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The Oscar Nominations: Surprising, Exciting (and Very White)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder once sang that there's good and bad in everyone. And that applies to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as much as it does to the rest of us. When I tuned in to this morning's Oscar nominations announcement, I kept this in mind.

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Oscars: 'The King's Speech,' 'Black Swan,' 'Toy Story 3,' Among Best Picture Nominees

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"True Grit," "Inception," "The Kids are All Right" and "Toy Story 3" get Oscar nods. Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer takes us through the Oscar nominees. The full list is after the jump.

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Features

Vote For Your Favorite Oscar Nominee!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Who do you want to win in this year's Academy Awards? Please let us know by voting below for your picks in some of the top categories.

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Features

Study Finds Arts in America Are Ailing

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A new report from the National Arts Index reported that the vitalty of the arts in the U.S. has reached a 12-year low. However, NYC arts groups have found signs of hope.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Paprika Steen on "Applause"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Scandinavian actress Paprika Steen discusses her role in the film “Applause.” She plays Thea, a stage actress and recovering alcoholic seeking to regain control over her life while reconnecting with her two young sons. Her intense struggle occurs while she’s starring as Martha in a stage production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a role that Steen famously enacted on the Danish stage. "Applause" opens January 21 at Angelika Film Center and Village East Cinema.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Atlantic Crossing

Friday, January 21, 2011

Oceanographer Scott Glenn and Dena Seidel, Director of Digital Storytelling for Writers House, Rutgers English and producer of the film “Atlantic Crossing,” talk about the Glen’s adventure: leading a team of Rutgers ocean scientists to launch the first transatlantic autonomous underwater robot. The film tells the story of the 8-foot yellow robot named RU27, or "Scarlet," which was launched off the coast of New Jersey into the Atlantic, and the challenges it faces—extreme weather conditions, ship traffic, and aggressive sea life.

http://wh.rutgers.edu/collaborations/atlantic-crossing

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Movie Date: How 'No Strings Attached' Works in Real Life

Friday, January 21, 2011

Whenever Kristen and Rafer watch a movie together, they keep their opinions a secret from each other until the podcast. But that's hard when they bring along their friends, as they did with this weekend's big movie, "No Strings Attached," starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The friend Kristen brought is in a real "friends with benefits" situation and Kristen talks about how the movie's story compares with her real life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Toy Story 3

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lee Unkrich talks about the challenges of directing “Toy Story 3” the third film in the series of extremely popular, commercially successful animated Pixar films.

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The Takeaway

Movie Stars Laugh and Squirm as Ricky Gervais Hosts Golden Globes

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ricky Gervais, why don't you host every awards show from now on? Every single one. I don't care if it's the Oscars or the Employee of the Month awards at Wal-Mart. I think it would make life a little sweeter, even if we were cringing the whole time.

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Movie Date: Who Should Win The Golden Globes?

Friday, January 14, 2011

This Sunday, awards season officially kicks off with The 68th Annual Golden Globes. Will "The Social Network" beat "The King's Speech"? Can Natalie Portman trump Michelle Williams? Kristen and Rafer debate who they think will win and should win.

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Golden Globes Preview: From Red Carpet to Acceptance Speech

Friday, January 14, 2011

This Sunday, awards season officially kicks off with The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. eastern time on NBC. Also known as the happiest awards show in Hollywood, the Globes is an event where alcohol is served throughout the night, TV stars and movie stars mingle, and comedies and dramas are given equal recognition. But in addition to the misbehaving, winning, and losing, what else should we be keeping our eyes on at this year’s ceremony?

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The Takeaway

How to Predict the Golden Globes Awards

Friday, January 14, 2011

When it comes to the Golden Globes, there are certain bets you can place that you're more or less guaranteed to win.

For example, want to bet that at least one person will stumble onto the stage with a drink in hand? Sure, especially if there's money on it. Want to wager that the camera will pan over to Jennifer Aniston whenever Brad Pitt is on stage? Well, that's a gimme.

But what about wagers that are less obvious — about winners and losers and predictors for the Oscars? I have some tips that might help you out.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Barney's Version"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Director Richard J. Lewis and actress Rosamund Pike discuss the new film “Barney’s Version.” The film tells the story of Barney Panofsky, who leads a politically incorrect life and who meets the love of his life at his wedding—but she's not the bride. The film spans three decades and two continents, taking us through Barney's unusual history and his three marriages. “Barney’s Version” opens in New York January 14 at Union Square and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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Studio 360

How Matt Damon Got to 30 Rock

Friday, January 07, 2011

This week, Matt Damon stops by the studio to talk about his career in movies – from his role as the windbag LaBeouf in 'True Grit' to his impressive improvised monologue in 'Saving Private Ryan.'  But one of our favorite appearances has to be his recent foray on NBC's '30 Rock.' He plays Liz Lemon's insecure pilot boyfriend who yearns to settle down for true love.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Can Actors Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

The new backstage celebrity drama "Country Strong" hits theaters Friday, and the big question on everyone's mind is, can Gwyneth Paltrow actually sing?

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The Takeaway

'Country Strong': Can Gwyneth Paltrow Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

This week’s big movie opening is a back-stage country music drama called "Country Strong." It stars Gwyneth Paltrow as hugely popular country singer named Kelly Cantor. Kelly is battling alcoholism, competition from a younger singer, low self esteem, and a fractured relationship with her husband and manager played by Tim McGraw. The big question, of course, is: Does Paltrow give a convincing performance as a country music star? And for that matter, is it ever a good idea for actors to sing in their movies?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Steve Martin on An Object of Beauty

Friday, December 31, 2010

Legendary writer, actor, and performer Steve Martin talks about his long and varied career, his many talents, and his latest novel. An Object of Beauty tells the story of an ambitious woman climbing through New York’s social and art world.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 2011 Film Resolutions, What We'll See and Not See

Friday, December 31, 2010

Highlights include a discussion about Mel Gibson's new puppet movie, a disagreement over Russell Brand and thoughts on the new "Green Lantern."

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The Takeaway

Ryan Gosling on 'Blue Valentine'

Friday, December 31, 2010

The American film industry never seems to grow tired of portraying young lovers as they meet, fall in love, and get married before settling into an imaginary "happily ever after." But what they almost never present us with is the reality of marriage over time, of the toll that child-rearing, boredom and familiarity can take on a couple in the years after they first see each other across a crowded room. The just-released film, “Blue Valentine,” attempts to tackle these issues.

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Colin Goddard: Living for 32

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Colin Goddard, survivor of the shooting at Virginia Tech, who is now an advocate with the Brady Campaign talks about his experience. He was the one to call 911 from the classroom and was one of the few to survive. He discusses the documentary “Living for 32,” in which he’s featured.

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