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"'Office' Star B.J. Novak Wants To Surprise You With His New Project"

B.J. Novak served as a writer and an executive producer of The Office, and played Ryan, one of the stars of the series. Novak created the new topical anthology series The Premise. Each episode deals with an important cultural issue, like social justice, sex tapes, guns, and how we’re shaped by social media. Novak talks about both shows, his early days doing standup, and how his idea of comedy and good writing was affected by his father, writer William Novak.

41:50

Mel Brooks: 'I'm An EGOT; I Don't Need Any More.'

The screenwriter, producer, director and actor, whose name has become synonymous with American comedy, talks about his penchant for spoofs and his decades-long friendship with Carl Reiner. Brooks, who is among a handful of people who've won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, is the subject of a new documentary on PBS.

43:18

Gerwig, Baumbach Poke At Post-College Pangs.

In Frances Ha, a 27-year-old (Greta Gerwig) navigates New York City — and the transition from prolonged adolescence to proper adulthood. Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach co-wrote the script; they join Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about the project.

44:02

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Man Behind 'The Master.'

The director of Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood talks to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about The Master, a tense drama with indelible performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 2, 2012.

33:11

Kushner's 'Lincoln' Is Strange, But Also Savvy.

Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay for the film Lincoln, which focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. Kushner read more than 20 books before writing about Lincoln, a man who had "an enormous capacity for grief that didn't deprive him of the ability to act."

14:11

A Laugh A Minute, On Screen And In Life.

Nora Ephron, the essayist, novelist, screenwriter and film director, died Tuesday night in Manhattan. She was 71, and suffered from leukemia. Fresh Air remembers the creator of Silkwood and When Harry Met Sally with excerpts from a 2006 interview from WHYY's Radio Times.

17:23

Disarming Baghdad: The Most Dangerous Army Job?

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal join Fresh Air to talk about their film The Hurt Locker. Set in Baghdad, the movie follows the story of three men who are part of the Army's bomb unit, charged with the task of disarming IEDs and other roadside bombs.

50:24

Quentin Tarantino: 'Inglourious' Child Of Cinema.

Take one part spaghetti Western and one part war film, and mix them together in a project helmed by acclaimed, eccentric filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. What do you get? Inglourious Basterds, one of the most unique films of the year. Tarantino talks about style and narrative — in both his personal life and his films — in this interview from Aug. 27, 2009.

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