The Two-Way
1:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

James Bond Will Be Back Next Year — And He's Battling An Old Enemy

(From left) British actress Naomi Harris, French actress Lea Seydoux, British actor Daniel Craig, Italian actress Monica Bellucci and Austrian actor Christoph Waltz pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, at Pinewood Studios near London on Thursday.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 12:56 pm

SPECTRE, as James Bond fans will know, stands for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It's the organization 007 has battled since his first screen outing in Dr. No in 1962.

It's also the name of the new Bond movie, the 24th installation in the franchise, director Sam Mendes announced today.

Daniel Craig will return as Bond for the fourth time. Mendes also directed the 23rd Bond film, the hugely successful Skyfall.

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Christopher Lloyd Ignored His Dad, Then Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Christopher Lloyd, Christine Woods, Avi Lake
DoveNote Films

A movie was quietly filmed in San Antonio last year. I recently spoke about it to one of its principal actors, Christopher Lloyd, known most for his roles in TV’s sitcom ‘Taxi’ and in the ‘Back to the Future’ movies.

“It’s a story about a young man, married, who apparently had a real desire to be a songwriter.”

But like most of us, he didn’t stick it out long enough.

“His wife and his daughter, and his dad, kind of pressure him into giving it another go.”

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NPR Story
3:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Star Wars Fans Force Sands Back From Darth Vader's Tunisia Birthplace

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 6:44 am

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9:45 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

The Holiday Films Are Coming, From 'Moses' To 'Annie'

Rameses (Joel Edgerton) and his wife Nefertari (Golshifteh Farahani) try to save their stricken child, a victim of one of the plagues, in Exodus: Gods And Kings.
Kerry Brown Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 6:57 pm

Every year, Hollywood tries to go out with a bang — the question this year is, which bang will be biggest? For sheer moviemaking grandeur, you'd think it would be hard to top the subduing of the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. But Peter Jackson's only got Gandalf and armies. In Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott's got Moses, 400,000 slaves, and an effects budget Pharaoh would envy, not to mention the parting of the Red Sea.

Shall we call that a draw?

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Monkey See
4:43 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Candace Cameron Bure and David O'Donnell star in Hallmark's Christmas Under Wraps, which airs Saturday on The Hallmark Channel.
Fred Hayes Crown Media

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:36 pm

On today's All Things Considered, my great dream came true: Audie Cornish and I sat down for a chat about Hallmark/Lifetime/UP movies of the holiday season. Do people really watch them? What are they about? Can they save Christmas? You may have read my story a couple of weeks back about being busted watching these movies, so you know that I mean it when I say I watch them and I don't judge.

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Movie Interviews
9:42 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

'Madagascar' Director Polishes His Penguin Voice

Penguins of Madagascar follows a spy team of penguins, who first appeared in the film series Madagascar, as they work to stymie an evil octopus' plan to take over the world.
DreamWorks Animation

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 8:36 am

The voice actors in Penguins of Madagascar, out Wednesday, include some of the boldface names you might expect on a big-budget animated film. John Malkovich voices an evil octopus, abducting penguins around the world. Benedict Cumberbatch voices a wolf who helps four penguins on their spy mission to stop the villain.

But the star of the film, a penguin named Skipper, is voiced by Tom McGrath — who co-directed the first three films in the "Madagascar" franchise, and is an executive producer of the new installment.

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Music News
7:41 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

In Bowling Alleys And In Rock Clubs, The Dude Abides

Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders perform in concert at the Paramount in Huntington, N.Y.
Debby Wong Corbis

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 4:41 pm

Actor Jeff Bridges may have revealed his musical talent in a movie — as Bad Blake, the fading country singer in Crazy Heart — but music is more than just a side gig for him.

Bridges says he's always strumming his guitar, even when he's on a movie set.

"Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," he says. "And if there's a nice tree to sit by, or a little creek or something, I'll go out there. Anywhere is a good place to play music."

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Code Switch
7:41 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next?

After Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42, he starred as a suspiciously tall James Brown in 2014's Get On Up.
Universal Pictures

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 12:16 pm

Movie award season is upon us once again, which means that it's peak biopic season. You know what I mean — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person portrayed by a Very Serious Actor.

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Music Articles
7:42 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers.
Dawn Jones Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Performing Arts
10:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an immigrant from Germany. Nichols was honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2010.
Kevin Winter Getty Images for AFI

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 10:31 am

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