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HDTV Takes the Scenic Route

Saturday, September 17, 2005

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 television is making ...

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Special Guest: Rachel Portman

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Rachel Portman visits Kurt to talk about what's in the background — how scenery, scoring, and props change the art around us.

Portman has composed music for dozens of films including Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Joy Luck Club, and Jonathan Demme's Manchurian Candidate. Her newest score is for Roman Polanski's ...

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Paranoia in Prime Time

Saturday, September 10, 2005

As the new fall tv season begins, Kurt Andersen is intrigued by the number of 9/11-themed shows hitting the airwaves.

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The End of Hand Drawn Animation

Saturday, September 10, 2005

The End of Hand Drawn Animation

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Special Guest: Terry Gilliam

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Terry Gilliam was a co-founder of Monty Python, and over the past 25 years has made his mark as a visionary director of such films as Brazil, The Fisher King, Time Bandits, and 12 Monkeys. His new film, The Brothers Grimm, opens nationwide August 26th.

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Terry Gilliam

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Kurt Andersen talks with director Terry Gilliam about his new movie, The Brothers Grimm, when it’s worth it to work with famous actors, and why his movies defy the genres that Hollywood understands.

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Liar, Liar

Saturday, August 13, 2005

In the entertainment industry, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference between promotion and lying. Kurt Andersen explains how Columbia pictures got caught in a lie so outrageous it cost their parent company Sony 1.5 million dollars.

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Commentary: HBO Goes Public

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Kurt Andersen tells us why HBO should be PBS.

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Mr. Clean

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Hollywood movies with any profanity must be cleaned up before they run on TV and on airplanes. We talked to an actor named Mark Sussman who specializes in dubbing over the smutty lines of Brad Pitt. Produced by Ben Adair and Ayala Ben-Yehuda of KPCC's Pacific Drift in ...

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The Aristocrats

Saturday, July 30, 2005

In their new documentary, Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza explore the history of the filthiest joke in the world, and why every comedian has a personal version. The film features over 100 comedians telling the joke as offensively as possible. Kurt asked Jillette about how and why he ...

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Jerry Springer: The Opera

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Turning Jerry Springer, the infamous American TV talk show, into an opera for the London stage was an artistic gamble in its own right. But it got more complicated recently when the opera aired on the BBC. A Christian group tried to take legal action against the BBC, ...

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Special Guest: Amy Poehler

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Amy Poehler is an actor and comedian. She joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2002, and her impressions of celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Sharon Stone and Sharon Osbourne have become show favorites. Poehler is also a founding member of the sketch/improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade. Her ...

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Commentary: Batman

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Kurt muses on the many failures and one success of the summer blockbuster season.

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The Kids Stay in the Picture

Saturday, June 25, 2005

In the 1970s George Lucas and Steven Spielberg invented a modern Hollywood hybrid — the high-end Saturday children's matinee for grownups. In the decades since, the kids' movie for adults has transformed entertainment. We asked Curtis Fox to figure out why.

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Timeless Beauty

Saturday, June 25, 2005

The entertainment industry demands that performers have flawless, youthful, and unlined faces. Actress and teacher Heather Rashe just finished her dissertation about actresses and their anxieties about aging. She told Lu Olkowski about what’s at stake for women who perform in front of a camera.

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Technicolor

Saturday, June 18, 2005

There are certain things we expect at the movies these days — a bucket of popcorn, too many coming attractions, and color on the screen. But when Technicolor was introduced eighty years ago, it was a revolution. Bob Harris, a restorer of Technicolor films, and historian Scott Higgins tell us ...

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Disney & Death

Saturday, May 28, 2005

For many children, Disney movies are their first introduction to death, from Bambi’s mother to Old Yeller. Jake Warga remembers the shots heard throughout his childhood and how Disney taught him that dealing with death is part of being an adult.

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Rumsfeld Goes to Star Wars

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Revenge of the Sith opens this weekend and by Christmas the complete DVD box set of all six Star Wars movies will hit the store shelves. We imagine a commentary track about waging war for a righteous cause by the people who know — Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell. ...

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Rugrats

Saturday, May 14, 2005

In the 1990s, when animation took on a new edge, subversive wit became the order of the day, with the rise of The Simpsons, Beavis and Butthead, Ren and Stimpy and dozens more. We asked Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere, creators of The Rugrats on Nickleodeon, why the 90s was ...

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Slackers

Saturday, May 14, 2005

What was special about the young people who came of age in the 90s? The label Generation X, from the Douglas Coupland novel, has stuck to this group. They were called an unwelcome, unwanted generation, and pilloried by their elders. And there was always a subset of youngsters who ...

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