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12 Years a Slave
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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
All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine
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.
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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
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Fresh Air: The Man Who ReVitalized Sherlock & Dr. Who
Morning Edition: Benedict Cumberbatch
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..
Shirley Temple Little Darling Collection - 18 DVDs
Morning Edition: Shirley Temple Black dies at 85
The Diane Rehm Show: Shirley Temple Black Interview
BBC: Shirley Temple Black
The most popular film star of the 1930s! With her mega-watt personality and disarming smile, a talented youngster named Shirley Temple danced, acted and sang her way into the hearts of cinema lovers worldwide, creating film history as she did! Never before has there been a more comprehensive 18 DVD collection of Shirley’s beloved classics than this set, which contains eighteen uniquely charming films.
The Shirley Temple Storybook - 6 DVDs - From the personal library of Shirley Temple, this special six-disc DVD compilation features eleven never-before-released one-hour episodes from her memorable 1961 TV series, The Shirley Temple Show. The storybook collection contains timeless children s tales from the world s most enduring authors and features legendary stars like Martin Landau, Agnes Moorehead and Jonathan Winters. This six disc compilation features the following episodes:House of Seven Gables, The Terrible Clockman, Land of Oz, The Reluctant Dragon,Madeline, The Princess and the Goblins, Pippi Longstocking, Kim, The Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, and Babes in Toyland.
Want to stay married? Simply watch five movies with your spouse. A just-published study by UCLA and University of Rochester looked at three ways to help couples stay together. Intensive therapy sessions to help manage conflicts worked. So does compassion and acceptance training. But what also works just as well, is way quicker, and could actually be fun is watching five movies in one month about relationships. Movies and a little discussion cut the divorce or separation rate from 24 to 11 percent after three years.
You can try this at home by following the instructions here.
Here is the American Film Institute’s picks for the top 10 Love Stories of all-time to get your conversation started: (click on the title to purchase or for more information)
Gone with the Wind
West Side Story
An Affair to Remember
The Way We Were
It’s a Wonderful Life
Philip Seymour Hoffman Filmography
All Things Considered: On Philip Seymour Hoffman, And His Many Appearances
Fresh Air: Philip Seymour Hoffman On Acting: An ‘Exhausting’ And ‘Satisfying’ Art
NPR’s Monkey See: Philip Seymour Hoffman And The Blessings Of Friction
All Things Considered: Philip Seymour Hoffman: An ‘Uncanny’ Actor Of Stage And Screen
The Two-Way: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46
Morning Edition: Police Investigate Death Of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
"It is already a cliche, born in the past 18 hours, for a writer to puzzle over the task of remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Sunday. It is indeed hard to figure out what to say about an artist quite so universally admired, and quite so kindly spoken of with such consistency.
"Trying to get your arms around the legacy of this particular actor is challenging indeed: He won an Oscar playing Truman Capote; he is beloved by many for his turn as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous; he elevated big-budget movies like The Hunger Games and Mission: Impossible III; and he acted in an imposing stack of movies for great directors — he was in The Master and Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love and Boogie Nights for Paul Thomas Anderson, in State and Main for David Mamet, in 25th Hour for Spike Lee, in Synecdoche, New York for Charlie Kaufman. He was in The Big Lebowski and Doubt. He was in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and Twister. He was in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
"I apologize for the fact that I have just left out many people’s favorite Hoffman performances in film, not to mention the entirety of his life in theater. It cannot be helped. There are — it is tired already but entirely true to say — too many to allow a good summary. His career never peaked; it just rang out over and over, and the pain of it for selfish admirers is that the peak might still have been coming. We lost at least 30 years of work yesterday; and 30 years before yesterday, he hadn’t even been onscreen yet. He was then seven years away from his screen debut, playing an accused rapist on Law & Order. (Samuel L. Jackson played the defense lawyer.) More than half, in all likelihood, that’s what we lost. And it’s so sad." — Linda Holmes, NPR’s Monkey See
NPR: Movie Review - ‘Muscle’ Packs a Whole Lotta Soul
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
Science Friday: Science Goes to the Movies: Gravity
All Things Considered: Sandra Bullock Boxed in on Set of ‘Gravity’
Fresh Air: Houston, We Have a Space Flick
The Current: Cube Critics on ‘Gravity’
NPR: Movie Review - Gravity
GRAVITY, directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar winners 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.
Fresh Air: Across Nebraska, On a Journey That Goes Beyond the Trip
Weekend Edition: Father & Son Make A Slow Connection in ‘Nebraska’
Morning Edition: Bruce Derns’ Transcendant Performance in ‘Nebraska’
From Academy Awardr winner Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and The Descendants, comes the film that critics are calling “An American Masterpiece.” When a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool’s errand becomes a search for the road to redemption. Discover why Nebraska is “one of those movies I’ll watch for the rest of my life.”
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
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NPR’s Monkey See: The ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’ Argument For Seeing Great Kids’ Movies
NPR: 'Meatballs' Comes With A Helping Of Social Critique
NPR’s Monkey See: Another Helping Of ‘Meatballs’
In the wake of the disastrous food storm at the end of the first movie, Flint Lockwood and friends are forced to leave their town of Swallow Falls. But when it is discovered that sentient food beasts have overrun the island, they are asked to return to save the world again.
NPR: In ‘Rush’ As In Real Life, It’s The Driver, Not The Car
Two-time Academy Award-winner Ron Howard delivers the exhilarating true story of a legendary rivalry that rocked the world. During the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, two drivers emerged as the best: gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers) and his methodical, brilliant Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds). As they mercilessly clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, the two drivers push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there’s no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. Co-starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), it’s the heart-racing, epic, action-drama that critics are calling “one of the best movies of this, or any, year” (Pete Hammond, Movieline).
All Things Considered: Cate Blanchett finds Humor in the Painfully Absurd
Fresh Air: Movie Review - Blue Jasmine
Cube Critics: Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett stars as a former New York socialite teetering between her troubled past and a fresh start in San Francisco.
All Things Considered: How Breakthrough ‘Captain Phillips’ Actor Connected To the Role
Fresh Air: Tom Hanks is ‘Captain Phillips’ in High Seas Hostage Drama
MPR News: Hollywood Turns to Minneapolis for ‘Captain Phillips’ Casting
Cube Critics: Somoli Actors Shine in ‘Captain Phillips’
Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award (R)-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. The film is directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty.