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From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

Monday, February 09, 2015

Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was downright claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In the existential comedy Birdman, Keaton plays a washed up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame.

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All Things Considered

Korean Dictator, All-American Dad: One Actor's 'Very Unique Year'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

When Randall Park realized how important the sitcom Fresh Off The Boat was going to be, he got cold feet — until the real-life Eddie Huang talked him down. Then came the storm over The Interview.

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All Things Considered

100 Years Later, What's The Legacy Of 'Birth Of A Nation'?

Sunday, February 08, 2015

D.W. Griffith's film premiered in Los Angeles a century ago Sunday. In many ways, the movie — three hours of racist propaganda — was the beginning of Hollywood.

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What Do We Do 'In The Shadows?' Dishes, Mostly

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Jemaine Clement, famed Flight of the Conchords member, is now a vampire. He and co-star/director Taika Waititi play squabbling bloodsucker flatmates in the new mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.

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The Takeaway

'Jupiter Ascending,' 'Mr. Turner,' 'Lovesick,' 'Spongebob,' 'Seventh Son,' Movie Therapy & Sweatpants!

Friday, February 06, 2015

It's a jam-packed week at the Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen take on 'Jupiter Ascending,' 'Mr. Turner,' 'Lovesick,' 'Spongebob,' 'Seventh Son,' Movie Therapy & Sweatpants!
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Fresh Air

Second 'Spongebob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.

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Morning Edition

'Jupiter Ascending' Displays Wachowksi Siblings' Success, Weakness

Friday, February 06, 2015

If you know science fiction filmmaking, you know the name Wachowski. Siblings Larry and Lana Wachowski have been working in that field since The Matrix in 1999.

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'Ballet 422' Is A Dance Documentary Long On Art, Not Drama

Thursday, February 05, 2015

As the new film follows the story of arduous work behind a ballet premiere, it avoids divas and tempers and focuses on the collaborative work that produces art.

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Interplanetary Nonsense Signifies Nothing In 'Jupiter Ascending'

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Jupiter Ascending isn't even weird and ambitious and bad, like a lot of the Wachowskis' movies since The Matrix. It's just bad and bad and bad, like ... well, like bad things.

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'Losing Ground' Steps Forward At Lincoln Center

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The 1982 film Losing Ground, written and directed by Kathleen Collins, was one of the first features by an American black woman. More than 30 years later, it gets a theatrical run in New York.

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In 'The Voices,' The Dog And The Cat Talk, But The Film Says Little

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Director Marjane Satrapi is best-known for her graphic novel Persepolis. But her foray into the psyche of a regular Joe who ships toilets for a living and talks to pets goes a bit astray.

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Amy Pascal Out As Sony Pictures Chairman

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The studio said she will launch a new production venture within Sony. Her departure comes shortly after the studio was hit by a cyberattack — one that exposed employee data and Pascal's emails.

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Morning Edition

The Oscar Nominees Are In; The Shanghai DVD Sellers Are Stocking Up

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Academy Awards are coming this month and if you're still trying to see all the nominated films, it may be easier to find them in China than the U.S. As long as you don't mind the pirated version.

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All Things Considered

Sundance Festival Opens Doors For Minority Filmmakers

Monday, February 02, 2015

The festival has become a launching pad for emerging filmmakers of color who face challenges in historically white, male-dominated Hollywood.

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All Things Considered

Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

Saturday, January 31, 2015

While Deon Taylor was playing professional basketball in Germany, he had an epiphany: he wanted to make movies. The self-taught director's latest film, Supremacy, was released this Friday.

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Cumberbatch Wants Britain To Pardon Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Oscar-nominated star of the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game has joined actor and comedian Stephen Fry in calling for a blanket pardon of 49,000 men punished under long-defunct law.

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It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Awards season has offered NPR's Scott Simon the opportunity to reflect on the number of British actors playing Americans in films and television shows, and wonder where the American actors are.

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The Takeaway

'Black or White,' 'Project Almanac,' 'Song One,' Sweatpants & Movie Therapy

Friday, January 30, 2015

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen cover all the bases with new releases, Sweatpants picks, an interview, Movie Therapy, and, of course, Trivia!
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The Takeaway

Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, January 30, 2015

The co-hosts of The Movie Date Podcast, Rafer Guzman, a film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for The Takeaway, review "Black or White" and "Project Almanac."

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To See Visual Dazzle In Oscar-Nominated Films, Go Short

Friday, January 30, 2015

Oscar-nominated features tend to emphasize narrative over pure visual style. The nominated short films, however, are inventive and varied in their approach to cinema.

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