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Debra Granik: “Winter’s Bone”

Friday, February 04, 2011

Even among this year’s Best Picture nominees for the Academy Award, there is nothing quite like "Winter's Bone" – a “rural noir” about a teenager making her way perilously through a community ravaged by the meth trade. Kurt talks with director Debra Granik about the film.

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Spark: More Stories About Stuff

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Ben Burtt, Stanley Kunitz, and Elizabeth Streb.

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Spark: More Stories About Childhood

Friday, January 28, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Chuck Close, Richard Ford, Mira Nair, and Richard Serra.

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Lisa Cholodenko

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hollywood never produced a realistic movie about lesbian parents — until 2010's "The Kids Are All Right." It tells the story of two moms and their sperm donor, and it's now up for several Oscars. Last summer the writer-director Lisa Cholodenko told Kurt how she managed to make an accessible, touching film out of what could have been an outsider art-house flick.

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Spark: Kurt & Julie Talk Childhood

Friday, January 28, 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 shares childhood stories from Chuck Close, Richard Ford, Mira Nair, and Richard Serra.

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

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Baitz's "Other Desert Cities"

Friday, January 28, 2011

In Jon Robin Baitz's new play, Other Desert Cities, a novelist returns home to her prominent California Republican parents with the manuscript of a new book — a memoir filled with very dirty laundry. Kurt talks to Baitz about how this combination of tension, comedy, and politics has become the playwright's specialty.

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Goodbye, Hollywood (and Good Riddance)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jon Robin Baitz was already a successful playwright when he went to Hollywood to create ABC's Brother's and Sisters. The show was a hit for Baitz, but turns out, the city was anything but: "It was a nightmare.  Just the fact that I came from New York and wrote sort of serious-ish plays, before I opened my mouth, there was a kind of trope going around the network already: 'We can't have any of the Baitzian angst.'''

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How Matt Damon Got to 30 Rock

Friday, January 07, 2011

This week, Matt Damon stops by the studio to talk about his career in movies – from his role as the windbag LaBeouf in 'True Grit' to his impressive improvised monologue in 'Saving Private Ryan.'  But one of our favorite appearances has to be his recent foray on NBC's '30 Rock.' He plays Liz Lemon's insecure pilot boyfriend who yearns to settle down for true love.

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Sofia Coppola

Friday, January 07, 2011

In Sofia Coppola's new movie "Somewhere," a movie star finds solace in a hotel. Set in Hollywood's Chateau Marmont, it's full of quiet moments where almost nothing is said. Coppola explains to Kurt why she believes silence can be more powerful than dialogue.

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Matt Damon

Friday, January 07, 2011

In the Coen Brothers’ film "True Grit," Matt Damon plays a Texas Ranger on the hunt for a killer. But the swagger stops there. "He's a total windbag," Damon admits about the character.

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Playing Doctor

Friday, December 10, 2010

Television drama has created the impression of an ideal world where decisions in hospitals are made quickly and cost is never an issue. It directly affects our expectations for treatment, according to Billy Goldberg, an emergency-room physician, and Joseph Turow, the author of Playing ...

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Movie Marketing Goes Awry

Friday, December 03, 2010

The biggest release of this holiday movie season is in trouble: nobody remembered to shoot it. A satire by Scott Blaszak, performed by James Babson and Jake Newton.

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New Films On The Cheap

Friday, October 29, 2010

Low-budget movies are hot in Hollywood right now and the young filmmakers behind them owe a lot to the Internet. Technology and social media are changing the way films are being made — and it's a much shorter path from YouTube to the big screen than you might think. Produced ...

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Pee-wee Herman Returns

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Pee-wee's Playhouse" was a surreal, campy Saturday morning kids TV show starring an enthusiastically nerdy man-boy with an infectious chuckle. Twenty years later, Pee-wee Herman is back with his gang from the Playhouse, this time on Broadway. Kurt asks

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Aha Moment: Cary Grant in “Holiday”

Friday, October 01, 2010

Carolita Johnson, a New Yorker cartoonist, was a teenager when she heard Cary Grant exclaim that the world was full of possibilities. "Holiday" set Carolita on a free-spirited, 13-year journey that changed her life.

Weigh in: Has a work of art changed your life?

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More with Moore

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ronald D. Moore talks about the constraints of writing for "Star Trek" and the need to break away when he reimagined "Battlestar Galactica." Two immediate changes: no captain's chair and no big view screen.

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Aha Moment: Star Trek

Friday, September 17, 2010

In college, Ronald D. Moore's Captain Kirk dorm room poster prompted teasing, but his passion for the original "Star Trek" has paid off. A few years ago he transformed the sci-fi TV genre when he reimagined the cheesy 1980s "Battlestar Galactica" into a gripping allegory for ...

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Southie Stories

Friday, September 03, 2010

Ben Affleck's new film "The Town" is the latest in a run of movies — from "Gone Baby Gone" to "The Departed" — set in working-class Boston. But Hollywood’s attempts to nail the accent drive real Bostonians, like author Dennis Lehane, nuts. ...

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More with Patti Smith

Friday, August 27, 2010

Our extended cut of Kurt's conversation with Patti Smith, including three things you didn’t know about the rock legend: 1) mother turned her on to poetry; 2) writes detective stories; 3) enthusiastic golfer.

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Patti Smith

Friday, August 27, 2010

The "godmother of punk" started out in 1970s New York. But in "Dream of Life," a POV documentary that aired on PBS and that's up for an Emmy this weekend, Patti Smith shows sides of herself that the public rarely gets to see. Smith tells Kurt ...

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