Elizabeth Blair http://news.stlpublicradio.org en In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/little-engine-could-some-see-early-feminist-hero "Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."<p>The beloved tale of the little blue engine — who helps bring a broken-down train of toys to the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain — has been chugging along for a very long time. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 37879 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fans-good-wife-rocked-spoiler-alert The CBS legal drama <em>The Good Wife</em> centers on smart, attractive Chicago lawyer Alicia Florrick. She's "the good wife" because she stood by her politician husband when he cheated on her.<p>But the show's most compelling story line has always been between Alicia and another lawyer, Will Gardner. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 34696 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/top-flight-animators-gag-art-all-its-own Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Lego Movie opened last night in theaters across the country. It's latest example of the magic of animation, filmmakers who bring plastic to life, make animals talk and send toys singing and dancing across a big screen. But animators also love to hurl our most beloved characters over cliffs. They blow them up with dynamite, flatten them with speeding trains. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 33571 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-uncanny-actor-stage-and-screen Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/02/270599816/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-at-46">found dead on Sunday</a> in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.<p>Hoffman was steeped in his profession — in film, on stage, in the spotlight and behind the scenes.<p>In 2005, he won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 33425 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/super-bowl-ad-game-one-small-business-will-win-big Super Bowl suspense is building — for the game and the commercials. With an audience of over 100 million people, advertisers covet this space, but at a reported $4 million a spot, only the mightiest corporations can afford Super Bowl exposure. This year, though, there's an exception. One lucky little business will get one of those primo slots — free.<p>Intuit, the company that sells software tools including Quicken and TurboTax, is sponsoring a promotion called <a href="https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/" target="_blank">Small Business, Big Game</a>. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 33241 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/congressional-impasse-leaves-museums-empty-monuments-shut Federal bureaucracies aren't the only ones scaling back operations during the government shutdown. It's also meant that kids couldn't take field trips to the Smithsonian.<p>In fact most of the popular Washington attractions funded by the government are closed. That includes the Smithsonian's 19 museums and the National Zoo, plus Ford's Theatre and the National Gallery of Art.<p>Christy Agor is on maternity leave from her job at the State Department. She admits that as a federal worker she should have known the National Zoo would be closed Tuesday. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 30334 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut Disney Experiments With 2-Screen Experience Involves iPads http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/disney-experiments-2-screen-experience-involves-ipads Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>I don't know about you, but I'm a little troubled when I hear about people who watch multiple screens. You know what I'm talking about. Maybe you're watching a movie at home while live tweeting, or while keeping track at a ballgame. At least movie theaters are a sacred space, immune to these changes.<p>Or not - I guess this was bound to happen. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 30102 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/latino-buying-power-gets-movie-studios-attention One of the surprise movie hits this past weekend was almost entirely in Spanish. <em>Instructions Not Included</em> made an enormous amount of money per screen, more than $22,000, playing in fewer than 350 theaters. The boys in One Direction had the number one film, but they pulled in less than $6000 per screen. That's a huge victory for star Eugenio Derbez, a household name in Mexico, and for Pantelion films, which has been trying to find a Spanish-language hit in the U.S. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:42:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 29624 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Diversity, Race And Burger King http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/comedian-hari-kondabolu-diversity-race-and-burger-king Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender. He's made a lot of key people laugh with his incisive anecdotes, including Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien and John Oliver.<p>A full-time writer on the FX show <em>Totally Biased</em> <em>with W. Kamau Bell</em>, he recently did a comedy bit on the National Spelling Bee, or "as I like to call it," he joked, "the Indian Super Bowl."<p>Kondabolu makes a fair point: For six years in a row, the winner has been Indian-American. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 28337 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/toshi-seeger-wife-folk-singer-pete-seeger-dies-91 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7pzic4mf7o</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:42:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 28160 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91