Sun September 7, 2014
My Big Break

How Dolph Lundgren Went From Chemical Engineer To Action Star

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 1:17 pm

Dolph Lundgren's performance in Rocky IV as Ivan Drago — ” the "blond beast with flatiron hair and perfect muscles," as one critic wrote — ” made a big impression on American audiences
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As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Before he was Ivan Drago, He-Man or an "Expendable," Dolph Lundgren was just another 6-foot-5-inch Swedish male model with a black belt in karate and a degree in chemical engineering.

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Sat September 6, 2014
Movie Interviews

One Woman, Many Surprises: Pacifist Muslim, British Spy, WWII Hero

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 6:25 am

Grace Srinivasan plays Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian-American Muslim woman who spied for the British during World War II, in a new docudrama about her life.
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Noor Inayat Khan, one of the heroines of World War II, had a short, astonishing life, one that took her from a pacifist childhood to a daring career in covert operations. She was a Muslim woman who worked as a British spy — a radio operator — in Nazi-occupied Paris.

A new docudrama about her, Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story, premieres Tuesday on PBS.

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Fri September 5, 2014

Telluride Film Festival A Masterpiece In Itself

Telluride, Colorado plays host to one of the most respected film festivals in the world
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Since 1974, the Telluride Film Festival has taken place over Labor Day Weekend. According to KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who also teaches film and television at CU-Denver, the festival can be a life-shifting event.

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Sat August 30, 2014

When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 3:54 pm

This summer's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel was the highest-rated in the special's 27-year history. But that success has also brought complaints.

The network has been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with "documentaries" that advance dubious theories — or are entirely fake. Discovery Channel has aired specials about everything from mythical monster sharks in Louisiana's rivers to long-extinct Megalodons supposedly still swimming the seas.

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Fri August 29, 2014

Who You Gonna Call? 30 Years On, The Answer's Still 'Ghostbusters'

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in 'Ghostbusters.'
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Aside from the furniture in her apartment and the costumes and hair worn by actress Sigourney Weaver, Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters hasn’t aged much.

You have to wonder why.

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