Hollywood http://nwpr.org en Film Critic Kenneth Turan Picks 54 Films That Are 'Not To Be Missed' http://nwpr.org/post/film-critic-kenneth-turan-picks-54-films-are-not-be-missed You normally hear <em>Los Angeles Times</em> and <em>Morning Edition</em> film critic Kenneth Turan reviewing new movies, but this week, we're talking about old films with him instead. That's because he's written a new book called <em>Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film.</em> In it, he offers up tidbits of Hollywood history and behind-the-scenes drama, as well as his critical analysis of some of the world's greatest movies — some familiar, some obscure.<p>Turan tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that these films are like friends and are worth watching and rewatching. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:57:00 +0000 NPR Staff 47028 at http://nwpr.org Film Critic Kenneth Turan Picks 54 Films That Are 'Not To Be Missed' No One Wants To Be With The Marlboro Man: Terry Crews On 'Manhood' http://nwpr.org/post/no-one-wants-be-marlboro-man-terry-crews-manhood When Hollywood needs a big dude — a <em>really </em>big dude — they can call on all sorts of former athletes. Few come with the heart and humor of Terry Crews.<p>An 11th-round draft pick of the Rams, Crews gave up his NFL dream in 1997 to pursue a different dream in Hollywood. He thought he'd turn his love of art into a job behind the scenes in special effects. Sun, 18 May 2014 02:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46132 at http://nwpr.org No One Wants To Be With The Marlboro Man: Terry Crews On 'Manhood' During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty http://nwpr.org/post/during-world-war-ii-even-filmmakers-reported-duty When America entered World War II, some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors enlisted and risked their lives. But they weren't fighting — they were filming combat.<p>Through the 1930s, Hollywood and the federal government held a mutual suspicion of each other. But after Pearl Harbor, the War Department asked Hollywood directors to make short documentaries that could be presented in theaters before the featured films. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:04:00 +0000 editor 42232 at http://nwpr.org During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty Hollywood Goes To War In 'Five Came Back' http://nwpr.org/post/hollywood-goes-war-five-came-back Hollywood helped win World War II — and by that, we don't mean John Wayne, but five of the country's most celebrated film directors, who went to work making films for the War Department that showed Americans at war, overseas and in the skies, living, fighting, bleeding and dying. Those films changed America — and deepened the men who made them, including John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, George Stevens, and Frank Capra.<p>Author Mark Harris follows the wartime careers of these men in <em>Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War</em>. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:06:00 +0000 NPR Staff 41937 at http://nwpr.org Hollywood Goes To War In 'Five Came Back' Movie Buff Or Not, There's Something 'Beautiful' About Hollywood http://nwpr.org/post/movie-buff-or-not-theres-something-beautiful-about-hollywood <em>Kevin Roose is a </em>New York Magazine<em> writer. His new book, Young Money, comes out next month. </em><p>With the Grammy Awards just two days away, the Academy Awards on the horizon and the results of the SAG and Golden Globe awards already in, we're smack in the middle of awards season.<p>I don't watch the Oscars. I don't even see many movies, unless you count what's on Netflix. But Jess Walter's very funny novel, <em>Beautiful Ruins</em>, made me want to quit my job, move to L.A. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:19:00 +0000 editor 40451 at http://nwpr.org Movie Buff Or Not, There's Something 'Beautiful' About Hollywood Oregon Trees, Shrubs Get Role In New Action Flick http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-trees-shrubs-get-role-new-action-flick <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/122313CL_hollywood_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The makers of the new action flick <em>47 Ronin</em> didn't want to film their movie in Oregon. But that doesn't mean the state won't have a starring role.<p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:49:31 +0000 Chris Lehman 39140 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Trees, Shrubs Get Role In New Action Flick You'll Want To Hang Up On These 'Secret Conversations' http://nwpr.org/post/youll-want-hang-these-secret-conversations A country girl from Grabtown, N.C., Ava Gardner arrived in Hollywood in 1941 knowing she couldn't act but, gorgeous as she was, she never had to let that slow her down. Her beauty — which reportedly intimidated Elizabeth Taylor — won her not just film roles and studio-paid acting lessons, but the attentions of all-American boy Mickey Rooney, whom she married and divorced before she turned 21. She had a similarly brief union with bandleader Artie Shaw — she called those two her "starter husbands" — before a tempestuous, headline-making marriage to Frank Sinatra. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:22:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 30320 at http://nwpr.org You'll Want To Hang Up On These 'Secret Conversations' Book News: Arthur C. Clarke's DNA Headed For A New Space Odyssey http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-arthur-c-clarkes-dna-headed-new-space-odyssey <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>When NASA launches its <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/solarsail/solarsail_overview.html">first solar sail mission into deep space</a>, it'll be carrying DNA from some of the late, legendary science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke's hair. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:43:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 30042 at http://nwpr.org Small Town Movie Houses Struggle To Switch From Film To Bits Of Data http://nwpr.org/post/small-town-movie-houses-struggle-switch-film-bits-data <p>This summer&rsquo;s blockbuster line-up is teeming with highly anticipated names -- like Batman, Spiderman, and the Avengers. That&rsquo;s good news for the people who run cinemas. But for many small theaters across the Northwest, opening weekend is becoming a struggle.</p><p>More movies are starting to come on hard drives instead of reels. So theaters must make a costly conversion to digital if they want to stay in the game. And, as Jessica Robinson reports, time is running out. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:41:45 +0000 Jessica Robinson 9678 at http://nwpr.org Small Town Movie Houses Struggle To Switch From Film To Bits Of Data For Location Scouts, It's All About Making The Scene http://nwpr.org/post/location-scouts-its-all-about-making-scene In the old days, movies — even the big epics — were shot on studio back lots. Tara, that iconic <em>Gone With the Wind</em> plantation, was made of plywood and <em>papier maché.</em><p>These days, movie locations are mostly real, though. And they're found by location scouts, who are often the first people hired for a film.<p>Should be easy work, right? You drive around town, spot a house you think could work for a film, drive back home? Wed, 23 May 2012 16:21:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 23140 at http://nwpr.org For Location Scouts, It's All About Making The Scene