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Directing & Producing

Inside Oscar’s Best Picture Winner 12 Years a Slave

The compelling biopic 12 Years a Slave has won the Academy Award’s top honor as Best Picture of 2013, marking it as a film that will stand the test of time. Nominated in nine categories, the film was the talk of the show as it also won Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.Based on a book first published in 1853 by Solomon Northup, the true story follows an African-American violinist in New York as he’s tricked, kidnapped and forced into slavery in Louisiana.

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Behind American Hustle with David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper

P3’s coverage of the nine Oscar-nominated films of 2013 takes a look inside the critical and commercial favorite American Hustle, a period dramedy about reinventing one’s image while striving to reach the American dream. Shot in Massachusetts and loosely based on the FBI Abscam operations of the 1970s and ’80s, the film follows con man Irving Rosenfeld (played by Christian Bale) and his seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) as they’re forced to work with overzealous FBI Agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) in a sting to take down corrupt politicians. 

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Matthew McConaughey on Being Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club

For the very few of you who haven’t heard, the independent film Dallas Buyers Club is gaining a ton of attention. And with the Academy Awards just around the corner, the film is the talk of the town as a frontrunner for Best Picture. Filmed in New Orleans, La. in an impressive 27 days by Director Jean-Marc Vallée, Dallas Buyers Club stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. The true story follows Ron Woodroof, a rodeo wild-bull rider who gets grounded by an HIV-positive diagnosis during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. 

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Directing The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men is not your average Nazi war movie. Shot all over Germany the action drama story is based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful, mostly Jewish owners. This group of seven museum directors, curators, and art historians risk their lives to stop the destruction of 1000 years of culture. 

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Showrunner’s Use Creativity to Tackle Issues

Creativity is part of the showrunners’ job description. That was the take-away from an interview panel with CBS drama showrunners during January 2014’s Television Critics Association press tour.

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