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Movie Date: "Monsters University", "World War Z", and "Before Midnight"

Friday, June 21, 2013

Moviegoers face no shortage of great movies to choose from this weekend: "Monsters University" is the prequel to Disney/Pixar's "Monsters, Inc."; Brad Pitt stars in "World War Z", a zombie apocalypse thriller; and "Before Midnight" is the third installation in Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy's love story. 

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Tracking Music And Film Taste

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Brian Whitman of The Echo Nest, a music data company, recently figured out how to predict movie fandom based on music fandom, and vice versa.

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Future Folk: Bluegrass From Undercover Aliens

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hear an interview and live session with the cast and writer-director of the new film The History Of Future Folk.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Fatal Assistance” and Post-Earthquake Haiti

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Award-winning Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck discusses the challenging, colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. His film “Fatal Assistance” is an indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism and looks at the complexity of the reconstruction process, the impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, and reveals the failures. “Fatal Assistance” is playing at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center June 19, at 6:30, and at IFC Center June 20, at 7:00 pm, as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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'The History of Future Folk'; Linking Film Taste With Music Taste; BeauSoleil’s Cajun Journey

Thursday, June 20, 2013

In this episode: In the new film The History of Future Folk, space aliens on a mission to invade earth instead fall in love with human music. The film's co-director and writer explains the story, and its two stars perform in alien spacesuits. (Watch the video).

Plus: It might sound like sci-fi, but computers can now figure out your movie preferences based on your music tastes. We find out how.

And: The undisputed kings of Cajun music, BeauSoleil — led by fiddler Michael Doucet — are back with a record unlike any they've done before. It’s called From Bamako to Carencro, and they’ll play some of it live.  

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    Greta Gerwig Wants 'Frances Ha' To Feel Like A Pop Song

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Gerwig discusses Frances Ha, the film’s music, and some of her favorite songs in her Pick Three.

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    World War Z's Innovative Score

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Composer Marco Beltrami developed a novel — and creepy — way of setting the tone for the score of the new film World War Z.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Guest Picks: Nellie McKay

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the soundtrack to "Downtown Express." She starred in the movie, along with Philippe Quint. Find out documentaries Nellie's been watching recently!

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    Guest Picks: Michael Bacon

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Michael Bacon was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently (along with Nellie McKay and Philippe Quint) to talk about the soundtrack for "Downtown Express." He was musical director on the film. He also told what he's a fan of -- and he's a fan of a lot of unexpected things. 

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    "The Attack"

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Ziad Doueiri discusses directing the film “The Attack,” an intense drama about an Israeli-Palestinian man whose life is shattered after discovering the secrets his wife has kept from him. The film is adapted from Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra's international bestselling novel The Attack. It opens June 21 at the Angelika Film Center and June 28 at Cinemas 1, 2 & 3.

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    Cyber-War; Two Films: "The Attack" and "My Afghanistan"; Bretton Woods

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Vanity Fair’s Michael Joseph Gross explains how America’s bid to stop the 20th-century threat of nuclear proliferation may have unleashed a unexpected 21st century threat—cyber-war! Then the director “The Attack” talks about the film, about a Israeli-Palestinian surgeon whose life is shattered after he discovers secrets his wife has kept from him. Plus, a powerful documentary from the forbidden zone of Afghanistan. And how a new geopolitical order was hatched at Bretton Woods, when representatives of 44 nations gathered there in July 1944.

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    “My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone”

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Director Nagieb Khaja talks about his documentary “My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone.” Khaja, a Danish journalist of Afghan origin, travels to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan, and gives people mobile phones equipped with cameras and asks them to film their daily lives, providing a rare glimpse into the war-torn existence of ordinary Afghans. “My Afghanistan” depicts how Afghans struggle to live in the constant shadow of violence. It’s playing at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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    New Movie Releases: 'This is the End,' 'Man of Steel'

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    Movie fans have two wide releases to choose from this weekend: "This is the End," an apocalyptic comedy directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; and Christopher Nolan's “Man of Steel”, a reboot of DC Comics hero Superman.

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    Scoring A Myth: Superman's Sonic History

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Before we hear some of Hans Zimmer's new score for the Superman film Man of Steel, we listen back to the heroic sounds of the superhero throughout the 20th century. 

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    "Twenty Feet from Stardom"

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Morgan Neville, director of “Twenty Feet from Stardom,”  a documentary about backup singers, talks about the film with Darlene Love and Merry Clayton, who are featured in it. The film features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Sting, to name a few. It opens June 14 at the Angelika and at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Theater at Lincoln Center.

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    New Movie Releases: "The Internship," "The Purge," "Much Ado About Nothing"

    Friday, June 07, 2013

    Movie fans have plenty of films to choose from this weekend. They include “The Internship,” a comedy reuniting Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as they take on an internship at Google; "The Purge," a thriller starring Ethan Hawke, where one day a year, all crime is legalized; and Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, a modern take on the Shakespeare play.

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    Guest Picks: Greta Gerwig

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    Greta Gerwig was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with director Noah Baumbach, to talk about co-writing and starring in the film "Frances Ha." She also told us that she's a fan of musical theater. Find out what else Greta's a fan of!

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    "Dirty Wars"

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley talk about the documentary “Dirty Wars.” Directed by Rowley, “Dirty Wars” follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill as he covers America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond. The film unfolds through Scahill’s investigation and personal journey as he chases down one of the most important stories of our time. "Dirty Wars" opens at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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    Marriage and the Movies

    Monday, June 03, 2013

    Film historian Jeanine Basinger discusses the history of marriages in movies and what they tell us about ourselves. In I Do and I Don’t she examines the many ways Hollywood has approached the subject, from Blondie and Dagwood to the couple in the Iranian film “A Separation,” and from Tracy and Hepburn to Coach and Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights.

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    New Movie Releases: 'Now You See Me' and 'After Earth'

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    In this week's look at new movies, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer discuss two highly anticipated wide releases: “After Earth,” a father and son survival movie, starring real father and son Will Smith and Jaden Smith; and “Now You See Me,” starring everyone from Michael Cain and Mark Ruffalo to Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher.

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