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The Business

The Business is the show about the business of show business. It goes beyond the glitz and glamour to the who, what, why and how of making movies and TV. The Business is hosted by respected entertainment industry journalist Kim Masters of the Hollywood R

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In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway"

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700

British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.

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Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants'

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700

Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist. 

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Damon Lindelof on the end of 'The Leftovers'

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Writer-producer Damon Lindelof wrapped up the hit series Lost in 2010, and he still gets lashed by fans who hated the ambiguous ending. Now as Lindelof launches the final season of The Leftovers on HBO -- another series that revolves around a mystery -- he still cares what people think of his work, but this time, he's stay far away from Twitter.

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Rob Long on fixing a sitcom and embracing life on Long Island

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700

TV writer-producer Rob Long was brought in on short notice to run the faltering CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait. Long talks about getting the sitcom back on track, why he hopes there's not a writers' strike, and what itPs like to be one of the few outspoken conservatives in Hollywood.

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Bill Condon on the challenges of adapting a 'tale as old as time'

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0700

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon is no stranger to musicals -- he wrote the screenplay for movie versions of Chicago and Dreamgirls -- the latter of which he directed as well. But when Disney approached him about making a live-action adaptation of its famous animated classic he was initially hesitant to take it on. He talks about what changed his mind and how he set about making the movie his own.

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James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0700

Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to make something more nuanced than the usual comic-book movie.  

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Ryan Murphy on how his Half Foundation led to 'Feud'

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0800

Ryan Murphy oversees a small TV empire on FX, with series including American Horror Story, American Crime Story and his latest effort, Feud. The first cycle of that show focuses on the rivalry between movie icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. On all his shows, Murphy now has a strict rule: at least half of the directors and crew members must be women or minorities.

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Oscars producer Michael De Luca on that fateful mistake

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0800

In an exclusive interview with The Business, Oscars producer Michael De Luca remembers the night that culminated with the biggest flub in Academy Awards show history. De Luca tells us what happened in the moments following that epic blunder and what he thinks should have happened instead.

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Cracking down on pay-to-play auditions & a bonus Oscars banter

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800

After an investigation by reporter Gary Baum, the LA city attorney has filed charges against more than two dozen people involved with casting workshops that are allegedly paid auditions for minor roles. Baum tells us how these workshops became so prevalent, and casting director Billy DaMota explains his longstanding opposition to the practice. Plus, one last look at the major Oscar races.

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'Zootopia' directors on finding their story, late in the game

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800

Production was well under way on Disney's Zootopia when directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard concluded the film needed a major do-over. Breaking the news to animators was not easy. But the move paid off, and Zootopia is now Oscar-nominated for best animated feature. 

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Director Ava DuVernay on '13th' and survival in the industry

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800

How busy is filmmaker Ava DuVernay? Well, between directing Disney's ' Wrinkle in Time, executive producing Queen Sugar on OWN and working the awards circuit for her Oscar-nominated doc 13th...really busy. She tells us why she's taken it all on, and how 13th is resonating with audiences post-election in ways she never could have predicted.

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Director Raoul Peck on 'I Am Not Your Negro'

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800

Director Raoul Peck's film about the essayist and activist James Baldwin was a decade in the making. Now, I Am Not Your Negro is Oscar-nominated for best documentary. Peck tells us how he got access to Baldwin's archives and why right now is the perfect time to learn about the late writer. 

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How 'La La Land' went from constant rejection to awards contention

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800

Writer-director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz have been friends and collaborators since first meeting at Harvard. Together, they struggled for years to make an original movie-musical. Now, their film La La Land is up for a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations.

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Gloria Calderón Kellett brings Cuban roots to 'One Day at a Time'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800

When Norman Lear decided to reboot the classic sitcom One Day at a Time, this time with a Latino family, he wanted a writer-producer who could offer an authentic voice to the project. He found that person in Gloria Calderón Kellett, who incorporated much of her own background into the show, including making the family Cuban.

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Revisiting 'Moonlight,' a movie made with persistence and kismet

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800

Director Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski tell us about making their Golden Globe-winning Moonlight, about a gay African American boy growing up surrounded by poverty and drugs in Miami. Plus, an all new awards season banter.

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'Bright Lights' filmmakers on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800

When documentarians Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens started working on Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, they could not have imagined it would end up being a posthumous tribute to both women. Originally set to air in March, HBO has moved up the film’s premiere to January 7. 

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Revisiting Richard Donner and the crazy backstory of 'Superman'

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Veteran director Richard Donner talks about the adventures and behind the scenes antics that went into making the original comic book blockbuster, Superman, in 1978. Plus, an all new banter looking ahead to the big stories of 2017.

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The year in film and television: 2016 edition

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Banter buddies Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter and Michael Schneider of IndieWire and Variety join Kim Masters to mega-banter the year that was 2016. There were major mergers in play while others went away, Disney ruled the box office, Megyn Kelly took down Roger Ailes, and traditional TV ratings declined while thanks to Netflix, the number of shows continued to rise.

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For his first film, Garth Davis embraced the odyssey of 'Lion'

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Filmmaker Garth Davis spent years making commercials in Australia before co-directing Top of the Lake with Jane Campion. For his feature film debut, Lion, he's taken on the true story of a boy in India who accidentally gets separated from his family and ends up in Tasmania. He tells us how he came to be at the helm of the film and about casting a five-year old in India and teaching him English along the way.

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Filmmaker Ezra Edelman on 'O.J.: Made in America'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800

When ESPN approached Ezra Edelman about doing a massive documentary on O.J. Simpson, he had little interest in following the beats of the so-called trial of the century. Instead, he saw the project as a lens through which to examine race in America. He tells us about seeking out tough interviews and how his opus grew from five hours to nearly eight.

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Harvey Fierstein returns to 'Hairspray,' this time on live TV

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein won one of his several Tonys for his performance as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Now, he's reprising the role for NBC's live version of the musical, which airs December 7. He tells us about the weighty task of transforming into Edna and changes he made to the script when adapting it for television.

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Noah Oppenheim on writing 'Jackie' and running NBC's 'Today'

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Noah Oppenheim spent his 20s working on NBC news shows. Then he left, hoping to make it as a writer in Hollywood. After a stint as an executive in reality TV, his first-ever script, Jackie landed on The Black List. Six years later, the film is finally premiering. Oppenheim tells us about watching Darren Aronofsky hand the project over to Chilean director Pablo Larrain, and his unusual career path, which has now taken him back to NBC, as a senior vice president in charge of Today.

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Director David Mackenzie on 'Hell or High Water'

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie is Scottish, but he was instantly drawn to the Texas tale of two brothers turned bank robbers in the drought-stricken, post-recession American West. He tells us about his efficient, stripped-down approach to making one of the best-reviewed films of the year.

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Making 'Moonlight' with persistence and kismet

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Director Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski tell us about making their awards-contender Moonlight, about a gay African American boy growing up surrounded by poverty and drugs in Miami.

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Pablo Azar on why acting in Spanish means no union benefits

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Telenovela star Pablo Azar often plays characters who live in a world of wealth. But Azar's reality is not so glamorous. Acting jobs with Telemundo come without union protections that are standard in English-language productions. Azar says even the stars of Spanish-language productions shot in the US are often forced to work other jobs. For him, it was driving for Uber. Then, writer-director Jonas Cuarón and actor Gael García Bernal tell us about their "political horror film" Desierto.

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How Adam Irving stayed the course to make 'Off the Rails'

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700

First-time filmmaker Adam Irving faced a lot of obstacles telling the tale of compulsive New York train thief Darius McCollum. But Irving was determined to get his movie Off the Rails made. He tells us how he did it, and what he learned about making and marketing documentaries along the way.

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Actress Rebecca Hall on why she was drawn to 'Christine'

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700

When Rebecca Hall told her agents she wanted to play the title role in a tiny indie film about Christine Chubbuck, a TV news reporter who committed suicide on live television in 1974, her representation said...are you sure? Hall tells us why she took a gamble on the new film Christine, and talks about watching Marvel slash her role in Iron Man 3.

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Prolific showrunner Steven Bochco on his new memoir

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn't afraid to tell those tales in his new memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. He shares some of those stories with us, plus gives an update on a possible LA Law reboot. 

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Filmmakers Jack Riccobono & Chris Eyre on 'The Seventh Fire'

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Director Jack Riccobono and producer Chris Eyre's documentary The Seventh Fire takes an unflinching look at gang life on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota. Their journey to get the film made had several unexpected twists and turns, including a boost from Natalie Portman and Terrence Malick.

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Married showrunners in rival universes; 'Amanda Knox' directors

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700

TV writer-producers and married couple Marc Guggenheim and Tara Butters recently found themselves running shows on opposite sides of the superhero wars: Butters at Marvel's Agent Carter and Guggenheim at DC Comics' Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. Plus, the directors of the new Amanda Knox Netflix documentary on their quest to go beyond salacious headlines. 

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Trevor Pryce goes from the NFL to Netflix with 'Kulipari'

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Trevor Pryce spent 14 seasons as a defensive end in the NFL. In the off-season, he devoted himself to various creative endeavors, including his passion project: an original animated series. Once he retired, he made his show his way, and Kulipari: An Army of Frogs is streaming now on Netflix.

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James Andrew Miller on 'Powerhouse,' an oral history of CAA

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700

James Andrew Miller has worked on in-depth oral histories of Saturday Night Live and ESPN. His newest book Powerhouse, traces the history of CAA, the dominant, but secretive Hollywood talent agency. He tells us how he got notoriously press-shy agents, including Michael Ovitz, to go on the record. 

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Jimmy Kimmel on hosting his own show plus the Emmys

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been on ABC for almost 14 years, making Kimmel one of the "grizzled veterans" of late night. Kimmel tells us about the struggle of the early years of the show, accidentally creating the first late night viral video and his plan for hosting the upcoming Emmy awards.

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Revisiting Louis C.K. and his web series experiment

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700

When comedian Louis C.K. created and self-financed his new web series Horace and Pete, he kept the production a secret and did absolutely no advertising. He tells us about risking his own money and making Horace and Pete completely on his own terms.

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For 'The Americans' showrunners, collaboration is key

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Writer-producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields had never even met before they were teamed up to work on the FX spy series The Americans. What started as a blind date, of sorts, led to a creative friendship and one of the most critically acclaimed dramas on cable. Now Fields and Weisberg, as well as the stars of their show, are Emmy nominated for the series' fourth season.

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'Grease: Live' Director Thomas Kail & Actor Sterling K. Brown

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Thomas Kail won a Tony for directing Hamilton on Broadway. Now he’s up for an Emmy after directing the TV musical Grease: Live on Fox. He tells us how having a specific vision for your project up front can save money in the long run. Then, actor Sterling K. Brown, also Emmy-nominated for his portrayal of Chris Darden on the FX limited series The People vs. O.J. Simpson, shares how he transformed into the complicated prosecutor.

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Robert Smigel & Triumph take on the election in Hulu special

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Robert Smigel and his foul-mouthed puppet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog have been harassing unwitting subjects for almost 20 years. It's no surprise that in this election year, they found fertile ground (for Triumph to poop on). A two-part special on Hulu takes Triumph on new adventures on the campaign trail and at the conventions.

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Mike Birbiglia on how improv made him a better director

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Comedian Mike Birbiglia's new film Don't Think Twice follows a close-knit improv group that starts to feel the strain when one of its members gets a big break on a hit TV show. Birbiglia tells us what improv and directing have in common, and how he's set out to "hand-deliver" his film to theaters.

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James Schamus makes directorial debut with 'Indignation'

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700

James Schamus was a successful producer of independent films with his company, Good Machine, and then as the CEO of art-house label Focus Features for 13 years. In 2013, he was fired and decided to try something new. Schamus tells us about calling the shots on his directorial debut, Indignation.

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Joe Berlinger Reflects on Long Career & New Tony Robbins Doc

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Joe Berlinger says his mind is boggled by the criticism of his new film, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru. Some critics think Berlinger should have approached his subject with a more skeptical eye, but the award-winning veteran documentarian says that was never the point of the movie.

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Emmy-nominated Noah Hawley on Crafting the 'Fargo' Universe

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Writer-producer Noah Hawley, recently Emmy-nominated for both writing and directing in season two of Fargo, tells us how he gets so much writing done, why he doesn’t ever want to work in broadcast TV again, and what he knows so far about Fargo season three.

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Jerrod Carmichael on Bringing Heart and Truth Back to the Sitcom

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Jerrod Carmichael’s NBC series The Carmichael Show takes an old-fashioned approach to the sitcom--complete with a live studio audience. Still, the show tackles topical issues from guns to religion. He tells us why he loves the multi-cam set-up and what other modern day sitcoms are missing.

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Revisiting Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Creator of Lifetime’s 'UnREAL'

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700

The dramedy UnREAL, now in its second season, is a major departure from the typical Lifetime fare. The series co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro tells us how her past experience working on The Bachelor led to the creation of a show all about the behind-the-scenes machinations of a reality TV producer.

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Maria Bamford and Pam Brady on ‘Lady Dynamite’

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:30:00 -0700

In the new Netflix series Lady Dynamite, comedian Maria Bamford plays a version of herself, trying to regain her footing following a battle with mental illness. Bamford and show co-creator Pam Brady talk about how they developed the show and keep the real Bamford sane on set while she plays the semi-fictional Bamford on TV.

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Tim Miller, Simon Kinberg on 'Deadpool' & that Mysterious Leak

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Director Tim Miller and producer Simon Kinberg tell us how Deadpool went from being almost dead at Fox to an R-rated box office sensation. And as for the leaked test footage that made fans go wild and got the movie made? Miller swears it wasn't him.

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Seth Meyers on 'Late Night' and Taking a Point of View

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:30:00 -0700

As the host of NBC's Late Night, Seth Meyers has been tearing into this unhinged election year -- and he feels no obligation to strive for fake balance. He defends himself against that and the semi-serious charge that his insults drove Donald Trump to run for president.

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Julie Klausner on Romantic Friendships and 'Difficult People'

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Comedian Julie Klausner is the creator and star of the Hulu comedy Difficult People. She tells us how her experience writing recaps of reality shows for Vulture informs her character on the show and why she and Billy Eichner, her friend and co-star, will never have a fight on air. 

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'Weiner' Filmmakers; Matt Walsh & Timothy Simons on 'Veep'

Sat, 28 May 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg set out to make a documentary about what could have been Anthony Weiner's comeback campaign. When everything tanked, they kept their cameras rolling. And actors Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh tell us about working with a new showrunner in Season 5 of HBO's Veep.

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'The Grinder' Rests, but Rob Lowe Does Not

Sat, 21 May 2016 12:30:00 -0700

In Fox's wry sitcom The Grinder, Rob Lowe starred as an actor famous for playing a lawyer on TV. The show drew praise from critics, but struggled in the ratings. Now it's been cancelled and Lowe tells us he's questioning what's next.

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Louis C.K. Tests the System with 'Horace and Pete'

Sat, 14 May 2016 12:30:00 -0700

When comedian Louis C.K. created and self-financed his new web series Horace and Pete, he kept the production a secret and did absolutely no advertising. He tells us about risking his own money and making Horace and Pete completely on his own terms.

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Joe and Anthony Russo on 'Captain America: Civil War'

Sat, 07 May 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Marvel's newest blockbuster has so many super-characters, it's no wonder it took two directors to handle all the action. Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo tell us how they went from directing quirky TV shows to big-budget superhero movies. 

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'The Mermaid' Producer Bill Borden on Filmmaking in China

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Bill Borden has spent years making movies in both the U.S. and China. He was a producer on Stephen Chow's recent film The Mermaid, the biggest hit in Chinese box office history. He tells us how filmmaking is different in China than the US, and what American filmmakers can do to bridge the divide.

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Richard Donner Remembers the Crazy Backstory of 'Superman'

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Veteran director Richard Donner tells us about the behind-the-scenes adventures of making the original comic book blockbuster Superman in 1978.

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Aline Brosh McKenna, Co-Creator of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna had never planned to go back to working in television. Then she found Rachel Bloom's YouTube videos. She tells us how they teamed up to create the quirky CW musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Cliff Curtis Becomes 'The Dark Horse;' 'Catastrophe' Is Back

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0700

After years of playing drug dealers and terrorists, Maori actor Cliff Curtis is finally finding more complex, nuanced roles. He tells us how he's able to bring his own background to two recent leading man roles. And Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, creators and stars of Catastrophe talk about the anxiety leading up to their second season.

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The Unlikely Liaison; Ilene Chaiken & Michelle Ashford

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Journalist Robert Draper tells us about his profile of Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress who served as the go-between for Sean Penn's infamous meeting with El Chapo. Then, a conversation with showrunners Michelle Ashford and Ilene Chaiken. They talk about their varied career paths that led them to overseeing their own shows.

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Revisiting Davis Guggenheim and His Career Evolution

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Early in his career, Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim declared he would never make documentaries. He tells us about the bad experience in Hollywood that made him have a change of heart, and talks about his newest film, He Named Me Malala, which profiles activist Malala Yousafzai and her family.

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How 'Krisha' Became a Family Affair; Super Host Steve Harvey

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Krisha Fairchild left LA in the 1980’s when her acting career failed to launch. Thirty years later, her nephew wrote and directed a film and cast her in the title role. Now, she's finally having her Hollywood moment. And Steve Harvey tells us how he's fought back against network execs who wanted to pigeonhole him in "black TV."

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Kenya Barris Draws on Real Issues for ABC's 'Black-ish'

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Writer-producer Kenya Barris tells us how he runs his writers room on his ABC show Black-ish, and what led him to write a much talked about recent episode about police brutality. 

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Sally Field & Michael Showalter: Hello, My Name Is Doris

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 12:30:00 -0800

It's been two decades since Sally Field headlined a film, but now she stars as the title role in Michael Showalter's new indie dramedy, Hello, My Name Is Doris. Field and Showalter share why they were drawn to the project, and how they filmed it in under a month. 

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Terence Winter: From Law School to Pine Barrens to 'Vinyl'

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Terence Winter, the co-creator and showrunner of the new HBO series Vinyl, tells us how his roots in Brooklyn and stint practicing law both helped him -- in a roundabout way -- land big writing jobs in Hollywood.

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In 'Becoming Mike Nichols' a Legend Speaks, One Last Time

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:30:00 -0800

When Douglas McGrath set out to make a documentary about Mike Nichols, he found the iconic director most excited to talk about his early work, up to and including perhaps his most defining movie, The Graduate.

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George Miller: From Pigs to Penguins to 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller has had a successful and exceptionally varied career. He tells us what all his films have in common, despite the differing subject matter.

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'The People v. O.J. Simpson' Writers Are "Research Freaks"

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have written movie scripts about real people like Ed Wood and Larry Flynt, but they weren't TV guys until they got an offer to tackle the trial of the century.

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Director Todd Haynes & Producer Christine Vachon on 'Carol'

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Director Todd Haynes and producer Christine Vachon trace tell us about the long journey to make their newest movie, Carol. Despite their past success, they say they still face resistance in the industry whenever they pitch a movie about women without any male leads.  

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Director Adam McKay Finds the "Traumedy" in 'The Big Short'

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Writer-director Adam McKay is known for his Will Ferrell comedies like Anchorman and Talladega Nights. He’s gone a different direction with The Big Short, and now the film about the 2008 financial collapse is up for five Oscars. 

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Oscar Nominees Lenny Abrahamson and Emma Donoghue on 'Room'

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Director Lenny Abrahamson didn’t expect author Emma Donoghue would choose him to make a film based on her bestselling novel Room. Abrahamson tells us how he made his pitch to Donoghue -- and she explains why it worked.

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László Nemes on the Challenges of Creating 'Son of Saul'

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 12:30:00 -0800

First-time director László Nemes knew it would be tough to find funding for his intensely realistic Holocaust film, but he had no idea the level of resistance he'd face. He tells us how he went from having the movie no one wanted to touch to being a Cannes darling and Oscar contender.

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One 'Weekend' Leads to '45 Years' for Director Andrew Haigh

Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:30:00 -0800

Filmmaker Andrew Haigh had a difficult time funding his first film, a small indie drama called Weekend. When that movie charmed critics, everything changed. He tells us about his new film 45 Years.

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The Year in Film and Television: 2015 Edition

Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:30:00 -0800

Kim Masters, Michael Schneider of TV Guide Magazine and Matthew Belloni of the Hollywood Reporter, join forces for a 2015 year-in-review. They take on the year of the woman (or not), the fight over the future of Viacom, feast or famine at the box office, peak TV and more.

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Ice Cube: Producer and Subject of 'Straight Outta Compton'

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:30:00 -0800

Rapper, actor and producer Ice Cube long hoped to make a movie about N.W.A., the hip hop group that gave him his start. Straight Outta Compton faced hurdles and backlash but that was no surprise to Cube. He tells us how he finally got the story to the screen.

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Director Ryan Coogler's Personal Connection to 'Creed'

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:30:00 -0800

Creed director Ryan Coogler wasn't even born when most of the Rocky movies were made, but he fell in love with the franchise thanks to his father. Coogler tells us how he went from football player to filmmaker, and how he convinced Sylvester Stallone to go another round with Creed.

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Bill Pohlad Returns to Directing with 'Love & Mercy'

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 12:30:00 -0800

Bill Pohlad has spent the past decade producing award-winners like Brokeback Mountain and 12 Years a Slave. With Love & Mercy, a unique Brian Wilson bio-pic, he comes back to directing after a 24 year hiatus.

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Headshots Go from Paper to Pixels; Shondaland's Betsy Beers

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:30:00 -0800

KCRW's Saul Gonzalez checks in on the headshot -- still a staple of the industry despite changing technology. And executive producer Betsy Beers tells us why she's sick of talking about diversity and how an all-woman producing duo locked down Thursday nights on ABC.

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How Director Tom McCarthy Got 'Spotlight' Right

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:30:00 -0800

Despite a shrinking budget and difficult subject matter, director Tom McCarthy pulled together a stellar ensemble including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams to portray the unglamorous work of investigative reporting for his new movie Spotlight.

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Novelist and Screenwriter Nick Hornby on 'Brooklyn'

Sat, 14 Nov 2015 12:30:00 -0800

Nick Hornby has seen his novels like High Fidelity and About a Boy made into films. He's also adapted other writers' work for movies, including An Education, Wild, and now, Brooklyn, an immigrant love story already generating Oscar buzz.

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Bryan Cranston and Jay Roach on Telling 'Trumbo's' Story

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 12:30:00 -0800

Bryan Cranston and Trumbo director Jay Roach tell us how they ended up making a biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and what drew them to the story of Hollywood’s darkest hour.

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Banned in India, Leslee Udwin's Documentary Opens in US

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Director Leslee Udwin was in India as a court blocked the broadcast of her documentary about an infamous gang rape and murder in that country. Her film, India's Daughter, remains banned in India to this day. She tells us about putting herself at risk and in debt to make the film. 

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Lenny Abrahamson & Emma Donoghue Bring 'Room' to the Screen

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Director Lenny Abrahamson didn’t expect author Emma Donoghue would choose him to make a film based on her bestselling novel Room. Abrahamson tells us how he made his pitch to Donoghue, and she explains why it worked.

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Davis Guggenheim's Career Evolution & 'He Named Me Malala'

Sat, 17 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Early in his career, Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim declared he would never make documentaries. He tells us about the bad experience in Hollywood that made him have a change of heart, and talks about his newest film, He Named Me Malala, which profiles activist Malala Yousafzai and her family.

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Sebastian Schipper & Laia Costa: One Take Wonder 'Victoria'

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

The German thriller Victoria follows a bank heist in Berlin in real time. Director Sebastian Schipper shot the entire film in one long take. Schipper and actress Laia Costa tell us how you make a movie without ever saying "cut!"

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Amy Berg on 'Prophet's Prey' and 'An Open Secret'

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

With her new film Prophet's Prey, documentarian Amy Berg takes on the polygamous, fundamentalist arm of the Mormon Church. She tells us about encountering unwilling subjects and also addresses her Hollywood child sex abuse doc, An Open Secret.

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Brazilian Director Anna Muylaert Finds Success, then Sexism

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Filmmaker Anna Muylaert has won acclaim at home and abroad for The Second Mother, which is Brazil's Oscar entry this year. But even with all the success, Muylaert's found that she's still not taken seriously within an industry dominated by men.

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FX CEO John Landgraf: Peak TV and the Paradox of Choice

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0700

It may seem strange for the head of a cable network that's gone from two to 20 shows in the last decade to say there's officially too much TV, but that's exactly what FX's John Landgraf declared at this summer's TCA gathering. He breaks down his thinking for us.

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China Has a Change of Heart on Filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0700

The 1997 movie Seven Years in Tibet was banned in China, and its director Jean-Jacques Annaud barred from entering the country. A decade later, China came to Annaud and asked him to direct Wolf Totem, an epic Chinese movie. Annaud tells us what changed.

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Revisiting Norman Lear & His Lifetime of TV 'Experience'

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Television icon Norman Lear wrote sitcoms that tackled real issues, like rape, abortion and race relations. This Labor Day, we revisit Lear's conversation with Kim Masters about the lifetimes worth of adventures in film and television chronicled in his memoir.

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Bobcat Goldthwait on 'Call Me Lucky'

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:30:00 -0700

For years, Bobcat Goldthwait wanted to make a movie about his mentor, Barry Crimmins. A stand-up comic with a taste for sharp political satire, Crimmins became an activist who testified before Congress, taking on AOL over the proliferation of child pornography on the Internet. Goldthwait tells how the film came together with help from his best friend Robin Williams.

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Keegan-Michael Key on 'Key & Peele,' Flipping Expectations

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Writer and comedian Keegan-Michael Key shares why he and Jordan Peele have opted to go the "British route" and end their Comedy Central show Key & Peele at the height of its popularity. 

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How Will Forte Became 'The Last Man on Earth'

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:30:00 -0700

A TV show about the one man left alive after a virus wipes out the rest of humanity may not sound very funny, but Will Forte saw great comedic potential in the idea. Now he's Emmy nominated for writing and starring in Fox's The Last Man on Earth.

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'Episodes' Creators Break Free of Playing "the Stupid Game"

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 12:30:00 -0700

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik hit the TV jackpot with shows like Friends and Mad About You. They mined their experience of years in network TV to make the Emmy-nominated Showtime satire Episodes, now headed into its fifth season.

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James Ponsoldt and Jason Segel on 'The End of the Tour'

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Jason Segel says he was terrified to take on the role of writer David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, but director James Ponsoldt never doubted him. They tell us about their new film, which follows a journalist on the road with the famed author. 

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David Wain and Friends Head Back to Camp on Netflix

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:30:00 -0700

The 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer tanked at the box office, but acquired a cult following as many members of its ensemble cast went on to have huge careers. Now director David Wain has reunited the entire cast for a new series on Netflix, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

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'Web Junkie' Filmmakers; 'East Los High:' A Soap with Smarts

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia tell us about the secretive, years-long process of making Web Junkie, a documentary about an internet addiction treatment facility for teens in China. Then, the executive producers of the Hulu hit East Los High share how their show is filling a void in the teen media market. 

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'Soaked in Bleach' Explores Questions around Cobain's Death

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Filmmaker Benjamin Statler hopes his new documentary Soaked in Bleach will help reopen the Kurt Cobain case. Meanwhile, Courtney Love and her lawyers are attempting to stop his film from being shown in theaters.

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Tab Hunter Returns to Film, This Time with His Own Story

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Tab Hunter was the ultimate 1950's Hollywood heartthrob. Blond hair, blue eyes, stunning smile...and also gay. The multifaceted star, now nearly 84, tells his story in the new documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz. 

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'The Wolfpack' Steps Out of New York for Sundance and Beyond

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:30:00 -0700

When filmmaker Crystal Moselle first saw the long-haired Angulo brothers walking in the Lower East Side, her gut told her to run after them. She and Govinda Angulo, one of the six members of The Wolfpack, tell us how their friendship evolved into an award-winning documentary.

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Filmmaker Liz Garbus on 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:30:00 -0700

What Happened, Miss Simone? is the first original documentary from Netflix. Director Liz Garbus shares how her Nina Simone project ended up there and tells us about the worldwide journey she traveled to find rare footage of the famous performer.

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A Producer's Past in Reality TV Led to Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:30:00 -0700

The new dramedy UnREAL is a major departure from the typical Lifetime fare. The series co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro tells us how her past experience working on The Bachelor led to the creation of a show all about the behind-the-scenes machinations of a reality TV producer.

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Cristela Alonzo: 'It's Weird to Have Your Life Canceled'

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Comedian Cristela Alonzo created and starred in an ABC sitcom based on her own life -- which made getting canceled after just one season that much harder. She reflects on the past year and tells us why she won't be joining The View.

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"Orson Welles's Last Movie;" Battling Runaway Production

Sat, 30 May 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Journalist Josh Karp tells us why the Orson Welles movie The Other Side of the Wind has been so troubled for decades. And KCRW's Saul Gonzalez checks in on California's latest attempt to keep movie-making in Hollywood. 

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