Bob Mondello http://kccu.org en Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo' Full Of Loneliness And Longing http://kccu.org/post/woody-allens-fading-gigolo-full-loneliness-and-longing In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 54658 at http://kccu.org Loneliness And Longing — And Woody Allen — In 'Fading Gigolo' http://kccu.org/post/loneliness-and-longing-and-woody-allen-fading-gigolo With his long face and hangdog appearance, actor John Turturro is no one's idea of a matinee idol — not even his own — so he raised a lot of eyebrows when he cast himself as the title character in <em>Fading Gigolo</em>. Even more when he cast Woody Allen as his pimp. So it may come as a relief when things don't go as wrong with what turns out to be a surprisingly sweet little dramedy as they might have.<p>The film begins in an Upper West Side rare books emporium with a going-out-of-business sign in its window. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 54590 at http://kccu.org Loneliness And Longing — And Woody Allen — In 'Fading Gigolo' Big Names, High Production Values ... And These Are Indie Flicks? http://kccu.org/post/big-names-high-production-values-and-these-are-indie-flicks A small budget doesn't mean a film can't have big-name stars or high production values. Witness the rural Southern drama <em>Joe</em>, which brings Nicolas Cage back to indie films, and Jim Jarmusch's <em>Only Lovers Left Alive, </em>which turns the city of Detroit into an otherworldly landscape. Their low-budget aesthetic also allows these films to turn Hollywood conventions inside out.<p>The title character in <em>Joe</em> poisons trees for a living. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 54203 at http://kccu.org Big Names, High Production Values ... And These Are Indie Flicks? Mickey Rooney, All-American Boy For More Than 90 Years, Dies http://kccu.org/post/mickey-rooney-all-american-boy-more-90-years-dies Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Mickey Rooney, who lived a long life on stage and screen, died last night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 53914 at http://kccu.org Stay Classy, Norwich: 'Alan Partridge' Aims For American Success http://kccu.org/post/stay-classy-norwich-alan-partridge-aims-american-success Say the name Alan Partridge in Britain, and everyone knows who you're talking about: An airheaded, funny and entirely fictional broadcaster prone to saying things like, "You can keep Jesus — as far as I'm concerned, Neil Diamond will always be King of the Jews."<p>British comedian Steve Coogan has been playing Partridge on radio and TV for more than 20 years. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 53794 at http://kccu.org Stay Classy, Norwich: 'Alan Partridge' Aims For American Success