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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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Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin talks about his career in movies and how Hollywood changed to capture the paranoia and fear of a nation undergoing a cultural nervous breakdown. His long-awaited memoir The Friedkin Connection is about making the films The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To Live and Die in LA, from the 1960s to today.

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Inside Scientology, Looking at David Foster Wallace, Mary Pickford on Film, Temple Grandin on Autism Science

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On today’s show: We’re re-airing a conversation about the inner workings of the Church of Scientology with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright and a conversation with D. T. Max on how David Foster Wallace has become one of the most influential writers of his generation. Then we’ll take a look at Mary Pickford with film historian Christel Schmidt and piano accompanist Ben Model. And Temple Grandin talks about the latest scientific research about autism and how our understanding of the autism spectrum has grown.

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Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Christel Schmidt talks about Mary Pickford, cinema's first great star, along with Ben Model, piano accompanist. Schmidt is editor of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies, a collection of essays by film historians that sheds new light on this icon's incredible life and legacy. Pickford is revealed as a gifted actress, a philanthropist, and a savvy industry leader who fought for creative control of her films and ultimately became her own producer.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Pain and Gain,' 'The Big Wedding'

Friday, April 26, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk about why we should all aspire to the motto, "do be a doer," as opposed to "don't be a don'ter." They also discuss middle-aged sex, wedding hook-ups, and Chef Boyardee. Special guest Cate Contino Cowit gives her insights as well. It's all in honor of the new action-crime-comedy, "Pain and Gain" starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Anthony Mackie; and the romantic comedy, "The Big Wedding," starring Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, and Topher Grace.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Big Wedding' and 'Pain and Gain'

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, review this week's major releases. On the roster this week: the dysfunctional family comedy, “The Big Wedding” and the action-comedy-crime film "Pain and Gain." 

 

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Fishko Files

Films of '59

Thursday, April 25, 2013

WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back to the films of 1959. From romantic comedies to sword-and-sandal spectacles, the films of that year spoke volumes about what was happening off screen (produced in 2009).

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Actor Jim Parsons

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Actor Jim Parsons discusses his role on the hit television show “The Big Bang Theory,” and starring in the HBO version of “The Normal Heart.”

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MIchael Pollan, "Kon-Tiki," "Talley's Folly," and Selling NYC Parkland

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Michael Pollan has written about how our food is raised, grown and harvested. Today, he talks about how we cook, transforming those foods into dinner. Then, we’ll find out how the Oscar-winning documentary about the voyage of Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki” was made. Also Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson talk about starring in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folly.” And a look at the recent trend of selling of public parkland and historic sites to private developers, and what can be done to protect these spaces.

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"Kon-Tiki"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Olav Heyerdahl and Petter Skavlan discuss the film “Kon-Tiki,” based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning documentary of the same name. It tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer who crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, with five men, to prove that South Americans could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands in pre-Columbian times. They embarked on this 101 day-long journey across 4,300 miles, while reporting back via morse code, and the whole world was following. Olav Heyerdahl is Thor Heyerdahl’s grandson and Petter Skavlan is the screenwriter who wrote the script with Thor Heyerdahl. “Kon-Tiki” opens April 26 at the Paris Theatre and the Landmark Sunshine Cinema.

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Movie Date: 'The Company You Keep' and 'Oblivion'

Monday, April 22, 2013

This week's Movie Date podcast is arriving a few days late, as Kristen was dedicating all of last week's working hours to covering the news in Boston. But it's still packed with Rafer and Kristen freshness! On the chopping block: "The Company You Keep," a thriller about what happens when radical terrorists hit middle age; and "Oblivion," a sci-fi adventure about what happens when Tom Cruise refuses to mature beyond his "Top Gun" years. Thanks for your patience, Movie Daters!

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The Searchers, an American Legend

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Glenn Frankel tells the story behind “The Searchers.” In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches, raised by the tribe, and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years later she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and reunited with her white family. It’s become a foundational American tale and has inspired operas plays, and a novel by Alan LeMay, which was adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, “The Searchers,” directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. In The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, Frankel examines how the story has been shaped over time.

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The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ricky Jay, author, acclaimed actor and magician, talks about his career in magic. He’s the subject of the documentary “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay,” which traces the story of his achievement, from his early apprenticeship, beginning at age 4, with his grandfather Max Katz, as well as with Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, all of whom were among the best magicians of the 20th century. “Deceptive Practice” is playing at Film Forum April 17-30.

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Shuggie Otis; The Duke of Bachata; Tribeca Film Festival Preview

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In this episode: Shuggie Otis — singer, guitarist, and son of Johnny Otis — is best known for his song, “Strawberry Letter 23,” which became a slow-funk hit for The Brothers Johnson in 1977. Now, the reclusive musicians’ musician has returned with a new collection of never-before-heard songs called Wings of Love. He joins us to share them.

    Plus: The Dominican Republic’s so-called “Duke of Bachata,” Joan Soriano, joins us to play in our studio.

    And: We get a preview of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and its music-oriented films. 

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        Tribeca Film Festival's Music Offerings: From The National To Elaine Stritch

        Tuesday, April 16, 2013

        The Tribeca Film Festival, now in its twelfth year, kicks off Wednesday, April 17th. Genna Terranova, Director of Programming for Tribeca Film Festival, joins us to discuss some of the music-related offerings at the festival this year.

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        Fishing with John Lurie

        Monday, April 15, 2013

        Musician, actor, filmmaker, and artist John Lurie discusses his short-lived TV series, "Fishing with John," which he conceived, starred in, and directed.  He’ll also talk about his painting, a decade-long battle with Lyme disease and the controversial profile of him published in The New Yorker in 2010.

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        Music Your Parents Spoon-fed You; Cloud Cult; Derek Cianfrance On 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

        Monday, April 15, 2013

        In this episode: Your parents used to pick out your clothes – and your music, too. Contributor Faith Salie and listeners talk to their parents about cutting their teeth on disco, new wave and war documentary soundtracks as kids.

        Plus: Minnesota-based band Cloud Cult returns to our studio with their unique brand of Midwestern psychedelia and a new album called Love.

        And: Director Derek Cianfrance talks about the music in his new film “The Place Beyond the Pines,” starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper.

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        Debbie Reynolds

        Monday, April 15, 2013

        Debbie Reynolds sits down with Alec to look back on her over six decades in show business and talks about her big break in "Singing in the Rain."

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        Director Derek Cianfrance: Making A Film Is Like Making A Mixtape

        Monday, April 15, 2013

        The writer and director of Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines on his lifelong love affair with the work of Mike Patton, how music impacts his films, and his plans to write a musical.

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        Movie Date: '42' and 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

        Friday, April 12, 2013

        In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen debate whether the new movie "42" is the story of Jackie Robinson, the story of the integration of baseball, or another story all together. They also discuss the new film, "The Place Beyond the Pines," which stars Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Bradley Cooper as a bunch of sad people living extremely sad lives. Guess which one made Kristen cry? And guess which one helped Rafer teach his son an important lesson?

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