Episode #1023

Wilson, Rush, Raimi

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1023, Wilson, Rush, Raimi A scene from the Lincoln Center Theater production of August Wilson's “Joe Turner's Come and Gone,” now on stage at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway (T. Charles Erickson)

With Tony awards upon us, we check in on some of Broadway's best. A revival of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" is up for six Tonys, but has caused controversy with the choice of a white director. Wilson’s widow says that critics have misunderstood Wilson’s position. Kurt Andersen talks with Geoffrey Rush, nominated for his role in "Exit the King." And later, "Spiderman" director Sam Raimi talks about his new horror movie, "Drag Me to Hell."

August Wilson's Come and Gone

Joe Turner's Come and Gone” is part of August Wilson's ten-play cycle about African-American life in Pittsburgh. It has returned to Broadway for the first time since the playwright's death (in 2005); the production is nominated for six Tony awards. But controversy and anger has surrounded the selection ...

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Geoffrey Rush

He broke into Hollywood at age 45 with his Oscar-winning performance in 1996's "Shine." Since then, the Australian has starred in period pieces like "Elizabeth" and "Quills" and the summer blockbuster franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean." Now he's up for a Tony for his role in Eugène Ionesco's "Exit the ...


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Sam Raimi

Kurt talks with filmmaker Sam Raimi about his new movie, "Drag Me to Hell." Best known for directing "Spiderman," Raimi's roots are in horror. He tells Kurt about the limitations of digital effects and the relationship between horror and comedy.

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