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Gus Van Sant's John Callahan biopic

Director Gus Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix behind the scenes on DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT.
Director Gus Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix behind the scenes on DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT.
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Gus Van Sant's long road to making "Don't Worry..."

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Filmmaker Gus Van Sant knew John Callahan from his shock of red hair and him speeding recklessly around Portland Oregon in his wheelchair. He and his screenwriter did interviews with Callahan who was a quadriplegic alcoholic and who recounted his life story in the autobiography "Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot." Sony had bought the rights to the book and Van Sant was going to direct the film with Robin Williams in the lead. But it never got off the ground. After Willliams died Van Sant brough Joaquin Phoenix onto the project. Sony passed. Amazon picked it up and now it's coming to theaters. 

Guest: Gus Van Sant, filmmaker

Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again

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Even before Sacha Baron Cohen’s new TV show debuts this Sunday, it’s already causing legal threats. Showtime announced this week that the British comedian has been making a show called “Who Is America?” in secret for the last year. The list of people who claim to have been duped to participate on the show grows every day and includes Sarah Palin, Ted Koppel and Roy Moore. Moore is threatening legal action. But does Moore or any of these people have any legal grounds?

Guest: Eugene Volokh, professor of law at UCLA.

LA Phil brings kid musicians to Los Angeles

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The second annual National Take A Stand Festival is underway in Southern California. It brings 140 of the best classical musicians between 12 and 18 years old to SoCal, and culminates in a performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. 

KPCC's arts education reporter Carla Javier visited the youth as they rehearsed at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.