Hayao Miyazaki’s final film is about World War II and the designer of the legendary, destructive Zero airplane. Is the outspoken pacifist wavering in his position on the war? The young novelist Helen Oyeyemi blends folk tales and realistic fiction — her new book, Boy, Snow, Bird, places Snow White in 1950s small town America, and asks who the real villain is. Plus, master of horror Wes Craven picks the very best of our Scary Short Film Fest.
For the first time in a decade, Jesus is starring on the big screen, and the creators of Son of God are determined to avoid the bad blood from last time. Producers of the final Hunger Games movie attempt to resurrect Philip Seymour Hoffman, digitally. And Kurt Andersen talks with the composer Harold Budd, whose music is subtle, contemplative, and unabashedly beautiful.
This week in Studio 360, Kurt Andersen talks with a songwriter whose words are being sung by protesters in the deadly clashes in Venezuela — he gives a firsthand account of life trapped behind barricades. A playwright explains why he moved Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra from Rome to colonial Haiti. And a former CIA man brings his Cold War experiences to light on the TV spy show The Americans.