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Background

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Kurt Andersen and composer Rachel Portman talk about the amazing effects artists create through the careful use of subtle background elements -- from the scenery in a painting to the score of a movie.

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Heart of Gold

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Jonathan Demme is best known for directing big Hollywood movies like Silence of the Lambs, but he also made a side career out of concert films and music videos. His latest film is an intimate portrait of the veteran rocker Neil Young.

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Why Are You Laughing?

Thursday, February 09, 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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Metro-Goldwyn-Freud

Saturday, February 04, 2006

In 1925, the movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn traveled all the way to Vienna to meet Sigmund Freud. Goldwyn wanted the famous doctor to consult on movies for MGM -- to tell filmmakers what was really happening in famous love stories. Freud, however, refused even to see Goldwyn. Playwright

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The Sundance Kid

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Robert Redford has been a household name since 1969 when Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid made him a star and the sensitive-hunky heartthrob of a generation. He drew further acclaim as a director, with Ordinary People, Quiz Show, and A River Runs Through It. And 25 years ...

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Niki Caro

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The New Zealander grew up on blockbusters like Jaws, and as a director she has had wide commercial success with Whale Rider and North Country. But she remains wary of the hunger of the American market. Produced by Trey Kay.

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Lars Von Trier

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Danish filmmaker set Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, and Manderlay in America. But they were all shot on sound stages in Europe, because von Trier won't set foot in the United States. Produced by Trey Kay.

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Diane Keaton

Saturday, December 24, 2005

In The Family Stone, the veteran actress outshines young stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Claire Danes as the matriarch of a large family on a white New England Christmas — Frank Capra with an edge of venom. Kurt asks Keaton how she got from ingenue to grandma so quickly.

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Pixelvision

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Fisher-Price called the PXL-2000 "the first camcorder for kids." It turned out to be the only one: children weren't interested. But, as Lu Olkowski found out, some aspiring film directors were.

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Jumping the Shark

Saturday, December 17, 2005

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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Special Guest: Chris Elliott

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Kurt Andersen and actor, comic, and writer Chris Elliott talk about failures, great and small. 

Chris Elliott got his break on David Letterman's show, playing an assortment of creepy losers like "the guy under the stairs." In the '90s his TV series Get a Life, and his film, Cabin Boy, ...

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Commentary: Pick Your Battle

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The news about the war in Iraq might be immediate and uncomfortable, but we process conflict differently, Kurt Andersen says, when we go see a war movie.

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Dorothy, Baum, Kansas

Saturday, November 19, 2005

You may think you know the story, but Kurt Andersen and guests will take you to places in the land of Oz that are more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined. We’ll meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt ...

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Dolly Parton

Saturday, October 29, 2005

At age ten, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly Parton launched her country music career and 50 years later she shows no sign of slowing down. Over the years she has become a movie star, a theme park creator, and a literacy activist. Dolly talks to Kurt about her ...

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Creepy Kids

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Creepy Kids

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Hong Kong Cinema

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The best heroes and villains are often reflections of each other, like Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Jocelyn Gonzales has observed this theme playing out in the martial arts films of China and Hong Kong. Besides making American action movies more exciting again, Hong Kong cinema has somehow combined Eastern ...

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Aha Moment: The Rookie

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Christine Chapman has always been an actress, but she couldn't manage to perform with a full-time job and a family to care for. Her dream of being in theater got a shot in the arm from Dennis Quaid one afternoon in an empty movie theater. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Nuclear Monsters

Saturday, October 08, 2005

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 care to believe.

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Neil Gaiman Continued

Saturday, October 01, 2005

A god walks into a bar, flirts with the tourists, and has a heart attack singing karaoke, leaving his two sons to stumble into a conflict older than civilization. Gaiman explains how his new book Anansi Boys is not really a fantasy novel — it's a comedy inspired by P.G. ...

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Kurt Likes Earl

Saturday, October 01, 2005

For the first time in many years, Kurt finds himself laughing out loud at a new network TV sitcom. My Name is Earl manages to balance coarse and offensive. At the same time it's brilliant and funny — something we don't see on broadcast TV anymore.

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