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Weekend Edition: The Bible is a Smash on TV
The Bible is a hit television series currently showing on The History Channel. Some industry insiders are surprised by its popularity. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Time Magazine's culture critic James Poniewozik about what Hollywood doesn't get about the popularity of religion on TV.
Killing Them Softly
NPR: Brad Pitt; ‘Killing Them Softly’ In Style
Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. Killing Them Softly also features Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and Vincent Curatola. Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances.
WHYY: Billy Crystal & Bette Midler for ‘Parental Guidance’
Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend — and not holding your ground — that binds a family together.
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Fresh Air: Kushner’s Lincoln is Strange, but Also Savvy
Fresh Air: Doris Kearns Goodwin on ‘Lincoln’ and His Team of Rivals
Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Zero Dark Thirty
Fresh Air: Looking for Bin Laden in ‘Zero Dark’
Talk of the Nation: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Renews Torture Debate
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man.
All Things Considered: Tom Hooper on the Magic of ‘Les Mis’
Morning Edition: The Film ‘Les Miserables’ Does the Musical Proud
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
All Things Considered: The Hobbit, Off on his Unhurried Journey
Morning Edition: The Hobbit is ‘Solid’ but Not Exceptional
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out-of-the-blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” … a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Rise of the Guardians
Tell Me More: Peter Ramsey Makes Directorial Rise with ‘Guardians’
The Takeaway: Rise of the Guardians & More
2013 Golden Globe® Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film 10 Annie Award Nominations, including Best Animated Feature A magical and heartwarming adventure for the whole family!
Life of Pi
All Things Considered: Ang Lee on ‘Life of Pi’
NPR: For Pi, A Wonderful Life Finds Its Way to Film
From hungry boar in Berlin to a lifeboat and a very hungry tiger. The 2001 best-selling novel “Life of Pi” tells the story of a shipwrecked teenager forced to share a very small boat with a very big cat. Filming an adaptation presented obvious challenges and it took more than a decade to go from page to screen.
Wreck It Ralph
Weekend Edition: John C Reilly Wrecks It Ralph
NPR: Ralph - An 8 Bit Hero with Plenty of Heart
Prepare for adventure when ‘the most original film in years’ (Bryan Erdy, CBS-TV) that thrilled audiences of all ages drops on Blu-ray! From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph. For decades, Ralph has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. Then, when an evil enemy threatens their world, Ralph realizes he holds the fate of the entire arcade in his massive hands. Featuring an all-star voice cast and breakthrough bonus features that take you even deeper into the world of video games, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph has something for every player.
Live At The Royal Albert Hall by Adele
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Live from the Artists Den: Adele
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2009 Grammy Winner: Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Chasing Pavements”)
2012 Grammy Winner: Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year (“Rolling in the Deep”), Song of the Year (“Rolling in the Deep”), Best Short Form Music Video (“Rolling in the Deep”), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Someone Like You”)
2013 Grammy Winner: Best Pop Solo Performance (“Set Fire to the Rain”)
Live At The Royal Albert Hall was recorded on September 22 at the height of what has been an amazing year for Adele. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” features the full 90 minute concert performance, plus special behind the scenes footage shot throughout the day leading up to the concert.
The package also includes an exclusive live CD of the entire show. This is the first time all of Adele’s hits and best loved songs will be on one CD plus her stunning covers of Bonnie Raitt’s “If I Can’t Make You Love Me” and The Steeldrivers “If It Hadn’t Been For Love.”
Celtic Thunder: Mythology
Mythology comprises of six diverse performers who are each a powerhouse in both their solo and ensemble songs, backed of course by the dynamic Celtic Thunder Band. And while Celtic Thunder shows are known for the use of dramatic combinations of lighting, choreography and set design, Peter Barnes, the Set & Lighting Director for Mythology has upped the ante and has created a stage that surpasses anything Celtic Thunder has done heretofore.Celtic Thunder have now toured the US and Canada, coast to coast, six times, performing at over 500 shows and in doing so have sold well in excess of half-a-million concert tickets.
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All Things Considered: Knightley’s Anna Karenina Loses The Innoncence
Weekend Edition: Tom Stoppard, On Adapting ‘Anna’
NPR: ‘Anna’ Rushing Headlong Toward Her Train
Academy Awardr nominee Keira Knightley, Academy Awardr nominee Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson dazzle in this stunning new vision of Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story. At the twilight of an empire, Anna Karenina (Knightley), the beautiful high-ranking wife of one of imperial Russia’s most esteemed men (Law), has it all. But when she meets the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson), there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot be ignored. She’s immediately swept up in a passionate affair that will shock a nation and change the lives of everyone around her. From acclaimed director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) and Academy Awardr-winning writer Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) comes this visually enchanting masterpiece hailed by critics as “ecstatic” (Time), “rapturous” (MSN Movies) and “a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed!” (The Huffington Post)
Fresh Air: Affleck on ‘Argo’
All Things Considered: Fact Checking ‘Argo’
Talk of the Nation: Former White House Aide Reviews ‘Argo’
NPR: ‘Argo’ Too Good to be Truem Because It Ain’t
Weekend Edition: Ben Affleck Brings a Crisis to the Big Screen
Ben Affleck’s new film, “Argo,” jolts us back to 1979. Iran’s in revolution. Protesters storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The American hostage crisis begins as all the U.S. diplomats inside the embassy are captured and blindfolded, except for six, who escaped to the Canadian ambassador’s residence and hide there. But how long can they be safe? The film’s based on the CIA’s true story of an agent named Tony Mendez, who concocts a cover story to get them out - that the six were Canadians on a movie crew, scouting locations for a science fiction film called “Argo” they wanted to shoot in Iran. Ben Affleck directs the film and plays Tony Mendez, the real life CIA agent, who has to drill the six Americans on how to sound both like believable Canadians, and genuine film people.
All Things Considered: In ‘The Sessions,’ A Different World View of the World
Fresh Air: 'The Sessions' - Sex, Comedy and Something More
The Takeaway: The Real Sex Surrogate Behind ‘The Sessions’ Tells All
NPR: Life, And Something Like Love, In An Iron Lung
PRX: The Sessions Helen Hunt Interview
MPR: MN Native John Hawkes Draws Oscar Buzz for ‘Sessions’
Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O’Brien (Hawkes) has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet: losing his virginity. With the help of a beautiful therapist (Hunt), a sympathetic priest (Macy), and his own unbridled sense of optimism and humor, Mark embarks on an extraordinary personal journey to discover the wondrous pleasures that make life worth living.