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Darren Aronofsky

Friday, December 08, 2006

In his latest film The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky keeps some of the existential angst of previous films like Pi, but channels it into a lush, romantic fantasy: a 1000-year quest for the Fountain of Youth. Kurt talks with Aronofsky about his career as a filmmaker, the allure ...

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American Icons: The Tramp

Friday, November 24, 2006

With just a pair of baggy pants, a derby hat, mustache, floppy shoes, and his own physical genius, Charlie Chaplin created silent film's most memorable character - the Tramp.

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Robert Altman

Friday, November 24, 2006

With MASH, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, and Nashville, Robert Altman redefined American movies - and helped us understand America in the 1970s. He went on to create classics like Short Cuts and The Player, as well as Tanner '88 - the groundbreaking mockumentary of a political campaign. ...

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Nuclear Monsters

Friday, November 03, 2006

Stanley Kubrick set out to make a serious drama about an accidental nuclear war, and ended up making the blackest comedy ever, Dr. Strangelove. Arun Rath explains how the bizarre, over-the-top parody of Dr. Strangelove was closer to reality than any of us would care to believe.

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American Standard

Friday, October 20, 2006

Bathroom scenes, no matter how funny, can always seem just a tad too intimate. But a new film currently in production called American Standard takes place entirely in real bathrooms, public and private. Andrew Adam Newman recently observed a day of filming, and promised to wash his hands before ...

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Infamous

Friday, October 13, 2006

Infamous

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Shortbus

Friday, October 06, 2006

John Cameron Mitchell-- creator and star of the drag hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch-- is raising more than a few eyebrows with his new film Shortbus . Most of the actors are amateurs, all the sex on screen is real and half the movie takes ...

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The Woodsman

Friday, September 29, 2006

As part of their therapy, a group of sex offenders on probation in northern New York State have watched The Woodsman, a 2004 movie starring Kevin Bacon as a serial predator. What does Hollywood’s version of crime and redemption look like to a real-life offender? Produced by

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Michel Gondry

Friday, September 22, 2006

Two years ago, Michel Gondry wowed Hollywood with his heartbreaking film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. His new feature, The Science of Sleep, features Mexican heartthrob Gael Garcia Bernal as a man who follows his dreams a little too closely. ...

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Anthony Minghella

Friday, September 22, 2006

In 1997, The English Patient won a slew of Academy Awards and turned director Anthony Minghella into a household name. Minghella went on to make The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain, but this month he makes his American debut as an opera director, with his production ...

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Lili Taylor

Friday, August 25, 2006

You might know her as Lisa from Six Feet Under. Or maybe you remember her as the depressive folk singer in Say Anything, or as Andy Warhol's would-be-killer Valerie Solanas in I Shot Andy Warhol. Lili Taylor has stolen a lot of scenes over the years -- ...

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Shashi Tharoor

Friday, August 04, 2006

He is the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information at the United Nations. And he's also a novelist and Bollywood expert. Shashi Tharoor explains the phenomenon of Indian film stars becoming politicians -- and talks frankly about his current candidacy to become Secretary General, replacing Kofi Annan.

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Woody Allen

Friday, July 28, 2006

For decades Woody Allen made movies set in New York City about New Yorkers. But last year he surprised us all with Match Point - a sexy thriller shot and set in London. This summer Woody is back with the screwball caper, Scoop. Scoop is also set ...

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Richard Linklater

Friday, July 14, 2006

He lives in Austin, not L.A. He enjoys a level of creative freedom few filmmakers can afford. He jumps from quasi-animated philosophical films like A Scanner Darkly to mainstream comedies like School of Rock to classic romances like Before Sunset. Writer-director Richard Linklater talks with

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That's Intertainment

Friday, June 30, 2006

Microsoft recently announced a deal with TV producer Ben Silverman to create original, professional, big-budget entertainment programming for the Web. Kurt asks Silverman what TV on the www will look like.

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Chris Elliott Continued

Friday, June 23, 2006

Kurt Andersen and Chris Elliot discuss the indignities Orson Welles faced late in life, and talk about other failures, great and small.

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Orson's Shadow

Friday, June 23, 2006

Austin Pendleton is a well-known character actor who became a playwright. He’s written a play about Orson Welles, whose amazing early triumph with Citizen Kane (Welles was 26) turned into a career of embarrassing failures and unfinished projects. In Orson’s Shadow, based on real events, a theater ...

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Jumping the Shark

Friday, June 23, 2006

Named after an infamously stupid episode of Happy Days, “jumping the shark” describes the moment when the inspiration dries up and it all starts to go downhill. Kurt called some of our listeners to ask about the filmmakers, musicians, and artists who let them down big time.

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Kevin Bacon

Saturday, June 17, 2006

In recent years, Kevin Bacon acted in some of the best -- and darkest -- American films; from Clint Eastwood's Mystic River to The Woodsman, where Bacon played a pedophile. Bacon talks with Kurt Andersen about why he wanted to direct Loverboy, ...

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David Milch

Saturday, June 17, 2006

When HBO announced this would be the final season of Deadwood, rabid fans of the show let out a collective %@#&! HBO acquiesced and promised an extra mini-season to wrap up David Milch's profane Western drama. A die hard fan himself, Kurt Andersen talks ...

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