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The Dalai Lama claims to be just a simple Buddhist monk, but author Pico Iyer's new book, The Open Road, highlights a more multifaceted, global icon, who evokes both admiration and skepticism. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his exile from Tibet and discussions about who will succeed the 74-year-old monk grow more urgent. Iyer joins us to discuss the complex religious figure and the controversy that surrounds him. * Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road
Larrry Mantle and film critics Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor and Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media discuss this week's new releases including "Watchmen," "An American Affair," "Phoebe in Wonderland," "Shuttle," "12," "Everlasting Moments," "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29," and "Toyo's Camera."
Larry Mantle and film critics Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com, and Andy Klein, formerly of "CityBeat," discuss the week's new releases including Crossing Over, Bob Funk, Must Read After My Death, Cherry Blossoms, and Scott Walker-30th Century Man.
Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor, Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com. Andy Klein, formerly of CityBeat, Lael Loewenstein of Variety, Jean Oppeneheimer of Village Voice Media, Claudia Puig of USA Today, and Wade Major of boxoffice.com and CityBeat traveled to the Egyptian Theatre for our annual Academy Awards preview. Larry and the critics discuss who will take home the Oscar this Sunday.
Larry Mantle and critics Wade Major of boxoffice.com and CityBeat and Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media discuss the week's new releases including "Confessions of A Shopaholic," "Friday the 13th," "The International," "Two Lovers," "Under The Sea 3-D," "Fuel," "Gomorrah,' and "Amarcord." Then Larry Mantle interviews Producer and Director Tony Bill about his new book "Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set."
Larry Mantle and film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today and Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor discuss the week's new releases including "He's Just Not That Into You," "The Pink Panther 2," "Coraline," "Push," "Chocolate," "Fanboys," and "Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh." They also discuss The Santa Barbara Film Festival. Finally, Larry talks with the director and star of the Oscar-nominated film "Frozen River."