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NPR: James Garner Dies
NPR: James Garner - TVs best Un-Hero
Weekend Edition: James Garner dies at 86
All Things Considered: ‘Rockford Files’ Actor James Garner Dies
Much of Hollywood is mouring the passing of James Garner. James Garner passed away over the weekend at age 86. He is one of the most liked and hard working and probably underrated actors. Though his most known roles in The Rockford Files and Maverick are from the small screen, James Garner had a duel carreer starring in film for both the small screen and the big screen. Notable early films include “The Americanization of Emily,” “The Great Escape,” all the way to “Murphy’s Romance,” “Sunsets,” and “The Notebook.” His last television series was subbing in for John Ritter when he unexpectedly passed away on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules.
The Rockford Files: Iconic television featuring James Garner in virtually every scene as the bumbling detective Jim Rockford. Episodes are fast paced and fun to watch. The combination of having James Garner in the leading role along with great writing generally led to some amazing guest stars, pre “Love Boat” or “Fantasy Island.”
Maverick: This Western follows professional gambler Bret Maverick across the plains and prairie in search of love and the next big poker game.
Murphy’s Romance: The perfect foil to Sally Field in this wonderful romance. Sally Field plays a divorcee who needs all sorts of help running her horse farm and ultimately ends up in a love triangle featuring her ex husband and the older, wiser pharmacist portrayed by James Garner. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Victor/Victoria: A woman masquerading as a man portraying a woman. .. sounds like the perfect scenario for a farce from Blake Edwards. All goes fine until the woman, portrayed by Julie Andrews, falls in love with King Marchand, a Chicago club owner portrayed by James Garner. Excellent score by Henry Mancini as well as Oscar nominated supporting turns by Robert Preston and Lesley Anne Warren help this musical rank among the finest.
The Notebook: The love story of love stories is anchored by James Garner’s portrayal of Duke, who remains true to his one true love despite her battling dementia as he recounts their courtship every day in hopes of breaking through the fog and capturing one more moment with his wife.
David Suchet In the Footsteps of St. Paul
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David Suchet returns as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s endearingly fastidious sleuth, in three baffling new cases based on her classic novels. As seen on the “PBS Masterpiece Mystery!” series.
Poirot - David Suchet is most famous for portraying Hercule Poirot in the PBS Mystery series. Set 6 contains Three Acts of Tragedy, The Clocks, and Halloween Party.
The Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection
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The Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection features 10 of the funniest movies from the legendary comedian. As a recognized genius of American comedy, Bob Hope has no equal. From his early days in vaudeville to his years as a top Hollywood box-office draw and star of radio, TV and live performances, Bob Hope’s innocent charm and lightning-quick wit have delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Filled with timeless laughs, the Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection will entertain longtime fans and introduce a whole new generation to the legendary style of one of the most famous comedians of all time!
The Story of the Jews by Simon Schama
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On Point: Simon Schama on “The Story of the Jews”
PBS: The Story of the Jews
The Diane Rehm Show: The Story of the Jews
NPR: Review: The Story of the Jews
KQED: The Story of the Jews
.Simon Schama presents this epic series exploring the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. Both deeply historical and utterly contemporary, this is a compelling film about distinctiveness and difference, separation and isolation, tolerance and prejudice. It is also a celebration of the ways in which Jewish thought, imagination, and achievement have transformed the world for us all. 3 hours on 1 DVD.
The Address: A Film by Ken Burns
At the tiny Greenwood School in the small New England town of Putney, Vermont, its roughly 50 students, boys from the ages of 11 to 17, are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address. This would be a daunting assignment for any student, but the boys at Greenwood all suffer from learning differences that have made their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging.
Embedding camera crews at the school for three months to chronicle the boys’ struggle to learn Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words and deliver them in a final public recitation, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has created a fascinating and inspiring documentary that shows them heroically confronting past failures and humiliations, ultimately opening the door to what Lincoln himself called “a new birth of freedom.”
Interweaving the history of this most famous of American speeches with the contemporary journey of the boys at Greenwood, The Address reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln’s words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.
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Here & Now: The Real Philomena
Morning Edition: Dench Makes a Decision in ‘Philomena’ Worth Waiting For
The Leanard Lopate Show: Steve Coogan & Philomena Lee on ‘Philomena’
The Current: Cube Critics on ‘Philomena’ & Others
Airtalk: Steve Coogan on Adapting ‘Philomena’ for the Big Screen
All Things Considered: 'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score
NPR’s Monkey See: Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Five: Philomena
All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine
All Things Considered: Steve Coogan, Tacking Toward The Funny Side Of Serious
When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.
The Daily Circuit: Movie Maven reviews ‘Great Expectations’
Cube Critics: 3 Reasons to See Great Expectations
The Current: Great Expectations
Great Expectations is a new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger, Jason Flemyng, Robbie Coltrane, David Williams and Toby Irvine. Great Expectations is directed by Mike Newell.
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Morning Edition: Well Into Spring, ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool
The Current: Sorry, Prince did not actually inspire Disney’s “Let It Go”
All Things Considered: Solid Frozen Puts Fresh Sheen on an Old Story
The Take Two: The Magic Behind the Music of ‘Frozen’
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
Saving Mr. Banks
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Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me: Tom Hanks Plays Not My Job
Morning Edition: Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson on the Magic of Disney
All Things Considered: "Mr. Banks’ Not Your Typical Family Film
The Take Two: Tom Hanks on Becoming Walt Disney
NPR Review: Making ‘Mary Poppins’
Cube Critics: Saving Mr. Banks & Other Holiday Films
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film that reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P. L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set “Mary Poppins” free.
Fresh Air: A ‘Hustle’ With a Flow
All Things Considered: David O Russell Building Movies from the Character Up
Morning Edition: 'American Hustle' Hot Streak Continues for David O Russel
Cube Critics: December Movie Roundup
SCPR: Film Week - American Hustle & Others
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock America, AMERICAN HUSTLE tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films (THE FIGHTER, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK ), American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.
12 Years a Slave
Morning Edition: '12 Years A Slave' Wins Oscar's Best Picture
Morning Edition: Conversations About Slavery Inspired By ‘12 Years A Slave’
Tell Me More: Best Picture Win For ‘12 Years A Slave’ Sends New Message To Hollywood?
Tell Me More: Actress Alfre Woodard On Truthful Storytelling In ‘12 Years A Slave’
All Things Considered: Hard To Watch ‘12 Years A Slave’? Try Editing It
Morning Edition: '12 Years A Slave': 160 Years Later, A Memoir Becomes A Movie
All Things Considered: For A Free Spirit, A Grim ‘12 Years’ In Chains
Weekend Edition: '12 Years' Is The Story Of A Slave Whose End Is A Mystery
Fresh Air: '12 Years A Slave' Was A Film That 'No One Was Making'
Fresh Air: Historian Says ‘12 Years’ Is A Story The Nation Must Remember
NPR: '12 Years A Slave' Screenwriter Talks Grit, Grace And Survival
NPR’s The Record: '12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘12 Years’ And Rites Of Passage
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Steve McQueen (Hunger) directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star.
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NPR’s The Two-Way: '12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big At The Oscars
All Things Considered: Sandra Bullock, Boxed In On The Set Of ‘Gravity’
All Things Considered: What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don’t
Fresh Air: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn’t Make You Feel Small
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Gravity’ And The Thrill Of The Fiasco
Science Friday: Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Gravity’
NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos & Culture: Space Is Not Our Friend
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Morning Edition: 'Hunger Games' Fans Will Enjoy Thrills In 'Catching Fire'
NPR’s Monkey See: What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend
Morning Edition: More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By ‘The Hunger Games’
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
Airtalk: ‘Mad as Hell’ Recounts the Making of the iconic and Prophetic Film ‘Network’
All Things Considered: It Still Feels Good to Yell ‘I’m As Mad as Hell’
The Takeaway: How ‘Network’ Predicted Today’s Media Culture
Newscaster Howard Beale has a message for those who package reports of cute puppies, movie premieres and fender benders as hard news: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Sidney Lumet directs Paddy Chayefsky’s satire (an Academy Award-winning* screenplay) about the things people do for love…and ratings. Three performers won Oscars.* Best Actress Faye Dunaway is the TV exec guarding ratings like a tigress protecting cubs. Best Actor Peter Finch is Beale, whose airwave rants become a phenomenon. And William Holden, Robert Duvall and Best Supporting Actress Beatrice Straight add to the fierce vitality.
Mad as Hell by Dave Itzkoff - a book recounting the making of this classic film found on many “best films of all-time” lists.
Sherlock: Season 3
PBS: Sherlock: Season 3 Preview
Fresh Air: The Man Who ReVitalized Sherlock & Dr. Who
Morning Edition: Benedict Cumberbatch
Classical MPR: David Arnold and Michael Price talk about composing for “Sherlock”
The question on everyone_es lips is finally answered as the hugely popular Sherlock returns in three brand new action-packed adventures. With the demise of Moriarty, Sherlock finds himself locked in another mind battle with the powerful Charles Augustus Magnussen, who is holding the secrets of the world at his fingertips. Once again, the game is on for Sherlock and John in _\The Empty Hearse,. _\The Sign of Three. and finally, _\His Last Vow..