1. "Chicken with Plums," currently in theaters, is based on a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, the creator of "Persepolis."The movie is visually stunning, with its intricately detailed set and costume design — and absolutely no CGI. “I come from illustration and I love to do things with the hand,” Satrapi says, “When I make a movie, every detail, from the color of the brick to the skirt of a woman, the laces of the shoes, everything is of a major importance to me.” Satrapi combined live action, animation, and even puppets to construct a magic-realist 1950s Iran in “Chicken with Plums,” which tells the story of a virtuoso violinist living in Tehran. More.
(Photo: Still from “Chicken with Plums.” ©Patricia Khan, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.)

    "Chicken with Plums," currently in theaters, is based on a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, the creator of "Persepolis."

    The movie is visually stunning, with its intricately detailed set and costume design — and absolutely no CGI. “I come from illustration and I love to do things with the hand,” Satrapi says, “When I make a movie, every detail, from the color of the brick to the skirt of a woman, the laces of the shoes, everything is of a major importance to me.”

    Satrapi combined live action, animation, and even puppets to construct a magic-realist 1950s Iran in “Chicken with Plums,” which tells the story of a virtuoso violinist living in Tehran. More.

    (Photo: Still from “Chicken with Plums.” ©Patricia Khan, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.)

  2. Movie wars: “Avengers” director Joss Whedon explains why he has a problem with Ira Glass’ new movie, “Sleepwalk with Me.” Hilarious.

    More about Ira’s movie here.

  3. ilovecharts:

The Definitive Meryl Streep Matrix

Love it! “Heartburn” with Streep and Jack Nicholson was on this weekend — we still can’t get that Carly Simon song out of our heads!

    ilovecharts:

    The Definitive Meryl Streep Matrix

    Love it! “Heartburn” with Streep and Jack Nicholson was on this weekend — we still can’t get that Carly Simon song out of our heads!

  4. Actor Benjamin Walker and director Timur Bekmambetov on the set of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”  (Photo by Steven Vaughan) 
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" re-imagines the American Civil War with blood-sucking undead lurking around every corner. Vampires insinuate themselves into the slave-holding Confederacy, but buy slaves for food, not forced labor. 
Director Timur Bekmambetov (“Night Watch,” “Wanted”) says he decided to take the story seriously. “It’s not trivializing anything,” Bekmambetov said. “We created a myth, emotionally explaining what happened in the 19th century.” More.

    Actor Benjamin Walker and director Timur Bekmambetov on the set of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” (Photo by Steven Vaughan)

    "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" re-imagines the American Civil War with blood-sucking undead lurking around every corner. Vampires insinuate themselves into the slave-holding Confederacy, but buy slaves for food, not forced labor.

    Director Timur Bekmambetov (“Night Watch,” “Wanted”) says he decided to take the story seriously. “It’s not trivializing anything,” Bekmambetov said. “We created a myth, emotionally explaining what happened in the 19th century.” More.

  5. "Men in Black III" director Barry Sonnenfeld with one of the cool props from the movie. (Photo by Wilson Webb) 
Sonnenfeld says the third installment of the MIB franchise, in part, an attempt to redeem the sins of “Men in Black II,” which was trying too hard to be funny. 
"We just had too much of Frank the Pug singing ‘I Will Survive,’" Sonnenfeld admits. “You don’t want anyone to know they’re working on a comedy when they’re doing a comedy," he says. "You don’t want the cinematographer to know because he’ll make it too bright. You don’t want the composer to know because he’ll make the music too happy. And you definitely don’t want the actors to know because they’ll make it — quote — ‘funny.’"
More.

    "Men in Black III" director Barry Sonnenfeld with one of the cool props from the movie. (Photo by Wilson Webb)

    Sonnenfeld says the third installment of the MIB franchise, in part, an attempt to redeem the sins of “Men in Black II,” which was trying too hard to be funny.

    "We just had too much of Frank the Pug singing ‘I Will Survive,’" Sonnenfeld admits. “You don’t want anyone to know they’re working on a comedy when they’re doing a comedy," he says. "You don’t want the cinematographer to know because he’ll make it too bright. You don’t want the composer to know because he’ll make the music too happy. And you definitely don’t want the actors to know because they’ll make it — quote — ‘funny.’"

    More.

  6. For those planning to attend a screening of This American Life - Live 2012: Ira just put out this message:

Hey everyone who’s bought tickets to our May 10th live show: if you’re an iPhone or Android user, we have a special app we’ve made, for you to use at a key moment in the show with the band OK Go. It’s free. And we think it’s going to be really fun. Download links: iPhone Android If you have friends attending the show, please tell them about the app. The more people who have it, the more exciting this part of the show will be. Important: Don’t wait till the night of the show to download the app. Some theaters don’t have great cell reception so you won’t be able to do it there. People without smartphones who are coming to the show, don’t worry, we have you covered too. You have a key role to play in the moment of iPhone/Android magic that we and OK Go have planned. Just show up wearing shoes and you’ll be fine.

Show and ticket info here.

    For those planning to attend a screening of This American Life - Live 2012: Ira just put out this message:

    Hey everyone who’s bought tickets to our May 10th live show: if you’re an iPhone or Android user, we have a special app we’ve made, for you to use at a key moment in the show with the band OK Go. It’s free. And we think it’s going to be really fun. Download links:

    iPhone
    Android

    If you have friends attending the show, please tell them about the app. The more people who have it, the more exciting this part of the show will be.
    Important: Don’t wait till the night of the show to download the app. Some theaters don’t have great cell reception so you won’t be able to do it there.
    People without smartphones who are coming to the show, don’t worry, we have you covered too. You have a key role to play in the moment of iPhone/Android magic that we and OK Go have planned. Just show up wearing shoes and you’ll be fine.


    Show and ticket info here.

  7. This American Life is coming to a theater near you!
On Thursday, May 10th, 2012, Ira Glass and friends will perform an episode of “This American Life” on stage at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, and send it live via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters across the country.
The show will feature stories by Ira Glass, writers David Sedaris and David Rakoff, comic Tig Notaro and “Snap Judgment” host Glynn Washington, and live music by OK Go. Also included in the show: a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation, projected illustration and more. Plus special surprise guests.
Show times and tickets here.

    This American Life is coming to a theater near you!

    On Thursday, May 10th, 2012, Ira Glass and friends will perform an episode of “This American Life” on stage at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, and send it live via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters across the country.

    The show will feature stories by Ira Glass, writers David Sedaris and David Rakoff, comic Tig Notaro and “Snap Judgment” host Glynn Washington, and live music by OK Go. Also included in the show: a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation, projected illustration and more. Plus special surprise guests.

    Show times and tickets here.

  8. We loved Tim Robbins and the rest of the PBS crew in “Anchorman.” Hope they return in the sequel! 
(Photo: Tim Robbins as a public tv anchor in “Anchorman.” From ifc.com)

    We loved Tim Robbins and the rest of the PBS crew in “Anchorman.” Hope they return in the sequel!

    (Photo: Tim Robbins as a public tv anchor in “Anchorman.” From ifc.com)

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