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Musicians in Movies

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The music world has always had a special appeal to filmmakers, who've used musical fact and fiction to great advantage in countless movies; but, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files, it's a particular image of the musician that they've created...

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Soundcheck

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks Play Live; Free Concerts Guide; The National Are 'Mistaken For Strangers'

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In this episode: Stephen Malkmus has now released more music as a solo artist than he did with his influential former group, Pavement. Now, he and his band The Jicks have recently released their new album, Wig Out At Jagbags. Hear Malkmus and the Jicks play some of it live in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Summer has a way of really taking a chunk out of your bank account. But there's one thing you don't need to pay for this summer: live music. And in New York, free shows are happening all over the city practically every night from June to September. Patrick McNamara from the concert listings website Oh My Rockness shares some highlights to look forward to this summer.

And: Lead singer of The National Matt Berninger and his brother Tom talk about Tom’s new film Mistaken for Strangers. It started as a documentary about the band, but became a funny, unsparing look at living in the shadow of a rock-star brother.

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All Things Considered

Hits And Misses From Cannes Film Festival

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The annual Cannes Film Festival is underway. Audie Cornish talks with Xan Brooks, a writer for The Guardian, about his favorite movies so far. He also notes some of the festival's bombs.

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'Batman V Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Today, we learned the title of the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel, and we're really crossing our fingers that the whole thing is about the Rule Against Perpetuities.

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All Things Considered

Filmmaker Brings Light To Roma, Holocaust Victims Lost To History

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Filmmaker Aaron Yeger tells the story of Roma Holocaust victims in the documentary A People Uncounted, and he joins the program to explain more.

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Soundcheck

Coming Soon: The 'Epic Music' Of Movie Trailers

Monday, May 19, 2014

Yoav Goren composes the music for film trailers...which often doesn't appear in the film's actual score or soundtrack. He's coined the name "epic music" for this genre, and joins Soundcheck by phone to discuss what that means.

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'Fed Up' Portrays Obese Kids As Victims In A Sugar-Coated World

Monday, May 19, 2014

A new documentary argues that the food industry and government policies have pushed too much sugar on children and caused the childhood obesity epidemic. But the industry says society is to blame.

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Gordon Willis, Cinematographer Who Gave Woody Allen Films Their Look, Dies

Monday, May 19, 2014

He shot eight films with Woody Allen and was particularly known for his work on dark films of the 1970s, such as the Godfather series. Wills was dubbed the "Prince of Darkness" for his use of shadows.

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Soundcheck

Summer Jams; 'Epic Music' In Movie Trailers; Tokyo Police Club

Monday, May 19, 2014

In this episode: Memorial Day is a week off, so it’s time to start thinking summer. And every summer has its jams. Writer Rich Juzwiak asked his readers at Gawker: “What Will Your Summer Jams Be?” and got hundreds of responses; Juzwiak walks Soundcheck host John Schaefer through a few of them.

Then: Yoav Goren pioneered the genre of original Epic Music for blockbuster movie trailers. Despite almost never being used in the films themselves, Epic Music has a rapidly growing and fervent fan base and generates millions of plays on YouTube. Goren tells Soundcheck about the new “epic music” compilation Trailerhead: NU EPIQ.

And: The Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club has flirted with pop music before. Now they're going steady with it. Dance rhythms and big hooks fill their new album Forcefield, and they'll play an electric set in the Soundcheck studio.

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All Things Considered

What's In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla's Iconic Sound

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The roar in the 1954 original was the sound of a leather glove coated in pine-tar resin being dragged over a double bass. Each film since has tweaked the recipe.

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Director Bendjelloul Searched For Mysterious 'Sugar Man'

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul died this week. He's remembered in this rebroadcast of a 2012 interview with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Fresh Air

'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

Friday, May 16, 2014

In the Japanese original, he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb, but in later films he fought other giant monsters and even space aliens. The latest Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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Morning Edition

'Million Dollar Arm' Delivers Ball-Park Size Enjoyment

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lots of films are based on true stories, but film critic Kenneth Turan says Million Dollar Arm is especially endearing. The film stars Jon Hamm of Mad Men and is directed by Craig Gillespie.

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Morning Edition

Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

Friday, May 16, 2014

The film industry is using drones for movies and commercials, even though federal regulators are still working on rules that would permit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to make money.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Godzilla,' 'The Immigrant,' 'Million Dollar Arm,' and Special Guest Mark Ciardi

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the theme of immigration on film through three of this week's big releases: "The Immigrant," "Godzilla," and "Million Dollar Arm." They also talk with Mark Ciardi, who, in addition to being a former professional baseball player, is the producer of "Million Dollar Arm."

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Animator Ralph Bakshi On Four Decades Of Provocative Films And 'American Pop'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ralph Bakshi is one of the most innovative animators of the last five decades. Baski, whose work is the subject of a retrospective at BAM, talks about about the future of animation, his love of jazz, and his 1981 film American Pop.

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From The Traditions Of Melodrama, A Woman Of Resolve

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Immigrant is an echo of midcentury melodramas that have fallen out of fashion, but stars Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix make indelible impressions.

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In 'Horses Of God,' A Sprawling Slum Breeds A Violent Act

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The drama Horses Of God examines the path that two brothers follow from a life of poverty in Morocco to a suicide bombing.

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'Million Dollar Arm' Is A Sales Pitch In Search Of Stillness

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jon Hamm's riveting work on television relies heavily on stillness that is sadly not present in Million Dollar Arm, which casts him as a salesman of a different sort.

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'Godzilla' Brings The Spectacle Without Obscuring The Big Guy's Dark Past

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ian Buckwalter says that Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is a summer tentpole with some thought behind it — it's still a giant monster stomping around, but one with the capacity for a sigh of his own.

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