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Patti Smith

Friday, December 25, 2009

The "godmother of punk" started out in 1970s New York. But in "Dream of Life," a new POV documentary airing on PBS, Patti Smith shows sides of herself that the public rarely gets to see. Smith tells Kurt that it's also an account of ...

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Elementary, Dr. House

Friday, December 25, 2009

For six seasons, "House, M.D." has been diagnosing patients with the same reason, deduction, and flair that Holmes relied upon to solve crimes. And that's no accident. The show's creator David Shore tells Kurt that his series was originally conceived as a police procedural in a ...

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The 2,000 Year Old Man

Thursday, December 24, 2009

This 1961 comedy routine by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner is about a man so old, he once knew Jesus — personally — and dated Joan of Arc. Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner explain why "2000 Year-Old Man" will live forever.

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James Cameron

Friday, December 18, 2009

"I'm the king of the world!" James Cameron proclaimed upon accepting his best director Oscar for "Titanic." In 1997 it was the most technically ambitious (and lucrative) movie ever made. This week an even more titanic Cameron film is headed for theaters: "Avatar." ...

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Tim Burton At The MoMA

Friday, December 11, 2009

It's hard to keep your idiosyncrasies and still be a Hollywood success. From "Beetlejuice" to "Batman" to "Sweeney Todd," Burton's work is unmistakably personal. Dark, whimsical creations from his entire career fill several galleries at The Museum of Modern Art.

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Aha Moment: Filmmaker David Boyle

Friday, December 04, 2009

Take a Mormon from Utah, teach him Japanese, send him to Australia, and what do you get? For David Boyle, enough material for two feature films about the Japanese culture set both in the U.S. and Japan. In November, Boyle's latest movie, "White on Rice," ...

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The Swell Season

Friday, December 04, 2009

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova turned their serendipitous meeting, love story, and music making in Dublin into the movie "Once." They even won an Oscar for their songwriting. No longer together romantically, they still collaborate musically and they stopped by Studio 360 to perform songs from ...

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Up In The Air

Friday, December 04, 2009

The new movie "Up in the Air" tells a story tailor-made for our recessionary times. George Clooney plays a corporate grim reaper, whose job it is to fly to various cities and fire people. Director Jason Reitman ("Juno") based it on the 2001 ...

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Pedro Almodóvar

Friday, November 13, 2009

Since the 1980s, the filmmaker has been giving audiences a tragicomic view of Spanish life the world had never seen before. His new release "Broken Embraces" has all of the hallmarks of his greatest films: a complex structure, an underlying mystery, and Penelope Cruz. It tells the story ...

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Precious

Friday, November 13, 2009

Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe has been getting a lot of attention for her performance in the title role in the new film, Precious. Studio 360's Jenny Lawton finds out what it's like for Sidibe to ride this wave of acclaim for a part ...

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Bill Frisell Scores Buster Keaton

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bill Frisell Scores Buster Keaton

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Aha Moment: Optimus Prime

Friday, November 06, 2009

A child of the '80s, Scott Edward Nall never really grew out of "The Transformers" – the cartoon where robots changed into guns and planes. Transformers influenced Nall so much, that as a man, he decided to literally become one of his Transformer heroes and legally ...

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Waiting for Hockney

Friday, November 06, 2009

Billy Pappas spent eight years working on an intricate pencil drawing of a famous Marilyn Monroe photograph. The one person he hoped would appreciate his work was David Hockney. Kurt talks with Julie Checkoway, director of "Waiting for Hockney", which follows Pappas's pursuit. ...

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Horror School

Friday, October 30, 2009

At Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects School in Pennsylvania, it's not books the students are cracking open, but heads. A veteran of horror movies like "Friday the 13th," Savini teaches students how to make the disgusting riveting. Matthew Cavnar finds out ...

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Zombies

Friday, October 30, 2009

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. "I don't know if you're aware of the rift in the ...

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Aha Moment: A Bridge Between Cultures

Friday, October 09, 2009

Chie Sakakibara grew up in Japan but became fascinated with North American Indians after seeing them in the movie "Dances with Wolves." Her interest brought her to Alaska, as a student of cultural geography, where she continues to find connections between Inuit culture and her own. ...

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Aha Moment: TV On The North Slope

Friday, October 09, 2009

Filmmaker Andrew Okpeha MacLean is from an Inuit family in Barrow, Alaska. When TV was introduced to the North Slope, it began to decimate the Inupiaq language. Now he's making films that bring that language to the world beyond the Arctic. Produced by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch.

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Marvin Hamlisch

Friday, October 02, 2009

For his visit to Studio 360, Hamlisch sat behind the piano and conjured up the melodies from his long list of musical credits. He's the composer behind the musical "A Chorus Line" and the movie "The Sting" and his latest effort is the soundtrack ...

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Bonus Track: "The Sun is Down"

Friday, October 02, 2009

From the Plastic Ono Band's new album Between My Head and the Sky (Chimera Music).

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Diablo Cody

Friday, September 18, 2009

In the new movie "Jennifer's Body" a demonic high school cheerleader devours her male classmates. It's a horror movie with a comedic post-feminist twist. Its screenwriter, Diablo Cody, won an Oscar for 2007's "Juno," but she says this horror project was her dream script. ...

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