entertainment http://wnpr.org en The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black' http://wnpr.org/post/return-many-shows-they-call-orphan-black When I saw the first episode of BBC America's <em>Orphan Black</em> last year, I was convinced it was a crappy Canadian police drama.<p>That's because the set-up seemed like the oddest sort of crime procedural nonsense. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:17:44 +0000 Eric Deggans 20385 at http://wnpr.org The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black' Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele http://wnpr.org/post/jake-shimabukuro-and-friends-show-how-uken-play-ukulele <p>The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:36:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 20237 at http://wnpr.org Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' http://wnpr.org/post/without-giving-too-much-away-heres-what-we-can-say-about-mad-men <em>This review discusses the plotline of </em>Mad Men<em>, up through the end of Season 6.</em><p>Matthew Weiner's <em>Mad Men </em> begins its seventh season Sunday on AMC. Every season, as this outstanding period drama has made its way through the 1960s, Weiner has been increasingly insistent about the things he doesn't want critics to reveal in advance. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:28:00 +0000 David Bianculli 19990 at http://wnpr.org Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov http://wnpr.org/post/nose-replaces-colbert-marries-jesus-and-has-no-love-gov <p>Scientists say the papyrus that mentions<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/science/scrap-of-papyrus-referring-to-jesus-wife-is-likely-to-be-ancient-scientists-say.html?hp" target="_blank"> a wife of Jesus</a> is not a forgery. Stephen Colbert will take over when Letterman leaves. I'm not saying the two things are connected, but maybe our weekly culture roundtable The Nose will find a common thread.</p><p>It might seem like a small thing - the departure of Stephen Colbert from his late night role in which he depicts a strutting, preening, right-wing media star. In the last analysis, who cares who takes over the Letterman show? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19927 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show' http://wnpr.org/post/stephen-colbert-will-take-over-late-show Breaking news <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSTweet/status/454287447795326978" target="_blank">on CBS-TV's Twitter feed</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Stephen Colbert to be next host of 'The Late Show'...press release coming"<p></blockquote><p>David Letterman <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298889806/david-letterman-will-retire-in-2015" target="_blank">announced last week</a> that he plans to retire in 2015. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19920 at http://wnpr.org Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show' Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/wayne-henderson-jazz-crusaders-co-founder-dies Wayne Henderson, trombonist and co-founding member of the popular jazz-funk band The Jazz Crusaders (later known as The Crusaders), died Friday, April 4, in Culver City, Calif. The cause of death was heart failure, according to The Crusaders' manager. Henderson was 74.<p>Along with fellow Houston musicians Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone) and Stix Hooper (drums), Henderson moved to Southern California and rebranded the group The Jazz Crusaders. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 19748 at http://wnpr.org Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies Mickey Rooney, Actor Who Charmed Audiences For More Than 80 Years, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/mickey-rooney-actor-who-charmed-audiences-more-80-years-dies Mickey Rooney, the legendary actor who got his first Hollywood role at the age of 6 and starred in more than 200 films over the course of a turbulent career, has died. He was 93.<p>Charlene Rooney tells the <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-mickey-rooney-20140407,0,5338354.story#axzz2yCBtsSLN">Los Angeles Times</a></em> that her father-in-law died of natural causes Sunday at the Los Angeles home he shared with her and her husband, Mark Rooney.<p>The actor was a box-office powerhouse in the 1930s and '40s. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:44:10 +0000 Catherine Laidlaw 19698 at http://wnpr.org Mickey Rooney, Actor Who Charmed Audiences For More Than 80 Years, Dies The Scramble Peeps Veep With Frank Rich http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-peeps-veep-frank-rich <p></p><p>Today on the Scramble, we get to spend some time with Frank Rich. Frank wears a lot of hats these days as both editor-at-large at <a href="http://nymag.com/"><em>New York Magazine</em></a> and Executive Producer of <a href="http://www.hbo.com/veep#/">VEEP </a>on HBO. We're going to chat with him in both capacities and there is an interesting bridge between the two realms.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19606 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble Peeps Veep With Frank Rich Indian Actors Dust Off Ancient Sanskrit Drama at Yale http://wnpr.org/post/indian-actors-dust-ancient-sanskrit-drama-yale <p>A troupe of actors from Kerala, India will perform an ancient, traditional drama known as Kudiyattam <a href="http://ism.yale.edu/event/guest-artist-nepathya-balivadham-kutiyattam">this weekend in New Haven.</a></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 19590 at http://wnpr.org Indian Actors Dust Off Ancient Sanskrit Drama at Yale Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos http://wnpr.org/post/whos-boosting-box-office-numbers-report-says-latinos According to a <a href="http://www.mpaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MPAA-Theatrical-Market-Statistics-2013_032514-v2.pdf">recent report published by the Motion Picture Association of America</a>, Latinos went to the movies in 2013 way more often than other ethnic groups in the U.S. relative to their population<a href="http://www.mpaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MPAA-Theatrical-Market-Statistics-2013_032514-v2.pdf"></a>.<p>Last year, Latinos made up 17 percent of the population but accounted for 32 percent of frequent moviegoers (that is, folks who went to more than one movie a month). Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Kat Chow 19583 at http://wnpr.org Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos The Nose Enjoys Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos on the Rocks http://wnpr.org/post/nose-enjoys-neil-degrasse-tysons-cosmos-rocks <p>The original <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBA8DC67D52968201" target="_blank">Carl Sagan "Cosmos"</a> was at least&nbsp; partly a response to the Cold War. Its message: "We're such little specks, can we embrace our common destiny and get along?"</p><p>You could look at the movie "Noah" and the remake of "Cosmos" as two manifestations of an odd phenomenon.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19548 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Enjoys Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos on the Rocks Shakespeare Plus The Beatles, Sort of, at Yale Rep http://wnpr.org/post/shakespeare-plus-beatles-sort-yale-rep <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yale Repertory </span>Theatre’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> current production plays on Shakespeare to tell the story of The Beatles’ triumphant return to England from the U.S. in 1964. Except the band isn’t quite The Beatles, the language isn’t entirely Shakespeare’s, and the songs aren’t by Lennon and McCartney.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:46:02 +0000 Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 19503 at http://wnpr.org Shakespeare Plus The Beatles, Sort of, at Yale Rep Celebrating the Ninth Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival http://wnpr.org/post/celebrating-ninth-annual-trinity-hip-hop-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I say "hip hop," do you think about an art form the exalts </span>bling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, consumption, excess, decadence, and vulgarity? What about all the other hip hop artists, exploring other kinds of truths? Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:03:47 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19472 at http://wnpr.org Celebrating the Ninth Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival Anatomy of a Prank: Is the Show Host Fair Game? http://wnpr.org/post/anatomy-prank-show-host-fair-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every April 1, I think, "Why didn't we do a <em>Colin </em></span><em>McEnroe</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Show</em> on pranks?! Next year, it's </span>gonna<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> happen." A few weeks ago, I put it on the calendar, and started researching.</span></p><p>When I searched "professional prankster," I found <a href="http://www.joeyskaggs.com/" target="_blank">Joey Skaggs</a>, <a href="http://www.tommabe.com" target="_blank">Tom Mabe</a>, and Jeff Pinsker, who was mentioned in <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20096517,00.html" target="_blank">a <em>People</em>&nbsp;magazine article from 1987</a>. He was, at the time, paid to prank CEOs.&nbsp;</p><p>Now Pinsker is the president of <a href="http://www.klutz.com" target="_blank">Klutz</a>, a much-loved kid's book and toy maker. I emailed and asked if he'd be interested in coming on our show to talk about his process of pranking.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He agreed. I exhaled.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:54:25 +0000 Chion Wolf 19414 at http://wnpr.org Anatomy of a Prank: Is the Show Host Fair Game? What It's Like to (Try to) Make Cartoons for The New Yorker http://wnpr.org/post/what-its-try-make-cartoons-new-yorker <p>I'll tell you one of the big thrills of my writing career: I was a contributing editor to Mirabella Magazine in the 80's. I'd written an essay about getting bitten (sort of) by a dog in New Hampshire. The magazine had a huge art budget in those days, and I had already had one of my pieces illustrated by Ed Koren. But they told me this one was being illustrated by George Booth. George Booth! I worship George Booth! And so it came to pass that my article ran with a classing Booth dog cartoon. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19091 at http://wnpr.org What It's Like to (Try to) Make Cartoons for The New Yorker The Scramble: Intelligence Gathering, the History of Missing Airplanes, and the Book of Mormon http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-intelligence-gathering-history-missing-airplanes-and-book-mormon <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:31:44 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18925 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Intelligence Gathering, the History of Missing Airplanes, and the Book of Mormon They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility http://wnpr.org/post/they-cast-whom-actor-choices-offend-every-racial-sensibility <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_at9dOElQk</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Kat Chow 18871 at http://wnpr.org They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility The Nose Lurks Behind the Backdrop of "Between Two Ferns" http://wnpr.org/post/nose-lurks-behind-backdrop-between-two-ferns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama has consistently refused to be a panelist on The Nose, but his appearance this week on </span><a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/18e820ec3f/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-president-barack-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"Between Two Ferns"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with Zach </span>Galifianakis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has given us new hope!</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18383 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Lurks Behind the Backdrop of "Between Two Ferns" The Nose Explores True Entertainment and "Normcore" http://wnpr.org/post/nose-explores-true-entertainment-and-normcore <p>Can great television be as satisfying as great literature? On today's Nose, we'll apply that question to HBO's True Detective.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:24:14 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18042 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Explores True Entertainment and "Normcore" A Psychological Game Of Casting For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' http://wnpr.org/post/psychological-game-casting-grand-budapest-hotel Watching Wes Anderson's films can often feel like a tumble down a rabbit hole. With the opening credits comes entry into a world that's both weird and wonderful. The writer and director of movies like <em>Rushmore</em>, <em>The Royal Tenenbaums</em> and <em>Moonrise Kingdom</em> has long had a point of view that is completely original — even dating back to the fifth grade, when he and a friend dramatized a Kenny Rogers album.<p>"We built quite a nice set," Anderson recalls. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:23:28 +0000 NPR Staff 17925 at http://wnpr.org A Psychological Game Of Casting For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Should Noise in Connecticut Movie Theaters Be Regulated? http://wnpr.org/post/should-noise-connecticut-movie-theaters-be-regulated <p>Connecticut lawmakers are <a href="http://cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00287-R00-SB.htm" target="_blank">considering a proposal that would establish a maximum decibel level at movie theaters across the state</a>.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The General Assembly's Public Safety and Security Committee <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/PSdata/pha/2014PHA00304-R001230PS-PHA.htm" target="_blank">heard testimony during a public hearing</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday, including from Joseph Masher, the chief operating officer of Bow Tie Cinemas.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:36:45 +0000 Heather Brandon 17854 at http://wnpr.org Should Noise in Connecticut Movie Theaters Be Regulated? The Scramble: Are A.J. Jacobs, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Rowland Related? http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-are-aj-jacobs-lupita-nyongo-and-john-rowland-related <p></p><p>Today on The Scramble, one of our favorite writers, <a href="http://ajjacobs.com/">A.J. Jacobs</a> takes us deep inside the world of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/opinion/sunday/are-you-my-cousin.html?_r=0">modern ancestry research </a>where websites are all &nbsp;too happy to tell you that you're distantly related to Gwynyth&nbsp;Paltrow, Michael Bloomberg, Quincy Jones, and King David. &nbsp;Those are all actual examples of people A.J. was told are his relatives.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:34:09 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17805 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Are A.J. Jacobs, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Rowland Related? '12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big At The Oscars http://wnpr.org/post/its-oscar-night-and-were-live-tweeting-it After several days of heavy rain in Los Angeles, the sun came out just as the 86th annual Academy Awards got underway at the Dolby Theater.<p>The big award of the night, for Best Picture, went to <em>12 Years a Slave</em>. The film tells the harrowing tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man in New York who was sold into slavery. (See the <a href="#winners">full list of winners</a> below.)<p>The big acting awards went to Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:58:38 +0000 Steve Mulllis 17785 at http://wnpr.org '12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big At The Oscars Oscar Spoiler Alert: What We Already Know About The Winners http://wnpr.org/post/oscar-spoiler-alert-what-we-already-know-about-winners Sunday night's Oscars will include a Best Picture race that's apparently narrowed to three films: <em>12 Years A Slave</em>, <em>Gravity</em>, and maybe <em>American Hustle</em>. Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor? Maybe. Or Leonardo DiCaprio? What about Cate Blanchett, a seeming shoo-in despite Meryl Streep delivering, in <em>August Osage County</em>, the biggest, chewiest, most Oscar-friendly performance of all time?<p>Sure, some of these things are still mysteries. But that doesn't mean we don't know anything about the winners. We actually know a lot about the winners. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:05:08 +0000 Linda Holmes 17782 at http://wnpr.org Oscar Spoiler Alert: What We Already Know About The Winners The Human Moments We Miss, Backstage At The Oscars http://wnpr.org/post/human-moments-we-miss-backstage-oscars Picture this: You're standing on a stage. You're the center of attention in an auditorium filled with over 3,000 people. Roughly 40 million more are watching you on TV.<p>No, this isn't a nightmare — it's the Academy Awards. Every year, the standout members of the film industry are presented with Hollywood's highest honor: an Oscar.<p>But what happens <em>after</em> you've won the coveted gold statue? What does it feel like to walk away from the flashbulbs and fans, and step into the quiet darkness behind the curtains?<p>Anthony Breznican knows. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 17759 at http://wnpr.org The Human Moments We Miss, Backstage At The Oscars The Nose Predicts High Drama at the Academy Awards http://wnpr.org/post/nose-predicts-high-drama-academy-awards <p></p><p>We have a question: Where does Adam Sandler watch the Oscars? Does he sit there with all the people who are actually up for awards, or is he home alone, with his baseball cap on backwards? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:51:54 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 17705 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Predicts High Drama at the Academy Awards Get the Popcorn. Take Your Seat. We're Talking Remakes http://wnpr.org/post/get-popcorn-take-your-seat-were-talking-remakes <p></p><p></p><p>Remakes are easy. Money-makers are hard. We live in a sloshing sea of those movie remakes but it's rare for one of them to out gross the original. An exception, oddly enough, was the remake of <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clash_of_the_titans_2010/">"Clash of the Titans,</a>" which significantly outperformed its 80s predecessor.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:13:42 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17578 at http://wnpr.org Get the Popcorn. Take Your Seat. We're Talking Remakes The Nose Wipes Its Eyes, Blames the Fame, and Explores the Radio Dial http://wnpr.org/post/nose-wipes-its-eyes-blames-fame-and-explores-radio-dial <p>Last Sunday, we took a road trip into New York City, but before we left, I read <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/opinion/sunday/driving-to-the-music-of-chance.html?hp&amp;rref=opinion" target="_blank">Beth Boyle Machlan's <em>New York Times</em> essay</a> about the joys she sometimes gets driving with her kids, and surrendering their collective eardrums to the serendipities of commercial radio. She learns some of their songs, they learn some of hers... Everybody gives up some of the fierce control we all maintain these days over what we call our "playlists."</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 17321 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Wipes Its Eyes, Blames the Fame, and Explores the Radio Dial With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show' http://wnpr.org/post/humor-and-nod-history-fallon-takes-over-tonight-show Opening nights of new incarnations of late-night TV talk shows are good, mostly, for first impressions — or, in the case of Jay Leno, sometimes a second impression. It's not fair to make strong judgments on the content alone, because a first show always is top-heavy with ideas, special guests and nervousness. But it <em>is </em>fair game to judge the set, the environment, the overall mood, and how well the host fits into the history of late-night television.<p>Jimmy Fallon, at age 39, fits into it very well. For one thing, he <em>knows </em>the history. He also appreciates it ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:03:00 +0000 David Bianculli 17201 at http://wnpr.org With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show' Jimmy Fallon, 'Your Host ... For Now,' Takes Over 'Tonight' http://wnpr.org/post/jimmy-fallon-your-host-now-takes-over-tonight The new guy's getting pretty good reviews.<p>Jimmy Fallon took over NBC's <a href="http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show" target="_blank"><em>The Tonight Show</em></a> on Monday night, saying he just wants "to do the best I can ... make you laugh and put a smile on your face."<p>I'm "your host ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17130 at http://wnpr.org Jimmy Fallon, 'Your Host ... For Now,' Takes Over 'Tonight'