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About Lightning Edition

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Mike Pesca discuss the Iranian film About Elly, Gwyneth Paltrow's Goopy SNAP challenge, and movie trailers. Our sponsor this week is The Honest Company, featuring responsible and safe household products you can...

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The Takeaway

Becoming an Adult...Again

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Growing up is hard to do, especially when success comes early but doesn't pan out. Actor Nick Kroll and Director Ross Katz explore failing at adulthood in their film, "Adult Beginners."

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The Takeaway

A True Story About Identity Theft, Murder, and Lies

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A murderer on the FBI's Most Wanted List stole journalist Mike Finkel's identity. Now this true crime story is headed to the big screen.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Selma's 'Timeliness and Timelessness'

Friday, January 16, 2015

For copyright reasons, 'Selma' doesn't use MLK's exact words or speeches. So we asked a movie critic and a historian about how the film handles present and past context.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Best Movie You Saw This Year

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Academy Awards nominations came out this morning. But whatever. We want your own nominations. What's your favorite movie that came out this year?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

BL Weekend: The 'Rosewater' Story; John McCain; Mind-Changing Books

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Maziar Bahari, the man behind 'Rosewater'; Senator John McCain; and books that changed your mind.
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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Dracula Suite

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pianist Michael Riesman plays Philip Glass’s 'Dracula' score alongside a screening of the classic film, tonight at Morgan Library in Murray Hill.

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The Takeaway

Improvising with Jason Schwartzman

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Actor Jason Schwartzman talks about his new role in "Listen Up Philip," explains how director Wes Anderson has influenced his career, and improvises in The Takeaway studios.

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The Takeaway

James McAvoy on Filming Every Scene Two Ways

Friday, September 12, 2014

Calling "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" a film isn't exactly correct — it's more of an event. Actor James McAvoy tells us how he worked to create two points of view for every scene.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: A Musical, A Documentary, and Two Classic Re-Releases

Friday, September 05, 2014

Our Movie Date podcast team reviews “The Identical,” “Last Days in Vietnam” and the anniversary re-releases of "Forrest Gump" and "Ghostbusters."

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Precision of Language Edition

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On this week's Slate Culture Gabfest, Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest Dan Kois discuss the film The Giver, ironic misandry, and the makings of a memorable movie soundtrack.

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The Takeaway

Jesse Eisenberg's New Role: An Angry Environmental Terrorist

Friday, May 30, 2014

The actor talks about the challenge of his role in "Night Moves," opening this weekend. It also stars Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.

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The Takeaway

Teenage: Inside The Invention Adolescence

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Where did teenagers come from? During the end of the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th, a population that once went straight from childhood to adulthood now had another stage entirely.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a Movie: American Hustle

Monday, February 03, 2014

Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, talks about the real story of Camden Mayor Errichetti, who is the basis for one of the characters in the movie, American Hustle. Plus, Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, now airing on WNYC, offers a critic's take on the film.

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Soundcheck

'Frozen' Thawing Disney's Musical Deep Freeze

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Entertainment Weekly reporter Marc Snetiker explains why Frozen -- a hit at the box office and on the Billboard charts -- has been able to do what other recent Disney musicals haven't -- and what's ahead for the Frozen franchise.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a Movie: "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest (now airing on WNYC) and Elijah Wald, writer, musician and co-author of The Mayor of MacDougal Street (Da Capo Press, 2006), discuss the Coen brothers’ new movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" and take your calls on Greenwich Village back in the day.

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Soundcheck

CBGB, The Movie

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

CBGB -- the legendary club on the Bowery that closed its doors for good in 2006 -- is finding new life on the silver screen. A new movie simply called “CBGB” paints a grimy-yet-humorous portrait of the club's opening in the 1970s, as well as the concurrent advent of the punk scene in New York. The club's founder, Hilly Kristal, is played by Alan Rickman, and other key figures from the club's heyday -- from Blondie to Sting to Joey Ramone -- are represented as well. 

We talk with the film's director, Randall Miller, as well as Cheetah Chrome -- guitarist for the punk band The Dead Boys, who often played at CBGB and were managed by the club's owner, Hilly Kristal.

 

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Soundcheck

Lake Bell Finds Her Voice As The Star Of 'In A World...'

Thursday, September 05, 2013

In the new film "In A World..." screenwriter, director and actress Lake Bell offers a rare glimpse into the world of the movie trailer voiceover industry -- a field long dominated by men. The film, which blurs the line between fact and fiction, follows a vocal coach (played by Bell) who dreams of movie trailer stardom, and gets the chance to do so by following in the footsteps of real-life voiceover artist Don LaFontaine, who died in 2008. 

Bell joins us in studio to talk about her early interest in human voices, why she has a problem with the "sexy baby voice" that so many women use, and the reason it's so darn fun to say "in a world...." 

 

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The Takeaway

How to Make Money Selling Drugs

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"How to Make Money Selling Drugs" is a new documentary film written and directed by Matthew Cooke and produced in partnership with Bret Marcus and Adrian Grenier. The film, making its debut at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, styles itself as a "how to guide" to navigating through the gritty underworld of the drug trade, whilst exploring a greater political message on the failures of The War on Drugs. Adrian Grenier and Matthew Cooke join us today to discuss the film.

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The Takeaway

Jim Carrey Pulls Support For Kick-Ass 2 Movie

Monday, June 24, 2013

How do you get out of a movie you've already shot? That's the current dilemma for actor Jim Carey who announced he'll no longer support the film Kick-Ass 2, where he plays a leading role in the comic book sequel. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host of the Takeaway Movie Date podcast, joins us to discuss the film.

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