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Paul Rudnick

Friday, September 11, 2009

The screenwriter (“In and Out”) and playwright (“I Hate Hamlet”) puts the colorful details of his life in his new memoir, I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey. As the original writer of “Sister Act,” he tells Kurt why the sight of Whoopi Goldberg ...

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Style and the Mad Man

Friday, September 04, 2009

Don Draper represents a version of masculinity a lot of guys today never knew. The fictional character played by John Hamm in AMC's "Mad Men," is a 1960s ad man who's serious, well-dressed, and secretive. Studio 360's Eric Molinsky tries to understand ...

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The September Issue

Friday, September 04, 2009

Filmmaker R.J. Cutler has covered politics and race -- now he's turned to another combustible topic: fashion. For "The September Issue," he goes behind the scenes at Vogue and watches its imperious editor Anna Wintour and her creative director Grace Coddington at work. Wintour "seems ...

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American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

Friday, August 28, 2009

Kurt Andersen follows the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discovers places in the Land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.

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The Class

Friday, August 21, 2009

Just out on DVD, "The Class" is French film that looks so real, you might think it's a documentary. The screenplay is based on a memoir by a teacher – who also stars in the movie. Sarah Elzas talked with the film's director,

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Five Years After Phoebe

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lisa Kudrow didn't start out wanting to be an actor: she studied sociobiology in college and wanted to become a researcher. Plans changed, and she spent ten years playing flighty Phoebe on "Friends." Over the years she became more like her character: "I lost a ...

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Godfather of Improv

Friday, August 14, 2009

Comedian Del Close rarely appeared on TV or in movies, but it was under his guidance that comedy superstars like Bill Murray, John Belushi, and Tina Fey learned the art of unflinching, uneasy humor. Ed Zareh sheds light on Close's unique gifts as a master teacher.

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Paul Giamatti

Friday, July 31, 2009

With "American Splendor" and "Sideways," Paul Giamatti perfected the role of the cranky, frustrated failure. In his new film "Cold Souls" he stars as an actor named Paul Giamatti who gets his soul removed to find relief from his oppressive emotions. ...

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Survey Says!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Nathan Austin isn't your typical poet: he gets his material – word for word – from TV. For two months, Austin transcribed answers given on "Family Feud" and alphabetized them for a new book called Survey Says! Produced by Sarah Campbell. Reading by WNYC's

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The Hurt Locker

Friday, July 24, 2009

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s new movie follows a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team around Baghdad in 2004, as the insurgency was cresting – and the tension doesn’t let up for a minute. Bigelow (who directed the cult surfer movie “Point Break”) tells Kurt that she cast unknown ...

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Andy Kaufman Comes of Age

Friday, July 10, 2009

Decades before Borat and Bruno, Andy Kaufman bewildered audiences with a blend of comedy and performance art that involved staying in character beyond the walls of the TV studio. Finally the world has caught up with Kaufman's genius. Eric Molinsky connects the dots. 

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Queer TV

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's been more than a decade since Ellen DeGeneres came out on her sitcom and "Will and Grace" premiered. So how is television doing with the portrayal of non-straight people in 2009? Comedian Judy Gold tries to answer that question and tells Kurt, "I want a show about ...

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Guillermo del Toro

Friday, June 19, 2009

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has a lot on his plate -- he's spending the next few years in New Zealand directing "The Hobbit" -- but he found time to co-author, with thriller writer Chuck Hogan, "The Strain," a novel about a plague of vampires. Demons, monsters, ...

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Sam Raimi

Friday, June 05, 2009

Kurt talks with filmmaker Sam Raimi about his new movie, "Drag Me to Hell." Best known for directing "Spiderman," Raimi's roots are in horror. He tells Kurt about the limitations of digital effects and the relationship between horror and comedy.

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Geoffrey Rush

Friday, June 05, 2009

He broke into Hollywood at age 45 with his Oscar-winning performance in 1996's "Shine." Since then, the Australian has starred in period pieces like "Elizabeth" and "Quills" and the summer blockbuster franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean." Now he's up for a Tony for his role in Eugène Ionesco's "Exit the ...

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Writing the Next "Wall Street"

Friday, June 05, 2009

Screenwriters are busy trying to figure out how to tell the story of our current economic collapse as entertainment. The cinematic gold standard for financial movies is still Oliver Stone's "Wall Street," from 1987. Matthew Cavnar spoke to some writers struggling to craft a "Wall Street" for our ...

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Harlan Ellison: A Kind of Twisted Fantasy

Friday, May 29, 2009

Don’t call him a science-fiction writer: Harlan Ellison considers himself the heir to Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and Jorge Luis Borges. As a writer of "speculative fiction," he has turned out hundreds of short stories over the last 50 years. He has also worked on ...

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Everything's Better in 3-D

Friday, May 22, 2009

The buzz in Hollywood is that 3-D isn't just a gimmick -- it's here to stay. But maybe it's not just for animated movies or action flicks. We have some "sneak previews" of 3-D movies in development that might surprise you. Studio 360's Eric Molinsky produced this satire.

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Why Yes, I Do Speak Klingon

Friday, May 22, 2009

Somehow the new Star Trek movie is managing to burn up the box office without a peep of Klingon -- the made-up language of villainous space warriors. The linguist Arika Okrent is a certified Klingon speaker. In her new book In the Land of Invented ...

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Aha Moment: Ghoulardi

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ghoulardi hosted late night broadcasts of old sci-fi and horror movies in Cleveland -- and he made a huge impression on 10-year-old David Thomas, who went on to found Cleveland's most notorious rock band, Pere Ubu. Produced by Adda Birnir.

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