Music Interviews
10:05 am
Sun June 1, 2014

In Perfect Movie Music, Filling Space Is An Art

Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray's performances got an emotional boost from Brian Reitzell, the music supervisor for Lost in Translation and many other films.
Focus Features

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:47 am

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Movie Reviews
9:22 am
Fri May 30, 2014

'Night Moves' Leaves Too Much In The Dark

In Night Moves, Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) and two other partners in crime (played by Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard) plot to load a boat with explosives and blow up a dam in an act of consciousness-raising eco-terrorism.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 6:09 pm

The natural world has never been the most hospitable place for Kelly Reichardt's characters. In Meek's Cutoff, a group of 19th century settlers nearly lose their lives while traveling west across the scorching Oregon desert. In Wendy and Lucy, when Wendy is forced to sleep in the woods after her car breaks down on the way to Alaska, she wakes up in the middle of the night to a deranged man talking to himself right by her side.

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Movie Reviews
9:21 am
Fri May 30, 2014

MacFarlane's 'Million Ways To Die In The West' Is An Assault Of Its Own

Seth MacFarlane, who wrote and directed A Million Ways to Die in the West, stars as Albert, a cowardly sheep farmer who inadvertently falls in love with the wife (Charlize Theron) of a dangerous outlaw (Liam Neeson).
Universal Pictures

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 6:54 pm

There's a scene in Seth MacFarlane's animated sitcom Family Guy in which the precocious baby Stewie attempts to get his mom's attention through a solid 30 seconds of just repeating her name or variations on the word "mom." That's the whole joke: A kid just keeps repeating essentially the same word for 30 seconds until he wears her down, and then he doesn't have anything more to say than "hi" once he finally gets her attention.

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Movie Reviews
9:21 am
Fri May 30, 2014

'Maleficent' Tells The Fairy Tale From The Wicked One's Perspective

Maleficent rehabilitates the most maligned figure in the fairy tale canon.
Frank Connor Disney

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Of all Disney heroines, Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, was the least inspiring. Not her fault: How much spark can you wring from a Forever Nap, especially one that's cut off by a kiss from a prince named after the Duke of Edinburgh?

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The Two-Way
1:36 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Bill Murray Offers Bachelor Party Advice On Love And Life

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 4:45 pm

Bill Murray dropped by a bachelor party in South Carolina this past weekend and offered up some advice.

"You know how funerals are not for the dead, they're for the living?" the comic actor says in a video posted by Deadspin. "Bachelor parties are not for the groom; they're for the unmarried."

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The Source - May 27,2014
11:56 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Source: San Antonio On The Screen, But Filmed Elsewhere

Television shows like NBC's "The Night Shift" are set in San Antonio, but filmed in New Mexico.

The new NBC drama "The Night Shift" starts tonight and is set in San Antonio, but the show itself is filmed in Albuquerque. A new movie, "The Texas Way," stars Reese Witherspoon as a San Antonio Police officer. It was filmed in New Orleans. 

Like the middle child of Texas, San Antonio welcomes the attention, but why are we watching those productions, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars that would have come along with them, walk out the door? 

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Movie Interviews
4:42 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

'Bring Out The Gimp': The Man Behind The Mask In 'Pulp Fiction'

The Gimp character in Pulp Fiction, clad head-to-toe in studded black leather, has no lines in the film but still manages to be memorable.
Screenshot of "Pulp Fiction," produced by Miramax

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 5:29 pm

The Cannes Film Festival awarded of its highest prize, the Palme d'Or, to the Turkish film Winter Sleep on Saturday. Twenty years ago, Pulp Fiction took that same award and triggered writer-director Quentin Tarantino's ascent to the A-list.

The movie introduced the world to a number of now-legendary characters, including a very mysterious one: the Gimp.

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Movie Reviews
3:43 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Seeing The New 'X-Men'? Take Along A Teenager To Explain

Professor Xavier and Magneto scheme to send Wolverine back to the Nixon-era past to avert a devastating war in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Alan Markfield/Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:36 pm

The final "X" in the 20th Century Fox logo glows for an extra second as X-Men: Days of Future Past gets started, but what follows is darker than dark — a bleak, dire future in which all of Manhattan is a mutant prison camp.

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NPR Story
2:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Clive Owen Gets Wordy In New Romantic Comedy

British actor Clive Owen, who stars in "Words and Pictures," is pictured here on May 20, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 2:54 pm

British actor Clive Owen is known for his roles in thrillers such as “Killer Elite,” the dystopian “Children of Men” and Spike Lee’s heist drama “Inside Man.” But for his latest film, he goes into academia.

In “Words and Pictures,” Owen plays a poet turned prep school English teacher. His job is in jeopardy: he drinks too much and his teaching has become lackluster.

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Movie Interviews
4:18 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Filmmaker Brings Light To Roma, Holocaust Victims Lost To History

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:16 pm

The Roma people — commonly called Gypsies — have long been relegated to the margins of European society. As outsiders, they were targeted during the Holocaust, but the number of victims remains little-known. Filmmaker Aaron Yeger tells their story in the documentary A People Uncounted, and he joins the program to explain more.

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