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Guest Picks: Tony Walker

Friday, January 04, 2013

Tony Walker, one of the people who's the subject of Michael Apted's 7 Up series, was on the Lopate Show to discuss "56 Up," the 7th installment of the project. Apted has been following 14 men and women since the age of 7, checking in with them every 7 years. Tony is now a cab driver in London and he told us what he's been reading and listening to -- and his favorite comfort food, which is a classic.

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Guest Picks: Michael Apted

Friday, January 04, 2013

Filmmaker Michael Apted was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his film "56 Up," the latest installment in his "7 Up" series. He's been following 14 men and women since the age of 7, checking in with them every 7 years, and he was joined by Tony Walker, a member of the group who became a London cab driver. Apted also told us what he's been reading and watching in between.

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"56 Up"

Friday, January 04, 2013

Documentary filmmakerMichael Apted talks about the latest in his 7 Up series, "56 Up." Joining him is Tony Walker, one of the subjects who has been featured in the films since he was 7 years old.

 

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Penny Marshall on Film and Fame

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Penny Marshall, the director of "Big" and "A League of Their Own" and Laverne from "Laverne & Shirley," talks about her life and her career. Her memoir My Mother Was Nuts covers her life from her Bronx childhood to her breakout role on "The Odd Couple," her exploits in Hollywood, her friendships, and marriages. 

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Musical Journeys

Monday, December 24, 2012

We're replaying some favorite interviews from the year on this Christmas Eve. First, Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme talk about the new documentary “Neil Young Journeys.” Then, legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy reflects on his influential career and colorful life. Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast, about a young orphan who becomes a great chef. Then Kenny Rogers tells us about his life in music and his new memoir, Luck or Something Like It.

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Neil Young and Jonathan Demme on “Neil Young Journeys”

Monday, December 24, 2012

Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme talk about the documentary “Neil Young Journeys,” their third collaboration. It documents a drive Neil Young took in May 2011 from his hometown of Omemee, Ontario, to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall, where he performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. During the drive, Young recounted introspective stories from his youth to Demme, who wove these tales together with his music.
(Originally aired June 7, 2012)

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The Films of 2012 and the NY Film Critics Awards

Friday, December 21, 2012

The New York Film Critics Awards are on January 7, and we’ve invited three critics: John Anderson of Variety and Newsday; Richard Corliss of Time; and Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York and the current Chair of the NYFCC, to talk about their favorite films of the year, as well as some of the flops and box office surprises.

Let us know your favorite movies of the year!

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Nina Hoss on "Barbara"

Friday, December 21, 2012

Actress Nina Hoss talks about her new movie, “Barbara.” Set in East Germany in 1980, the film focuses on a young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country. “Barbara” opens on December 21 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Angelika Film Center.

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Round Up

Friday, December 21, 2012

On today’s show: Joshua Rothkopf, Richard Corliss, and John Anderson discuss some of this year’s award-winning films chosen by the New York Film Critics Circle. Jancis Robinson discusses what DNA tests have revealed about your favorite wine grapes. Actress Nina Hoss discusses “Barbara,” her new film about life in East Germany. Plus, our latest Please Explain continues our look into how to cope with stress.

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Judd Apatow

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Writer, producer, and director Judd Apatow talks about his career and his latest film, “This Is 40.” It stars his wife, Leslie Mann, and their two daughters, and is based on his own experiences as a husband and father. He'll also discuss writing and directing "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," and his role as a producer for comedies including “Anchorman” and “Bridesmaids,” and the HBO show "Girls." "This is 40" opens nationwide on December 25.

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What We Eat and What We Watch

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

On today’s show: We'll take a look at how well the Food and Drug Administration oversees food production and food safety with journalist Barry Estabrook and Peter Lehner, the executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Then writer, producer and director Judd Apatow talks about his latest film, “This Is 40.” It stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow’s wife, and their two kids. Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner will take your calls on the complexities of the English language.

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Soundcheck Smackdown: Holiday Movie Music Edition

Monday, December 17, 2012

The co-hosts of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast debate big versus small screen holiday movie music.

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Bright Stars

Thursday, December 13, 2012

We have a star-studded show today: Samuel L. Jackson talks about his career and his role in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained.” Then Harry Belafonte and Peter Coyote discuss an upcoming concert to benefit the Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who’s been imprisoned since the mid 1970s. And Ric Ocasek discusses his work with and beyond his iconic band The Cars. But first, Mark Bittman talks about food policy, seasonal dishes, and of course, how to cook everything.

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Samuel L. Jackson

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Actor Samuel L. Jackson talks about his career and about starring in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained.”

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Peter Ustinov Showcases Masterful Storytelling

Monday, December 10, 2012

WNYC

Peter Ustinov's appearance at this 1960 Books and Authors Luncheon showcases the multi-talented performer's skills as a raconteur and as a master of dialect, mimicry, and sound effects.

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The Central Park Five

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Sarah Burns and David McMahon, who produced, wrote, and directed the documentary “The Central Park Five,” along with filmmaker Ken Burns, talk about the film, about five young men who were wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park. The filmmakers are joined by Raymond Santana, one of the five men who is featured in the film. "The Central Park Five" is playing in NY at the IFC Film Center and at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and will be playing on demand December 7.

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Studio 360

Argo: From Classified CIA Files to Hollywood Movie

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The Scene: Los Angeles
From KCRW's The Business, hosted by Kim Masters

David Klawans is a little-known producer whose approach to finding true stories for Hollywood movies is reminiscent of a detective piecing together parts of a puzzle. Klawans discovered the true story of Argo back in the late 1990's when the CIA mission was first declassified by Clinton. ...

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Taxi Documentary Delivers Cabbie Grit and Wisdom (VIDEO)

Friday, November 30, 2012

To be a good taxi driver in New York, you have to look ahead and think ahead. "You see a garbage truck in the street, you don't go into that street. It will take you 20 minutes to get out of there, and time is money." Another tip: "When you get in an accident, don't panic... The less you say the better."

Those sagacious gems of advice to a new taxi driver are captured in a documentary from Weinstein Film Productions about life as a cabbie called "Drivers Wanted." The filmmakers hailed rides around the city to interview mechanics, owners, and fiesty office clerks in a long-established cab company in Queens, NY and deliver a deeper look at an iconic, and "slightly seedy" NY institution: the yellow cab.

The highlight of the film, at least based on the early tid bits we've seen, is “Spider” a 93 year-old cabbie who just retired. To drive 12 hours a day for 45 years you have to have an unusual relationship with the city's 6174 miles of road, and "Spider" does: "I love the traffic. The worse the traffic, the better I like it. It keeps me alert."

The film opens in NYC tonight and to wider release in the coming weeks. Find theaters here.

NYC residents you might want to head over to Re:Bar in Brooklyn tonight for a live event moderated by WNYC reporter, and occasional TN contributor Kathleen Horan. Taxi drivers, get in touch with Kathleen Horan for free entry. She's @KathleenHoran on Twitter.

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And meet Spider:

"Spider," now a spry 93, dispenses wisdom for the camera. He recently retired after 45 years as a taxi driver.

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Jack Black

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jack Black talks about his latest movie, “Bernie,” a black comedy based on a true story of a mortician in small-town Texas who strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow. He’ll also discuss his career in movies and music, and his band Tenacious D and its latest album, “Rize of the Fenix.

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Big Stars

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jack Black talks about his career in movies, music, and his latest role in the film "Bernie." Then Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum gives a glimpse behind the iron curtain, and reveals how communism took over Eastern Europe after WWII. And the great Tony Bennett shares the lessons he's learned over the course of his long career, working with everyone from Duke Ellington to Bill Evans to Lady Gaga.