Episode #1424

Bad Girls on Film & Joss Whedon

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Ashley Benson, James Franco, and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers Ashley Benson, James Franco, and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers (Courtesy of MuseFilm Productions)

It’s summer movies in Studio 360 this week — big directors going small, small actors going big, and girls committing felonies. Vampire auteur Joss Whedon explains the appeal of a micro-budget Shakespeare film. Michael Shannon attempts to thwart the man of steel. Nancy Jo Sales, author of The Bling Ring, explains how Hollywood’s bad girls keep getting worse. And graphic design makes the news as Apple’s new operating system breaks a bad habit.

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Apple has just unveiled a new iOS, the software that powers its mobile devices, for a fall release. In a major shift of the company’s aesthetic, the look is “flattened.” “There was a fake three-dimensional quality to everything that really started in 1984,” Bonnie Siegler tells Kurt Andersen. Siegler runs ...

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Rooting for the Bad Guy: Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon is known for playing unhinged crazies, and he’s had a good year of it. He spent another season putting the fear of God into Prohibition-era Atlantic City on Boardwalk Empire. And now, Shannon spars with Superman as the supervillain General Zod in Man of Steel. (His ...

Bonus Track: Kurt's extended conversation with Michael Shannon

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Hollywood's Bad-Girl Summer

Since there have been movies, there have been bad girls. But girls are really going wild this movie season. Spring Breakers has bikini-clad college students (played by former Disney stars) shooting up fast food joint. Violet and Daisy’s protagonists are teen assassins who kill for cash to buy ...

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Jack Handey's Ideas for Paintings

Many a painter has stared at a blank canvas and pondered what to paint. Not any more! Jack Handey, whom you might remember as the author of Saturday Night Live's "Deep Thoughts," offers his best suggestions.

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Joss Whedon the Hollywood Slayer

Joss Whedon is successful by any measure: a critical cult darling for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a mega crowd-pleaser with The Avengers. For his latest film, he invited some actors he liked over to his house in Santa Monica, opened some wine, and in 12 days filmed Much Ado About Nothing ...

Bonus Track: Joss Whedon's 3 for 360

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