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Meet the Real People Behind the Best Pictures: '12 Years a Slave'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

All this week on our "Real People / Best Pictures" series, we're looking at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and exploring the stories with people who are intimately connected with the films. "12 Years A Slave" tells the story of Solomon Northup, who was enslaved until he was eventually able to regain his freedom 12 years later. The film is based on Northup’s memoir, which was a bestseller during his time. Today we talk to Clayton Adams, the great-great-great-grandson of Solomon Northup. 

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The Takeaway

Sir Ian McKellen Discusses Life on Stage & Screen

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen stopped by The Greene Space at WNYC yesterday for a live lunchtime chat with a studio audience and our host John Hockenberry. He discussed his life and work in theater and on screen, from the Broadway stage play "Waiting for Godot," to X-Men and his friendship with Sir Patrick Stewart. Here you'll find selected audio and video clips of McKellen's interview, as well as a link to the full conversation.

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On The Media

BitTorrent's Public Image Campaign

Friday, February 07, 2014

BitTorrent is one of those classic "technology is neutral" pieces of software. There are people who are using the protocol in totally benign ways to share public domain and creative commons material, academic research, and more. But it is more notorious for being the protocol that powers a large part of the illegal file-sharing on the internet. The BitTorrent company is aware of its software's less than stellar reputation, and according to Variety, it is waging a PR campaign to win the hearts and minds of Hollywood.

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The Takeaway

Robots and Hollywood: Fact Vs. Fiction

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As scientists and technology companies begin developing robots and incorporating robotics technologies into our every day lives, will our Hollywood understanding ring true in reality?

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On The Media

G-Men

Friday, January 10, 2014

In recent years the FBI has faced increasing criticism over a series of high profile blunders, and this week's discovery of the identities of the 1971 Media burglars reminded us of some of the agency's more sinister activities. But despite all the negative coverage, the media has always had a soft spot for the G-Men. Brooke looks back on a piece from 2001 in light of these recent revelations. 

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The Takeaway

Hollywood Legend Peter O'Toole Dead at 81

Monday, December 16, 2013

Peter O'Toole, the Hollywood legend who was made famous in his title role in Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday at the age of 81. He was born in Ireland and raised in England, but he came to be known around the globe. "Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theater," said Irish President Michael Higgins. O'Toole's acting career began on stage in England as a teenager, later moving on to television roles in the 1950s and then the big screen. Today The Takeaway remembers Peter O'Toole.

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The Truth

The Memoirist

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Sex. Drugs. Fame. It's all in Hollywood actress Cecily Banks' scandalous new memoir. But will her homecoming be the real tell-all? Performed by Elana Fishbein, Matt Antonucci, Kevin Kiernan, Lauren Olson, Alessandro King, Sebastian Connelli, Blanche...

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On The Media

Syria Coverage, Nazi Collaborations with Hollywood, and More

Friday, September 06, 2013

The media's cautious coverage of Syria, a look inside the sordid world of Washington D.C., and the pact between Hollywood and Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

The Takeaway

Remembering Eydie Gorme

Monday, August 12, 2013

Eydie Gorme died yesterday at the age of 84 surrounded by her family in Las Vegas, the city where she and her husband Steve Lawrence performed so often and where they got married in 1957. She was famous as a crossover Latin American singer from the Tropicana days of the 1950's. John Hockenberry has this remembrance.

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Radiolab

MOVIE BLOOD: Jad & Robert Get a Tour

Friday, August 02, 2013

Fake movie blood is for-real gross -- when we paid a visit to a special effects studio for our Blood episode, our executive producer nearly passed out. If you've got a weak stomach, don't look at these delightfully gruesome photos from our trip.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lunches with Orson Welles

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Orson Welles and his friend the director Henry Jaglom, recorded conversations they had over lunch in the years before Welles died. The tapes were thought to be lost, but they've recently been discovered. Film historian Peter Biskind talks about what the conversations reveal.  My Lunches with Orson, edited by Biskind, presents Welles talking intimately, disclosing personal secrets, reflecting on the highs and lows of his career, the people he knew—FDR, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Laurence Olivier, David Selznick, Rita Hayworth, and more—and the many disappointments of his last years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Summer Movie Flops

Thursday, August 01, 2013

2013 may be remembered as the year of the flop. Six major movies have fallen far short of expectations already: After Earth, White House Down, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D, and Turbo. A. A. Dowd, film editor for The A.V. Club, discusses the box office disasters of the summer, and explains how the industry might try to avoid a similar string of flops in the future.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Doors' Drummer John Densmore; the True Story Behind "The Searchers"; a Life in the Movies; Aaron Neville

Friday, July 05, 2013

John Densmore talks about being the drummer in The Doors and the conflicts that grew along with the band’s success. We’ll look at how the story of Cynthia Ann Parker has inspired operas, plays, and John Ford’s classic movie “The Searchers.” New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells us about the life and career of her father Lyle Talbot, a star during the early days of Hollywood. Plus, Aaron Neville on the release of his latest recording “My True Story.”

The Leonard Lopate Show

Movies, Magic, and Memoir

Friday, July 05, 2013

New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot uses the life and career of her father, Lyle Talbot, an early Hollywood star, to tell the story of the rise of popular culture. The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century is a combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoir, conjures nostalgia for those earlier eras of 1910s and 1920s small-town America, and the 1930s and 1940s in Hollywood.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The New Abnormal in the Movie Business

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Veteran Hollywood producer Lynda Obst talks about how Hollywood has drastically transformed in the past decade. In Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business, she explains what has stalled the moviemaking machine, how studios dependency on foreign markets impacts the kind of movies that get made.

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The Takeaway

When the C.I.A. Gets Too Cozy with Hollywood

Friday, June 07, 2013

According to a report from the defense department that was made public on Wednesday, the C.I.A. disclosed the names of two special operations troops involved in the killing of Osama Bin Laden - specifically to “Zero Dark Thirty” screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow - and even arranged lunch with one of them.

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Features

Movie Date: Bad Oscars

Friday, February 15, 2013

We’re only a week away from Oscar weekend, and while the awards show is undeniably the biggest in Hollywood, it’s also considered the corniest, most overblown event – even by the biggest movie fans. How bad is it?

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On The Media

"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief"

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Church of Scientology has been notoriously unwelcoming of investigation into its inner workings, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has just released a new book that delves deep into the history and practices of the Church.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Movies, Magic, and Memoir

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot uses the life and career of her father, Lyle Talbot, an early Hollywood star, to tell the story of the rise of popular culture. The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century is a combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoir, conjures nostalgia for those earlier eras of 1910s and 1920s small-town America, and the 1930s and 1940s in Hollywood.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Close Watch

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On today’s show: Frontline producer Martin Smith describes his investigation into why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on what many argue is credible evidence of crimes on Wall Street. Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones,” about how robots are revolutionizing warfare. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells us about the life and career of her father Lyle Talbot, a star during the early days of Hollywood. Plus, Aaron Neville on the release of his latest recording “My True Story.”