Award winning author and Journalism professor Alan Weisman talks with Jim about his latest book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? in which Weisman focuses on the drastic increase in the human population and how its affecting earth.
The Advocate columnist Pam Bordelon, of Pam's Party Line, joins Jim in the studio to chat about the Mardi Gras festivities, Louisiana's big night at the 86th annual Academy Awards, and much, much more.
Also, theater director Brian Breen and stage actors Sam Bryan and Mattie Olson stop by the studio to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird which Breen is directing at the Ascension Community Theater in Gonzales, La. The play will be showing until March 16th.
Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the Oscar-nominated <em>12 Years a Slave. </em>Director Steve McQueen and film editor Joe Walker took a restrained, formal approach to portraying the "casual nightmare" of American slavery.
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A lot of people believe 12 Years A Slave is the best film yet made about slavery in the United States. That doesn't make it easy to watch.
It also wasn't easy to edit.
"Editing is like a massive, 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle," says director Steve McQueen. He's just arrived from Europe and is relaxing in a suite in a swanky West Hollywood hotel with the film's editor, Joe Walker.
The 85th Academy Awards are this coming Sunday, and Louisiana is very well represented in terms of movies filmed in the Bayou State as well as actors with roots here.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was shot in the Terrebonne Parish town of Montegut, has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation.
At 9, Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee ever for Best Actress for her lead role in the film. In the film, Wallis plays Hushpuppy - a rambunctious child who must overcome a great deal of adversity when her world falls apart.