Some films are generating Oscar buzz, including Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. In 2010, she became the first woman to receive an Oscar for Best Director, and that got a lot of people asking why it took so long. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with filmmaker Reginald Hudlin about why so few women and minorities have gotten the golden statue.
The 007 theme is one of the most famous themes in movie history. The infamous guitar riff that gives the theme its secret agent feel was performed by Vic Flick, who spoke to Morning Edition about the day he played it, 50 years ago. (This piece initially aired on October 03, 2012 on Morning Edition).
Les Miserables is one of the most popular theatrical musicals, with 60 million tickets sold in 42 countries. Producers of the movie version are hoping to attract a lot of those fans, too. They shouldn't have a problem, says film critic Kenneth Turan.
Oscar voting is underway, and there are plenty of high-profile offerings like Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Les Miserables. David Greene talks to Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter, about some of the contenders. Masters also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.
To celebrate Christmas, Fresh Air listens back to a concert given by the late singer and actress on Feb. 11, 1997. Clooney spoke then with Terry Gross about her childhood, being on the road as a young performer with her sister, and working with Bing Crosby and Billy Strayhorn.
Patrick McGilligan, author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, evaluates the accuracy of the new Hitchcock biopic starring Anthony Hopkins. McGilligan says much of the film is a "creative and clever fiction" — but that's because "people would rather believe the legend" of the man.
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