Fri February 21, 2014

'If You Build It' Gives Hope For Success, But You'll Miss The Struggle

Studio H student Erick Bowen and instructor Matthew Miller work on constructing the Windsor Farmers Market pavilion. From "If You Build It."
Long Shot Factory

In the new documentary If You Build It, a group of high school students build a farmers market in a small North Carolina town. The project was an experiment in education that seems to have worked, but does a good project equal a good film?

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Tue February 18, 2014

Getting 'Dallas Buyers Club' Made Took Tenacity And 'Will'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:03 am

Rayon (Jared Leto) and Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) are fellow AIDS patients smuggling alternative medications into the U.S. in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
Anne Marie Fox Courtesy of Focus Features


Fri February 7, 2014

Behind The Movie, Tales From The Real-Life 'Monuments Men'

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 2:17 pm

Ettlinger at age 22, after his stint in the army.
Courtesy George Ettlinger

It's not often that a big-budget Hollywood film turns its attention to art historians and curators. But that's the subject of The Monuments Men, opening this weekend at a multiplex near you.

George Clooney stars in and directs the story, about a special group of soldiers tasked with protecting the masterpieces of European culture during the chaos of World War II and its aftermath. But as you might expect, the real story of the Monuments Men — and women — is messier and less glamorous than the Hollywood version.

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Thu January 30, 2014
Arts & Life

Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 12:38 pm

Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch in the opera Brokeback Mountain.
Javier del Real Courtesy of the artist

In 2005, the film Brokeback Mountain broke ground as a major motion picture portraying a love story about two men: a pair of young cowboys, Ennis and Jack, in the 1960s.

They fall in love during a summer spent tending sheep in the isolation of a fictional mountain in Wyoming. They spend the rest of the film — and their lives — grappling with a love that they have to keep secret.

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Sun January 19, 2014
The Sunday Conversation

Hard-Working Hollywood Extra Hopes For Bigger Roles

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 9:59 am

Actor Jesse Heiman has had some less-busy years, but says, "this town works in crazy ways ... and your next big day could be tomorrow. So you just gotta keep your head up and keep going."
Bobby Quillard

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

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