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ESPN’s Fictitious Knight

Saturday, March 09, 2002

Sports network ESPN’s original movie debut this weekend features a red-sweater-clad Brian Dennehy tossing around swears and chairs in his portrayal of controversial college basketball coach Bobby Knight. Does this fictional account of a newsmaker ESPN frequently covers taint the journalistic integrity of the sports news station? Bob asks ESPN ...

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Two Jaspers

Saturday, February 09, 2002

Shortly after the brutal, racially motivated murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, a film crew came to town to document the lives of the residents. The filmmakers split the crews and those they interviewed along racial lines in order to capture the dueling perspectives in the small southern town. ...

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Bloody Sunday: The Movie

Saturday, January 26, 2002

There’s been another recent stab to get Bloody Sunday’s story straight: a new movie about the violence in Ireland on January 30, 1972, which mixes documentary and drama to retell what happened on that fateful day. Bob talks to filmmaker Paul Greengrass about making the film “Bloody Sunday” using the ...

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Somalis Watch Black Hawk Down

Saturday, January 26, 2002

The movie “Black Hawk Down” is doing well, earning favorable reviews as well as high box office draws. But the film about a botched military raid on a Somali warlord is getting different reactions when it’s shown in Somalia. Brooke talks with New York Times reporter Donald McNeil about how ...

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Teen Sex Film

Saturday, January 19, 2002

Despite what this title may suggest, OTM is doing a story about an educational film on teens talking about sex. The movie “From an Objective Point of View” is the brainchild of a high school student who won a contest sponsored by a sex-ed non-profit. The flick is just one ...

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Project Greenlight

Saturday, January 19, 2002

Reality TV has taught us that soap-operatic drama isn’t confined to the overly-tanned, well-lit sets of daytime television. In fact, the stories behind the cameras are often juicier: take the HBO documentary Project Greenlight, which details the making of a Hollywood movie. The series is lacking in eye-patched villains and ...

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Teaching Tool: The Battle of Algiers

Saturday, January 05, 2002

What’s the best way to learn how to win a war against terrorism? Try watching the movie The Battle of Algiers. Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism analyst at the Rand Institute, shows his students the 1966 film because he says it demonstrates a highly successful strategy of counter-terrorism. Bob talks to ...

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Black Hawk Down

Saturday, January 05, 2002

The new war movie Black Hawk Down is based on Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Mark Bowden’s book recounting a 1993 military raid in Mogadishu, Somalia. Brooke talks to Bowden about getting the story by first working around and then working with the Pentagon.

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DVD’s

Saturday, December 29, 2001

The extra features on DVDs offer an endless array of juicy tidbits for the cineaste, making the DVD player this year’s number one Christmas gift and the fastest-selling electronic device in history. Brooke talks to film critic Roger Ebert.

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Terrorist Actor

Saturday, December 22, 2001

Egyptian actor Sayed Badreya couldn’t get a gig when he first moved to Hollywood… that is, until he grew a beard to look more menacing. Then he got offered role after role as an Arab terrorist. Brooke talks with Badreya about the bad guys he plays.

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The Spirit of America

Saturday, December 22, 2001

A new three-minute montage approved by the Bush administration mixes quick clips from classic American movies together in a tribute to patriotism. Some of the images come from such films as “Born on the Fourth of July” and “The Deer Hunter” - not the usual patriotic fare. Bob talks to ...

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Ugly Actors

Saturday, December 01, 2001

Hollywood is famous as the place where the beautiful and talented go to make it big in film. It always has been, it always will be. Even so, a raging bull market for the less-than-beautiful has also emerged. Indeed, it's flush times for the unsightly, as Bob discovers.

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This Movie is Terribly Good, Says Critic

Saturday, November 17, 2001

Movie blurbs, like fortune cookies and Pentagon briefings, are ALWAYS positive. The trick, as Bob discovered earlier this year, is reading between the fulsome lines to discover where the real Thanksgiving turkeys are.

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Violent Films find Voracious Audience

Saturday, November 17, 2001

It seemed to make sense when we learned that some of the terror-and-bomb theme films planned for release this fall had been held back following the events of September 11th. So why are some films now being released early for the same reasons? Brooke speaks with David Edelstein, movie reviewer ...

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The SAG Elections

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Contract disputes and cost-cutting proposals are deeply dividing SAG. But despite the seriousness of the issues, it’s hard not to think of this campaign as a race between two celebrities. Valerie Harper, former sit-com star of Rhoda and Melissa Gilbert, of Little House on the Prairie fame are the leading ...

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Acting Conservative

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Though the acting community is famously democratic, most of the actors elected to public office have been members of the G.O.P. According to On the Media’s John Solomon, this is more than just a coincidence.

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Taliban Documentarian

Saturday, September 29, 2001

Saira Shah's documentary "Beneath the Veil," was shown on CNN before the attack on the Twin Towers. To say it went unnoticed would be an understatement. Since September 11th, however, both the documentary and Shah, have been getting a lot of air time. She joins Bob to talk about the ...

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Like a Movie

Saturday, September 22, 2001

As the witnesses ran from the smoke and the debris, they told reporters it was like a movie. Brooke reports on how Hollywood has created a common vocabulary for describing mayhem, and what the movie industry plans to do in the wake of the toppling of the World Trade Center.

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Movie Mutts

Saturday, July 21, 2001

It’s rare you find a schnauzer working in catering, or a pit bull waiting tables in southern California. That’s because, as it turns out, canine acting is a booming business. OTM’s Tony Maciulis explores the star-studded world of Lassie-wannabes.

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Wilhelm

Saturday, July 07, 2001

You’ve heard him in dozens of movies, but you can’t quite place his name. That’s because he’s not an actor, he’s a sound effect, and among sound editors he’s legendary. On The Media’s David Serchuk reports.

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