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November 14, 2004

In lieu of other information that I'm too tired/wired to type up at the moment, here's some film related NPR goodness:

~ In answer to James' query the other night, the voice of Violet in The Incredibles is actually the film debut of This American Life's Sarah Vowell.

~ Robert Altman's next film (after the one he's shooting now) will be a film version of the long running Prairie Home Companion, apparently set behind the scenes of the show. How supremely perfect is that? Joining the cast will be Tom Waits and Lyle Lovett, among others. I think this particular radio show inhabits one of my earliest memories, because I know that when I discovered Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion at the age of five, I thought it had something to do with this program that bored me to tears whenever my parents listened to it in the car (I have, of course, since realized the erroneous nature of that early opinion -- particularly when, last week, they had a monologue outlining the reasons why Born Again Christians should not be allowed to vote).

~ This isn't really film related (unless you're a filmmaker like me who finds enormous inspiration in music) but if you live in DFW or you listen to streaming NPR online, join me tonight (and every Sunday night) in listening to Paul Slaven's 90.1 At Night music show, which is so good that I've been finding reasons to either a.) drive a lot or b.) stay home on Sunday nights just to listen to it. It's fast becoming my dedicated writing time (not that I don't write on a daily basis -- it's just that the hours are generally pretty shifty). If you listen to it, you may well hear a track or two from Curtis Heath and that band he's in.

Not related to NPR but perhaps far more interesting to the cinema-minded reader is this interview with Jim Jarmusch from The Guardian, in which you will learn, among other fascinating things, why Nick Cave will no longer visit adult bookstores with Jarmusch, and that Jarmusch is, indeed, a vegetarian.

Okay, enough of that. I've gotta get up in three hours for Yen's second staged reading and then some short films and then...something else too, probably, but I'm forgetting what.

Posted by David Lowery at November 14, 2004 5:09 AM