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"Liberal Arts"

Monday, September 10, 2012

Actors Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Radnor talk about the new film “Liberal Arts,” which Radnor wrote, directed, and stars in. It’s a lighthearted comedy, 30-something New Yorker Jesse visits his university, hoping recapture the glory days of his youth. When he meets the free-spirited, 19-year-old Zibby Jesse must decide whether to act on his feelings. “Liberal Arts” opens September 14 at the Landmark and IFC Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room"

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Diana Serra Cary, who is believed to be the last remaining major film star from Hollywood’s silent era and is the subject of the documentary “Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room,” joins us along with the film’s director, Vera Iwerebor. Peggy-Jean Montgomery was a hugely popular Hollywood star, earning $1,500,000 a year by the age of 6. But by the age of 11 her money had been stolen and squandered by her family. Six decades later, she reinvented herself as Diana Serra Cary, a film historian and advocate for laws protecting child performers. "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room" is screening at MOMA September 5-9.

 

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Oogieloves,' 'The Possession,' and 'Lawless'

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sometimes Rafer and Kristen hate movies. Sometimes they love movies. And sometimes they love movies in a way that other people hate them. This is one of those weeks. On the roster: 'Oogieloves,' 'The Possession,' and 'Lawless.'

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Little Birds

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Elgin James talks about writing and directing “Little Birds.” He’s also discus his journey from the foster care system to homeless teen to gang member to filmmaking. “Little Birds” is semi-autobiographical, and is about two 15-year-old girls who live on the shores of the Salton Sea and test the limits of their friendship when one follows the other in an escape to Los Angeles. The film is playing at the Angelika.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Elephant Hats and Cockentrice Edition

Saturday, August 25, 2012

On this week’s debut episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists preview the upcoming Republican National Convention, debate the usefulness of party conventions and discuss Todd Akin and Niall Ferguson’s anti-Obama Newsweek cover story. The Culture Gabfest assesses whether Singin’ in the Rain holds up after 60 years, the state of food and cooking reality shows, and debate whether book criticism has become too nice.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"True Wolf"

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rob Whitehair, director the documentary “True Wolf,” is joined by Bruce Weide and Pat Tucker, who adopted an abandoned wolf pup. The film is an account of how the couple and their dog came to live with a wolf, facing dangers, sharing adventures, and forming unbreakable bonds. “True Wolf” opens at Cinema Village August 17.

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Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia on "Sleepwalk with Me"

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia discuss collaborating on the new movie “Sleepwalk with Me.” The film was written, directed by, and stars Mike Birbiglia, and it’s based on his one-man show and “This American Life” stories about his adventures with sleep disturbances and relationship upheaval. "Sleepwalk with Me" opens August 24 at the IFC Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Learning with the Lights Off

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dan Streible, Devin Orgeron, and Marsha Orgeron discuss how educational films, the influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people, reveal 20th century preoccupations and values. Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States is a collection of essays that address the role of educational films inside and outside the classroom.

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Frank Langella on "Robot and Frank"

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Frank Langella talks about his new film, “Robot and Frank.” Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone, so his son he him Frank a humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. “Robot and Frank” opens August 17 at the Paris Theater and the Angelika Film Center.

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Marjane Satrapi on "Chicken with Plums"

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Marjane Satrapi discusses writing and co-directing the new film “Chicken with Plums,” based on her graphic novel of the same name. The story begins in Teheran in 1958, when renowned musician Nasser Ali Khan has lost the will to live since his violin has been destroyed. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed and wait for death. Through the film a poignant secret of his life comes to light, a story of love that inspired his genius and his music. “Chicken with Plums” opens August 17 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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Here's The Thing

Anthony Baxter and Dylan Avery

Monday, August 13, 2012

Anthony Baxter and Dylan Avery are responsible for two controversial political films: one about a golf course in Scotland and the other about whether 9/11 was a government cover-up. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Spike Lee

Friday, August 10, 2012

Spike Lee talks about his career as a filmmaker, and working with guest host John Turturro in the films “Do the Right Thing,” and “Jungle Fever,” among others. And he’ll talk about his new film “Red Hook Summer,” the latest in Spike Lee’s chronicles of Brooklyn. It’s about a young boy who spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook. "Red Hook Summer" opens August 10 at Landmark Sunshine, AMC Empire, AMC Magic Johnson Harlem, and BAM Rose Cinemas.

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Rashida Jones

Monday, August 06, 2012

Rashida Jones talks about co-writing and starring in the new film “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” about a married couple who try to remain best friends when they break up, and also stars Andy Samberg. She’ll also talk about her roles on the NBC comedies “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.”

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The Takeaway

Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' Named the Greatest Movie of All Time

Friday, August 03, 2012

Every ten years, the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine polls nearly one thousand international film critics to find out what they consider the greatest movie of all time. For the past 50 years, the answer has always been the same: "Citizen Kane.” But this week, that changed.

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Radiolab

Ringmaster to the Rainbow

Friday, July 27, 2012

Latif Nasser introduces us to a pioneering figure with a complicated legacy -- a woman named Natalie Kalmus who made her mark in Hollywood by  doing everything in her power to become the "ringmaster to the rainbow."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Searching for Sugar Man

Friday, July 27, 2012

Filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul and singer/songwriter Rodriguez talk about the film “Searching for Sugar Man.” Despite critical praise, Rodriguez’s albums bombed in the U.S., and he faded into obscurity in this country, but when a bootleg copy of his album made its way to apartheid South Africa, it resonated with the youth protest movement there. Decades later, two intrepid fans decide to investigate whatever happened to the mysterious musician, and they uncover an unbelievable true story of success, obscurity, politics, and the power of music. "Searching for Sugar Man" opens July 27 at Angelika and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Friday, July 27, 2012

Director Alison Klayman discusses her documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” an up-close look at renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei and his ongoing battle with the Chinese government. Ai Weiwei is China's most celebrated contemporary artist, who helped design Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai has become a kind of Internet champion, using his blog and Twitter stream to organize, inform, and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens. “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” opens July 27 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and IFC Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Salute to Gene Kelly

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Gene Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, discusses the Film Society of Lincoln Center's special 23-film salute to the great dancer/choreographer, “Invitation to the Dance: Gene Kelly.” The series runs July 13–26 and explores Gene Kelly’s role in creating a particularly American dance form and his innovative use of cinematography, choreography, and animation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“The Queen of Versailles"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Director Lauren Greenfield talks about her new documentary “The Queen of Versailles,” about Jackie and David Siegel, who start building the biggest house in America—a 90,000 sq. ft. mega-mansion, but their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters in the wake of the economic crisis. “The Queen of Versailles” opens July 20 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and the Angelika Film Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Farewell My Queen”

Friday, July 13, 2012

Director Benoit Jacquot discusses “Farewell My Queen,” along with Diane Kruger, who plays Marie Antoinette in the film. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, it captures the final days of the court of Marie Antoinette, just before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. “Farewell My Queen” opens July 13 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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