Fri June 6, 2014

Confronting Childhood, 'Dance Of Reality' Touches Yet Somehow Misses The Mark

Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky Abkco films

While he’s been absent from the screen for a long time, 85-year-old filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is making a comeback. Now the subject of Jodorowsky’s Dune, a new documentary about a film he never made, he also has a new film of his own.

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Fri May 30, 2014

Story Isn't On The Menu In 'Chef,' But A Feast For The Senses Sure Is

From left to right, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in 'Chef.'
Merrick Morton Open Road Films

Back in 1997, writer, director and actor Jon Favreau played an overly enthusiastic chef in some episodes of the sitcom Friends. It turns out he was typecast. Favreau loves food and cooking, his new movie Chef proves it.

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Fri May 23, 2014

'Belle,' A Period Drama Both Noble And Safe

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido and Sarah Gadon as Elizabeth in Amma Asante's 'Belle.'
David Appleby Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Amma Asante’s Belle looks like it came out of the manual for how to make utterly respectable and perfectly uninspired movies. It’s a paint-by-numbers film.

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Fri May 23, 2014
Code Switch

'Unmosqued' Examines Muslim Variant Of Unchurched Youth

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 9:00 am

Zain Lodhia plays an original song at a Mawlid, a birthday celebration for the Prophet Muhammad. The event was sponsored by the Webb Foundation, a so-called "Third Space" Muslim faith community outside the traditional mosque.
Monique Parsons NPR

There's a new film screening on American college campuses this spring that's sparking lively debate among Muslim students. Unmosqued depicts a younger generation of American Muslims drifting away from Islam, and it argues that mosques bear the blame.

Recently several hundred people gathered at the Webb Foundation to celebrate Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The foundation is named after an early American convert to Islam. There's no dome, minaret or even a building. It's known for service projects, good Sunday schools and father-daughter camping trips.

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Fri May 16, 2014
All Tech Considered

Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:11 am

Jeff Blank, of Los Angeles-based Drone Dudes, prepares a quadcopter for takeoff. The drone has to chase a motorcycle down a hill.
Aarti Shahani NPR

It is illegal in the U.S. to operate a drone for cash. That's the position of the Federal Aviation Administration — 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.

Drone Startups Hit Hollywood

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