globe nominations. Not completely.

Many actors I believe deserved nods received them: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Annette Benning, Melissa Leo, Michelle Williams, and Ryan Gosling, to name just a few in the film categories; Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Laura Linney, and Jane Lynch, among others in the television categories.

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Movie Date: Sparring about 'The Fighter'

Friday, December 10, 2010

"The Fighter" is the latest movie from director David O. Russell and stars Mark Wahlberg as boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his coach, (played by Christian Bale). Rafer and Kristen discover each other's true feelings about the movie (hint, they don't agree.) 

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From 'The Tourist' to 'The Fighter': This Weekend's Opening Films

Friday, December 10, 2010

The holiday movie season is officially in full swing. Today, nine movies hit the big screen, and the Takeaway Movie Date podcast co-hosts give us their opinions on three of them: "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," "The Fighter," and "The Tourist."

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Dan Charnas on the History of Hip Hop as a Business

Thursday, December 09, 2010

It may seem like just yesterday that you first heard The Sugar Hill Gang or Run DMC, but the hip hop business is pushing forty. For many of the years that hip hop has been around, Dan Charnas has been working in the business - as a scout, a promoter, and a journalist. Dan is the author of a new book called “The Big Payback: the History of the Business of Hip Hop.” Charnas walks us through some pivotal moments in the hip hop business, and how those moments have informed our culture and the entertainment industry.

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