Film

Movie Interviews
8:46 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

From Casting To Cutting The N-Word, The Making Of 'Gone With The Wind'

Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) made their film debut in 1939's Gone with the Wind.
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Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 10:00 am

Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler are one of the most enduring couples in American cinema, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of their film debut in Gone with the Wind, a tale of war, love gone wrong and tragic endings. Adjusted for inflation, the epic melodrama has grossed more money than any other American film.

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Movie Reviews
10:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

A Barkeep With A Past, In Slow-Burning Thriller "The Drop"

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy are bar owners that have a lot to be worried about in "The Drop."
Credit Fox Searchlight

The shadowy, tough-as-nails characters of Boston author Dennis Lahane are transferred to Brooklyn (for no apparent reason) in “The Drop,” a new film by the Academy Award-nominated director Michaël R. Roskam. Tom Hardy stars as Bob Saginowski, a bartender who may or may not have a wicked past. He’s so detached and unemotional, he keeps you guessing throughout the film. It’s actually a wonder that any of the supporting characters can manage to have a conversation with him. 

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History
5:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

Theodore Roosevelt, seen here in 1885, was haunted by the fact that his father didn't fight in the Civil War.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division/PBS

Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt did as much to create 20th-century America as any three people linked by blood and marriage.

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Television
12:38 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

In this undated photo, Theodore Roosevelt waves to a crowd.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 2:28 pm

Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his most resonant and famous line during his presidential inauguration speech of 1933: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief, that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." It was resonant because he was being defiant, and optimistic, in the face of the Great Depression — and it was famous because it was broadcast live, to the entire nation, on the relatively new medium of radio.

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Movies
3:16 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Oscar Buzz Builds At Toronto Film Fest

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 5:40 pm

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Movies
2:37 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Ty Burr's Take On The Toronto International Film Festival

Pictured here is Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from the film, "Nightcrawler" which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (Open Road Films via AP)

The Toronto International Film Festival started on September 4th runs through this Sunday. It’s a place where many films start generating Oscar buzz.

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss some of his early favorites including “The Theory of Everything,” “Nightcrawler,” A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” and “The Last Five Years.”

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Movie Reviews
12:47 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

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My Big Break
4:33 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

How Dolph Lundgren Went From Chemical Engineer To Action Star

Dolph Lundgren's performance in Rocky IV as Ivan Drago — ” the "blond beast with flatiron hair and perfect muscles," as one critic wrote — ” made a big impression on American audiences
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Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 2:17 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Before he was Ivan Drago, He-Man or an "Expendable," Dolph Lundgren was just another 6-foot-5-inch Swedish male model with a black belt in karate and a degree in chemical engineering.

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Movies
9:35 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Nearly 40 Years Later, Secrets Of "Hanging Rock" Still Beguiling

Miranda (Anne-Louise Lambert), laying with nature.
Credit Courtesy of the Criterion Collection

Mystery abounds in Peter Weir’s “Picnic At Hanging Rock,” a movie that would not ever be made today both for its unresolved plot as well as the subtlety at which the movie suggests the budding sexuality of its young stars. If Hollywood were making this movie now, it would star a bikini-clad Selena Gomez and end with the revelation that she was swallowed by a UFO or something. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Television
3:13 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

In 'The Chair,' Two Filmmakers Make Movies From The Same Script

One of the competitors on The Chair is Anna Martemucci, a graduate of New York University film school who has written and acted before, but never directed.
Helena Lukas Martemucci 2014 Chair One Productions

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 10:18 pm

Here's where I stand on so-called reality TV. All those shows that are built around people misbehaving to get attention and claw for fame — in other words, all those Real Housewives shows, and every Big Brother and any show like it — I have absolutely no use for.

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