Our Movie Date team has given us their predictions in the big categories for Oscar night, but there's another smaller category that's getting a lot of buzz this year: The original song category. In fact, the category has never been so modern, hip, and controversial. John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck on our partner station WNYC, walks us through the nominees.
Our "Real People/Best Pictures" series continues as we look at "American Hustle." The film tells the story of the FBI's Abscam sting investigation, which ended with the prosecution of six U.S. representatives, a U.S. senator, and many other public officials. Gregory Wallance was a member of the Abscam prosecution team as an assistant United States attorney. He talks about what the actual case was like, and how the movie differs from the real life events.
All this week on our "Real People / Best Pictures" series, we're looking at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and exploring the stories with people who are intimately connected with the films. "12 Years A Slave" tells the story of Solomon Northup, who was enslaved until he was eventually able to regain his freedom 12 years later. The film is based on Northup’s memoir, which was a bestseller during his time. Today we talk to Clayton Adams, the great-great-great-grandson of Solomon Northup.
All this week, our series "Real People/Best Picture" looks at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and talking with people who are intimately connected with the stories behind those films. Today, our subject is Dallas Buyers Club. William Waybourn was the President of the Dallas Gay Alliance in the 1980s, which served the gay community and people living with AIDS. He tells us about that time and his thoughts on the movie.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen discuss how, if they were in a Hollywood blockbuster, they'd most want to be killed. The options: volcano ('Pompeii'), middle aged assassin ('Three Days to Kill'), or sinister lovers ('In Secret'). Rafer and Kristen also discuss the controversy around this year's Oscar nominees for best original song. And, as always, there's trivia!
Also on Today's Show: The Takeaway's Movie Date team—Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzma—reviews this weekend’s new releases which include the Victorian Era film noir "In Secret," the action film "Three Days to Kill," and the over-the-top popcorn flick "Pompeii."... Composer Michael Hearst has written a dozen songs for a new PBS Digital series that focuses on unusual creatures. From the Jesus Christ Lizard to the blobfish, the songs help to explore some of the world’s most mysterious animals.
Rosanne Cash just released her first new album in four years, called "The River and the Thread." Seeking the inspiration for truly great songwriting, beyond Grammy's, pop hits and genre classics, has been a lifelong journey for Cash. The inspiration for her latest album came from a trip back to the South, which put her back in touch with her roots. Rosanne Cash discusses the process she went through to breathe life into her new music—and what she learned about herself along the way.
Sir Ian McKellen stopped by The Greene Space at WNYC yesterday for a live lunchtime chat with a studio audience and our host John Hockenberry. He discussed his life and work in theater and on screen, from the Broadway stage play "Waiting for Godot," to X-Men and his friendship with Sir Patrick Stewart. Here you'll find selected audio and video clips of McKellen's interview, as well as a link to the full conversation.
Early Friday morning, Netflix released the entire second season of its show "House of Cards." Though Netflix refuses to release the viewership numbers, when looking at the hype online, and the estimates by one internet provider that 15 percent of their Netflix subscribers watched the show over the weekend, it's safe to say that the show is a hit. But just how realistic is the show about a corrupt majority whip? A real former whip—Congressman David Bonior—joins us today to share his insights.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, the 1980s are back in full force, as Kristen and Rafer review three remakes of 80s movies and one adaptation of an 80s novel. On the chopping block: 'Endless Love' (based on 1981's 'Endless Love'), 'Robocop' (based on 1987's 'Robocop'), 'About Last Night' (based on 1986's 'About Last Night'), and 'Winter's Tale' (based on the 1983 novel 'Winter's Tale). Also, Rafer and Kristen offer some movie therapy to a listener who wants some Valentine's Day films that aren't sickeningly sweet. So cozy up, and grab your chocolate, because there won't be any sugar in this week's Movie Date podcast!
Also on Today's Show: At least half a dozen states are looking to change their laws around alcohol this year, including allowing grocery stores in some states to sell either liquor and/or wine, reducing taxes, and eliminating mandatory “Sunday closing,” among other things...Our Movie Date team reviews this weekend’s releases, which include: “Winter’s Tale,” “Robocop,” “Endless Love,” and “About Last Night.”
Red-headed women are often perceived as fiery and dangerous. But their male counterparts are associated with different stereotypes - they're clownish, weak and maybe a bit hefty. Scott Harris, director of "Being Ginger," and Anne Margaret Daniel, a professor and blogger for the Huffington Post who specializes in the social history of red-heads, discuss why people across the world judge those with red hair.
This week, just nine months after the Boy Scouts of America lifted their longtime ban on openly gay scouts, 17-year old Pascal Tessier became the first openly gay member to be officially recognized as an Eagle Scout. But in six months, Pascal will no longer be allowed to be a part of the Boy Scouts of America. That’s because he’ll be turning 18, and according to the BSA guidelines, openly gay adults are not welcome.
From the unusual origins of Craigslist's "Missed Connections" to the science behind eHarmony, we take a look at the tech powering online dating sites.
The top dogs have been separated from the under dogs, crowning one canine best in show. This year there were nearly 3,000 entrants from around the world at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. But in the end, the judges could crown only one and they selected a 5-year-old wire fox terrier named Sky, giving that breed its 14th win in the 138th edition of Westminster. Here to tell us more about the winner, the losers, and the headline makers is Sarah Montague, WNYC’s resident dog expert.
With the 50th anniversary of The Beatles's legendary performance on the Ed Sullivan Show this sunday, we take a look at the modern bands who owe John, Paul, George, and Ringo some credit. From Radiohead to Broken Bells, John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, explains why so many bands draw on the experimental yet harmony-driven music of The Beatles.
This week's Movie Date podcast includes some heavy matters as well as some livelier ones. On the heavy side, Rafer and Kristen give a recap on the recent Woody Allen / Dylan Farrow drama (warning: if you're looking for them to come down on one side or the other, you're going to be disappointed). They also remember the brilliant actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, with the help of Hoffman's friend and former high school English teacher, John Baynes, of Fairport High School in Rochester, NY. On the livelier side, they review the star-packed WWII film, "Monuments Men," and the animated action adventure, "The Lego Movie." And, as usual, there's also listener mail and trivia.
The Opening Ceremony to the Sochi Olympics will feature an array of national anthems and the Olympics theme song. But for Russians, and Russian Americans, the music of Sochi and of the nation goes far beyond the slopes and podiums. John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck, shares some Russian tunes to enjoy during the Olympics.
This week's Movie Date podcast is going up a few days late, as Rafer and Kristen have been on vacation. Thanks for your patience! And now, with no further ado, reviews of the suspense/romance "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin; and the bromance/chick flick "That Awkward Moment," starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller.
Today the New York Department of Financial Services begins its first of two days of hearings on digital currencies like Bitcoin. Charlie Herman, economics editor for WNYC, discusses how today's hearings could change our understanding of virtual currency. While Bitcoin may be on the rise, the currencies in emerging markets are on the decline. Gillian Tett, assistant managing editor and columnist at The Financial Times, predicted the early months of 2014 would bring this sort of turbulence.