WBEZ | movie http://www.wbez.org/tags/movie Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Investigation seeks source of holes at Indiana Dunes http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-15/morning-shift-investigation-seeks-source-holes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Indiana Dunes - Flickr - pepplerchristine.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The EPA and scientists are trying to discover the source of holes at the Indiana Dunes. What is causing them and what&#39;s the solution? Also, Lake Bell, star of &quot;In a World...&quot;, talks about the voice-over community, the topic of her new film.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-44.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-44" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Investigation seeks source of holes at Indiana Dunes" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-15/morning-shift-investigation-seeks-source-holes Local talent helped draw major studio productions to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/local-talent-helped-draw-major-studio-productions-chicago-108223 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chicago filming.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Talent from local theaters and film schools helped draw the record number of major studio productions currently being filmed in Chicago.</p><p>Current film and television productions are expected to top last year&rsquo;s 2,200 jobs.</p><p>Rich Moskal is the director of the Chicago Film Office.</p><p>&ldquo;Episodic television needs to draw from local resources even more so than features based on oftentimes what are budget limitations,&rdquo; Moskal said. &ldquo;So their interest in hiring local crew people, department heads, technicians as well as actors is particularly high.&rdquo;</p><p>The local film and television industry made $184 million dollars in revenue last year.</p><p>Moskal says the films &lsquo;Jupiter Ascending&rsquo; and &lsquo;Transformers 4&rsquo; combined are expected to make more than 51 million dollars.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://www.twitter.com/jclee89">@jclee89</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/local-talent-helped-draw-major-studio-productions-chicago-108223 The Nancy Jo Sales interview: A talk with the author of 'The Bling Ring' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-06/nancy-jo-sales-interview-talk-author-bling-ring-107549 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/nancy_jo_sales.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Photo: Jayne Wexler" />In 2010, today&#39;s interviewed published an article in Vanity Fair called &quot;<a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/03/billionaire-girls-201003" target="_blank">The Suspects Wore Louboutins</a>,&quot; which now you can read in a longer form in a new book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0062245538" target="_blank"><em>The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World</em></a> as well as see in a soon-to-be-released movie by the same title directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson. Nancy Jo Sales is an award-winning journalist, editor and author who has written for <em>Vanity Fair, New York, Harper&#39;s Bazaar</em> and many other publications covering subjects like Angelina Jolie, Hugh Hefner, Russell Simmons, Taylor Swift, Tyra Banks and Paris Hilton. You can read a lot more about her <a href="http://nancyjosales.com/home/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><strong>What were some of the challenges of turning the article into a book, aside from the quick turnaround time?</strong><br />The sheer physical effort was pretty intense. I felt like I was running a marathon. I didn&rsquo;t sleep very much. The book was constantly running through my head, which was both interesting and distracting.</p><p><strong>You were on the other line of one of my favorite <em>Soup </em>clips of all time, so I have to know, what did Alexis&rsquo; final voicemail actually sound like, and were you surprised by her reaction to the piece?</strong><br />I was surprised that someone who was being charged with burglary was upset that I had allegedly misidentified her shoes! I found the whole thing very confusing.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2xb-gCV59WU" width="420"></iframe></p><p><strong>Something that&rsquo;s funny and sad to me is that Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan already seem a bit passe compared to a few years ago. Has starlet/fame-worship culture changed, do you think, since your original article? (Perhaps influenced by the prevalence of Twitter?) </strong><br />Those particular starlets have faded&mdash;although Paris seems to be enjoying a little comeback with <em>The Bling Ring</em> movie&mdash;but I don&rsquo;t think our culture&rsquo;s focus on celebrities has diminished at all. If anything, I think the amount of celebrity &ldquo;news&rdquo; (which isn&rsquo;t really news), celebrity talk, and trash talk has increased.</p><p><strong>I already thought of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan as being a bit desperate in terms of fame, so the <em>Bling Ring</em> were somewhat bottom feeders of celebrity. What was the victims&rsquo; reaction to the thieves&rsquo; becoming famous?</strong><br />In the book I quote Paris calling them &ldquo;scumbags&rdquo; [and] quote from the grand jury testimony in which the celebrities describe coming home to find their homes ransacked. The thieves took tons of stuff&mdash;&ldquo;bags and bags&rdquo; of stuff, says Audrina Patridge. They developed a method where they would go in, find suitcases, and start filling them up. So, even though these celebrities were famous, privileged people, I think their testimony shows how they were true victims of serious crimes. And they all seemed very traumatized by it. Lindsay said she was so freaked out she could never return to the house they robbed, and she didn&rsquo;t.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Party girls are not a recent innovation: are there any &ldquo;famous for being famous&rdquo; starlets of old that you think an Alexis Neiers could benefit from reading up on?</strong><br />&ldquo;Party girls&rdquo; started with the flapper era, really. Joan Crawford was maybe the original party girl, known for dancing on tables in nightclubs, just like Paris Hilton. The 30s had many movies about high-spirited heiresses getting into trouble (including<em> It Happened One Night</em>). The real party girls of Hollywood who didn&rsquo;t achieve that kind of Crawford-level fame often met bad ends, including Virginia Rappe (who died at a wild party in San Francisco; Fatty Arbuckle was charged with accidentally killing her) and Elizabeth Short (&ldquo;The Black Dahlia&rdquo;).</p><p><strong>How much did Sofia Coppola consult with you prior to or while making the film? What parts of the movie seem distinctively her as opposed to the story you covered? </strong><br />We met several times in New York while she was writing the script. We talked about the story and the characters and the themes in the story, i.e. celebrity obsession, social media obsession, materialism and conspicuous consumption. We talked about kid culture today. The movie is like a roman a clef, a thinly veiled account of the facts. The basic story is there but the style and atmosphere is all Sofia.</p><p><strong>What are some of your favorite other sidelong looks at the nature of fame in pop culture? </strong><br /><em>The Day of the Locust</em> by Nathanel West, the movie <em>To Die For </em>with Nicole Kidman, <em>Sunset Boulevard</em>, of course, and Lisa Kudrow&rsquo;s brilliant show about a reality star, <em>The Comeback</em>, to name just a few. Fame is such a theme in American culture, there are so many.</p><p><strong>I know from speaking to other celebrity profiling reporter friends that it&rsquo;s a job that&rsquo;s not as glamorous or glitzy as it looks, but I always have wondered how one does become a writer who is entrusted to eat lunch with Angelina Jolie. What were the first few stories that broke you through to being a trusted celebrity reporter? </strong><br />As a young freelance reporter I started doing these really small Q and As for the <em>New York Times Magazine </em>in the mid-90s. Somehow I got assigned Jerry Lewis and John Cleese. I love them both, and in both cases what was supposed to be a 15 minute interview turned into like two hours. They made me laugh. I still have Jerry&rsquo;s fax to me after the interview, which says, &ldquo;It was fun today&hellip;. Thank you for a great sense of humor.&rdquo; I cherish it.</p><p><strong>For those aspiring to do what you do, what have been some of the most important lessons you&rsquo;ve learned about how to interact with celebrities and what to expect when you write about them? </strong><br />Just be natural and listen, and don&rsquo;t have an agenda. I try and forget everything I&rsquo;ve read about this person at the moment of the interview and just let them tell me about themselves.</p><p><strong>How does it feel to be the 351st person interviewed for Zulkey.com/WBEZ?</strong><br />I&rsquo;m very honored.</p><p><em>You can find a lot more interviews <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/interviews.php">here</a>. Follow Claire Zulkey&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey">@Zulkey</a></em><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-06/nancy-jo-sales-interview-talk-author-bling-ring-107549 Best friends become platonic parents in the new comedy, 'Friends with Kids' http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-05/best-friends-become-platonic-parents-new-comedy-friends-kids-96980 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/6132450417_25058d2986_b[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5nQhkRcouxM" frameborder="0" height="335" width="600"></iframe></p><p>Surrounded by friends who have coupled off, gotten married and started to procreate, platonic friends Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) are at a dead point in their own respective love lives.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Jennifer Westfeldt's conversation with Steve Edwards on the Afternoon Shift here</span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/Friends%20With%20Kids.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-127355" player="null">Friends With Kids.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>They’re in their early 30's, and each is itching for a child of their own.&nbsp; But they see the grinding effect children have had on their friends’ romantic relationships, and decide that they’ve got to come up with a backup plan that gives them the kid they each want, without the tumults of relationships that they don’t.</p><p>Their solution:&nbsp; have a kid together, but maintain their platonic relationship.</p><p><a href="http://www.friendswithkids.com/"><em>Friends with Kids</em></a> marks actress and filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut. She spoke with Steve Edwards about writing, directing and staring in the film.&nbsp; Joining Westfeldt and Scott on camera are Westfeldt’s real-life boo, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ed Burns and others.</p><p>Friends with Kids opens in Chicago on Friday, March 9<sup>th</sup>.</p></p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-05/best-friends-become-platonic-parents-new-comedy-friends-kids-96980 The Post-Valkyrie 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-04/post-valkyrie-girl-dragon-tattoo-95275 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-04/lizbeth.jpg" alt="" /><p><p> <style type="text/css"> <!--{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%0A%20%2F*%20Font%20Definitions%20*%2F%0A%40font-face%0A%09%7Bfont-family%3A%22Times%20New%20Roman%22%3B%0A%09panose-1%3A0%202%202%206%203%205%204%205%202%203%3B%0A%09mso-font-charset%3A0%3B%0A%09mso-generic-font-family%3Aauto%3B%0A%09mso-font-pitch%3Avariable%3B%0A%09mso-font-signature%3A50331648%200%200%200%201%200%3B%7D%0A%20%2F*%20Style%20Definitions%20*%2F%0Ap.MsoNormal%2C%20li.MsoNormal%2C%20div.MsoNormal%0A%09%7Bmso-style-parent%3A%22%22%3B%0A%09margin%3A0in%3B%0A%09margin-bottom%3A.0001pt%3B%0A%09mso-pagination%3Awidow-orphan%3B%0A%09font-size%3A18.0pt%3B%0A%09font-family%3A%22Times%20New%20Roman%22%3B%7D%0Atable.MsoNormalTable%0A%09%7Bmso-style-parent%3A%22%22%3B%0A%09font-size%3A10.0pt%3B%0A%09font-family%3A%22Times%20New%20Roman%22%3B%7D%0A%40page%20Section1%0A%09%7Bsize%3A8.5in%2011.0in%3B%0A%09margin%3A1.0in%201.25in%201.0in%201.25in%3B%0A%09mso-header-margin%3A.5in%3B%0A%09mso-footer-margin%3A.5in%3B%0A%09mso-paper-source%3A0%3B%7D%0Adiv.Section1%0A%09%7Bpage%3ASection1%3B%7D%0A%2D%2D%3E--></style> </p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-04/lizbeth.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 191px; height: 264px; " title="Rooney Mara as Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander">Lisbeth Salander—my new hero—is the descendant of a long line of Scandinavian female warriors. More specifically, in David Fincher’s new film <em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em>, she’s a scrawny modern-day Valkyrie complete with a helmet of dead-black hair. As Lisbeth, Rooney Mara manages to be completely vicious, thoroughly sympathetic, and more than equal to the task of rescuing well-intentioned but inept men. Where crusading journalist Mikhail Blomkvist (eye candy Daniel Craig, looking especially gaunt and bristly) seeks justice, Lisbeth takes revenge.</p><p>The heroine of Stieg Larsson’s Nordic noir picks up where Hedda Gabler, Nora Helmer, and Miss Julie leave off. The notoriously strong, complex female characters of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and Swede August Strindberg are, like Lisbeth, victims of their male-dominated society—Lisbeth of the Swedish welfare state that entrusts women to men’s “better” judgment. But she doesn’t kill herself, doesn't slam the door on a secure life only to face an unimaginable future. She fights.</p><p>Lisbeth is particularly sweet to me, I think, because of my Scandinavian heritage. More important, I hail from the state that coined the phrase “Minnesota nice”—a double-edged sword if there ever was one. Even when it’s applied to genuinely courteous, community-minded, non-confrontational people, it can be offensive, suggesting semi-idiotic cuteness. (Garrison Keillor, I’m talking to you.) And it can also be applied to those who only pretend to be nice.&nbsp;</p><p>Lisbeth never pretends. And, despite loving moments, she’s never nice. Consistently condescended to by middle-aged men, including Mikhail at first, she pointedly fails to get that she’s supposed to play a subservient and pleasing role. The most she’ll do is go along to get along—and even that has disastrous consequences. It’s as if Larsson is waging war on niceness, particularly in a crucial scene where Mikhail decides to maintain rather than breach a façade of politeness.&nbsp;</p><p>Yet Lisbeth’s lack of social skills—to put her “condition” in a mild Minnesotan way—has often been seen as pathological. In the books, Mikhail suggests she has Asperger’s, the syndrome marked by an acute inability to read social cues or respond to them appropriately. Others have called her a sociopath.&nbsp;</p><p>So how come nobody pathologizes or belittles the righteous avengers of Clint Eastwood movies? Instead they’re celebrated as thrilling exemplars of our frontier mentality.</p><p>To me Lisbeth is thrilling too. She’s the anti-Bimbo, the perfect antidote to Fincher’s previous directorial effort, <em>The Social Network,</em> where every woman was pretty and/or crazy—and utterly replaceable. (Notably, Rooney Mara played the only female onscreen with a brain, the Harvard girl who dumped Zuckerberg in the opening scene.)</p><p>Oddly—or not—Ibsen and Larsson were both driven to create their female revenge dramas by the real-life victimization of women. Ibsen had a writer friend, Laura Kieler, who—like Nora in <em>A Doll’s House</em>—forged a bank note to aid her ailing husband. When Kieler’s husband found out, he took their children away from her, threatened divorce, and put her in an asylum. The two reconciled, at his suggestion, when she was released. In Ibsen’s story, Nora doesn’t let Torvald take the initiative. She walks out the door.</p><p>Larsson had a much more violent experience of the oppression of women. <a href="http://www.guardian.co/uk/books/2011/oct/04/stieg-larsson-partner-eva-gabrielsson">As he reportedly told common-law wife Eva Gabrielsson</a>, he witnessed a gang rape at 15 that haunted him for his remaining 35 years. He also told Gabrielsson, “To exact revenge for yourself and your friends is not only a right, it’s an absolute duty.”</p><p>Exact revenge Larsson does—and through a take-no-prisoners female character who looks as haunted as he must have felt. The novel may be pulpy, and the film may resort to telegraphing the wide-ranging plot. But together Larsson, Fincher, and Mara have given women a memorable new warrior heroine and a fantasy to relish, even if most of us wouldn’t dream of actually branding our sexist pigs.</p></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-04/post-valkyrie-girl-dragon-tattoo-95275 The Hollywood treatment on some literary classics http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-18/hollywood-treatment-some-literary-classics-83906 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-18/Jane-Eyre.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This weather might have you itching to get out for a nice long walk, but beware if you&rsquo;re headed into one of our local forest preserves. You might run into a snarling beast, like the one in the new movie adaption of <em>Little Red Riding Hood</em>. The film&rsquo;s directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who helmed the first <em>Twilight</em> film.<em><br /><br />Eight Forty Eight's</em> alpha film critic Hank Sartin shares whether he thinks her latest film barks or just plain howls at the moon. Sartin is Senior Editor at <a target="_blank" href="http://timeoutchicago.com/"><em>TimeOut Chicago</em></a>. <br /><br /><em>Red Riding Hood </em>is now playing at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.google.com/movies?hl=en&amp;dq=red+riding+hood&amp;sort=1&amp;q=red+riding+hood&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=w4eDTcuKLMyL0QGh4u3ICA&amp;ved=0CDcQwAMoCQ">theaters throughout Chicagoland</a>. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.google.com/movies?q=Jane+Eyre&amp;btnG=Search+Movies&amp;hl=en&amp;ei=w4eDTcuKLMyL0QGh4u3ICA"><em>Jane Eyre</em></a> is at Landmark Theatres and at AMC River East in Streeterville in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-18/hollywood-treatment-some-literary-classics-83906 Independence and commitment explored in new film 'Loveless' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-11/independence-and-commitment-explored-new-film-loveless-82158 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Loveless.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Gen Xers are generally not shy when it comes to self-reflection. They&rsquo;re always searching for the meaning of life - maybe having a quarter-life crisis along the way. Much of that questioning is spurred by an ongoing tension between competing needs &ndash; to maintain independence<b> </b>and find commitment.<br /><br />Chicago native <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0785723/" target="_blank">Ramin Serry</a> explores these issues and more in his new film <a href="http://www.lovelessthemovie.com/LOVELESS/LOVELESS_THE_MOVIE.html " target="_blank"><em>Loveless</em></a>. The film has its world premiere Friday at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/" target="_blank">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> and Serry&rsquo;s exploring the issues in his film by doing it in a very Gen-X fashion &ndash; delving into people and stories from his own life. Host Alison Cuddy spoke with the filmmaker about his labor of love.<br /><br /><em>DJ M. Sylvia Music Button: Booka Shade, &quot;Body Language&quot; (Interpretation mix), Movements (Get Physical Music)</em></p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-11/independence-and-commitment-explored-new-film-loveless-82158 A South Korean classic is remade for the big screen http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/south-korean-classic-remade-big-screen-81775 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/The Housemaid.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>DVDs and movies on demand might have been your constant companions these past few snowy days, but if you&rsquo;re feeling ready to actually venture out to a movie, then <em>Eight Forty-Eight's </em>got some suggestions.<br /><br />First up: <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1314652/">The Housemaid</a></em>.<b>&nbsp;</b>The film&rsquo;s a re-make of a 1960 South Korean classic, full of intrigue, suspense and erotic thrills.<span><br /><br /></span><em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> film critic Christy LeMaster pulled out her feather duster and cap to get a clear-eyed view of the new flick. LeMaster is the Managing Director of <a target="_blank" href="http://chi.ifp.org/">IFP Chicago</a> and runs the <a target="_blank" href="http://nightingaletheatre.org/">Nightingale Theatre</a> on Milwaukee Ave.</p><p><em>DJ&nbsp;Ron Trent Music Button: Patrice Rushen, &quot;Let Your Heart Be Free&quot;, Shout It Out (Prestige Records)</em></p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 15:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/south-korean-classic-remade-big-screen-81775