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Gael Garcia Bernal

Friday, June 02, 2006

Studio 360's Leital Molad finds Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal irresistibly charming, no matter what kind of taboos his characters are breaking. She talked with Bernal about his breakthrough performance in Y Tu Mama Tambien and his new film The King.

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The Da Vinci Code

Friday, May 19, 2006

Christianity as we know it is coming to an end: Sony Pictures' adaptation of Dan Brown's bestseller The Da Vinci Code is being released this week. With the help of novelist Anne Rice, Kurt Andersen tries to decode the controversy.

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Art School Confidential

Friday, May 12, 2006

Comic book artist Dan Clowes and filmmaker Terry Zwigoff have brought their endearing misanthropy twice to the big screen-first in 2001 with Ghost World and now with the new film Art School Confidential. Zwigoff and Clowes curb their enthusiasm with Kurt ...

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Fight Club

Friday, May 05, 2006

Much of the hand-wringing about violence these days has to do with TV, movies, and video games. But Chuck Palahniuk tells Kurt that books can sometimes be the best medium for vicarious head bashing. Palahniuk reads a bit from his new book Haunted. And he breaks the ...

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Foley Artist

Friday, May 05, 2006

In movies, the sounds of punching and smashing are created by someone sitting in a room with a microphone and a bunch of props - just like in the days of radio drama. Foley artist Sue Zizza explains how to make a fight sound really good, or ...

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Why Are You Laughing?

Friday, May 05, 2006

When Curly gouges Larry in the eye, we laugh—or at least some of us do. Richard Paul has been writing and performing comedy for 25 years, and he applied himself to one of the great mysteries of the universe: are The Three Stooges funny?

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Friedhofer

Friday, April 28, 2006

In some ways, the career of film composer Hugo Friedhofer was a typical Hollywood story. He was a brilliant musician who created some of the most memorable scores -- like the soundtrack to The Best Years Of Our Lives -- but never got the fame he deserved. WNYC's

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I Am Caveh Zahedi

Friday, April 28, 2006

Caveh Zahedi's films are auto-biographical, to say the least. His new film I Am a Sex Addict follows his previous indie films I Was Possessed by God and I Don't Hate Las Vegas Anymore. Producer Jonathan Mitchell thinks we can learn something from watching ...

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From Lestat to Chocula

Friday, April 14, 2006

Kurt Andersen surveys the strange history of vampires in pop culture.

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Vampire Chronicles

Friday, April 14, 2006

They feed off our blood, they live forever, and they don't pay taxes. Peter Crimmins explains why no stake to the heart can kill off the public's thirst for the fashionably undead.

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Friends with Money

Friday, April 14, 2006

Director Nicole Holofcener and actress Catherine Keener are friends and frequent collaborators. They explain to Kurt Andersen how their daily lives become fodder for their films Lovely and Amazing and Friends With Money.

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Black.White.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

In a new reality TV show called Black.White., two families --one black and one white -- are put under heavy make-up and set out into the world to experience life with a different skin color. The verdict on racism in America ends up being a shade of grey -- much ...

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Grey Gardens

Friday, March 24, 2006

If there were a competition to create a Broadway musical based on the least likely source material, Grey Gardens might be the winner. The show is adapted from the 1975 documentary that followed the reclusive aunt and cousin of Jackie O. Christine Ebersole, the star of Grey ...

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Born in the CSA

Friday, March 24, 2006

A documentary in theaters tells the story of the South's victory over the Union in the Civil War. Most of CSA: The Confederate States of America is obviously faked, but filmmaker Kevin Willmott didn't re-write American history as a joke. He set out to reveal a disturbing ...

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Wim Wenders

Thursday, March 16, 2006

More than 20 years ago, the German film director Wim Wenders made a big splash in America with Paris, Texas. Wenders' new film Don't Come Knocking shares a lot with Paris, Texas -- the Western geography, similar themes and another collaboration with Sam Shepard. Wenders talks about ...

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Nuclear Monsters

Friday, March 10, 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. Studio 360's Arun Rath explains how the bizarre, over-the-top parody of Dr. Strangelove was actually closer to reality than any of us would ...

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L.A. Stories

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The movie Crash, by writer-director Paul Haggis, is one of the big contenders for Best Picture at this weekend's Academy Awards. Crash follows a diverse group of strangers in Los Angeles who literally and figuratively crash into one another, altering their lives forever. That premise will sound ...

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Political Thrillers

Thursday, February 23, 2006

There's a conspiracy at the heart of every political thriller—from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to Oscar contenders Munich and Syriana. In the mid-1970s, the best filmmakers in America put the turmoil of that era into dark, paranoid movies about forces beyond our control. Studio 360's Derek John spoke ...

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Piano Man

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Stuart Oderman was a tough kid. He ran errands for small-time bookies in Newark, New Jersey, and used to skip school to go to the movies. One day at a matinee he met a faded star of the golden age of Hollywood, and his life was never ...

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HDTV Takes the Scenic Route

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Set designers for television always want their sets to look good; whether a police precinct, fake emergency room, or news magazine backdrop -- but they never want them to upstage the performers in the foreground. As Dave Johns discovered, these days the super-sharp resolution of high definition ...

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