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Jeff Goldblum: The Podcast Version!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Download our conversation with the actor and jazz pianist, who stopped by our studio with his jazz band last week. 

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Michael Feinstein's American Pops

Pops at the Picture Show

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

At times, the star of the film is the score. Tuesday at 7PM, Feinstein features some of his favorite orchestral pieces originally written for film, which stand alone as concert works.

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WQXR Blog

Actress's Head, Cellist's Body Digitally Fused in Film 'If I Stay'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A new film raises one the perennial challenges actors face when playing classical musicians: how to look convincing in performance scenes.
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The Takeaway

Hollywood Film Icon Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A sultry actress and a true Hollywood film star, Lauren Bacaldied yesterday at the age of 89. Lauren Bacall was always the dreamer with a sexy voice, a fierce sense of determination, and an unforgettable style. 

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The Takeaway

The Fine Line Between Humor and Mental Illness

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams has become today's symbol of tortured comedic genius - and now a new generation of comedians are plucking the depths of despair for material. 

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Michael Feinstein's American Pops

Pops at the Picture Show

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sometimes the real star of the silver screen is the score. Wednesday night at 10, Michael Feinstein features some of his favorite orchestral pieces originally written for film, but that stand alone as concert works.

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The Takeaway

James Franco & Scott Haze on 'Child of God'

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lester Ballard, the protagonist of Cormac McCarthy's novel "Child Of God," is easy to hate. He's violent, he's morally corrupt, and he's into necrophilia. James Franco directed and co-wrote the new film adaption of the book, which stars actor Scott Haze

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Studio 360

Lucy Fixed Hollywood's Female Superhero Problem

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scarlett Johansson took a bunch of drugs, started using more of her brain, and beat up The Rock at the box office this weekend. 

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Take a Seat

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dangerous meals in four works by Henry Miller, Roald Dahl, Etgar Keret, and Robert Coover, with guest host Robert Sean Leonard

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Selected Shorts

Henry Miller in Hollywood

Friday, July 25, 2014

This reading by Joshua Malina of Henry Miller’s “Soiree in Hollywood” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Take a Seat,” hosted by Robert Sean Leonard.

 

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Studio 360

The Real Scientists of Hollywood

Friday, July 18, 2014

Every sci-fi film and TV show, no matter how cockamamie, needs a science advisor. Surprisingly, these scientists take the far-fetched scenarios cooked up by screenwriters seriously. Today’s real-life science, they point out, was yesterday’s laughable sci-fi.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lee Grant: 'I Said Yes to Everything'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The story of her life and career, from her breakout role as a teenager to being blacklisted to rebuilding her career and winning an Oscar for her role in "Shampoo."

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The Takeaway

Afghan Man Threatened After Saving Navy SEAL

Monday, June 30, 2014

An Afghan villager who risked his life to rescue Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, a man immortalized in the film "Lone Survivor" starring Mark Wahlberg, is now being hunted by the Taliban and is desperate for help.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Movie Musicals Matter

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A look at why "Singin' in the Rain," "The Sound of Music," and other movie musicals have become such a major part of our lives.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Friday, June 06, 2014

The legendary Hollywood raconteur talks about his life and the new documentary about it.

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On The Media

Hollywood on the Potomac

Friday, May 09, 2014

There are currently more than a dozen television shows set in or around the world of Washington, DC—dramas like Netflix's "House of Cards," comedies like HBO's "Veep," and thrillers like FX's "The Americans." Bob speaks with Grantland TV critic Andy Greenwald, and the creators of "Veep" and "House of Cards" about why Hollywood is shining a spotlight on DC.

And if you want to hear more about DC television, listen to this extended cut of Bob's interview with "Veep" creator Armando Iannucci.

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The Takeaway

'X-Men' & Out-of-Control Hollywood Culture

Friday, April 25, 2014

Director Bryan Singer has a new X-Men movie out soon, but the probable blockbuster will now be marred by controversy. Last week, a man sued Singer, alleging that  the director and other men repeatedly assaulted him as a teenager.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hollywood Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

Friday, March 28, 2014

Legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer released his first film in 1972, and since then he’s left an indelible mark on motion pictures and television. He’s produced the blockbusters Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop, The Rock, Con Air, Armageddon, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, as well as Flashdance, Dangerous Minds, Remember the Titans, Veronica Guerin, and Glory Road. He shares the stories behind his films and television shows and tells about his incredible career in Hollywood. He’s the subject of Michael Singer’s new book When Lightning Strikes: Four Decades of Filmmaking.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Robert Wagner Remembers Hollywood's Golden Age

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Actor Robert Wagner looks back at Hollywood’s golden age. In You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age Wagner revisits the houses, restaurants, and other haunts of Hollywood’s elite from the 1940s and 1950s, offering an intimate view of their lives on and off screen. He also discusses the business of Hollywood and its evolution from an industry once dominated by moguls to one run by agents, and examines the careers of his peers, carefully considering why some survived and others faded.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hollywood and World War II

Monday, March 03, 2014

Legendary directors John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens played major roles in World War II. We'll find out how their time in the armed services changed Hollywood, and how Hollywood, in turn, influenced the war.

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