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To Be or Not To Be Burton

Friday, November 23, 2007

For 10 years, the actor Scott Shepherd dreamed of playing Hamlet. He got his chance in a highly experimental “duet,” reciting Richard Burton’s lines, and moving Burton’s moves, while the 1964 film plays behind him. But he doesn’t like his co-star.

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Haynes on Dylan

Friday, November 23, 2007

Bob Dylan has spent a lifetime concocting the mythology of Bob Dylan. Now the filmmaker Todd Haynes is adding another layer. In I’m Not There he splits Dylan into six different characters, played by six different actors. Haynes told Kurt it was ...

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Ang Lee

Friday, November 16, 2007

The director Ang Lee's new film, Lust, Caution, is set in World War II Shanghai, occupied by Japan. As if a Chinese movie by a Taiwanese director wasn’t edgy enough, the film is so erotic it made Lee himself intensely uncomfortable. Kurt talks with Lee ...

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Southie Stories

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, opens this week. It’s set in a rough-and-tumble Irish neighborhood in Boston -– the same setting as Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky looks into why his hometown of ...

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Mira Nair

Saturday, October 13, 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 most recent film spans the distance from Calcutta to New York:
The ...

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TV's Fall Fantasy

Friday, October 05, 2007

Riding the coattails of hits like Lost and Heroes, this season’s glut of TV is heavy on the fantasy -– with shows featuring vampires, ghosts, time travel, and fembots. Kurt chats with playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick about the supernatural zeitgeist.

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In Orbit Over Levittown

Friday, October 05, 2007

On the evening of October 4th 1957, when David Hoffman was 13 years old, his family and all their neighbors walked outside to peer up at the night sky. Now a filmmaker, he has made a documentary called Sputnik Mania that reflects on his passion for space. ...

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Into the Wild

Friday, September 14, 2007

In 1990 Chris McCandless was just out of college. He decided to sell all his possessions, donate the money to charity, then hitchhike to Alaska to live alone in the wilderness. Jon Krakauer’s account of McCandless life and death was the bestseller Into the Wild. This week it ...

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Battlestar Iraqtica

Friday, September 07, 2007

Though Hollywood was slow to portray the war in theatrical features, now a whole batch of Iraq movies are set to come out –- including Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah. But as cultural critic Laura Miller tells us, one of the first, most surprising attempts to deal ...

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Vive le Samuel L. Jackson

Friday, September 07, 2007

In France, the actor Thierry Desroses has a healthy side career dubbing nearly every movie where Samuel L. Jackson appears, like this year’s Black Snake Moan. Dersoses tells us what it takes to be an overdubbeur extraordinaire. Produced by Sarah Elzas.

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Terence Blanchard

Friday, August 31, 2007

One of many wrenching scenes in Spike Lee’s documentary When the Levees Broke is a man bringing his mother back to the horrible ruin of her home. The man is Terence Blanchard, a trumpeter and band leader. He also wrote the music for Spike Lee’s ...

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Ethan Hawke

Friday, August 17, 2007

The film The Hottest State -- written and directed by actor Ethan Hawke -- opens next weekend. It’s based on a novel Hawke wrote in 1996, about an aspiring actor (not unlike himself) who finds love, loses it, then tries to pick up the pieces. ...

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Aha Moment: Eraserhead

Friday, August 17, 2007

You might know the band Wall of Voodoo from their oddball hit music video "Mexican Radio." The group's lead singer, Stan Ridgway, says that silly bit of 80s pop was inspired by Eraserhead, David Lynch’s totally creepy experimental movie. Produced by

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American Icons: Gone With the Wind

Friday, August 10, 2007

A look at how the racial politics of Gone with the Wind play out today, and why the story still speaks to readers and viewers.

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Aha Moment: Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

Friday, July 20, 2007

When Richard Rifkind was a kid, Hollywood made dramatic biopics about scientific pioneers like Paul Erlich, who invented an early cure for syphilis -- impressive men with impressive beards and German accents. Rifkind became a scientist himself, a leading cancer researcher. His treatment for lymphoma, 40 years ...

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Miloš Forman

Friday, July 20, 2007

Milos Forman, The director of “Hair,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” “Man on the Moon,” and other classic movies about misfits, talks with Kurt about his new film, “Goya's Ghosts.” It's about the life and times of Francisco Goya, whom Forman calls "the most courageous coward" ...

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Miranda July

Friday, July 13, 2007

In 2005, if you were lucky enough to catch her quirky and beautiful indie movie called "Me and You and Everyone We Know," you know that Miranda July (who wrote, directed, and starred in the film) is a huge talent. And she has just published a book ...

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Alexandra Patsavas

Friday, July 06, 2007

You may not know her by name, but if you're one of the 20 million viewers of the TV show "Grey's Anatomy," you know her work. Alexandra Patsavas curates the music sprinkled throughout hot shows like "Grey's," "The OC" and "Rescue Me" -- and she's been responsible ...

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Jon Robin Baitz

Friday, July 06, 2007

There's an old story about a promising young playwright who gets lured out to Hollywood to write for the big screen.  Jon Robin Baitz says his version has a happy ending. The acclaimed young playwright returned to his hometown of L.A. a few years ago to ...

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Aha Moment: Optimus Prime

Friday, June 29, 2007

If you were a kid in the 1980's, chances are you (or your little brother) played with Transformers. The mind-blowing thing about the action figures – if you were, say, nine – was that you could fold and twist them from a robot into an object, like a plane or ...

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