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The Business

The Business is a weekly podcast featuring lively banter about entertainment industry news and in-depth interviews with directors, producers, writers and actors. The show is hosted by award-winning journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter and pr

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Errol Morris on 'Wormwood,' a new kind of drama-documentary hybrid

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:30:00 -0800

For his new series Wormwood, documentarian Errol Morris used interviews and archival footage to tell the story of Frank Olson, an Army scientist who died a mysterious death in 1953. But he also cast Peter Sarsgaard to play Olson in scripted sequences. Netflix footed the bill, though no one quite knew what they were getting themselves into when they first took on the project.

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Neil Berkeley on 'Gilbert,' a quiet portrait of a loud-mouthed comedian

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Documentary filmmaker Neil Berkeley desperately wanted to make a movie about the screeching comedian Gilbert Gottfried. But when he started spending time with Gottfried and his wife Dara, he found someone who was much different from -- and quieter than -- his onstage persona. Berkeley tells us about getting to know the real Gottfried and following him on the road, where he is shockingly frugal.

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Revisiting 'Girls Trip' with Tiffany Haddish and Malcolm D. Lee

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0800

We revisit our conversation with actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish, who had a star-is-born moment earlier this summer with the raunchy comedy Girls Trip. Haddish says the movie has already changed her life, and she has big plans for where her career goes from here. Haddish and Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee tell us about filming during the actual Essence Festival and yes, a certain scene involving a grapefruit.

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Director Luca Guadagnino on 'Call Me by Your Name'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0800

For the new movie Call Me By Your Name, Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino started as a consultant but ended up as the director. He tells us about the decade-long journey making the film and how he convinced Armie Hammer to take the part of Oliver, a closeted graduate student who finds a passionate romance one summer in 1980s Italy.

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Pamela Adlon on 'Better Things' and collaborator Louis C.K.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Better Things co-creator Pamela Adlon tells us about learning to stop second guessing herself and embracing many roles -- writer, director, producer and actor. And yes, we ask her about Louis C.K. We spoke to Adlon just days before the New York Times published a story alleging that C.K., her long-time collaborator, had a history of sexual misconduct.

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Director Ruben Östlund on his Swedish satire 'The Square'

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Hollywood chased after Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund following his well-received 2014 film Force Majeure. But Östlund isn't so sure he wants to be caught. He tells KCRW's Matt Holzman about staying in Scandinavia and his new movie The Square, a satirical dramedy that is his second film selected as Sweden's foreign language submission to the Oscars.

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Krista Vernoff and Janis Hirsch on sexual harassment in Hollywood

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Two women who have carved out great careers in Hollywood share their stories of sexual harassment. Comedy writer Janis Hirsch and Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff talk about what they've had to put up with and their hope that the culture will finally change.

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'Breathe' director Andy Serkis & producer Jonathan Cavendish

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Actor Andy Serkis is best known for his pioneering motion capture work. Now Serkis has stepped behind the camera to direct the new movie Breathe. The film is a very personal one for producer Jonathan Cavendish; it tells the true story of his remarkable parents. Serkis and Cavendish tell us why they wanted to make an old-fashioned love story like Breathe, give a Jungle Book update and talk about some of the new projects in the works at their performance capture studio Imaginarium.

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Sean Baker on capturing childhood magic in 'The Florida Project'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

First, a news banter checking in on the Harvey Weinstein saga. Then, filmmaker Sean Baker, known for shooting movies on the iPhone, tells us why he went old school 35mm with The Florida Project, and how the discipline required when using real film actually helped him work with five- and six-year-old actors.

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Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.

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Directors Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton on 'Battle of the Sexes'

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Filmmakers and married couple Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton planned to release their film about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs before the 2016 presidential election. Then their star, Emma Stone, signed on to make La La Land and Battle of the Sexes got pushed back. Now their film -- about a battle against misogyny, gender discrimination and homophobia both on the tennis court and off -- suddenly has more resonance than they expected.

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'Will & Grace' returns to NBC, along with its original creators

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:30:00 -0700

When Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick went to his long-time writing partner David Kohan with the idea of reuniting the cast for a one-off web video, Kohan humored him. Little did he know the reunion would end up going far beyond that one short video. Will, Grace, Karen and of course, just Jack -- are now coming back to NBC for two new seasons.

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Mike White on 'Brad's Status,' social media and ambition

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:30:00 -0700

In writer-director Mike White's new movie Brad's Status, Ben Stiller plays a man consumed with jealousy of friends from college, based on their social media. White tells us why he wanted to make a movie about ambition in the age of Instagram, and the challenge of making humanist movies when the studios only want the next superhero franchise.

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In ‘The Deuce,’ David Simon follows the money of the porn industry

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

When David Simon started shopping his new show The Deuce--about the rise and legalization of the porn industry--he quickly realized a lot of networks didn’t quite grasp his seriousness of purpose. The creator of The Wire and Treme tells us how The Deuce ended up back at his longtime TV home, HBO, and why he ended up making a show about porn in the first place.

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Revisiting Shawn Levy: 'Stranger Things' & redefining his career

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Director Shawn Levy built a career on the Night at the Museum franchise, but wanted to break out of his box. He set out to produce, and this past year scored with the Netflix mega-hit Stranger Things, now up for 18 Emmys. He tells us how he went about getting the industry to reconsider him.

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Chuck Lorre branches out with 'Disjointed' and 'Young Sheldon'

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

TV writer-producer Chuck Lorre has created some of the most successful multi-camera broadcast sitcoms ever, including Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory. Now he's entering a new stage in his career with two projects -- the Netflix pot comedy Disjointed and the single camera show Young Sheldon for CBS--that are pushing him outside his previous purview.

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For Billy Eichner, his time 'On the Street' got him an Emmy nom

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Billy Eichner has had recent roles in Hulu's Difficult People, Netflix's Friends from College, and in the upcoming season of American Horror Story on FX. But it's through his truTV game show, Billy on the Street, that he's in the Emmy race. He tells us about the evolution of his person-on-the-street antics and why not every celebrity is a good fit for the show.

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Producer Gigi Pritzker on 'Genius,' her first foray into TV

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Gigi Pritzker didn't plunge headlong into the movie business -- her original life plan was to run an NGO in Nepal. An accidental journey to film school set her on a path to producing lots of films, including the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water. But she'd never done television until Genius, on the life of Albert Einstein, demanded to be made as a series. The first season of the National Geographic anthology series is now up for 10 Emmys.

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How the doping doc 'Icarus' morphed into a real life thriller

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Bryan Fogel's original plan for his documentary Icarus was to investigate pervasive doping in cycling by becoming a human guinea pig. He recruited chemist Grigory Rodchenkov in Moscow to guide him. Then Rodchenkov was revealed as the architect of Russia's state-run doping program -- and he was ready to blow the whistle. Fogel helped Rodchenkov flee, and then things got really scary.

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'Girls Trip' breakout Tiffany Haddish & director Malcolm D. Lee

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish is having a star-is-born moment with the raunchy comedy Girls Trip. Haddish says the movie has already changed her life, and she has big plans for where her career goes from here. Haddish and Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee tell us about filming during the actual Essence Festival and yes, a certain scene involving a grapefruit.

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Curtis Armstrong on 'Revenge of the Nerd' and a colorful career

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Character actor Curtis Armstrong auditioned for the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds, hoping to play the lead. The filmmakers saw him in the lesser role of Booger. At first, Armstrong told his agent, no way. But that role became a standout in Armstrong's long career as a character actor in film and TV. He shares stories of Booger and beyond in his new memoir.

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Director Matt Reeves on 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Filmmaker Matt Reeves knew his new film, War for the Planet of the Apes, had to work even without any help from computer-generated effects. He tells us about shooting whole film first with his actors in special motion capture suits, and shares early thoughts on his next project, The Batman.

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Allen Hughes on the experience of directing 'The Defiant Ones'

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

Filmmaker Allen Hughes has been friends with music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine for years. But when he set out to make the new HBO documentary series The Defiant Ones -- about their careers -- Hughes found that getting them to open up on camera wasn't easy.

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Revisiting Gloria Calderón Kellett on 'One Day at a Time'

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

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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Comedian Hasan Minhaj on telling the story of 'new brown America'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700

As a Muslim comedian, Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj found he could relate to political reporters when he agreed to the daunting challenge of doing the first White House Correspondents' Dinner of the Trump administration. Minhaj tells us about crafting his routine in just three weeks, and the far slower process of creating his new and very personal Netflix special, Homecoming King.

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How David Mandel & his 'Veep' writers became "mini soothsayers"

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700

For the past two seasons, former Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer David Mandel has been showrunning HBO's Veep. And while the show can have eerie parallels to reality, Mandel tells us that more often than not, it's real life that ends up imitating Veep.

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Shawn Levy on 'Stranger Things' and redefining his career

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700

Director Shawn Levy built a career on the ‘Night at the Museum’ franchise, but wanted to break out of his box. He set out to produce, and this past year scored with the Oscar-nominated movie ‘Arrival’ and the Netflix megahit ‘Stranger Things.’ He tells us how he went about getting the industry to reconsider him.

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In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700

Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."

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Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir

Sat, 27 May 2017 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 memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.

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'American Gods' showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700

The novel American Gods features countless mythological characters gearing up to fight an epic battle. The writer-producers of the new adaptation on Starz were determined to do justice to the book -- even if that meant constantly moving production and pushing the budget. Showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller tell us why they're not worried about critics who say the show is confusing, and go into the thinking behind an especially memorable, explicit sex scene.

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Comedian Vir Das offers 'Abroad Understanding'

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700

After selling out stadiums in India, comedian and actor Vir Das is looking to break through in the US with his new Netflix special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. He tells us about making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood and how he hopes his pointed humor can redefine expectations in India and America.

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Margaret Atwood and Bruce Miller on 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700

Author Margaret Atwood realizes that Hulu's adaptation of her Dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale has gotten a huge PR boost, thanks to a turn of events that hardly seemed possible when work on the series was underway. Atwood and showrunner Bruce Miller talk about adapting the story for television and the eerie timeliness of the new series. 

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Kitty Green on her unconventional documentary 'Casting JonBenet'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700

Kitty Green's new film, Casting JonBenet, is an experiment in nonfiction storytelling. The documentary shows a series of people from Boulder, Colorado, auditioning for roles in a movie about the infamous 1996 murder. Green never really intended to film a reenactment of the crime, but it was hard to explain to the actors what she did intend. She tells us how she got people on board and speculates on the reasons behind the country's continued fascination with the still unsolved murder.

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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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