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Video Exclusive: Noah and the MegaFauna, "Until We Break Through"

Monday, July 02, 2012

After threatening to crash our studio via Twitter, the Los Angeles-based band Noah and the MegaFauna successfully paid us a visit (after being officially invited) on their most recent swing through New York. In addition to coming armed with a Soundcheck jingle, the band also laid down an exclusive new track.

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Jason Schwartzman

Friday, June 29, 2012

Jason Schwartzman talks about his career as an actor—from his debut in Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” to his role in Anderson’s latest movie, “Moonrise Kingdom.” He also talks about his life as a musician.

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Carole Bouquet on “Unforgivable”

Friday, June 29, 2012

Carole Bouquet, one of France's most acclaimed actresses, discusses her role in the film “Unforgivable,” directed by André Téchiné. Based on Philippe Djian's best-selling novel. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Venice, it tells the story of a successful crime novelist who meets and soon marries a woman with a mysterious past. It's playing at IFC Center.

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Features

Filmmaker and Writer Nora Ephron Has Died at 71

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Filmmaker, playwright and novelist Nora Ephron has died. She was 71 years old. The cause was acute myeloid leukemia. Watch clips from her most famous films.

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George Stevens, Jr. on the Great Moviemakers

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Writer, director, producer, and founder of the American Film Institute George Stevens, Jr. talks about the art of making movies. Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation features interviews with movie directors, producers, writers, actors, cameramen, composers, and editors.

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“Silenced Voices”

Monday, June 25, 2012

Beate Arnestad, director of “Silenced Voices,” and Sonali Samarasinghe, one of the film’s subjects, discuss the film, which tells the story of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was gunned down by eight men in broad daylight in Colombo. His wife, Sonali Samarasinghe, was forced to leave the country by the government. Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. According to official sources, nearly 25 journalists have been killed there since 1992, at least 10 of whom were targeted by suspected government or opposition Tamil Tiger forces. “Silenced Voices,” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

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“Welcome to Pine Hill”

Friday, June 22, 2012

Director Keith Miller talks about “Welcome to Pine Hill.” Straddling the worlds of fact and fiction, documentary and narrative, the film follows Shannon, a recently reformed drug dealer trying to change his life. “Welcome to Pine Hill” is playing as part of BAM Cinemafest.

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: 'Brave,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' 'To Rome With Love'

Friday, June 22, 2012

It’s Friday, when our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, review new movie releases. This weekend’s big ones include Pixar’s first female led-movie, "Brave," and the historic 3D horror film, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

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"Reportero"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Director Bernardo Ruiz talks about his documentary “Reportero,” which follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a newspaper based in Tijuana, one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Since the paper’s founding in 1980, two of the paper’s editors have been murdered and the founder viciously attacked. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its aggressive investigative reporting. “Reportero” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center June 21-23.

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Features

Watch | 5 Films about TV Nightly News Before 'The Newsroom' Premiere

Thursday, June 21, 2012

With the debut of "The Newsroom" just a few days away on HBO, WNYC decided to pull together a list of five other films set in and around TV newsrooms. Watch trailers here.

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Leading Film Critic Andrew Sarris has Died at 83

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Andrew Sarris, a leading movie critic during a golden age for reviewers who popularized the French reverence for directors and inspired debate about countless films and filmmakers, died Wednesday. He was 83.

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“Kumaré”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vikram Gandhi discusses making his film “Kumaré.” Starting out as a documentary about the yoga industry, Ghandi changed his tactics, creating an alter ego, growing his beard, dressing in robes and moving to Phoenix to become Kumaré, a wise guru from the East.  “Kumaré “ opens at the IFC Center on June 20.

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"Ikland"

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cevin Soling and David Hilbert, co-directors and creators of the award-winning non-fiction film “Ikland,” talk about the Ik tribe of Northern Uganda, once called the worst and most depraved beings on Earth. In 2006, Soling set out with a team of filmmakers to find and film the tribe in Uganda, and discovered that they were actually a community of compassionate people. “Ikland” is playing at the Quad Cinema.

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Features

Ethan Hawke: Most TV, Movies These Days Are ‘Incredibly Stupid’

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ethan Hawke said most television shows and movies today lack depth -- and that “people mock” actors if they attempt to use the discipline as a form of self expression.

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Ethan Hawke on "The Woman in the Fifth"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ethan Hawke discusses his role in the movie “The Woman in the Fifth,” a thriller about an American writer who moves to Paris and begins a romance with a mysterious and elegant widow. But things take a strange turn around him. "The Woman in the Fifth" opens at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and Village East Cinema.

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WNYC News

Sarah Jessica Parker: How to Prep for a Presidential Fundraiser

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sarah Jessica Parker said she is anxious about hosting Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for a swank, star-studded fundraiser in her West Village brownstone on Thursday evening.

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The Takeaway

The True Story Of Arizona's False Prophet

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Can a fake religion have the same effect as a real one? A new movie, billing itself as “the true story of a false prophet” asks just that. Cultivating a personal mythology and teaching and perfecting thick fresh-off-the-boat Indian accent, New Jersey-born filmmaker Vikram Gandhi grew a thick beard, put on orange robes, and set up shop in Arizona, where he quickly acquired a cult following.

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Features

Former 'Goodfellas' Gangster Henry Hill Dies in LA

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Henry Hill, who went from small-time gangster to big-time celebrity when his life as a mobster-turned-FBI informant became the basis for the Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas," died Tuesday. He was 69.

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"Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present"

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Performance artists Marina Abramovic speaks about her career and the documentary “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,” along with director Matthew Akers and producer/co-director Jeff Dupre. The documentary opens at Film Forum June 13, and will premiere on HBO on July 2.

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Neil Young and Jonathan Demme on “Neil Young Journeys”

Thursday, June 07, 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. “Neil Young Journeys” opens in New York June 29.

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