Since 2006, Long Island social worker and technology expert Dan Cohen has been bringing iPods to nursing homes, using music therapy to help patients break through the bonds of Alzheimer's. A new documentary, Alive Inside, tells his inspiring story—a story director Michael Rossatto-Bennett tells Bill Newcott he wasn't sure he wanted to film.
It's hard to imagine anyone holding onto the same job for 25 years these days, but British actor David Suchet has played Agatha Christie's legendary detective Hercule Poirot since 1989, filming screen versions of every one of Christie's 70 Poirot mysteries. As his final episodes come to Acorn.TV, PBS, and DVD, Suchet tells Bill Newcott he has, oddly enough, been prepared for this day from year one.
Sitcom star? Oscar-winning actor? Hollywood cautionary tale? Bill Newcott looks back on the late star's career and weighs the laughter and the tears.
Before The Beatles seized center stage for their first movie, rock bands on film were usually used to provide background music for the real actors. That all changed with the triumphant opening chord of A Hard Day's Night, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. A new Criterion Collection set presents a restored version of A Hard Day' Night, and audio supervisor Giles Martin (the son of George Martin, who produced nearly all of the Fab Four's albums) tells Bill Newcott how he struck a balance between pleasing movie audiences and pleasing the Beatles themselves.
The mesmerizing new drama Calvary opens with a quietly shocking confessional scene that resonates until the film's final frame. Star Brendan Gleeson and writer/director John Michael McDonaugh tell Bill Newcott why you don't need a fiery car crash to get your audience's attention.
Actor Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42 and a young football star in Draft Day—but he confesses to Bill Newcott that neither role prepared him for the sheer physical stamina he'd need to play James Brown in Get on Up.
Two-time Oscar nominee Richard Linklater wrote a script about a boy's childhood—then spent 12 years filming it. He tells Bill Newcott why the idea was "insane"…and why it was also the only way to tell the story.
With his Oscar-winning film Once, writer/director John Carney made us all want to be street singers in Dublin. Now the Irish-born director's new film, Begin Again, works the same magic for Manhattan. Carney tells Bill Newcott why he loves filming in New York…and why Kiera Knightly is a better singer than Marlon Brando (no surprise).
Symphony orchestras across the country are performing classic music scores live—with the films showing on huge screens above them. National Symphony Orchestra conductor Emil de Cou tells Bill Newcott why directing an orchestra while watching a movie is a lot like juggling chainsaws.
Twenty five years ago he captured the essence of modern love in When Harry Met Sally—now Rob Reiner explores romance after 50 in his new film, And So It Goes. He tells Bill Newcott that although the ages may change, the essential boy-and-girl dynamic never does.