Filmweek: “Birdman,” “Fury,” “The Best of Me” and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including “Birdman,” “Fury,” “The Best of Me” and more. TGI-Filmweek!
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FilmWeek for Oct 10, 2008

Larry Mantle talks with Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media and Wade Major of boxoffice.com and CityBeat about this week's new film openings including "Body of Lies," "RocknRolla," "The Express," "Lola Montes," "City of Ember," "Happy Go Lucky" and "Ashes of Time Redux," among others.

Who is Neel Kashkari?

He's the Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability, a former Goldman Sachs executive, and the man who has been tapped to oversee the government's $700 billion rescue plan for the financial markets. Exactly who is the 35-year-old and what are his plans for the bailout? * Neil Irwin, National Economy Correspondent for the Washington Post.

FilmWeek for Sep 26, 2008

Larry Mantle talks with Wade Major of boxoffice.com and CityBeat, and Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media about the week's new releases including "Nights in Rodanthe," "Miracle at St. Anna," "Eagle Eye," "The Lucky Ones," "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers," "Days And Clouds," and "Shoot On Sight."

FilmWeek for Sep 19, 2008

Larry Mantle talks with FilmWeek critic Wade Major about the news that Universal Pictures has decided to say "no" to Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's animated, 3-D film, "Tintin." Sign of the economic times?

FilmWeek for Sep 12, 2008

Larry and critics Andy Klein, of CityBeat, and Jean Oppenheimer, of Village Voice Media, review some of the week's new films including "Burn After Reading," 'Righteous Kill," "The Women," "Towelhead," "Sukiyaki Western Django," and "A Secret." Larry also talks with KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Peter Rainer about the Toronto International Film Festival.

Fannie and Freddie: Bailout Blues

In a move to reverse a prolonged housing and credit crisis, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced yesterday that it is taking over conservatorship of the nation's two largest mortgage lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Originally founded as government agencies, the two companies are now privately run and together comprise more than fifty percent of the mortgage market. Will this drastic effort counter the plunging housing market, which government officials say could lead to financial turmoil here and abroad? * Jennifer Zuccarelli, spokesperson for the U.S. Treasury Department. * Thomas Davidoff, Professor of Business, U.C. Berkeley's Haas Real Estate Group. * Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Member of the House Committee on Financial Services.