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Alex Gibney on 'Client 9' and the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Friday, November 12, 2010

From 1999 to 2006 he was Attorney General of the state of New York. In 2006, he won his bid for the New York governorship by one of the largest margins in state history. But in the spring of 2008, his name was best known for its involvement with prostitution. A documentary about Eliot Spitzer's meteoric career in politics, called “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” is out in limited release now.

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Movies on the Radio

Now Playing

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On this week's Movies on the Radio, host David Garland presents music from contemporary films now in theaters, making it clear that it's now a vital time for film music. We hear from The Social Network, Let Me In, Howl, and other films.

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The Takeaway

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps ... or Does It?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Today, one of the greatest screen villains of the past quarter century returns in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

This time, Gordon Gekko, again played by Michael Douglas, returns to the investment banking world just in time to see it crash and burn ... and of course, in time to benefit from it crashing and burning.

But while some fans of Gekko and "Wall Street" are thrilled with the prospect of a sequel, we’re more interested in knowing whether the movie is good, the facts accurate, and what we might learn from it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Samuel Maoz’s Film “Lebanon”

Friday, August 06, 2010

Samuel Maoz talks about writing and directing the film “Lebanon,” which is based on his own experiences as a 20-year-old Israeli soldier during the 1982 Lebanon war. The film brings us inside an Israeli tank during the first 24 hours of the invasion, restricting the action entirely to the tank’s interior and shows us the outside world, only as the four young soldiers inside see it. “Lebanon” opens August 6 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Landmark Sunshine.

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The Takeaway

Movies: 'The Other Guys,' 'Step Up 3D,' 'Twelve'

Friday, August 06, 2010

Several big movies open today, and Rafer Guzman, Takeaway contributor and Newsday film critic, gives us his take on what to catch in the theater and which ones to avoid.

 

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The Takeaway

Patricia Clarkson and Ruba Nadda on 'Cairo Time'

Friday, August 06, 2010

During the summer many people long for an old-school, old-fashioned romance. But for the most part, sweeping romances tend to feature people in their twenties or thirties, and those stories generally end with a white dress and walk down the aisle.

But in one movie this summer, the romance takes place between a man and a woman closer to fifty than twenty, and we know from the get-go that the likelihood of a marriage proposal at the end is highly unlikely - because the woman in the film is already married.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Marco Amenta's "The Sicilian Girl"

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Marco Amenta talks about his film “The Sicilian Girl,” based on the true story of Rita Atria, a 17-year-old Sicilian whose father and brother were both Mafia members (and victims). Rita breaks the vow of silence that rules that world. “The Sicilian Girl” is playing at Film Forum August 4–17.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek

Friday, July 30, 2010

Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek discuss their new movie, "Get Low," about a cantankerous recluse who stages his own memorial service while he’s still alive, so he can find out what everyone says about him. The two actors talk about the unexpected parallels of their lives and careers, and about working together for the first time on this film. “Get Low” opens Friday, July 30, at Lincoln Plaza cinemas and the Regal Union Square Theater.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ron Galella and Leon Gast on “Smash His Camera”

Friday, July 30, 2010

Legendary paparazzo Ron Galella and Oscar-winning director Leon Gast discuss the documentary “Smash His Camera,” which chronicles Galella’s career as a notorious guerrilla photographer. They’ll talk about Galella’s dogged pursuit of, and infamous battle with, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, among other celebrities. The film examines the nature of fame, the relationship between celebrities and their chroniclers, and the balance between privacy and freedom of the press. "Smash His Camera" is playing at Cinema Village.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ashley Judd

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Actress Ashley Judd talks about her career, growing up in a famous family, and about her latest dramatic role in in the new movie “Helen.” The movie is about a university professor who has a sudden, unexpected breakdown that sends her into severe depression. “Helen” opens July 30th at the Quad Cinema.

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The Takeaway

The Best and Worst Film Adaptations of Books

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What makes a film adaptation of a book work, and what makes it fail? The Takeaway talks with Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor of Essence magazine about why he believes some adaptations work better than others. We also chat with Ben Sherwood, author of "The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud," about watching his novel make the transition from page to screen.

What do you think? Which books made better movies?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rubén Blades on "Spoken Word"

Friday, July 23, 2010

Actor Rubén Blades discusses the film “Spoken Word,” directed by Victor Nunez.  It tells the story of Cruz, a poetry rock star who returns home when he learns his father is dying, and quickly falls back into his troubled former way of life. “Spoken Word” opens in New York July 23 at Big Cinemas Manhattan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Filmmaker Tamra Davis discusses her film “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” about the dramatic rise and fall of her late friend, the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died of a heroin overdose when he was just 25 and at the height of his career. Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic, talented painter whose rollercoaster life reflected the downtown scene he seemed to embody. “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” opens July 21 at Film Forum.

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The Takeaway

Fact and Fiction in 'Inception'

Friday, July 16, 2010

Today, the widely anticipated sci-fi thriller "Inception" hits movie theaters nationwide.

Directed by Christopher Nolan of “Memento” and “Dark Knight” fame, it’s been the source of buzz and speculation for months – despite the fact that most of us know only three things about the film:

  1. That it involves dreams or thoughts being stolen
  2. That it has a lot of special effects
  3. That it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hollywood on the Hudson

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Film historian Richard Koszarski and Ron Hutchinson, founder of the Vitaphone Project, an organization devoted to hunting down lost film shorts, talk about “Hollywood on the Hudson,” a festival of silent films and early talkies made in New York City. “Hollywood on the Hudson” is screening films Tuesdays, July 13-August 10, at Film Forum.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hands of Love

Thursday, June 17, 2010

David Were and Justus Ongera talk about the film “Hands of Love,” about Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya—where having access to simple facilities like a bathroom can be a matter of life and death—and the efforts to provide security, latrines, and clean-up projects. They’re joined by Jennifer Nedbalsky, coordinator of Human Rights Watch’s Youth Producing Change Program.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Vadim Jean’s “In the Land of the Free”

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Vadim Jean, director of "In the Land of the Free," along with Robert King , discuss the Angola 3—Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King—who’ve spent a combined century in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love”

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino discuss the film "I Am Love," written, co-produced, and directed by Guadagnino and starring and co-produced by Tilda Swinton.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Davoud Geramifard, Director of "Iran: Voices of the Unheard"

Monday, June 14, 2010

Filmmaker Davoud Geramifard discusses his film “Iran: Voices of the Unheard.” It’s an account of the ongoing political repression in Iran and the struggles of secular Iranians—both private and public.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Piece of Work

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers and filmmaker Ricki Stern discuss the documentary Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work.

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