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Studio 360

Ridley Scott Continued

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Kurt Andersen and director Ridley Scott continue their conversation, and Scott reveals the movies that inspired him, from Stanley Kubrick's 2001 to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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Bad is the New Good

Saturday, May 07, 2005

In his new book, Everything Bad is Good For You, Steven Johnson argues that many of our guilty pleasures, like primetime TV and video games may actually be enhancing our cognitive abilities — NOT making us dumber or slower. Kurt asks Steven how media junkfood, ...

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Sir Ridley Scott

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Ridley Scott talks about his new film, Kingdom of Heaven, similarities between 900 years ago and today, and how it felt to be knighted when he was working on a movie about medieval knights.

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Special Guest: Sir Ridley Scott

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Sir Ridley Scott has directed many highly influential films including Blade Runner, Alien, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and Matchstick Men. He directed thousands of television commercials before making the leap to film in 1978. In recognition of his contribution to the arts, Scott was knighted ...

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Teatro Campesino

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Luis Valdez has written and directed such films as "La Bamba" and "Zoot Suit" for Hollywood. But in the late 1960's he didn't even have a theater, just a flatbed truck, a few costumes and fake moustaches, and the drive to bring theater to Mexican-American laborers. Valdez founded ...

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What Would Homer Do?

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Kids love cartoon wise-crackers like Bugs Bunny and Bart Simpson. But are they learning anything? Studio 360's Eric Molinsky used to work as a storyboard artist on Nickelodeon's Rocket Power, a show about four friends who do extreme sports and have a teachable moment each episode. Molinsky asks animators, parents, ...

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Special Guest: Neil Labute

Saturday, April 23, 2005

New York Times critic once called Neil LaBute "The bleakest and most unforgiving moralist in contemporary American film and theater." He has directed several films from his own scripts, including his infamously dark breakout success In the Company of Men, as well as movies by other writers — ...

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Commentary: Idaho Dynamite

Saturday, April 23, 2005

All of us are tempted and sometimes give in to the temptation to indulge in stereotypes of unfamiliar places and people, instead of really knowing and experiencing them.

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Morals on Film

Saturday, April 23, 2005

If you came of age during the 60s or before, you may remember short instructional films about what to do if a stanger talks to you, or how to behave if they drop the atom bomb. The Prelinger Archive has 48,000 of these films, chronicling American morals and ...

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Iranian Cinema

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Majid Majidi's Children of Heaven finally put Iranian film on the map when it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999. Since then, Iran's reputation in the film world has grown to the point that an international film festival is practically incomplete without an Iranian entry. ...

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Getting Past the Censors

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Being criticized is never easy for a writer, but condemnation for Iranian filmmakers, novelists and poets can lead to censorship, prison or worse. Even a famous writer like Goli Taraghi can find herself condemned for allegedly slipping sexual messages into a simple children's story. We caught up with Taraghi ...

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Mogul Memos

Saturday, April 02, 2005

David O. Selznick was a major Hollywood mogul, producing great films such as Gone with the Wind and Spellbound. But he was also a workaholic micromanager, obsessed with sending office memos. Through his memos, Selznick dictated every detail of production at his movie studio, from the size of Rhett Butler's ...

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Commentary: The Dumb and the Bland

Saturday, March 26, 2005

It's commonplace to hear cultural critics lament the popularity of reality television, but Studio 360's Kurt Andersen argues the bread and circus of bad TV in 2005 is the result of a generational shift.

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Special Guest: Liev Schreiber

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Kurt Andersen and actor Liev Schreiber talk about scale and how actors, artists, and musicians choose the right size for the work they do.

Liev Schreiber is one of the most acclaimed young actors today. His portrayals of Hamlet and Iago thrilled theater critics, and he's appeared in films from ...

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To Hell And Back

Saturday, March 12, 2005

The dark and sleek but dangerously sexy world of film noir conjures a very modern vision of the underworld. Jocelyn Gonzales talked to two film critics who see Orpheus in Jimmy Stewart, and a robot.

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Disco Orpheus

Saturday, March 12, 2005

There’s one movie about Orpheus that hasn’t made it onto anyone’s Top 10 List. In fact, the few people who saw it on the big screen in 1980 probably forgot about it as quickly as possible — or tried to. But a cult following grew around The Apple, ...

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Queer Eye for the TV Guide

Saturday, February 19, 2005

This Sunday on The Simpsons, Marge’s sister Patty falls in love and marries a pro golfer. One twist — her new spouse is a woman. This latest pop culture take on the highly charged issue of gay rights comes hot on the heels of the recent controversies over Spongebob Squarepants’ ...

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Design for the Real World: The Incredibles

Saturday, February 12, 2005

When designer Jessica Helfand watched the new Pixar superhero epic, The Incredibles, it wasn’t the action or the animation that wowed her. It was the Oscar-nominated film’s art direction, architecture and furniture design. Since iconic designers like Mies van der Rohe and Charles and Ray Eames aren’t around to ...

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Hitchcock & The Ticking Clock

Saturday, February 05, 2005

A saboteur places a bomb under a table. Two people sit down at the table and talk about baseball. According to Alfred Hitchcock, it will be the most suspenseful conversation about baseball you’ve ever watched. We’ve seen it in countless suspense thrillers, like Speed and the James Bond films; our ...

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Commentary: The Spongebob Menace

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Kurt finds himself a reluctant defender of Spongebob. 

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