May 31, 2004 An estimated 100 movies will debut in U.S. theaters between Memorial Day and Labor Day. NPR's Bob Mondello offers a selective preview of some of the summer movies he says might be interesting.
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May 30, 2004 NPR's Linda Wertheimer and NPR's Bob Mondello discuss disaster films over the decades -- and what they tell us about our fears.
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May 29, 2004 The parade of big-budget summer movies is under way with The Day After Tomorrow, and true to form, special effects play a big role. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Allan Magled, visual effects supervisor for Soho VFX, about the history and magic of his craft.
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May 28, 2004 The new HBO film Something the Lord Made tells the story of the interracial medical collaboration behind the first successful open-heart surgery in 1944. At a time of strict racial conventions, Dr. Alfred Blalock, a wealthy, white Southern surgeon, formed a remarkable partnership with his black assistant, Vivien Thomas. NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with Joseph Sargent, the film's director.
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May 28, 2004 In the French film Since Otar Left, a mother and daughter conspire to hide tragic news from 90-year-old grandmother Eka. The film, which won the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2003, explores the poignant interplay between the three generations of women in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has a review.
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May 27, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick speaks to Roland Emmerich, director of the summer blockbuster The Day After Today Tomorrow, which looks at what would happen if global warming caused a cataclysmic climatic event.
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May 25, 2004 What would happen if all of the Latinos in California, the world's fifth-largest economy, suddenly vanished? NPR's Tavis Smiley has a conversation with Sergio Arau, the director and co-writer of the "mockumentary" A Day Without a Mexican. Arau's wife, Yareli Arizmendi, joins the conversation. She co-wrote the film's screenplay and plays the role of the last Latina left in California.
May 25, 2004 An uncut version of the 1954 Japanese sci-fi movie Godzilla is finally premiering in U.S. theaters. The original film was in part a meditation on the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But its American distributors, who wanted to emphasize the film's monster-movie aspects, cut out 40 minutes and added new scenes starring American actor Raymond Burr. David D'Arcy reports.
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May 24, 2004 Everyone knows Sam Houston said, "Remember the Alamo" to rally his troops after hearing the news from San Antonio. After all, we saw it at the movies. How much has Hollywood shaped our collective memory? Join NPR's Neal Conan to explore the intertwining of U.S. history and film. Guest: Peter Rollins *Professor of English and American film studies at Oklahoma State University *Editor and chief of the Journal Film and History *Author and editor of many books on film. The latest is The Columbia Companion to America History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the American Past
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March 29, 2004 To create memorable roles in such films as Say Anything and I Shot Andy Warhol, actress Lili Taylor turns to the tools of psychology, she tells Intersections, our series on artists' inspirations. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.
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February 27, 2004 As Sunday night's Oscar awards approach, we unearth a gem from the Lost and Found Sound archives from 1977 -- a home recording of 5-year-old Sofia Coppola, nominated for best director for Lost in Translation. Coppola is being interviewed by her father, Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola, who asks his daughter to talk to her future adult self.
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November 4, 2003 He became a star for his role as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He's been nominated for numerous Academy Awards, and he stars with Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins in the suspenseful drama Mystic River.
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August 15, 2003 The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, compile audio comments about Saturday's planned celebration of home movies. The event honors pre-camcorder America, when friends and family were captured on 8 mm and 16 mm celluloid. Promoters of the event say home movies give us a look at the past that newsreel and old TV broadcasts can't. Some are very private statements about how the camera operator viewed the world; others show new perspectives. For example, an African-American family's home movies show segregated life from their point of view. Other films are unintentional "art."
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November 14, 2002 He has starred in the mock-horror vomitorium comedies: The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead Two and Army of Darkness, all directed by Sam Raimi. He also has had television roles in the popular series Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules. More recently Campbell appeared in Spiderman and Serving Sarah. Campbell's memoir, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, is now out in paperback.
August 22, 2002 Screenwriter Mike White. He wrote and starred in the independent film Chuck & Buck. His latest film is The Good Girl which stars Jennifer Aniston. White also wrote for the TV shows Dawsons Creek, and Freaks and Geeks.
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