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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.
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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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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..
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.