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Sunset Boulevard 2.0

Friday, August 27, 2010

This month marks the 60th anniversary of "Sunset Boulevard," the definitive movie about the intoxicating, deadly allure of fame. That got us thinking — what would this story look like if it took place in 2010, the age of Facebook, Twitter, and reality TV? Lucky for us, we ...

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Connie Britton

Friday, August 27, 2010

Emmy-nominated actress Connie Britton stars in one of the most realistic television portraits of family life ever. Fans and critics laud her pitch-perfect performance as Tami Taylor in "Friday Night Lights." So it's hard to believe she's ad-libbing most of the time. She tells Kurt that ...

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The Mechanics of Time Travel

Friday, August 20, 2010

Simon Wells is the great-grandson of H.G. Wells. He directed the 2002 film adaptation of his ancestor's classic novel, The Time Machine. Wells has very specific ideas about how a time machine should be designed — but David Goldberg says the time ...

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Aha Moment: "The Searchers"

Friday, July 16, 2010

Vito Acconci's work as an artist and architect often confuses the boundaries between public and private space. In 1964 Acconci saw a movie that would shape his career as an architect: John Ford's "The Searchers," starring John Wayne.

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The Kids Are All Right

Friday, July 09, 2010

Hollywood has never produced a realistic movie about lesbian parents — until now. In her new film "The Kids Are All Right," writer and director Lisa Cholodenko tells the story of two moms and their sperm donor. Cholodenko tells Kurt how she managed to make an accessible, touching ...

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Aha Moment: Pinocchio

Friday, July 02, 2010

Robert Braczyk has always been handy, working first as cabinetmaker and then as a sculptor for 25 years. But there was one profession he always wanted: Toymaker. And it all started with seeing Geppetto's workshop in Walt Disney's Pinocchio.

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William Kentridge

Friday, June 25, 2010

At 55, the white Jewish artist William Kentridge has a complicated relationship with apartheid. His film, "Ubu Tells the Truth," depicts atrocities committed by the South African security police in a surreal style. Kentridge aims to find "the narrow band between remembering and forgetting" that allows South Africans to deal with the past. Produced by Kara Oehler.

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Father-Son Film Club

Friday, June 11, 2010

When film critic David Gilmour's son Jesse was flunking out of school, he let him drop out - on the condition that Jesse would watch movies with him. In his memoir, The Film Club, David describes the curriculum he devised. Father and son tell Kurt ...

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The Terror Taboo

Friday, June 11, 2010

In the last decade, American movie studios have been skittish about building storylines around terrorism. Meanwhile in India, Bollywood has been making lots of films that depict the sensitive topic. WNYC's Arun Venugopal shows Kurt how Bollywood is doing something Hollywood won't.

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No Tell Motel

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thriller movies had been set in motels before but "Psycho" marked a major turning point. Studio 360's Jonathan Mitchell traces how motels have evolved on screen: from 1940s noir to kitschy B-movie horror.

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The Judgment of Psycho

Friday, June 11, 2010

Would you ever want to get inside Norman Bates' head? Ready or not, it's the subject of John Haskell's eerie short story "The Judgment of Psycho." Haskell imagines what might have been racing through Bates' mind as he transformed into a killer. Produced by Studio 360's ...

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Introducing Norman Bates

Friday, June 11, 2010

Throughout the 1950s, reports of sex crime and pathological murder rattled America. "Psycho" both exploits and "explains" one such murder, with a rather heavy-handed psychiatrist. But beyond the screeching violins and the risque shower scene, the movie's real legacy is that Hitchcock makes us care so much about ...

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Seeing Double

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mention "the shower scene" and everyone knows what you're talking about, even if they haven't seen "Psycho." Turns out the actress Janet Leigh was never completely nude for the filming. That silhouette behind the shower curtain was Playboy bunny Marli Renfro, Leigh's body double. Renfro ...

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Alfred Molina

Friday, May 28, 2010

In the Broadway production of "Red," Alfred Molina transforms himself into the abstract painter Mark Rothko. Molina told Kurt, "Someone said to me the other day, 'Your Rothko is so unlikeable.' And I remember thinking, well, great. That means I'm not pandering."

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Svet and the City

Friday, May 28, 2010

You can call Svetlana Maksimovoskaya an entrepreneurial Russian immigrant. But it might be easier to just call her madam. Kurt talks to the proprietor of the St. Petersburg House of Discreet Pleasure, who's now the star of a new series on HDNet called "Svetlana." (She's ...

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Sarah Jessica's Next Great Artist

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker tells Kurt about her passion for art, how much she admired the paintings of her late mother-in-law, and how that led her to create the reality series "Work of Art: the Next Great Artist" (premiering June 9th on Bravo). And last summer, during the series' ...

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Friday, May 28, 2010

Long before "Sex and the City" turned into a global pop culture phenomenon, Sarah Jessica Parker played little orphan Annie on Broadway and a frizzy-haired teenager on "Square Pegs." As the latest SATC movie opens this weekend, Parker tells Kurt about the career path ...

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Lost Without Lost?

Friday, May 21, 2010

ABC's "Lost" ends its phenomenally successful six-year run this week. Studio 360's Scott Blaszak isn't happy about it. He wrote a ballad to help express his pain.
AUDIO SLIDESHOW: The Ballad of Lost

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Martha Plimpton

Friday, May 14, 2010

Martha Plimpton may be the hardest working woman in show business, appearing in two television series after finishing a run on Broadway and selling out a cabaret show at Lincoln Center a few months ago. She's been on stage since she was eight years ...

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Zombie Nation

Friday, May 07, 2010

To make a convincing zombie, it's all in the pacing. George Romero invented the modern zombie with his 1968 film, "Night of the Living Dead," and he still likes them old-fashioned - slow-moving but hard to stop. But Ruben Fleischer, director of the ...

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