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David Milch

Friday, June 15, 2007

In the early 1980s, David Milch taught English literature at Yale. But then he submitted a script to the groundbreaking TV series Hill Street Blues. He went on to create NYPD Blue and HBO’s Deadwood. His new series, John from Cincinnati, premiered last week on HBO. Milch ...

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Jonathan Miller

Friday, May 11, 2007

In the 1960s, Jonathan Miller helped redefine funny as a member of the English comedy revue Beyond the Fringe. Now the comedian and opera director (oh and, by the way, neurologist and sculptor, too) is hosting a BBC series called A Brief History of Disbelief -- it ...

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Young American Bodies

Friday, May 11, 2007

It's got nudity, sex and love triangles, but Young American Bodies isn’t porn. It’s a soap opera posted on Nerve.com, complete with strong characters and twisty plot-lines. And it paints a pretty bright future for the video entertainment on the web, according to its newest fan, Sean ...

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Hot Fuzz

Friday, April 27, 2007

England still isn’t safe from filmmaker Edgar Wright. First it was invaded by zombies, in his cult hit Shaun of the Dead, and now by quick-on-the-draw super-cops. Hot Fuzz is a high-intensity Hollywood-style cop caper set in a quaint village. Kurt talks with Edgar and stars

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Destination: Omaha

Friday, April 13, 2007

Kurt heads back to his hometown. No longer just beef and Warren Buffett, Kurt finds a vibrant indie rock, film, and visual arts scene there. Artists, politicians and philanthropists – including filmmaker Alexander Payne and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst – tell us what makes Omaha so nice to come ...

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Mira Nair continued

Friday, March 16, 2007

For “The Namesake”’s edgy young protagonist, director Mira Nair cast Kal Penn, best known as Kumar in “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” She also put novelist Jhumpa Lahiri and more than 20 members of Lahiri’s family in small roles – after all, the original story ...

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Mira Nair's "The Namesake"

Friday, March 16, 2007

Director Mira Nair’s films take place all over the Indian diaspora – from the rough city streets of “Salaam Bombay” to the American Deep South in “Mississippi Masala.” Her latest film spans the distance from Calcutta to New York: “The Namesake” is about a young Indian couple ...

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Mogul Memos

Friday, March 16, 2007

David O. Selznick was a major Hollywood mogul, the producer of “Gone with the Wind” and “Spellbound.” He was also a workaholic micromanager who recited endless memos throughout the night. Selznick tried to dictate every detail – from the size of Rhett Butler’s collars to Alfred Hitchcock’s camera angles. ...

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Vive Le Samuel Jackson

Friday, March 09, 2007

When French moviegoers see Black Snake Moan, the voice they’ll hear as Samuel Jackson is Thierry Desroses, who has dubbed all of Jackson’s films into French since Pulp Fiction. Yes, including Snakes on a Plane. Overdubbing, he explains, is an exercise in losing your ego. Produced by ...

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Edward Scissorhands On Stage

Friday, March 02, 2007

With his new ballet, English choreographer Matthew Bourne brings Tim Burton’s 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands to the stage. For him, it’s a classic story about the American suburbs. Produced by Eric Molinsky.

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Edie

Friday, March 02, 2007

Today the public’s alternate fascination and disgust with celebrities continues to escalate with the spotlight on uninhibited baronesses and teen divas gone bad. Edie Sedgwick was a classy, well-bred young woman who became the muse for the fashion world, the literati and Andy Warhol’s Factory crowd. Many remember her as ...

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Ruthie Foster

Friday, March 02, 2007

Though she came from a home where Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke played on the stereo, Ruthie Foster built a robust musical career on the folk festival circuit. Kurt talks to Ruthie about her new album, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster, which brings the artist back to the ...

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Michel Gondry

Friday, March 02, 2007

It’s crazy the things we will do for love. Movie director Michel Gondry, for instance, claims his drive to create such achievements as The Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is fueled by his trouble finding a date. Produced by

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Battlestar Iraqtica

Friday, February 23, 2007

In the 1960s and 70s, Hollywood turned to the Western to depict the racial, moral, and military issues of the Vietnam War. Today, directors and screenwriters are again grappling with war indirectly, through genres like fantasy and science fiction. Critics Lisa Schwartzbaum and Laura Miller show ...

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Meet Cute

Friday, February 09, 2007

There’s something of a formula to Hollywood’s most successful romantic comedies – it includes a scene screenwriters call the “meet cute.” That’s when “boy meets girl,” often in a surprising, memorable way that could only lead to true love. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Casting with the Stars

Friday, February 02, 2007

Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins have been casting movies in Hollywood for over 25 years. Their casting decisions have helped launch the careers of hundreds of actors including Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts. They give us the rundown on how they match actors to ...

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Andy Kaufman Comes of Age

Friday, January 26, 2007

Andy Kaufman's blend of comedy and performance art involved making up strange, annoying characters and staying in character, even beyond the walls of the TV studio. His routines bewildered audiences in the '70s and '80s. But with performers like Sasha Baron Cohen, Stephen Colbert and Sarah Silverman, the world has ...

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Fog of War

Friday, January 12, 2007

There's been a lot of buzz around Clint Eastwood's recent directorial feat of making back to back World War II movies -- told from two distinct points of view. Flags of Our Fathers tells the story of the battle of Iwo Jima from the American perspective, and Letters from Iwo ...

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David Lynch

Friday, January 12, 2007

Kurt Andersen talks with director David Lynch about his latest movie, Inland Empire, and his book Catching the Big Fish, a surprisingly accessible little book about Transcendental Meditation.

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Morgan Freeman

Friday, December 15, 2006

Morgan Freeman is one of the most admired actors around—his deep warm voice has become cinematic shorthand for trusted authority and wisdom. In his latest film, 10 Items or Less, he plays a version of himself, but it's a washed up, much less successful version. Kurt spoke ...

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