films http://nhpr.org en 3.12.14: Andre Dubus III, Children's Books, South By Southwest, & Vermont's Heroin 'Epidemic' http://nhpr.org/post/31214-andre-dubus-iii-childrens-books-south-southwest-vermonts-heroin-epidemic <p><strong>Author Andre Dubus III talks about his new book "Dirty Love"</strong></p><ul><li>A successful professional hopes to win back his wife after proving her infidelity. A bank clerk crowding in on 30 and hoping for a family moves in with her compulsive, demeaning boyfriend.&nbsp; A bartender who fancies himself a poet cheats on his pregnant wife, and a pretty teenaged girl gets shamed on Youtube and reaches out for the promise of a new future and a new love on Skype. These characters all live in the faded beach towns and leafy suburbs of the New England coast. They are united by their clumsy attempts at connection and are the subjects of four loosely connected novellas in a new book called “Dirty Love” by<a href="http://andredubus.com/"> Andre </a><a href="http://andredubus.com/">Dubus</a> III. The national book award-winning author of “House of Sand and Fog” and “Townie” again presents gritty, frustrated lives on the skids of the American dream... <a href="http://www.nec.edu/award-winning-author-andre-dubus-iii-comes-to-nec/?searchterm=andre%20dubus">NOTE: Andre's reading and book signing at the New England College has been rescheduled to April 16th due to weather.</a> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:38 +0000 Word of Mouth 44964 at http://nhpr.org 3.12.14: Andre Dubus III, Children's Books, South By Southwest, & Vermont's Heroin 'Epidemic' Pre-Holiday Movie Round-Up http://nhpr.org/post/pre-holiday-movie-round <p>The afternoons are getting darker, the trees are bare, and the furnace is snapping on; it’s November in New England. A time when we shift indoors and enjoy some quiet before the holidays are upon us. It’s also a great time for movies, when the studios trot out their Oscar contenders and the crush of holiday blockbusters have yet to arrive with guns blaring and special effects thrusting.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Amy Diaz </strong>is <a href="http://www.hippopress.com/about-us" target="_blank">editor and film critic</a> for <em>The Hippo</em>, she and film consultant and commentator, <a href="http://garendaly.wordpress.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Garen Daly</strong></a> are with us to talk movies. Specifically what you see between now and Thanksgiving.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:14:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37988 at http://nhpr.org Pre-Holiday Movie Round-Up Baz Luhrmann On Transforming Beyonce Into 1920's Jazz http://nhpr.org/post/baz-luhrmann-transforming-beyonce-1920s-jazz <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Gatsby-Recordings-Selection/dp/B00CX84EWC" target="_blank">“Yellow Cocktail Music: The Great Gatsby Jazz Recordings”</a>, is a kind of way-back machine for the contemporary songs featured in the new film adaptation of <em><a href="http://thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com/" target="_blank">The Great Gatsby</a>. </em>Jay-Z, Will-I-Am, and Beyoncé, are featured on the original soundtrack and this follow-up album imagines what the songs <em>might</em> have sounded like coming out of a Victrola in 1922…with help from the Bryan Ferry Orchestra. Joining us to discuss the album is <strong>Baz Luhrmann</strong>; the distinctive director, producer, and screenwriter for <em>Romeo and Juliet</em>, <em>Moulin Rouge</em>, among others, including the movie that kicked off the summer blockbuster season – <em>The Great Gatsby</em>.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:08:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29819 at http://nhpr.org Baz Luhrmann On Transforming Beyonce Into 1920's Jazz Kickstarting The Colonial Theatre http://nhpr.org/post/kickstarting-colonial-theatre <p><a href="http://bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org/" target="_blank">The Colonial Theatre</a> in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, is among the oldest continually running movie theatres in the country, and is currently the only venue for showing independent movies in northern New Hampshire. Now, nearly 100 years after opening its doors, The Colonial may have to stop showing films. Like many indie theaters across the country, The Colonial has to convert to the digital format adopted by the film industry if it wants to show new releases. The theatre recently launched a $10,000 <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1654619574/bring-digital-cinema-to-new-hampshires-oldest-thea" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> to help pay for and install digital projection equipment. <strong>Stephen Dignazio </strong>is executive director of The Colonial Theatre and joins us to discuss the campaign.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:06:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29820 at http://nhpr.org Kickstarting The Colonial Theatre Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie? http://nhpr.org/post/die-hard-christmas-movie <blockquote><p>What doesn't say Christmas like a terrorist plot foiled by Bruce Willis? - <em>Author Kevin Flynn, Die Hard die-hard</em></p></blockquote><p>To many, any best-of action film list would ring hollow with the exclusion of <em>Die Hard</em> - but each year, as the holiday season approaches, it begins to fly under a different flag:&nbsp; an admittedly less warm, less traditional Christmas classic.</p> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 12:13:56 +0000 Bill Barry 18496 at http://nhpr.org Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie? Where Soldiers Come From http://nhpr.org/post/where-soldiers-come <p>A new documentary follows the poignant journey of a group of three small town friends to Afghanistan and back again.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:10:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 358 at http://nhpr.org Where Soldiers Come From Screen Time: 3 Books That Should Be Movies http://nhpr.org/post/screen-time-3-books-havent-seen-reel J.D. Salinger famously refused to sell the film rights to <em>The Catcher in the Rye</em>, saying it was "unactable." It's true the subtleties of such great novels can get lost in translation. But I thought I'd take a look at three of my favorite novels that have never made it to the multiplex in wide release. Each of these will transport you to another time and another place. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:34:37 +0000 6650 at http://nhpr.org Screen Time: 3 Books That Should Be Movies Slain Syrian Filmmaker Traded Study For 'Revolution' http://nhpr.org/post/slain-syrian-filmmaker-traded-study-revolution <em>The Syrian uprising has claimed an estimated 12,000 lives. And since foreign journalists are rarely allowed in, many reports provide little beyond the number of people killed. But behind the numbers are lives. As part of an occasional series on those who have died, NPR's Kelly McEvers has this report. </em><p>Bassel Shehadeh started out as an IT major in Syria. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:44:11 +0000 Kelly McEvers 6017 at http://nhpr.org Slain Syrian Filmmaker Traded Study For 'Revolution' Smart films for Grownups http://nhpr.org/post/smart-films-grownups <p>Looking for smart scripts and stellar performances among summertime's usually SFX-laden fare? Here are some suggestions.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:28:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3654 at http://nhpr.org Smart films for Grownups DVD Picks: 70 Years Of 'Casablanca' http://nhpr.org/post/dvd-picks-70-years-casablanca <em>Time now for a home viewing recommendation from NPR's movie critic, Bob Mondello. He's found himself swept up this week by the 70th Anniversary edition boxed set of </em>Casablanca<em>.</em><p>Even if you don't know this movie, you know this movie: Bogie and Bergman steaming up Rick's Cafe Americain, drummer Dooley Wilson pretending to tickle the ivories of a piano he couldn't actually play, Peter Lorre sniveling. Paul Henried standing tall, Claude Rains rounding up the usual suspects. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 2826 at http://nhpr.org DVD Picks: 70 Years Of 'Casablanca' Nomad, rebel, expatriate, guitarist: Bombino http://nhpr.org/post/nomad-rebel-expatriate-guitarist-bombino <p>The film Agadez: The Music and The Rebellion is the collaborative endeavor between film maker Ron Wyman and Tuareg guitarist Bombino (Omara Moctar) that captures Tuareg Culture in the Sahara and the extraordinary desert musicians. Deemed an “Overlooked Gem of 2011” the film will be showing this Friday at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:54:13 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2808 at http://nhpr.org Nomad, rebel, expatriate, guitarist: Bombino Hollywood, Hunger Games, and How Small Screens Survive http://nhpr.org/post/hollywood-hunger-games-and-how-small-screens-survive <p>We turn to Garen Daly, our resident film industry expert, for an update on Hollywood happenings.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:30:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2690 at http://nhpr.org Hollywood, Hunger Games, and How Small Screens Survive New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival Explores Theme of Connection http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-jewish-film-festival-explores-theme-connection <p>The theme of this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.jewishnh.org/calendar/event-details/film-fest-2012/index.html" target="_blank">New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival</a> is connection. Its films explore connections between cultures, between countries, between the past and the present and more.</p><p><strong>Linda Gerson</strong> is co-chair of the festival, which is taking place all week at venues in Manchester, Concord and Merrimack. She tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson more about this year&rsquo;s films.</p><p>Some of the films they discuss:</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:46:24 +0000 Brady Carlson 2672 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival Explores Theme of Connection Trash Dance: Curbside Choreography Hits SXSW http://nhpr.org/post/trash-dance-curbside-choreography-hits-sxsw <p>A new film shows the softer, artistic side of Austin's garbage collectors.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:07:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2433 at http://nhpr.org Trash Dance: Curbside Choreography Hits SXSW The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne http://nhpr.org/post/extraordinary-ordinary-life-alexander-payne Alexander Payne watches a movie every day — or tries to, anyway. Lately, the writer and director of <em>The Descendants</em> has been busy going to nomination and awards dinners, in advance of Sunday's Oscar night — when the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay prizes could be his.<p>On a recent morning, we joined Payne at his house, up a wriggling canyon road in the Santa Monica Mountains, to see how he was spending this "in between time" — the release of a well-regarded film, the waiting until Oscar night. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 2120 at http://nhpr.org The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne