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Jodie Foster Directs 'The Beaver'

Friday, May 13, 2011

The new film The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, combines comedy and harrowing drama in a hybrid rarely seen at the movies. Gibson plays Walter Black, a deeply depressed businessman whose life has gone down the tubes. His luck starts changing when he discovers he can ...

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Osama bin Laden's Hollywood Ending

Friday, May 06, 2011

From the beginning it was like fiction.  The world’s most famous skyscrapers vaporized by two hijacked airliners.  The phrase you heard over and over again was: "it seemed just like a movie."  Yes, but the implausible opening sequence of a bad action movie — spectacular destruction orchestrated by a rich, ...

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Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Friday, April 29, 2011

It may just be the best use of 3D technology yet: to bring moviegoers to a place they will never, ever, be able to visit. That's what director Werner Herzog does with Cave of Forgotten Dreams. He tells Kurt Andersen how he came to film one of the most amazing discoveries of our time — the 30,000-year-old...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's Full Conversation with Werner Herzog

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360 Staff Pick: The Prince of Egypt

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In honor of Passover, it’s a good time revisit the 1998 animated film The Prince of Egypt. The story is familiar to everyone. Moses. Pharaoh. Parting of the Red Sea. But this version utilizes some of the best hand drawn animators, storyboard artists, and background designers of the time.

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Meek's Cutoff: Lost in the West

Friday, April 15, 2011

Horses, guns, wide open spaces, covered wagons, Indians. The new movie Meek's Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams, has all those elements, but it’s not a Western as we know them.  It’s far more realistic, and bleaker.  Three families traveling west ...

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Steven Soderbergh's Daily Diet

Monday, April 11, 2011

What Would Steven Soderbergh Do? We've got the Oscar-winning filmmaker's syllabus for making great work — plus a list of every movie, TV show, play, and book he consumed in the last year.

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The Book of Mormon Saves Broadway

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Book of Mormon is straight-up brilliant, by far the best new musical of the 21st century.

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Wretches & Jabberers Take Autism on the Road

Friday, April 01, 2011

Wretches & Jabberers follows two men with autism as they go on a global tour to raise awareness about the disorder.  It's a vivid portrait of their struggles which manages to be both gripping and entertaining.

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Jerry Weintraub Knows Hollywood

Friday, April 01, 2011

In the entertainment industry, everyone knows Jerry Weintraub, and Jerry knows everyone who matters. He discovered John Denver. He produced Oceans 11 (and 12 and 13) and more than a few Karate Kids – as well as Robert Altman’s Nashville. Before that he staged tours for Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan...

Bonus Track: Four Degrees of Jerry Weintraub

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Fringe Is Still On The Fringe

Friday, March 25, 2011

The science fiction show Fringe has just been renewed by Fox for a fourth season. Fans of Fringe, many of whom are TV critics or work in the entertainment industry, rejoiced.  It’s not easy for sci-fi shows to keep their momentum. They’re expensive to make, and the fan base is passionate but limited. So why care about Fringe?  At first, I didn’t.

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Randy Newman

Friday, March 25, 2011

If you’ve seen a Pixar movie in the last decade or so, chances are about even you heard Randy Newman singing. Newman composed the scores for Monsters, Inc, A Bug’s Life, Meet the Parents – and he recently won an Oscar for his song written for Toy Story 3. But another generation knew him as a cheerfully dark, satirical, folky singer-songwriter.

Bonus Track: Randy Newman performs "Potholes"

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Catherine Deneuve: The Queen of French Cinema

Friday, March 18, 2011

Catherine Deneuve became an international star in films like Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion. She still epitomizes a kind of continental classiness. Deneuve's now 67 and stars alongside Gérard Depardieu in the new comedy Potiche, a French ...

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Japan: The Imagination of Disaster

Friday, March 18, 2011

Last week, Japanese-American historian Bill Tsutsui found himself in Tokyo in the middle of the earthquake: “We were outside this hotel and the earth started moving.  And all of a sudden people started running out.  First just a few, but then wave after wave.  And after it was ...

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Steven Soderbergh Says Goodbye to Hollywood

Friday, March 11, 2011

In 1989, Steven Soderbergh helped launch the independent film movement with Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Box office success followed with the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Traffic, and Erin Brockovich. But the filmmaker tells Kurt Andersen that he's ready to retire from movie-directing.

Bonus Track: Extended cut of Kurt's conversation with Steven Soderbergh

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Inside the "Wizard of Oz" Prequel

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire may feel close to his Boston roots, but his next script will be set steps from the Yellow Brick Road.

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Charlie Sheen, Chuck Lorre, and the Dangers of Vanity (Cards)

Friday, February 25, 2011

If you’ve just tuned in for the implosion of CBS’s most successful comedy, “Two and a Half Men,” you may be wondering: who’s this Chuck Lorre fellow?

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Martha Plimpton: Growing Up On Stage

Friday, February 25, 2011

Martha Plimpton may be the hardest working woman in show business. In the last year she's had recurring roles in television series, had a run on Broadway, and sold out a cabaret show at Lincoln Center. Plimpton's been on stage since she was 8 years old, and she shares her thoughts on how that helped — or hindered — her growing up.

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American Icons: Television's Dallas

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Dallas" has been off the air for 20 years but it's still considered one of the most successful television shows in history. Studio 360 listener Laura Detre nominated “Dallas” on our American Icons website, and we liked her idea so much, we went to Southfork Ranch to understand how Dallas changed the way the world sees America.

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The Category is...Man vs. Machine

Friday, February 11, 2011

Meet Watson, the newest contestant on Jeopardy! Starting Monday, February 14, he’ll compete against the greatest Jeopardy! players of our generation. Did we mention that Watson is a supercomputer?

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Spark: Kurt & Julie Talk Materials

Friday, February 04, 2011

We're celebrating 360's first decade on the air with the publication of the book Spark: How Creativity Works, by long-time Studio 360 executive producer Julie Burstein. This week, Julie and Kurt talk about falling in love with the stuff you work with. Featuring stories from Elizabeth Streb, Stanley Kunitz and Ben Burtt.

(To hear our original full-length interviews with those artists go here.)

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