Episode #1449

Payne’s Nebraska & Ornette Coleman

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Bruce Dern in Nebraska Bruce Dern in Nebraska (©2013 Paramount Pictures)

The filmmaker Alexander Payne returns to his home state for Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son on a fateful road trip. Kurt Andersen talks with them and scene-stealing co-star June Squibb. We’ll explore the newest-oldest trend in movies: black-and-white. And Ornette Coleman breaks the rules of jazz and sets a new bar for spontaneous invention.

Now Playing in Black-and-White

This year has seen enough black-and-white films to call this archaic technique a new trend in filmmaking, especially for indies. “The reality of making a black-and-white film,” says Greta Gerwig, the star and co-writer of Frances Ha, “is that someone might buy it to distribute it after it was made ...

Slideshow: Black-and-White Redux

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Alexander Payne's Nebraska

Alexander Payne’s new film Nebraska is a father-and-son road trip. An aging and agitated Woody (Bruce Dern) believes he’s won a million dollars in a sweepstakes scheme, and convinces his discontented son David (Will Forte) to drive him from Montana to Nebraska to collect the winnings ...

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A Woodworker’s Work Is Never Done

In the final weeks of 2012, we asked Studio 360 listeners for their creative New Year’s resolutions. We followed up with a small group, promising to gently pressure them into following through on their artistic ambitions. Ariel Lautman from Silver Spring, Maryland resolved to master her circular saw ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come

In 2013, the Library of Congress placed 25 new works into its National Recording Registry, a collection of historic music, speeches, and other audio documents that the Library will preserve for all time. One of those works was a 1959 record with the bold title The Shape of Jazz to Come ...

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