Category Archives: Best of BTR

Behind the Super Bowl

This February will see Super Bowl XLVIII taking place at New Jersy’s MetLife Stadium. Barry Farber talks to Wayne Hasenbalg, PResident and CEO of New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, about what’s going on behind the game.

Hasenbalg talks about how he “integrated the state’s activities for the Super Bowl with the Super Bowl Committee,” forming smaller committes whose functions “range from transit to security to roads.” The committee recently decided that they were “Ready” and actually cancelled the next meeting.

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The best movies of 2014

Betty Jo Tucker and her cohosts count down their top ten movies of 2013. The Book Thief, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Philips, Lone Survivor, Blackfish, Rush, Mandela, Philomena, American Hustle, and 42 are all selected as favorites. Of Saving Mr. Banks, they say that it was “greatly entertaining, pleasant, funny… it reminded me of my good old days when Walt Disney was around” and a “clean film… there weren’t any explosions in it… it was just a pleasing family movie.” Gravity is called “the most captivating film of the year.

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Honoring Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon served as Israel’s eleventh Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006. He passed away earlier in January, and Joyce BarrieFriends pays tribute to him.

The hosts talk about how Israel was under attack “from day one of its existence.” Sharon, a former Israeli army commander, “had to participate a great deal just for the survival of Israel” from the beginning. Sharon was considered “one of the greatest field commanders in Israel’s history” and nicknamed “The King of Israel” and “the Lion of God.” In 2000, he became the leader of Israel’s Likud party.

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Red Dragon Cartel’s Darren James Smith

Darren James Smith is the vocalist for Red Dragon Cartel, the new project of ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee. He stops by TheShoe to talk about his career.

Smith says that he had “been in the business long enough to have pretty much met everybody,” and came in contact with Lee that way. Smith recently encountered some controversy when he gave what he admitted to be a subpar performance at Los Angeles’ Whiskey A Go Go club. Smith explains that the band was practicing  “seven hours a night ending at four in the morning for four nights… I maybe got two hours’ sleep.”

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Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Nyong’o made her film debut in 2013 with her role in 12 Years A Slave, but she’s already being honored with a Golden Globe nomination, with a fair amount of OScar speculation as well. Nyong’o stops by FilmGordon Radio to talk about landing the role.

Nyong’o, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, “auditioned three times in three different states” for the role. She calls the experience of working on the film “an education that I didn’t even know I needed “so glad that I got to take this time period so personally… I’m forever changed by this experience.”

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Luther’s Idris Elba

Idris Elba has had a big 2013 with major roles in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Pacific Rim. He’s capping the year off with Golden Globe nominations for both his title role in Mandela and his work on the BBC’s crime drama Luther. Elba is also known for his work on The WireSnowbizNow talks to Elba about his year.

Elba talks about his focus in the performance, saying that “the most important thing… was the presence of the man, which is a hard thing to capture and a very important component to capture,” and says that, because he doesn’t bear a physical resemblance to Mandela, he “really wanted to pay attention to the nuances about him, most importantly his voice.”

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U2’s Bono and The Edge

The 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has been garnering a fair amount of awards buzz, and U2’s song “Ordinary Love,” written specifically for the film, has not gone unnoticed either. They’ve been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Song. SnowbizNow talks to vocalist Bono and guitarist The Edge.

Bono says that “when you’re writing music for a film you’re trying to connect to the emotions of the scene.” Of the particular scene that he wrote for, he says that “it could be quite a triumphant moment because he’s finally become president… we didn’t want to write a triumph; we wanted to bring it back to the relationship” between Mandela and wife Winnie.

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ScreenPicks reviews Golden Globe-nominated 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave is nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. ScreenPicks reviews the film. The hosts call the movie “quite moving.” They note that, though it is difficult to watch with its “prolonged scenes of whippings and beatings and all sorts of torture that the slaves had to go through,” the scenes “will certainly stay with anybody who sees the movie” because of “the spirit of all these people who had to endure it. They also call the film “amazing,” although acknowledging that some may avoid it for fear of “leaving with this really heavy feeling in their chest.”

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