KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:
Just Scene It at 7 pm
On our last episode of our fourth season, we offer up a special encore performance of three indie movies from 2013 that were among our favorites and deserves a second look: the coming of age drama, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, based on true events, the drama FRUITVALE STATION, and the summer comedy, THE WAY WAY BACK. And we top off the show with an interview with academy award winning director, BARBARA KOPPLE, about her newest documentary on the Hemingway family – RUNNING FROM CRAZY. And stay tuned for our next season where we kick off our reviews of the mid-season TV pilots.
On Story at 7:30 pm
From THE GRADUATE and CATCH-22 to “Saturday Night Live” and “Get Smart,” iconic comedic and distinctly American writer, director, and actor Buck Henry recalls his long and storied career in Hollywood. Followed by the heartwarming story of a failed ukulele player and her talking puppet dog, The Ballad of Friday and June by writer/director Tate English.
The Birdcage at 8 pm
In Miami Beach, a gay couple (Robin Williams, Nathan Lane) pretend to be man and wife when a son’s future father-in-law (Gene Hackman) and family visit. Cast: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman.
Will Ferrell: The Mark Twain Prize at 10 pm
“Will Ferrell: The Mark Twain Prize” celebrates the work of the popular comedian and comic actor. From the stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Ferrell’s friends, contemporaries and co-stars salute him, from Christina Applegate, Jack Black and Zach Galifianakis, to Conan O’Brien, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon. With music from Green Day.
You Don’t Know Jack Soo at 11:3- pm
This program tells the story of a pioneering American entertainer, Jack Soo, an Oakland native who became the first Asian American to be cast in the lead role in a regular television series, “Valentine’s Day” (1963), and later starred in the popular comedy show “Barney Miller” (1975-1978). Featuring rare footage and interviews with Soo’s co-stars and friends, including actors George Takei, Nancy Kwan and Max Gail, comedians Steve Landesberg and Gary Austin, and producer Hal Kanter, the film traces Soo’s early beginnings as a nightclub singer and comedian, to his breakthrough role as Sammy Fong in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Broadway play and film version of “The Flower Drum Song”. The film also explores why Soo, a former internee who was actually born Goro Suzuki, was forced to change his name in the post WWII era, in order to perform in clubs in the midwest. Because of his experiences, throughout his career in films and television, Soo refused to play roles that were demeaning to Asian Americans and often spoke out against negative ethnic portrayals.