film http://wnpr.org en Philippe Petit's "Perfect Crime" http://wnpr.org/post/philippe-petits-perfect-crime <p>Philippe Petit made his walk between the towers of the World Trade Center 40 years ago. He stayed up on that wire for 45 minutes, made 8 passes between the towers, got down on his knees, and he even laid down on it! But it's more than that one feat - it was a placeholder for a much broader philosophy of risk and creativity, and evidence of who the man really is. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 21837 at http://wnpr.org Philippe Petit's "Perfect Crime" Yale University Hosts First-Ever New Haven-Centric Documentary Film Festival http://wnpr.org/post/yale-university-hosts-first-ever-new-haven-centric-documentary-film-festival <p>A quartet of New Haven filmmakers have organized a documentary film festival this Sunday at Yale University.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:01:33 +0000 Ray Hardman 24328 at http://wnpr.org Yale University Hosts First-Ever New Haven-Centric Documentary Film Festival Actor Eli Wallach, Who Brought Hint Of Humanity To Villainous Roles, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/actor-eli-wallach-reportedly-dies-98 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29kCbliw97A</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:44:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24238 at http://wnpr.org Actor Eli Wallach, Who Brought Hint Of Humanity To Villainous Roles, Dies East Haven Students Produce Short Film On Energy Conservation Lessons From Birds http://wnpr.org/post/east-haven-students-produce-short-film-energy-conservation-lessons-birds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of students at East Haven High School created a short documentary, “Weaving the Way: Lessons From the Weaver Bird.” The film recently won outstanding documentary short at the </span><a href="http://filmfest.skills21.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Connecticut Student Film Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:45:58 +0000 Heather Brandon 22926 at http://wnpr.org East Haven Students Produce Short Film On Energy Conservation Lessons From Birds Live From the 2014 Berkshire International Film Festival http://wnpr.org/post/live-2014-berkshire-international-film-festival <p>Why go to a film festival? Because you might see the guy who plays Jaime Lannister on "Game of Thrones" in a Norwegian film also starting Juliette Binoche about a photojournalist on a dangerous assignment in Kenya. Or you might see a documentary about the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes. Or maybe you'll bump into an acting legend like Karen Allen or Mary Kay Place on the street or in a seat next to yours. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22741 at http://wnpr.org Live From the 2014 Berkshire International Film Festival During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty http://wnpr.org/post/during-world-war-ii-even-filmmakers-reported-duty-0 <em>This interview was originally broadcast on <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/03/285234573/during-world-war-ii-even-filmmakers-reported-for-duty">March 3, 2014</a>.</em><p>When America entered World War II, some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors enlisted and risked their lives. But they weren't fighting — they were filming combat.<p>Through the 1930s, Hollywood and the federal government held a mutual suspicion of each other. Mon, 26 May 2014 18:03:00 +0000 editor 22519 at http://wnpr.org During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty 'Batman V Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope) http://wnpr.org/post/batman-v-superman-legal-thriller-we-hope We learned today that the upcoming sequel to <em>Man Of Steel</em> will be called <em>Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice</em>.<p>This is interesting for several reasons. First of all, "Dawn Of Justice" sounds like a dirty movie about sheriffs. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:06:26 +0000 Linda Holmes 22272 at http://wnpr.org 'Batman V Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope) Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It http://wnpr.org/post/are-filmmakers-using-drones-illegally-looks-it It is illegal in the U.S. to operate a drone for cash. That's the position of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/05/05/309746615/faa-head-safety-privacy-concerns-abound-in-regulating-drones">the Federal Aviation Administration</a> — which is in charge of protecting air space. But at least one industry has decided that it doesn't care and it's going to put drones to work anyway: the film industry.<p><strong>Drone </strong><strong>Startups</strong><strong> Hit Hollywood</strong><p>It's 4:45 a.m. in Southern California, but Jeff Blank is used to starting this early. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:41:00 +0000 editor 21936 at http://wnpr.org Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It A Tribute to Black and White http://wnpr.org/post/tribute-black-and-white <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We crave color. Think of the Spring trip you make to the park, that has beautiful tulips or multicolored roses in the Summer. Think of the enormous travel industry that springs up around fall foliage every year. </span> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 21322 at http://wnpr.org A Tribute to Black and White Documentary Film Looks At Teenagers’ Efforts To Adapt To Climate Change http://wnpr.org/post/documentary-film-looks-teenagers-efforts-adapt-climate-change <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/patb4-28youth-climate-change-documentary.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit BrightBlue Ecomedia" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201404/resilient-ones-documentary-ctsy-bright-blue-ecomedia.jpg" alt="" /><p>Experts agree that climate change is a global problem. A documentary film company in our region planned to look at how Adirondack communities are adapting to climate change. But&#160; the film’s producer changed his focus after encountering high school students at a Youth Climate Summit. Mon, 05 May 2014 14:41:39 +0000 Pat Bradley 21301 at http://wnpr.org Documentary Film Looks At Teenagers’ Efforts To Adapt To Climate Change British Actor Bob Hoskins Dies At 71 http://wnpr.org/post/british-actor-bob-hoskins-dies-71 Bob Hoskins, the British actor who starred in memorable films such as <em>The Long Good Friday</em>, <em>Who Framed Roger Rabbit</em>, <em>Mona Lisa</em> and <em>The Cotton Club</em>, has died. He was 71.<p><em><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/apr/30/bob-hoskins-dies">The Guardian</a></em> cited his agent as saying Hoskins died Tuesday from pneumonia. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:14:00 +0000 editor 21041 at http://wnpr.org British Actor Bob Hoskins Dies At 71 A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public http://wnpr.org/post/trove-celluloid-primed-public <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWH8wdQOEWU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxRmGDV8QDI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMvS9BGQdHY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxZ_KHDm7Sc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOeZr8jrMZY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw-8lyZROIo</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:10:01 +0000 Tom Huizenga 20787 at http://wnpr.org A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public 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 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 Travels to the Grand Budapest Hotel http://wnpr.org/post/nose-travels-grand-budapest-hotel <p> A hilariously fussy hotel manager with a taste for the high life is wrenched from his gay surroundings by the specter of war and a false murder charge. That doesn't <em>sound </em>terribly funny, but it's the premise for "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2278388/" target="_blank">The Grand Budapest Hotel</a>," the latest Wes Anderson movie. Our Nose panelists all went to see it, and it will be one of our topics on this show.<em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19156 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Travels to the Grand Budapest Hotel 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus http://wnpr.org/post/vivian-maier-brings-nanny-photographers-life-focus Is an artist's life relevant to her reputation as an artist? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:52:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 19181 at http://wnpr.org 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus 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 Testimony Given on Aid-in-Dying Bill; Drop in Hospital Revenue http://wnpr.org/post/testimony-given-aid-dying-bill-drop-hospital-revenue <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JEpWK-LRnbc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The legislature's Public Health Committee heard testimony on a bill which would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives. &nbsp;It's supported by an advocacy group called Compassion and Choices, which has spent thousands lobbying for the bill---while the Catholic Church, along with the Family Institute of Connecticut, have voiced strong opposition.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:48:23 +0000 Teri McCready 18575 at http://wnpr.org 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' '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 Moments That Made the Movies http://wnpr.org/post/moments-made-movies-0 <p><em>Today's show originally aired January 7, 2014.</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Note: The web version of today's show (posted all the way at the bottom here) includes full, unedited, and unexpurgated film clips (which include some adult language) and runs more than four minutes longer than the show we did live on the air in January.</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">From Faith Middleton:</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> If you saw </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">When Harry Met Sally…</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, there was a wry, riveting exchange between the two main characters, Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, sitting at a restaurant table, causing an observing customer to say, "I'll have what she's having."</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:46:12 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 17643 at http://wnpr.org Moments That Made the Movies 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 Crooner Wade Visits Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/crooner-wade-visits-hartford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Besides being the first African-American to host a network TV game show, the </span><a href="http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/adam-wade-41" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">versatile<strong> </strong>crooner/actor Adam Wade</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has enjoyed a more than half-century career crowned by countless appearances on stage, screen, and television, and a glorious, too brief flurry of chart-busting recordings in the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Among his hit singles was his tuneful </span>trifecta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of romantic ballads in 1961, "Take Good Care of Her," "As If I Didn’t Know," and "The Writing on the Wall."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Owen McNally 16763 at http://wnpr.org Crooner Wade Visits Hartford Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://wnpr.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-uncanny-actor-stage-and-screen Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/02/270599816/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-at-46">found dead on Sunday</a> in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.<p>Hoffman was steeped in his profession — in film, on stage, in the spotlight and behind the scenes.<p>In 2005, he won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 16368 at http://wnpr.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46 http://wnpr.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-46 Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film <em>Capote</em>, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 46.<p>A New York Police Department spokesman tells NPR that authorities are "investigating Hoffman's death as a possible drug overdose."<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626804579358943360702878?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories%20"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a> quotes a police official as saying the actor was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village apartment late Sunday morning.<p><a href="h Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:39:29 +0000 Scott Neuman 16360 at http://wnpr.org Film Documents Children's Rescue From the Nazis -- and One Lives in Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/film-documents-childrens-rescue-nazis-and-one-lives-hartford <p>Next Monday marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Next week in Woodbridge and Madison, there will be two&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">screenings of the film "Nicky’s Family,"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a Czech documentary that tells the nearly-forgotten story of Sir Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who organized the rescue of 669 children just before start of World War II.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:06:09 +0000 Diane Orson 15764 at http://wnpr.org Film Documents Children's Rescue From the Nazis -- and One Lives in Hartford Why It Makes Even Less Sense Than Usual to Follow The Oscars This Year http://wnpr.org/post/why-it-makes-even-less-sense-usual-follow-oscars-year <p>It's not even a matter of "snubs."</p><p>This year's Oscar nominations got it so wrong as to make a reasonable debate about what happens, going forward, almost impossible.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:44:02 +0000 Colin McEnroe 15590 at http://wnpr.org Why It Makes Even Less Sense Than Usual to Follow The Oscars This Year The Nose Falls in Love With Its Operating System http://wnpr.org/post/nose-falls-love-its-operating-system <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Nose panel went to the movies this week </span><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2014/01/spike_jonze_s_her_is_a_rorschach_test_for_your_feelings_about_technology.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">to see the critically-acclaimed Spike Jonze film, "Her,"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about a future world in which it's not unusual for a man to fall in love with his artificially-intelligent operating system.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:01:30 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 15588 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Falls in Love With Its Operating System