Episode #1510

Son of God & Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Role

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Diego Morgado in Son of God Diego Morgado in Son of God (Casey Crafford)

For the first time in a decade, Jesus is starring on the big screen, and the creators of Son of God are determined to avoid the bad blood from last time. Producers of the final Hunger Games movie attempt to resurrect Philip Seymour Hoffman, digitally. And Kurt Andersen talks with the composer Harold Budd, whose music is subtle, contemplative, and unabashedly beautiful.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Performance Will Be Digitally Created

When Hoffman died last month, he was still in the process of filming the final The Hunger Games movie. The film’s producers are attempting a 21st century solution: creating new footage of Hoffman using computer animation.

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Harold Budd Isn’t Afraid to Make Pretty Music

At 77, Harold Budd’s career has taken him from bebop to avant-garde minimalism to the lush, atmospheric soundscapes for which he’s become famous. Critics call Budd “the godfather of ambient music,” an honorific he rejects.

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