He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Rebel Without a Cause. At the height of his fame, he needed bodyguards to help him get through mobs of adoring fans. And, in the prime of his life, he died tragically. Not James Dean — Sal Mineo. James Franco’s recently released biopic follows the last day of Mineo's brief life.
Without music, most movie would be downright drab. No one would be singing in the rain. The guys in "Chariots of Fire" would be running INEXPLICABLY IN SLOW MOTION. And in "Casablanca," Sam would have nothing to play... much less play again.
This week, we're talking about movie music with three great guests: NPR film critic Bob Mondello, jazz great Terence Blanchard, and director Benh Zeitlin, whose "Beasts of the Southern Wild" earned him awards the world over.
So, as they say, save us the aisle seat and we'll share our popcorn.
This week on Inside the Arts, the mystique of New Orleans piano wizard James Booker is creating a buzz at the New Orleans Film Festival. We talk with filmmaker Lily Keber about her in-depth documentary Bayou Maharajah.
A spooky weekend is in store for the younger set as the Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival kicks off in the French Quarter. And Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder opera, is in final performances at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
Filmmakers in the running for the Louisiana Film Prize are beginning to assemble in Shreveport to promote their films during the weekend festival. Twenty short films are vying for the $50,000 cash prize. Memphis filmmakers Christopher Raines and Candace McGowen caravanned to Shreveport with a crew in June to shoot their film “5ive Courses.” Now in the finals, McGowen said, she’s feeling a gamut of emotions.
Isaiah Washington (left) plays a sort of fatal father figure to Tequan Richmond's Lee in Blue Caprice. The characters are inspired by the so-called Beltway snipers, who killed 10 people in and around Washington, D.C., in 2002.
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Perhaps best-known for his three-year tenure on ABC's long-running medical soap opera Grey's Anatomy, Washington is an executive producer of Blue Caprice as well as one of its two lead actors.
The motion picture Blue Caprice seems to be about a boy who's been abandoned by his mother and aches for a father. He meets a man who can no longer see his own children, and who longs for a son. They find each other — but what follows is anything but a happy ending.
Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:35 am
Ray Dolby, who invented some of the technologies that revolutionized film and sound recording, died at age 80 today in San Francisco.
Even if Ray Dolby doesn't ring a bell, you have undoubtably come upon his name in the movie theater or along the edge of a cassette tape. You've also heard his work: He pioneered a noise reduction format called Dolby SR and his company was instrumental in developing surround sound technology.
Looking towards the upcoming New Orleans Film Festival, actors David Jensen and Joe Chrest discuss their entry, King of Herrings. These are two of five men that met back when they attended LSU, but never had the chance to collaborate. We find out what it was like for them to finally make a movie together after 25 years.