Episode #1051

Avatar, 2,000 Year-Old Man, Millet

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1051, Avatar, 2,000 Year-Old-Man, Millet Jake meets his avatar, a genetically engineered hybrid between humans and the natives of Pandora. (Mark Fellman/ WETA and c 2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)

Meet the $380 million dollar man. With its stunning 3-D effects, director James Cameron tells Kurt about the insane ambition and expense it took to complete his new movie "Avatar." Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner recall the genius of Mel Brooks' and Carl Reiner's routine "The 2,000 Year Old Man." What do Sharon Stone, Noam Chomsky, David Hasselhoff, and a komodo dragon have in common? Author Lydia Millet explains.

James Cameron

"I'm the king of the world!" James Cameron proclaimed upon accepting his best director Oscar for "Titanic." In 1997 it was the most technically ambitious (and lucrative) movie ever made. This week an even more titanic Cameron film is headed for theaters: "Avatar." ...

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Bonus Track: James Cameron Uncut

Hear Kurt's full conversation with the director of "Avatar."

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The 2,000 Year-Old Man

Every year the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to be preserved for all time. One of this year's selections is the famous 1961 comedy routine by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner about a man so old, ...

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Aha Moment: Robert Frank

As a security guard at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jason Eskenazi was used to directing visitors to the restrooms. But keeping watch at an exhibit of Robert Frank's photography project The Americans, Eskenazi turned his life around. Produced by Studio 360's

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I, Avatar

Is your Second Life slowly replacing your first life? Do you feel closer to video game characters than actual real humans? New media lets everyone construct virtual identities, but we shouldn't be too afraid of surrendering to technology. As Studio 360's Eric Molinsky discovers, our ...

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Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet's first short story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys, is filled with fictionalized tales of celebrities' real-life confrontations with exotic species. She reads from her story "Sir Henry" about David Hasselhoff's dachshund and tells Kurt why she's not afraid of lawyers.

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Unsilent Night

It's become a holiday tradition: every year, in cities around the world, hundreds of people show up at a public space with their old boomboxes to participate in Phil Kline's ambient, techno Christmas carol called "Unsilent Night." Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Keira

Thanks for finally writing about >Avatar,
2,000 Year-Old Man, Millet - Studio 360 <Loved it!

Mar. 07 2013 08:32 AM

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