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Central Park FIVE: A Film by Ken Burns
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the Two Way: ‘Central Park FIVE’ Win $40 Million Dollars from NYC from False Convictions
Fresh Air: Central Park Five - Rape, Race and Blame Explored
The Daily Circuit: In ‘Central Park Five,’ Ken Burns Retells Sensational Story of Rape and Race
Tell Me More: Why Almost No One Got It Right in NYC Rape Case
Morning Edition: Ken Burns Film Examines 1989 Jogger Case
In this captivating account of the real facts of the Central Park jogger case, Ken Burns powerfully reexamines one of New York City’s most notorious crimes and its aftermath from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season
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Fresh Air: Aaron Paul: Playing A Meth Dealer On Breaking Bad
Fresh Air: Dean Norris On Playing Good In Breaking Bad
NPR: 2012 In Review: 10 Favorite TV Shows
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul return in their Emmy-winning roles of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in the fifth explosive season of Breaking Bad. With Gus Fring dead, Walt’s transformation from a well-meaning family man to ruthless drug kingpin is nearly complete. Forming a partnership with Jesse and Mike (Jonathan Banks), Walt proceeds to make a killing in the meth business until the fruits of his murderous schemes are threatened by a new development in the investigation led by his relentless brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris). Executive produced by Vince Gilligan and Mark Johnson, the fifth season charts the murderous rise of Walter White as he reaches new highs…and new lows.
Oz: The Great and Powerful
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Morning Edition: Will Oz The Great and Powerful Gain Emerald Status?
Morning Edition: Movie Review: Oz - The Great and Powerful
All Things Considered: From Oz, A Less than Magical
Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz The Great And Powerful, from the director of the Spider-Man trilogy, follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot — until he meets three witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams), who aren’t convinced he’s the great wizard everyone’s expecting. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it’s too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity — and even some wizardry — Oscar transforms himself into the great wizard and a better man as well.
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Fresh Air: Dustin Hoffman
The Daily Circuit: Cube Critics - Quartet
Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins), this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert?
Yes, Prime Minister: The Complete Collection
In an unlikely chain of events, Jim Hacker emerges as the most viable candidate for his party’s next Prime Minister. Now that he gets his own car and driver, a nice house in London, a place in the country, endless publicity and a pension for life, what more does he want? Bernard: I think he wants to govern Britain. Sir Humphrey: Well, stop him, Bernard! Named one of the Top Ten TV programs of all time by the British Film Institute, this brilliantly observed comedy of manners pits the well-meaning Prime Minister Jim Hacker against the machinations of the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, in the ultimate political marriage of inconvenience. Paul Eddington (Good Neighbors) stars as Jim Hacker and Academy Award nominee Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George) first drew wide notice in the role of Sir Humphrey Appleby.
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Morning Edition: This Thriller is Deliciously Complex
NPR: ‘Side-Effects’ May Include Eye-Rolling
MPR: Cube Critics - Side Effects
From Academy Awardr-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) comes this suspenseful and provocative tale of intrigue starring Channing Tatum, Academy Award-nominees Rooney Mara and Jude Law, and Academy Award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones. After her husband (Tatum) is released from prison, Emily (Mara) begins suffering from terrifying anxiety and turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Law) for help. But when Banks prescribes an experimental drug for her, the side effects have chilling and deadly consequences. Full of unexpected twists, Side Effects is a sexy psychological thriller that is wildly unpredictable.
Good Neighbors: the Complete Series 1-3
Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington. The snooty Leadbetters struggle to endure the countrified behavior of their pig-raising, crop-growing next-door neighbors. Includes all 21 episodes from the first three seasons on 4 DVDs. 1975-76/color/10 hrs., 36 min/NR/fullscreen.
Morning Edition: When Unfilmable Books make Memorable Movies
Future. Present. Past. Everything is connected. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future. Based on the New York Times best-selling novel “Cloud Atlas” written by David Mitchell.
History of the Eagles: The Story of an American Band
History of the Eagles • 3 Disc DVD in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo • Packaged in a six-panel digipak with accompanying photo booklet. • 4 hours of never before seen material from the past 40 years. • Disc One: Part One explores the creation and rise to fame in the 1970’s through their breakup in 1980. • Disc Two: Part Two details the band’s reunion in 1994 through the Hell Freezes Over tour to present day. • Bonus Disc: Exclusive concert, Eagles Live at the Capital Centre March 1977. • Directed by Alison Ellwood, along with Producer and Academy Award-winning documentarian, Alex Gibney.
Silver Linings Playbook
Morning Edition: Bradley Cooper On Getting Back to his Roots
Fresh Air: Bradley Cooper Finds Silver Linings Everywhere
Fresh Air: In ‘Silver Linings,’ Lawrence is Golden
The sixth feature film by writer/director David O. Russell is “Silver Linings Playbook” based on a book by Matthew Quick. It’s a dark comedy set in the suburbs of Philadelphia where a bipolar man, played by Bradley Cooper, obsesses over his estranged wife while being pursued by an unstable widow. The widow is played by Jennifer Lawrence. The movie also stars Robert De Niro.
Experience one of the biggest films in motion picture history with director Steven Spielberg’s ultimate thrill ride Jurassic Park. Featuring Academy Award winning visual effects and groundbreaking filmmaking that has been hailed as ‘a triumph of special effects artistry’ (Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times) this epic film is sheer movie-making magic that was 65 million years in the making. Jurassic Park takes you to an amazing theme park on a remote island where dinosaurs once again roam the earth and five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators.
To The Manor Born: The Complete Collection
The wonderful Penelope Keith stars as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, widowed former Lady of Grantleigh Manor. With her financial situation now perilous at best, she’s forced to move out of the main house and into the tiny cottage, while the dashing new owner settles in. Audrey and her disapproving eye are never far, and despite their thorny relationship, love eventually blossoms. This set includes every original episode from this popular BBC comedy, as well as the 2007 reunion special and an assortment of bonus features. Includes all 20 episodes.
Hyde Park on Hudson
Morning Edition: In ‘Hyde Park,’ Murray Captures FDR
Morning Edition: Linney Keeping History Hush-Hush in ‘Hyde Park’
All Things Considered: 'Hyde Park' An FDR Portrait That's More Fiction than Fact
Academy Awardr nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney star in this engaging and romantic look at one of the most pivotal meetings in history. As Great Britain faces an imminent war with Germany, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray) and his wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), invite the King and Queen of England for a weekend at their home in upstate New York. But during the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America, international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal trip an unforgettable one. Hyde Park of Hudson is a charming and fresh look at true events and the mysteries of love and friendship, from the acclaimed director of Notting Hill.
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.