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Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig on “Frances Ha”

Friday, May 31, 2013

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig talk about their film “Frances Ha,” which they co-wrote, Baumbach directs, and Gerwig stars in, playing the title role. It’s a coming-of-age film centered on Frances, an aspiring dancer who is drifting in New York between college and full adulthood, coping with shifting friendships and life expectations.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Pippin"; "Here Lies Love"; "Frances Ha"; and Please Explain: Neuroaesthetics

Friday, May 31, 2013

Three stars from “Pippin,” Andrea Martin, Patina Miller, and Terrence Mann, talk about their Tony-nominated roles in the Broadway revival of this beloved musical. David Byrne talks about bringing his disco musical “Here Lies Love,” to the Public Theater, and its star, Ruthie Ann Miles, talks about playing Imelda Marcos. Director Noah Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig discuss their new film, “Frances Ha.” And this week’s Please Explain is about neuroaesthetics and the science of how we perceive beauty.

The Leonard Lopate Show

“Hannah Arendt”

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Director Margarethe von Trotta discusses her biopic “Hannah Arendt,” along with Barbara Sukowa, who plays the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” “Hannah Arendt” opens May 29 at Film Forum.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Shadow Dancer”

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

James Marsh talks about directing “Shadow Dancer,” which stars Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough. The film is set in 1993 and follows a single mother living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. “Shadow Dancer” opens May 31 at the Landmark Sunshine, and will be available on iTunes and On Demand in June.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Finding Your Element; "Hannah Arendt"; "Shadow Dancer"; Vietnamese Migration

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ken Robinson’s TED talk on finding your passion is the most-watched of all time, and he talks about how to discover what your talents are and how to nourish them. Director Margarethe von Trotta and actor Barbara Sukowa discuss the new biopic “Hannah Arendt.” Director James Marsh and stars Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough talk about their film, “Shadow Dancer,” about a Northern Irish woman who chooses to spy on her own family rather than go to prison. And we’ll look at the largest mass migration in human history—the more than one million people who left Vietnam by boat between 1975 and 1996.

Here's The Thing

Stacy Keach

Monday, May 27, 2013

When Stacy Keach first pursued a career in acting, he started with Shakespeare, which took him from a festival in Oregon to studying classical theater in England.  

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: 'The Hangover Part III,' 'We Steal Secrets,' 'Fast & Furious 6'

Friday, May 24, 2013

Movie fans have plenty to choose from this weekend. The new releases include "The Hangover Part III," "Fast & Furious 6," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks," "Frances Ha," and "The English Teacher."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life of Margaret Thatcher; Paul Theroux in Africa; "Fill the Void," a Film

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll look at Margaret Thatcher’s early life, her early political career, and her first years as Britain’s only female prime minister. Celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux describes returning to Africa after 50 years of traveling around the world. The star and director discuss Israeli film “Fill the Void,” which follows a young Orthodox Hasidic woman who is preparing to marry when tragedy strikes. And we’ll take a look at how Apple is just one of many corporations trying to avoid paying corporate taxes by moving its money out of the United States.

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“Fill the Void”

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rama Burshtein, director of “Fill the Void,” and Hadas Yaron, who plays the lead, 18-year-old Shira, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hasidic family living in Tel Aviv, who is about to be married. But Shira’s world is shattered when her older sister dies while giving birth to her first child. Deep in mourning, the family postpones Shira’s wedding and struggles to deal with their grief. “Fill The Void” opens May 24.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Story of Wikileaks

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about his new film “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.” He details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website Wikileaks, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. “We Steal Secrets: the story of Wikileaks” opens May 24 at Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at Lincoln Center and the Angelika Film Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Documentary “Bidder 70”

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In their documentary “Bidder 70,” Beth Gage and George Gage tell the story of Tim DeChristopher. In 2008, as George W. Bush tried to give the energy and mining industries thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness via a widely disputed federal auction, DeChristopher, then a college student bid $1.7 million, and won 22,000 acres with no intention to drill. For this act of civil disobedience he was sent to federal prison, but his actions helped ignite a movement. “Bidder 70” opens May 17 at the Quad.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Peeples' and 'The Great Gatsby'

Friday, May 10, 2013

Is "The Great Gatsby" great? It's been the question on movie enthusiasts' minds for the past several months. Rafer and Kristen weigh in on the Leonardo Di Caprio-led movie, share their knowledge of the book, and compare the film to prior adaptations. They also weigh in on another Long Island movie about class differences hitting theatres this week: "Peeples," starring Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson.

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The Takeaway

Isabella Rossellini's 'Mammas'

Friday, May 10, 2013

After writing and directing the Webby-award winning Sundance series “Green Porno” and “Green Porno Seduce Me," which celebrates the mating rituals and sex lives of animal. Isabella Rossellini turns her attention to exploring creatures’ rites of passage into motherhood with "Mammas." 

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: 'Peeples' and 'The Great Gatsby'

Friday, May 10, 2013

In this week's look at new movies, Rafer and Kristen discuss complicated family reunions, party crashing, and what happens when eccentric Australian directors take on American classics. It's all in honor of two new releases: "Peeples" and "The Great Gatsby."

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Soundcheck

Actress Molly Ringwald Explores Her Musical Side

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Most know Molly Ringwald from classic John Hughes movies like Pretty In Pink, 16 Candles, and The Breakfast Club. But now we're hearing a new side from the actress; Ringwald's new album, Except Sometimes, is a collection of jazz renditions of tunes from the Great American Songbook.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Venus and Serena”

Monday, May 06, 2013

Director Michelle Major talks about her documentary Venus and Serena,” about the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act in professional tennis. The Williams sisters broke new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, dominating the women’s game for over a decade. “Venus and Serena” is currently playing on demand and on iTunes and will be opening at the Village East Cinema May 10.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Sandra Day Dishonor Edition

Saturday, May 04, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the morass at Guantánamo Bay, including the ongoing prisoner hunger strike, a prisoner’s memoir excerpted on Slate, and what President Obama can do to finally close the detention center. They also discuss retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s recent expression of regret about the landmark Bush v. Gore case.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' and 'Iron Man 3'

Friday, May 03, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen discuss Gwyneth Paltrow's abs, Kate Hudson's divisive acting skills, action sequences that make Kristen clap, and the best terrorism-themed movies for making out during. It's all in honor of this week's two terrorism-themed films: "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" and "Iron Man 3."

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Radiolab

A Movie Made from Atoms

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Researchers used 5,000 individual atoms to create the world's smallest film...and in the process figure out how to store a helluva lot of data!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: William Friedkin

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Pioneering director William Friedkin was a guest on the show May 1, with guest host Anna Sale. He pointed out that on May 1, 1941, Orson Welles' masterpiece "Citizen Kane" opened. It's the film that made Friedkin want to become a filmmaker. He shared a few of his favorite things with us while he was here.

 

 

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