Sound on Film Podcast: New ‘Star Wars’ Cast, and Catching Up With UofL’s Floyd Theater

  Hello Brave Listener and welcome to WFPL’s Sound on Film.

In this week’s episode, we welcome Steven Carr to the show for his first appearance.  In this episode Steven and I will discuss “In Your Eyes,” the latest film from Joss Wheadon, and also “Documented,” a documentary about immigration in the U.S. It premiered in Louisville this week.  Also featured in this episode are discussions about another “Jungle Book” adaptation, the “Star Wars” cast, and Mitch Hurwitz.  We’ll finish up this episode with my discussion with University of Louisville student Maddie Weiner about the Floyd Theater.  Will this be our best episode ever?  Maybe!  This!  Is Sound on Film.

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‘Documented’

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, who he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

Featured in this discussion is Ryan Eller, a campaign director at Define American, the group Vargas started after his testimony before Congress.

‘In Your Eyes’

East Coaster Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) lives a comfortable, sheltered life of cocktail parties and lonely nights as the soft-spoken, neglected wife of a doctor, but she always knew there was something special about herself. Across the country in arid New Mexico, charismatic ex-con Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) has paid his debt to society and is ready for a fresh start, including a new job and a burgeoning flirtation with local good-time-gal Donna (Nikki Reed). When the two polar opposites realize they are strangely connected in ways they can’t understand, an utterly unique metaphysical romance begins.  In Your Eyes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was immediately available for rental through Vimeo.  

‘Star Wars’ Cast Announced

The cast of the next episode of “Star Wars” has been announced.  As was widely expected, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker; and joining them will be John Boyega (“Attack the Block”), Oscar Issac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Adam Driver (“Girls”), and Domhnall Gleeson (“Harry Potter”).  Is this cast exciting at all? Does it leave you wanting?We talk it out.

Mitch Hurwitz Inks Unique Deal with Netflix

News was released recently that Mitch Hurwitz, the mind behind “Arrested Development,” had inked a deal with Netflix for a “multi-tier” deal which included a new original show for the network and will also see him work as a “non-writing” executive producer for other Netflix comedies as well as a consultant for Netflix’s comedy offerings.  This deal seems to put all of Netflix’s comedy eggs into the Mitch Hurwitz basket.  ”Arrested Development” is a much beloved show but was never commercially successful, so we’ll talk about that, too.

The Jungle Book,’ Times 2

In the last episode of Sound on Film, we discussed a new film based on Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” being directed by Andy Serkis (“Lord of the Rings)”.  News arrives this week about another version of “The Jungle Book” being directed by Jon Favreau (“Elf,” “Iron Man”).  This film’s cast is coming together a bit faster: Idris Elba has been slated to be featured as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson will play Kaa, and Lupita Nyong’o will play Rakcha, the wolf who adopts Mowgli.  This version of the film has been billed as a “Live Action/CGI Hybrid”, and appears to be a bigger budget film with ambition of being a blockbuster.  Do you think there is room for two adaptations of “The Jungle Book,” And, if so, which one do you want to see?

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