Film http://tpr.org en 'Apes' For A New Age, With Little Use For Us http://tpr.org/post/apes-new-age-little-use-us It's the end of the world as we know it, and the apes feel fine. As for humanity? Not so much, but <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em> doesn't care so much about their feelings. This dawn is well past mankind's twilight.<p>The excellent 2011 reboot of the <em>Planet of the Apes</em> series ended with a map hinting at the worldwide spread of a man-made contagion. The retrovirus used to make lab apes smart in that film was, it turned out, deadly to humans. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:11:13 +0000 Ian Buckwalter 34882 at http://tpr.org 'Apes' For A New Age, With Little Use For Us Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age http://tpr.org/post/filmed-over-12-years-boyhood-follows-kids-coming-age Usually when characters age in movies, they're covered with makeup and outfitted with prosthetics — or directors use different actors as the characters grow older. But in the new film <em>Boyhood</em>, none of that is necessary.<p>The film takes place over the course of 12 years, and it was shot over the course of 12 years. So we watch the actors getting older for real, which gives their characters a sense of authenticity.<p>At the beginning of the movie, the main character, Mason, is 6 years old. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 editor 34853 at http://tpr.org Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age He Never Really Liked Soccer Until He Made A Movie About It http://tpr.org/post/he-never-really-liked-soccer-until-he-made-movie-about-it <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnuZiwP7CWM</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:23:00 +0000 editor 34846 at http://tpr.org He Never Really Liked Soccer Until He Made A Movie About It An Actor, A University And A Famous Name Lead To A Lawsuit http://tpr.org/post/actor-university-and-famous-name-lead-lawsuit What do you think of when you hear the name Duke? That question is at the heart of a legal dispute between Duke University and the estate of John Wayne.<p>Fans of the late film star will recall that he went by the nickname "Duke," which his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/books/review/scott-eymans-john-wayne-the-life-and-legend.html" target="_blank">biographers have pointed</a> out he picked up in childhood from a dog. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:58:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 34798 at http://tpr.org An Actor, A University And A Famous Name Lead To A Lawsuit 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like http://tpr.org/post/violette-evokes-exasperating-self-pity-trait-french Americans put a lot of stock in being likable. Pollsters take surveys of the president's likability. Test screenings check whether we like the characters in movies. And when a literary novelist like Claire Messud mocks the notion that fictional characters should be someone we'd like to be friends with, writers of popular fiction attack her for snootiness.<p>You rarely find such disputes in France, which finds our fetish of likability charmingly simple, rather like our shock at politicians committing adultery. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 John Powers 34726 at http://tpr.org 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like Richard Dreyfuss' Kids Revisit 'Jaws,' Conclude It Makes No Sense http://tpr.org/post/richard-dreyfuss-kids-revisit-jaws-conclude-it-makes-no-sense <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gciFoEbOA8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I91DJZKRxs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpxOLhuNXfM</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 editor 34665 at http://tpr.org Richard Dreyfuss' Kids Revisit 'Jaws,' Conclude It Makes No Sense 'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky http://tpr.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-screenwriter-paul-mazursky Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. The screenwriter, director and actor Paul Mazursky died one week ago at the age of 84. Today we remember him by listening back to excerpts of two interviews we recorded. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 editor 34628 at http://tpr.org 'A Hard Day's Night' Premiered In London 50 Years Ago http://tpr.org/post/hard-days-night-premiered-london-47-years-ago Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And here's our last word in Business today.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT")<p>THE BEATLES: (Singing) It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log.<p>INSKEEP: You hear the screaming in the background. "A Hard Day's Night" premiered at London's Pavilion Theater on July 6, 1964.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The black-and-white film was a cheeky snapshot of the biggest band in history, the Beatles. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:46:00 +0000 editor 34609 at http://tpr.org Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything' http://tpr.org/post/undeterred-blacklist-lee-grant-said-yes-everything When the actress and director Lee Grant was still just a New York City schoolgirl named Lyova Haskell Rosenthal, she was already surrounded by the arts. Her mother and aunt were obsessed with the men and women of the silver screen.<p>"They spoke all the way up here like this, like rich ladies talked," she tells NPR's Kelly McEvers, elevating her voice. "And so my voice was like that too. I was a bird imitating the birds. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:46:04 +0000 NPR Staff 34598 at http://tpr.org Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything' Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies http://tpr.org/post/bored-fourth-july-try-these-movies Cinema sites abound with lists such as <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2012/06/30/top-ten-movies-for-the-fourth-of-july/">Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July</a> from <em>Forbes</em> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-fourth-of-july-patriotic-movies-pictures-photogallery.html">12 Patriotic Movies</a> by the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.<p>"Cinematically," says <a href="http://maryfpols.com/">Mary F. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 34507 at http://tpr.org Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies