1. Robert Redford tells Terry Gross about how he always felt uncomfortable being characterized by his good looks:

One of the things that has been sort of weird is to see yourself characterized so often as somebody that looks well, that has glamorous looks, or is appealing physically. That’s nice, I’m not unhappy about that. But what I saw happening over time was that was [what was] getting attention.
I wanted to be good at my craft, and therefore I would be an actor that would play many different kinds of roles, which I did. I played killers, I played rapists, really deranged characters, but most people don’t know about that, because that was in television. So suddenly you’re seeing yourself in a glamour category and you’re saying, “Wait a minute.” The notion is that you’re not so much of an actor, you’re just somebody that looks well. That was always hard for me, because I always took pride in whatever role I was playing. I would be that character.


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    Robert Redford tells Terry Gross about how he always felt uncomfortable being characterized by his good looks:

    One of the things that has been sort of weird is to see yourself characterized so often as somebody that looks well, that has glamorous looks, or is appealing physically. That’s nice, I’m not unhappy about that. But what I saw happening over time was that was [what was] getting attention.

    I wanted to be good at my craft, and therefore I would be an actor that would play many different kinds of roles, which I did. I played killers, I played rapists, really deranged characters, but most people don’t know about that, because that was in television. So suddenly you’re seeing yourself in a glamour category and you’re saying, “Wait a minute.” The notion is that you’re not so much of an actor, you’re just somebody that looks well. That was always hard for me, because I always took pride in whatever role I was playing. I would be that character.

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  1. I was not a good student through my entire life. My mind was out the window. I drew underneath the desk. I drew pictures. I wasn’t learning the way I was supposed to learn and I think I realized that my education was going to happen when I got out in the world and engaged with other cultures, other places, other languages and had the adventure of exploration and I felt: That’s my education.

    — Robert Redford speaking to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about why he left college

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  1. Actor Robert Redford speaks to Terry Gross about how he almost wasn’t cast in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the film that made him “iconic:”

When it first came up, because of the age difference between Paul [Newman] and I, which was like 12, 13 years, and he was really well known and I was not well known. … The studio did not want me … and they tried everything to keep me out of the film. It was 20th Century Fox. I think it was Paul Newman and William Goldman, the writer, and George that stood up for me against the studio. … When I met Paul he was very generous and he said, “I’ll do it with Redford.” I never forgot that. … He and I, in the course of that film became really, really good friends.
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    Actor Robert Redford speaks to Terry Gross about how he almost wasn’t cast in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the film that made him “iconic:”

    When it first came up, because of the age difference between Paul [Newman] and I, which was like 12, 13 years, and he was really well known and I was not well known. … The studio did not want me … and they tried everything to keep me out of the film. It was 20th Century Fox. I think it was Paul Newman and William Goldman, the writer, and George that stood up for me against the studio. … When I met Paul he was very generous and he said, “I’ll do it with Redford.” I never forgot that. … He and I, in the course of that film became really, really good friends.

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  1. Tomorrow: Robert Redford tells Fresh Air about having polio as a kid, pursuing an education outside the classroom (and in nature), and working off of a 30 page script for his new film, “All is Lost.”


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    Tomorrow: Robert Redford tells Fresh Air about having polio as a kid, pursuing an education outside the classroom (and in nature), and working off of a 30 page script for his new film, “All is Lost.”

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  1. David Edelstein reviews All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford, a film where his 39-foot boat crashes into a shipping container vessel causing a series of disastrous events:



"As I watched Robert Redford acting all by himself in the superlative survival-at-sea movie All Is Lost, I suddenly realized why the set-up feels so perfect. Redford is most in his element when he’s alone.”


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    David Edelstein reviews All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford, a film where his 39-foot boat crashes into a shipping container vessel causing a series of disastrous events:

    "As I watched Robert Redford acting all by himself in the superlative survival-at-sea movie All Is Lost, I suddenly realized why the set-up feels so perfect. Redford is most in his element when he’s alone.”

    Read the full review and watch the trailer for this film.

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  1. On today’s Fresh Air, the husband and wife songwriting team who wrote the score for Yentl, the theme song for Maude, and the songs “The Way We Were,” “Nice & Easy,” “In The Heat of The Night,” and “What Are You Doing the Rest Of Your Life.”

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  1. Ann Marie Baldonado: An Update on Distribution at the Toronto Film Festival


    The Toronto Film Festival ended this weekend with the top award,The People’s Choice Award, going to The King’s Speech, the film about King George VI (father of Queen Elisabeth) and the speech therapist who helped him get rid of his stutter.

    The awards at Toronto don’t mean as much as say the awards at Cannes or Sundance, but the winners of the audience award usually end up doing well at Oscar time.  

    Two years ago, Slumdog Millionaire was a clear crowd pleaser and audience award winner, and last year it was Precious.  Coming out of the festival, The King’s Speech is a talked about favorite for a best film nomination, as well as acting awards for Colin Firth as the King and Geoffrey Rush as his trusted friend and advisor.

    In other updates, a number of films I wrote about here have gotten distribution deals.  In fact, industry insiders are calling this the most-active Toronto market in years.  This weekend, Beginners, Mike Mills' second feature film, was picked up by Focus Films.  No official word yet on when they will release the film in the US, but some speculate it will come out the middle of 2011.  

    Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions purchased the Will Ferrell film, Everything Must Go, as well as the Robert Redford directed historical drama, The Conspirator, and Lionsgate alone will be distributing Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole
    Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.  

    Other films that were purchased include the new Kelly Reichart film, Meek’s Cutoff, starring Michelle Williams, Passion Play starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox, the films Peepworld, Beautiful Boy, and Dirty Girl, as well as 3 films that have gotten positive reviews that I unfortunately didn’t catch at the festival — Werner Herzog's new 3D documentary Caves of Forgotten Dreams, Submarine, and Incendies, which won The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature, and got a distribution deal from Sony Picture Classics.

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