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'Shangri-La' Looks Inside Rick Rubin's Hit Factory

25:53 | Jul 11th

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the career of the idiosyncratic record producer; the dilemma faced by cultural instititutions when they have received donations from alleged sexual predators; Black artists make a st...Show More
Kumail Nanjiani Tries A New Ride With 'Stuber'

25:39 | Jul 10th

The comedian and actor wanted to go in a different direction after "The Big Sick," so he signed on for an atypical buddy-cop comedy; the latest battle in the video streaming wars; "Sea of Shadows" chronicles a marine life disaster in the Gulf of Mexi...Show More
Marielle and Katia Labeque: Music For 176 Keys

25:41 | Jul 9th

The piano-playing sisters perform everything from the classics to contemporary works by the likes of Thom Yorke and Bryce Dessner; will Jeffrey Katzenberg's big idea for short content fly?; the long-running Tuesday Night Café in Little Tokyo.
Lulu Wang's Personal Take On 'The Farewell'

25:42 | Jul 8th

The film is based on a true story from the writer/director's own family about refusing to tell their grandmother that she is gravely ill; an appreciation of Brazilian songwriter João Gilberto, who has died at the age of 88.
The Frame Weekend: 'Midsommar' Filmmaker; 'Mixed-ish' Showrunner; Why No Good Soccer Movies?

50:57 | Jul 5th

"Midsommar" filmmaker says it's a horror film about co-dependency and the showrunner of the new ABC comedy "Mixed-ish" wants to inspire nuanced conversations about race. Given the massive TV audience for the World Cup why hasn't Hollywood tapped socc...Show More
'Riverdale' Creator's 'Good Boys' Examines Privilege

25:40 | Jul 5th

The play "Good Boys," written by "Riverdale" creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is updated in light of the Kavanaugh hearings; LA's Rogue Machine Theatre company tackles racism and gun violence with "Gunshot Medley: Part 1"; why are there so few movies ...Show More
Ari Aster's 'Midsommar' Nightmare

25:43 | Jul 3rd

The writer/director of "Hereditary" returns with another film that's guaranteed to creep you out; the summer box office is 10% from last year, as proven franchises underperform and original hits are nearly extinct; keeping the music of Harry Partch a...Show More
Matthew Cherry Goes Long With 'Hair Love'

25:44 | Jul 2nd

The former pro football player began directing music videos and TV shows, and is not turning his children's book into a short animated film; Spotify walks back a program for indie musicians; the exquisite voice of counter-tenor John Holiday.
Karin Gist Knows How To Run A Show

25:43 | Jul 1st

The veteran producer started out as a lawyer, but she switched careers and is now one of Hollywood's top show-runners; Taylor Swift isn't happy about the fate of every album she has recorded to date; a visit to a collective of video game designers.
The Frame Weekend: Daisy Ridley; Alan Yang; 'Maiden' doc; queer music post Stonewall and more...

50:59 | Jun 28th

Daisy Ridley goes from "Star Wars" to Shakespeare, Alan Yang ("Master of None," "Forever") gives his take on the changing TV biz. Fifty years after Stonewall, we unearth the soundtrack to the gay liberation movement. Toni Morrison gets a documentary ...Show More
Daisy Ridley Goes Back To Her Roots For 'Ophelia'

25:32 | Jun 28th

The classically-trained actress became widely known through "Star Wars," but now she's looking for smaller, meaty roles; the new documentary, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am."
LGBTQ Artists 'On the Inside' Get A Museum Exhibition

25:39 | Jun 27th

'On the Inside' is a group exhibition of LGBTQ artists who are currently incarcerated; a look back at the largely unheard music of the early gay liberation movement; how movies (and movie theaters) will survive the next decade.
Alan Yang's Big Picture On The Small Screen

25:44 | Jun 26th

TV producer Alan Yang on how his mission in storytelling has changed; L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali says the Democratic debates are the best reality show; writer and musician Solvej Schou reunites with her mentor, high school English teacher Barr...Show More
'Yesterday' Becomes A Magical Mystery Tour

25:39 | Jun 25th

Himesh Patel stars as a struggling musician who awakens one day to a world where only he remembers the songs of The Beatles; Ann Sarnoff is named head of Warner Bros. studio.
A 'Maiden' Voyage That Proved The Doubters Wrong

26:33 | Jun 24th

In 1989, the first all-female crew was assembled for a famously grueling 'round-the-world sailing competition that's chronicled in the new documentary, "Maiden"; musicians have filed the first lawsuit resulting from a devastating 2008 fire on the Uni...Show More
The Frame Weekend: Scorsese's Bob Dylan 'fever dream'; "Central Park Five" opera

50:58 | Jun 22nd

"The Central Park Five" tragedy gets put in operatic scale; Prince estate releases album of "new" old songs; Scorsese take footage from Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder tour to create a "fever dream" film and "Sea of Solitude" video game creator want...Show More
Navigating Human Emotions In 'Sea of Solitude'

26:33 | Jun 21st

Designer Connie Geppert takes on depression and loneliness in her much-anticipated video game; a new effort to diversity the ranks of film and TV critics; in the classroom with a real life 'School of Rock' teacher dude.
'The Central Park Five' As Opera

26:33 | Jun 20th

Composer Anthony Davis turns the troubling tale into a world premiere for Long Beach Opera; the Hollywood courtship continues for Democratic presidential candidates; singer-songwriter Steve Gunn collaborates with Japanese folk singer Sachiko Kanenobu...Show More
'Tales of the City' For A New Era

26:31 | Jun 19th

Lauren Morelli created the Netflix reboot of a 1994 PBS series that was ahead of its time; screenwriter Max Landis faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse and harassment; the band Big Thief.
The Prince Estate Releases Some 'Originals'

26:33 | Jun 18th

The prolific artist wrote many songs that were recorded by other artists. Susannah Melvoin talks about "Nothing Compares 2 You"; Hollywood gets caught up in China trade war; film composer Bear McCreary ("Child's Play").
Jessie Buckley Seeks The Spotlight In 'Wild Rose'

26:30 | Jun 17th

The Irish actress plays a Scottish singer trying to make it big in Nashville in what she hopes is her breakout movie role; is "Men in Black: International" the latest proof that audiences are suffering from sequel fatigue?; the Cuban singer known as ...Show More
The Frame Weekend: Bryan Cranston; Last Black Man In San Fran; Sex In Movies

50:59 | Jun 15th

Bryan Cranston wins a Tony; Eleni Mandell makes music with prisoners; playwright Lucas Hnath tells brings the true story of his mother's kidnapping to stage. Also, a top film critic wants Hollywood to bring back sex scenes of yore and best friends ma...Show More
Reliving A Dylan Moment In 'Rolling Thunder Revue'

26:53 | Jun 14th

The legendary singer-songwriter's 1975 tour is revisited in a new documentary by Martin Scorsese; the cultural week-in-review with L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali; the new surf film, "Self-Discovery for Social Survival.”
Playwright Paula Vogel Asks: What Is 'Indecent'?

26:33 | Jun 13th

After a Broadway run, her play about a 1920s obscenity trial comes to Los Angeles; the annual E3 convention draws to a close with plenty of news from the gaming world; the band Making Movies got a boost on its latest album from Ruben Blades.
Eleni Mandell's Jailhouse Blues

26:32 | Jun 12th

The singer-songwriter's latest album, "Wake Up Again," was inspired by teaching songwriting at a women’s prison in Southern California; Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday wonders why American movies shy away from sex scenes; media critic and f...Show More
The Wild Ride Of 'Framing John DeLorean'

26:41 | Jun 11th

A new docu-drama by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce explores the car designer's turbulent career and flamboyant life; YouTube’s struggle to dealing with hateful and harmful content; 'Baskets' returns for its fourth season.
The Bittersweet Beauty Of 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'

26:30 | Jun 10th

The film is loosely based on the story of actor Jimmie Fails. He once lived with his friend Joe Talbot, who would eventually direct and co-write the film; re-capping the Tony Awards, and revisiting our interview with Bryan Cranston, who won Best Lead...Show More
The Frame Weekend: Emma Thompson; Rodrigo y Gabriela; Neil Gaiman & more

51:00 | Jun 7th

Emma Thompson talks about her new movie "Late Night." Neil Gaiman adapts his novel "Good Omens" into an Amazon series. Plus, we meet up with Mexico guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela in a Los Angeles guitar shop. All that, and more, on this debut episode ...Show More
By The Time They Got To 'Woodstock' ...

15:58 | Jun 7th

Barak Goodman's new documentary looks at the many challenges the festival's promoters encountered as they planned and produced the event that helped define a generation.
Lucas Hnath knows 'Dana H.' All Too Well

15:57 | Jun 6th

The acclaimed playwright fashioned a show from interviews his mother conducted that recount her five-month abduction in 1997.
The Twists And Turns Of 'Dead to Me'

16:24 | Jun 5th

Liz Feldman talks about her series that stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini and walks a fine line between comedy and tragedy.
'Good Omens' Is Bittersweet For Neil Gaiman

16:00 | Jun 4th

The novelist and comic book creator co-wrote the novel with Terry Pratchett, but they couldn't get a production going before Pratchett's death in 2015. The current Amazon series fulfills their dream.
Emma Thompson Tries Out The 'Late Night' Chair

15:31 | Jun 3rd

The actress stars as a harsh talk show host in the new movie written by Mindy Kaling.
Reliving The Horror Of 'Chernobyl'

25:38 | May 31st

Craig Mazin talks about his HBO miniseries that challenges our knowledge of the 1986 nuclear meltdown in Russia; record labels are in for a windfall, but how much will artists see?; "Godzilla" lives to romp and stomp again.
Lindy West Is Perfectly Fine With Being 'Shrill'

25:45 | May 30th

Her book is the basis for the Hulu series that stars Aidy Bryant as a young woman who defies being defined by her weight; a stringent abortion law in Louisiana could threaten TV and film production there; veteran pop music critic recounts Elton John'...Show More
'Always Be My Maybe': When Randall Met Ali

25:53 | May 29th

Randall Park and Ali Wong had been talking about making a romantic comedy for years and it's finally come to pass; with William Morris/Endeavor going public, the talent agency's finances are under scrutiny.
See Beto. See Beto Run.

25:40 | May 28th

The former Texas Congressman's run for the U.S. Senate is documented in an HBO documentary that provides insight into his current presidential campaign; a recap of the Cannes Film Festival; "Echo in the Canyon" owes a lot to "California Dreamin'."
NEW: The Frame's Summer Movie Special

50:50 | May 25th

John Horn and Los Angeles Times film writer Jen Yamato are your guides to the Summer movie season. Guests include Kumail Nanjiani ("Stuber"), Olivia Wilde (director of "Booksmart") and Emma Thompson ("Late Night"). With the Elton John biopic coming u...Show More
The Final Moments of 'The Marriage of Figaro' On A 12-Hour Loop

25:40 | May 24th

Why Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson made a 12-hour version of the final aria of Mozart's beloved "The Marriage of Figaro"; Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board members reach a tentative $44 million settlement with the women who've accus...Show More
'Ma' Leads An Unlikely Pack Of Summer Horror Flicks

25:44 | May 23rd

The most lucrative season for studios and cineplexes is usually filled with action films and sequels, but scary movies are making big inroads; a new study indicates that LGTBQ representation in movies improved in 2018; the guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabrie...Show More
Olivia Wilde switches roles for 'Booksmart'

25:40 | May 22nd

The actress went behind the camera for the teen girl comedy, which marks her directing debut; an Amazon TV series and a movie starring Kristen Wiig have canceled plans to shoot in Georgia because of the state's new abortion law; singer, songwriter an...Show More
Sibling Envy Runs Amok On 'The Other Two'

25:39 | May 21st

The TV series co-creators, Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly, talk about their offbeat family comedy; can the video app TikTok take over music streaming?; recreating 1969 in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
The Game Is On To Find The Next 'Thrones'

25:32 | May 20th

Now that "Game of Thrones" is over (and many viewers are over it), HBO and other networks are looking for The Next Big Thing; Andrew Bird's latest album is cleverly titled, "My Finest Work Yet"; rapper Little Simz explores the "Grey Area."
The Final 'Game of Thrones' Battle May Be With Fans

25:40 | May 17th

The popular HBO series concludes this Sunday, but can it possibly go out on a high note?; Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt talk and perform as their musical altar egos, Nancy and Beth.
Tim Heidecker Isn't Really 'Brokenhearted'

25:44 | May 16th

The comedian was the victim of a rumor that his wife had left him, so he wrote an entire album of heartbreak songs inspired by his non-existent divorce; Amy Lemisch talks about her long tenure as head of the California Film Commission.
Going Back To Middle School (Ugh!) With 'PEN15'

25:38 | May 15th

Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine co-created and co-star in the Hulu series that finds all the awkwardness and humor in being a young teen; broadcast and cable networks continue to pitch their Fall schedules to advertisers in New York City.
Lila Downs Turns Up The Heat With 'Al Chile'

25:44 | May 14th

The singer, who has roots in both Mexico and the U.S., has a new album that takes on issues of the day; TV networks are laying out their fall plans for advertisers and the press; a new KPCC series reunites artists with the high school teachers who in...Show More
An Alternate Look At Being Muslim

25:39 | May 13th

KPCC's newest podcast, "Tell Them, I Am," profiles Muslims from various walks of life who defy stereotypes about Islam and its followers; comedian Ramy Youssef has a new series on Hulu; the Japanese pop-punk band, Chai.
It wouldn't be 'The Good Place' without Janet

25:38 | May 10th

Actress D'Arcy Carden has become a fan favorite on the popular NBC series, but her success didn't come overnight; a preview of the Cannes Film Festival.
John Cameron Mitchell tries out a new stage

25:44 | May 9th

The Tony Award-winning actor and playwright has an ambitious podcast musical titled “Anthem: Homunculus”; Disney's $400 million bet on Vice Media is coming up dry; Anita Sarkeesian is out to halt harmful depictions of LGBTQ characters in video gaming...Show More
Woodstock 50 hangs in the balance

25:39 | May 8th

The anniversary festival is up in the air as the promoter and his one-time backer are at odds; Max Joseph made a film that's a paean to bookstores and reading; Song Exploder deconstructs a song from The Cranberries' final album.
Putting a gay spin on 'Game of Thrones'

26:15 | May 7th

"Gay of Thrones" is the hilarious Funny or Die web series that recaps each episode of the HBO hit; Georgia's governor signed an abortion bill that might impact film and TV production in the state; the singer who goes by Cimafunk is known as "the Cuba...Show More
BTS makes some noise at the Rose Bowl

25:13 | May 6th

The Korean boy band performed two shows to loud audiences, cementing its place in the global pop music world; filmmaker Mike Mills made an unlikely collaboration with the band, The National; the Write Girl program gives teen girls a boost.
Are Latinos left out of Hollywood's diversity equation?

25:38 | May 3rd

Latinos go the movies in numbers that far surpass their percentage of the U.S. population. So why don't studios cater more to that audience?; the HBO documentary, "At the Heart of Gold," looks at the U.S. gymnastics sexual abuse scandal; creating a s...Show More
Steven Van Zandt steps out front again

25:40 | May 2nd

Bruce Springsteen's long-time guitarist has his first solo album in 20 years —and it's just one of his many gigs; Democratic presidential hopefuls are starting to make the rounds in Hollywood.
Hulu makes a big move with Kidman, McKinnon and Marvel

25:41 | May 1st

The streaming service, now mostly owned by Disney, unveiled its new projects that include big stars and an expansion of the company's comic book properties; playwright Eleanor Burgess deals with 'The Niceties'; Jonny Pierce leads the way for the band...Show More
And the Tony Award nominees are ...

25:41 | Apr 30th

The musical "Hadestown" led the way with 14 nods, but the big surprise was the omission of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Network" in the best new play category; Michelle and Robert King talk about their hit TV series, "The Good Fight."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's run to 'Knock Down the House'

26:37 | Apr 29th

The campaigns of the rookie Congresswoman and three other candidates are documented in a Netflix film; filmmaker John Singleton ("Boyz n the Hood") died today at the age of 51; with "Avengers: Endgame" breaking box office records, what's next for the...Show More
Ex-CBS exec calls out network's 'white problem'

25:42 | Apr 26th

Former CBS executive speaks out about the workplace culture at CBS which she says is toxic. Then, the Victoria Riskin, daughter of Hollywood legends, writes a memoir. And one Armenian-American musician strives to keep her culture's musical history al...Show More
Inside Aaron Sorkin's 'Mockingbird' story

25:44 | Apr 25th

Aaron Sorkin was approved by Harper Lee to adapt "To Kill A Mockingbird" to the stage but just months before it was due to premiere her estate sued. The issues got resolved and now the play is a timely Broadway blockbuster. And, "Empire" actor Jussie...Show More
Kate del Castillo is 'La Reina del Sur'

25:39 | Apr 24th

Actress Kate del Castillo is back with "La Reina del Sur." She opens up about her secret meeting with El Chapo, the backlash she suffered in her career and her return in a role of a lifetime; As Disney chief Bob Iger benefits from the largess of his ...Show More
Andy Borowitz tries to be a stand-up guy

25:42 | Apr 23rd

The humorist, best known for his work in The New Yorker, is on tour before live audiences; students at Chapman University have successfully petitioned for the removal of posters from "The Birth of a Nation" that had been on display at the film school...Show More
'Hail Satan?' is probably not what you think

25:44 | Apr 22nd

The documentary by Penny Lane explores the misconceptions behind the Satanic Temple; L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali on depictions of Muslims; Zev Feldman of Resonance Records is known as the "Indiana Jones" of lost jazz recordings.
Serendipity for the 'Mueller, She Wrote' podcast

25:39 | Apr 19th

The women behind the weekly podcast scheduled a live taping for April 18, and then had to scramble when the date was chosen for the Mueller report's release; actress Michelle Williams on playing Gwen Verdon in "Fosse/Verdon."
Bryan Cranston releases the rage in 'Network' on Broadway

24:38 | Apr 18th

The Tony Award-winning actor takes on the role of newsman Howard Beale in a stage adaptation of the 1976 movie; with the final season of 'Game of Thrones' underway, we visit with the show's weapons master.
Meet Nancy and Beth, aka Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt

26:32 | Apr 17th

When the actresses met a few years back, they bonded over their love of music, and it led to the formation of their eclectic act; the Writers Guild of America filed suit today against Hollywood's major talent agencies, claiming some of their practice...Show More
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2020! (UPDATE)

25:40 | Apr 16th

As the actress wraps up the final season of "Veep," she looks back and ahead; why are so many theater productions based on old movies and TV shows?
Mitchell Froom is Chairman of the (Mixing) Board

25:36 | Apr 15th

The music producer has worked with Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Los Lobos, and occasionally releases his own music; highlights and lowlights from week one of Coachella; the Write Girl program provides mentoring for teens by actors a...Show More
Emma Thompson explains her John Lasseter letter

25:19 | Apr 12th

Emma Thompson dropped out of a Skydance movie after the studio hired disgraced former Pixar CEO, John Lasseter. The she wrote a public letter about it. She tells us why. We discuss what's next in the on-going fight between the WGA and talent agencies...Show More
Ramy Youssef finds the humor in being Muslim

26:34 | Apr 11th

The comedian's new Hulu series is a fictionalized version of his life growing up in New Jersey as the son of Egyptian immigrant parents; inside the memorial service for Nipsey Hussle; the all-girl Japanese band, Chai.
Hologram concerts as the ultimate encore

27:21 | Apr 10th

Re-animated artists have become a big part of the concert business, now including Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and opera star Maria Callas; why is Netflix buying the Egyptian Theatre?; an experimental production of "King Lear" leaves the king offstage.
Bryan Cranston is mad as hell on Broadway in 'Network'

26:29 | Apr 9th

The Tony Award-winning actor takes on the role of newsman Howard Beale in a stage adaptation of the 1976 movie; with 'Game of Thrones' about to resume, we visit with the show's weapons master.
A song called 'Quiet' is still making noise

27:03 | Apr 8th

Since going viral after the 2017 Women's March, the song by MILCK has taken on a life of its own; what's in store for fans at Coachella this weekend?; the indie hip-hop duo Closegood blends experimental hip-hop with poetry and emo music.
The Reduced Shakespeare Co. reduces audiences to laughter

26:29 | Apr 5th

The company specializes in abridged versions of The Bard's works that are played strictly for yuks; what are the challenges facing movie theater owners?; Yo-Yo Ma is embarked on a wildly ambitious Bach Project.
Why Emilio Estevez made 'The Public'

25:41 | Apr 4th

Emilio Estevez writes, directs and stars in the movie, about a library that's a refuge for homeless patrons; "Fresh Off The Boat" hits 100 episodes – what is its lasting impact on the TV landscape?; at CinemaCon, AMC announced theaters in Saudi Arabi...Show More
Aretha's 'Amazing Grace,' at long last

26:36 | Apr 3rd

The singer's 1972 gospel concert film finally arrives in theaters after decades of technical and legal challenges; the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is trying to move on from leadership controversies; the Los Angeles Poverty Department has been mak...Show More
Mary Kay Place steps into the spotlight

25:44 | Apr 2nd

From "M*A*S*H" to "The Big Chill" to her lead role in the new indie movie, "Diane," Mary Kay Place reflects on her career as a writer and actor; we meet Clementine Creevy, frontwoman of the L.A.-based band Cherry Glazerr; movie theater owners and Hol...Show More
Art blooms at Desert X

25:31 | Apr 1st

The annual exhibit of site-specific public art has visitors flocking to the Palm Springs area for more than the usual fun-in-the-sun; rapper Nipsey Hussle left behind a legacy of music and community activism.
Joan Didion's 'The White Album' gets a stage treatment

25:45 | Mar 29th

The writer's iconic essay about the tumultuous 1960s is interpreted by director Lars Jan and actress Mia Barron; remembering French filmmaker Agnes Varda, who died at the age of 90; Resonance Records is unearthing never-released jazz classics.
How the "Us" and "Get Out" composer scores scares

25:34 | Mar 28th

Jordan Peele's "Get Out" and "Us" were scored by Michael Abels who, prior to those films, was teaching music in LA; Jazz album made by Dreamers wins Grammys; Employment conditions for janitorial staff at big movie theater chains may surprise you.
Esperanza Spalding has conjured up '12 Little Spells'

25:44 | Mar 27th

The singer and bassist experiments with a variety of styles on her latest album, with each song corresponding to different body parts; the Fox Network has some decisions to make about the future of "Empire" and its co-star, Jussie Smollett.
Peering over 'The Brink' with Steve Bannon

25:39 | Mar 26th

Alison Klayman's documentary follows the former White House strategist since his departure from the Trump Administration; the Autry Museum is seeking to sell the historic Southwest Museum property in Highland Park; the Open Fist Theatre Company exami...Show More
Leyla McCalla can pull a few strings

25:44 | Mar 25th

The musician plays cello, guitar and banjo, and displays those talents on her album, “The Capitalist Blues”; Apple unveils its plans for streaming movies and TV content; playwright Sarah DeLappe's "The Wolves" has its L.A. premiere
Kal Penn explains 'This Giant Beast,' aka the Global Economy

16:00 | Mar 22nd

The actor hosts the latest from Adam McKay, who's known for taking on serious subects, but adding a major dose of humor.
The 'Blues' According to Ruben Santiago-Hudson

16:19 | Mar 21st

The actor's one-man show, "Lackawanna Blues," captures the colorful world of the 1950s boardinghouse in upstate New York that was his childhood home.
Revisiting Oscar Wilde's tumultuous life in 'The Judas Kiss'

25:55 | Mar 20th

The David Hare play at Boston Court is set in 1895 — the best and the worst of times for the playwright; Disney's purchase of the Fox studios is final. Now what?; singer Emily King opts for a change of 'Scenery'
Joey King's tough acting job in 'The Act'

16:39 | Mar 19th

In the new Hulu series, the actress plays a teenage girl whose mother raised her to believe she was plagued by a range of physical and cognitive ailments.
'The Inventor' doc exposes Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes

25:40 | Mar 18th

In "The Inventor" Alex Gibney turns his camera on one of the biggest scammers in modern history– Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. Then, the surfer guitarist Dick Dale has died leaving behind a raucous musical legacy.
Bonnie & Clyde's lawmen get their own movie

16:31 | Mar 15th

“The Highwaymen” tells the true story of the Frank Hamer and Maney Gault who finally took down the 1930’s outlaws Bonnie and Clyde after the FBI were unable to do it.
Kal Penn explains 'This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy'

16:34 | Mar 14th

If you've ever been confused about bitcoin, wondered if counterfeiting is really that big of a deal, or been curious about how exactly money laundering works, Kal Penn will help you figure it out in the Amazon series "This Giant Beast That is the Glo...Show More
'Girl' director defends non-trans casting

26:24 | Mar 13th

In "Girl" director Lukas Dhont tells the true story of trans dancer Nora Monsecour and he defends his choice to cast a cis-male in the lead role; Hollywood Screenwriters argue with their talent agencies saying they're putting their companies' interes...Show More
Trying to tame his future in 'The Mustang'

27:06 | Mar 12th

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's feature film debut is about a former inmate sent to a rehab program to train wild horses; a new study from the Berklee School examines at women in the music industry; a report from the SxSW Film Festival in Austin.
Amy Berg picks up the story of 'The Case Against Adnan Syed'

26:28 | Mar 11th

The filmmaker directs an HBO docu-series about the murder case made famous in the podcast, "Serial"; drummer Antonio Sanchez, who created the percussion score for the film, "Birdman," is performing his album, "Bad Hombre," live for the first time.
Jez Butterworth's 'The Ferryman' is a Broadway hit

26:08 | Mar 8th

The playwright's drama, set in Northern Ireland during "The Troubles," is based on a real story; Spotify and other streaming services balk at paying more to songwriters; "Captain Marvel" is female-centric, down to the music.
Wondery finds its niche in the podcast world

26:15 | Mar 7th

It's hard to gain traction in the oversaturated podcast market, but Wondery has become know for its deep dives into true crime stories; one-half of Kevin & Bean is calling it quits; comedian Angelina Spicer found humor in her darkest moments.
'Apollo 11' depicts historic mission in a new light

26:13 | Mar 6th

A new documentary includes never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings to dramatize the 1969 moon landing.
'Gloria Bell' puts Julianne Moore at the center of the action

26:00 | Mar 5th

"Gloria Bell," starring Julianne Moore, is a remake of the 2013 Chilean film "Gloria." Both are directed by Sebastián Lelio who celebrates a character usually sidelined in traditional movies. And we meet the Portland-based group Y LA BAMBA and we wha...Show More
Bryce Dessner's music can't be pigeonholed

26:13 | Mar 4th

He's a co-founder of the rock band The National, but also a sought-after composer of contemporary classical works; Dan Reed, director of the Michael Jackson documentary, "Leaving Neverland," on how his film came together; celebrating the 100th annive...Show More
'PEN15' captures middle school in all its glory

26:11 | Mar 1st

Series co-creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine talk about capturing the awkward and hilarious middle school experience; Martin Scorsese may be forcing Netflix to change its theatrical screening strategy.
Chiwetel Ejiofor: The accidental filmmaker

25:42 | Feb 28th

The actor didn't imagine he would write and direct the adaptation of "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind," but that's what happened; composer, conductor and pianist André Previn has died; Van Nuys High School students collaborate with the L.A. Master Cho...Show More
Song Club is in session

25:45 | Feb 27th

Musicians Inara George and Eleni Mandell host an occasional performance and conversation series with songwriters of all genres composing music around a common theme; is R. Kelly still getting paid?; TV composer Kurt Farquhar was once homeless.
Bettye LaVette takes on the Bob Dylan songbook

26:01 | Feb 26th

The veteran R&B singer finds the soul in classics such as "It AIn't Me Babe" and "Mama, You Been On My Mind" on her latest album, "Things Have Changed"; Emma Thompson went public with her decision to pull out of a movie produced by the company that r...Show More
Recapping The Academy Awards

25:32 | Feb 25th

There were surprises ("Green Book"! Olivia Colman!) and some history was made (Hannah Beachler, Ruth Carter). John Horn recaps the show with film critic Claudia Puig and L.A. Times film reporter Jen Yamato.
Rosanne Cash means business

28:32 | Feb 15th

The singer/songwriter is part of country music royalty, but her politics are out of the Nashville mainstream; the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "RBG," is up for an Academy Award.
'Birds of Passage' is a sad drug tale from South America

28:26 | Feb 14th

Colombia's official Oscar entry for foreign language film did not make the final cut of nominees, but many critics say it should have; the microscope of the #MeToo era has found pop music's Ryan Adams; the Oscar-nominated sound editors from "A Quiet ...Show More
Will Rachel Weisz be Oscar's 'Favourite'?

25:45 | Feb 13th

The actress has an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in the period drama; The Academy of Motion Pictures has stirred up a hornet's nest by pulling four awards from the Oscars telecast; Arturo O’Farrill took his New York-based Afro-Lati...Show More
Two Oscar-nominated documentaries — one hopeful, one cautionary

31:15 | Feb 12th

"Period. End of Sentence." is about students in North Hollywood helping girls in India stay in school by providing access to sanitary products; "A Night at the Garden" is about a 1939 Nazi Party rally in ... Madison Square Garden!; Judithe Hernandez ...Show More
With 'The Wife,' does Glenn Close finally have an Oscar in sight?

28:32 | Feb 11th

After 45 years as a working actress she has seven Academy Award nominations, but no wins. After picking up this year's Screen Actors Guild award, could this be Close's year?; the Grammy Awards made a dramatic improvement in its representation of wome...Show More
The Frame's preview of The Grammy Awards

51:31 | Feb 8th

Hear from a wide range of nominees including David Byrne (alternative album); Linda Perry (producer of the year); H.E.R. (album of the year, best new artist); Yuja Wang (classical solo performance); Janelle Monáe (album of the year); Mary Gauthier (f...Show More
'Capernaum' aims for a Foreign Film Oscar

28:34 | Feb 8th

Nadine Labaki directed Lebanon's entry to the Academy Awards, which tells the heartbreaking story of a 12-year-old boy who just wants a future; Spotify makes a big podcast play by purchasing Gimlet Media; singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman's new album, "Pe...Show More
Revisiting the Ted Bundy story on two fronts

28:31 | Feb 7th

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger talks about his current docu-series and his coming feature film about the serial killer; how is Hollywood lining up behind Democratic presidential candidates?; Kurt Farquhar went from being homeless to becoming a prolific comp...Show More
Mindy Kaling and Nisha Ganatra's collaboration on 'Late Night'

28:25 | Feb 6th

Ganatra talks about the film she directed, which was written by Kaling and was a big hit at Sundance; the latest study from USC's Inclusion Initiative has some distressing news about women in the music industry; the search to replace a legendary drum...Show More
Willem Dafoe's take on van Gogh nabs an Oscar nod

28:18 | Feb 5th

The actor immersed himself in the painter's life for "At Eternity's Gate"; what is, and isn't coming to your TV in the coming months; actor Bill Pullman on what it takes to play the president.
For David Crosby, it's déjà vu all over again

29:25 | Feb 4th

The rock/folk music veteran recounts his life and career in the documentary, "David Crosby: Remember My Name"; Domee Shi's "Bao" has an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short.
A Sundance 'Work in Progress' that's ready for prime time

26:56 | Feb 1st

Comedian Abby McEnany is at the festival debuting her TV pilot, in which she co-stars with Julia Sweeney; John Horn reports from Sundance on the festival's final weekend; Lynell George reviews the new project by musician Anthony Wilson that combines ...Show More
Catherine Hardwicke takes her shot with 'Miss Bala'

27:02 | Jan 31st

The director becomes the rare woman to helm an action thriller; GLAAD puts the spotlight on LGBTQ-inclusive film scripts; the documentary "Of Fathers and Sons" is nominated for an Academy Award.
Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers are making tracks

27:19 | Jan 30th

The singer/songwriters put their talents together for the album, “Better Oblivion Community Center”; an artificial intelligence company has an algorithm that writes movie scripts; cinematographer and Academy Award nominee Matthew Libatique ("A Star I...Show More
The Frame @ Sundance: Ocasio-Cortez goes to Washington

26:55 | Jan 29th

Rachel Lears on her documentary about a quartet of progressive women who ran for Congress, "Knock Down the House"; L.A. Times reporter Jen Yamato recaps her time at Sundance; Richard Ladkani's documentary, "Sea of Shadows," is about the tragic and il...Show More
Sundance 2019: Jake Gyllenhaal freaks out in “Velvet Buzzsaw”

27:02 | Jan 28th

The actor re-teams with writer/director Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler") for a horror film set in L.A.'s contemporary art world; film critic Claudia Puig assesses the first few days of Sundance; Alexandre O. Philippe, writer/director of the documentary, “...Show More
The Frame @ Sundance: Day 1

26:31 | Jan 25th

John Horn and a couple of producers are at the Sundance Film Festival where they will provide a daily recap of which films are getting the most buzz; also today: the director of "Untouchable," a documentary about Harvey Weinstein that is premiering a...Show More
Dan Levy didn't fall far from the comedy tree

26:07 | Jan 24th

The writer and actor is the son of Eugene Levy, and they are the co-creators and co-stars of the series, "Schitt's Creek"; John Horn reports from the Sundance Film Festival; a new dance performance inspired by horticulture.
Will Linda Perry make Grammy history?

26:54 | Jan 23rd

Could Linda Perry be the first woman to win a Grammy for Producer of the Year?; a preview of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; the host and executive producer of KPCC's podcast "The Big One."
Can 'Roma' become the first foreign film to win best picture?

26:11 | Jan 22nd

Film critic Claudia Puig talks about the odds for Alfonso Cuarón's biopic about his childhood in Mexico City; the actresses from "Roma" — Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira; Hannah Beachler ("Black Panther") is the first African-American to be nom...Show More
Kris Bowers takes us inside the music of 'Green Book'

26:15 | Jan 21st

The pianist and composer talks about and performs music from the movie about Don Shirley; what were the most streamed songs and albums of 2018?
The man who made Donald Trump a TV star

26:30 | Jan 18th

"The Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett is the subject of a riveting, comprehensive story in The New Yorker; Sony Music is reportedly dropping R. Kelly; Isabella Rossellini is the ringleader of an animal circus!
Tracy Letts' view from 'Linda Vista'

25:57 | Jan 17th

The playwright talks about his latest production, which revolves around a man going through a divorce and an epic mid-life crisis; the band Los Texmaniacs has a timely remake of a Woody Guthrie song about farmworkers.
Where there's 'Fyre,' there's smoke

26:15 | Jan 16th

The much-hyped Fyre Festival seemed to good to be true —and, as a new Netflix documentary shows, that was sadly the case; YouTube's struggles to police user-generated content; the influential artist and critic Manny Farber.
The Grammys have H.E.R. in the awards mix

26:11 | Jan 15th

The 21-year-old singer who prefers to remain anonymous is nominated for Album of the Year and Best New Artist; NBC Universal joins the crowded field of streaming services; the Spanish singer Rosalía is putting a fresh spin on flamenco.
L.A. Dance Project settles into its new home

27:40 | Jan 14th

The company led by Benjamin Millepied is presenting its first full season in its new home in L.A.'s Arts District; a former Weinstein Company film, "The Upside," won the box office this weekend. What has become of all the former Weinstein properties?...Show More
'A Star is Born' has the upper hand in awards season

27:44 | Jan 11th

The remake with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga is the only movie nominated in all 11 guild and film society award competitions; Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester chat about their audiobook, "The Indignities of Being a Woman"; the venerable country-swing...Show More
'The Good Place': Finding laughs in ethics and philosophy

28:12 | Jan 10th

Series creator Michael Schur and one of the show's key writers, Jen Statsky, talk about the ways that the cast and crew take their own research and turn it into a hit show; John Lasseter was ousted from Pixar over inappropriate behavior, and his hiri...Show More
Why so few women behind the camera?

27:44 | Jan 9th

In 2018, for the first time in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards, a woman was nominated for cinematography. Why did this recognition take so long?; L.A.-based singer/songwriters recently gathered in Topanga Canyon to share their works; on Son...Show More
Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' continues to reverberate

27:47 | Jan 8th

The film just received a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and is considered a contender for several Academy Award nods; 'Surviving R. Kelly' revisits scathing accusations against the singer; The Count Basie Orchestra swings ...Show More
Nothing escapes the eye of Mark Seliger

27:44 | Jan 7th

The photographer's wide-ranging vision is on exhibit at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles; Eugene Jarecki's Elvis Presley documentary, "The King," has a Grammy nomination for Best Music Film.
David Byrne keeps on the sunny side

27:31 | Jan 4th

The singer/songwriter wrote his Grammy-nominated album, "American Utopia," prior to our recent political discord, but he remains determined to find the silver lining in society; studio executives are talking the talk but not walking the walk when it ...Show More
'Sorry For Your Loss' has a lot to say about grief

27:28 | Jan 3rd

Kit Steinkellner talks about creating the Facebook Watch series about a widow dealing with her husband's unexpected death; the 2019 Coachella headliners include Childish Gambino(!) and Ariana Grande(?); Janelle Monáe breaks down a song from her Gramm...Show More
Leigh Silverman strikes one for women on Broadway

27:28 | Jan 2nd

The stage director made history with "The Lifespan of a Fact" by assembling the first all-female design team for a Broadway show; Netflix has pulled an episode of Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" from its service in Saudi Arabia after a protest from the ...Show More
Monty Python's Eric Idle is still lookin' on the bright side

27:14 | Jan 1st

The former Monty Python member revisits his life and career in the memoir, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography"; Luciana Souza puts Leonard Cohen poems to music.
José James covers soul icon Bill Withers with 'Lean on Me'

17:28 | Dec 31st, 2018

José James pays tribute to singer/songwriter Bill Withers with his new album "Lean on Me."
Alfonso Cuarón Digs Deep For 'Roma'

16:43 | Dec 28th, 2018

Alfonso Cuarón reveals the intense process of mining his own memory, and those of his siblings and childhood nanny, to recreate their shared story for the screen in "Roma."
UPDATE: How Rosamund Pike became Marie Colvin in 'A Private War'

16:40 | Dec 27th, 2018

Rosamund Pike reveals how she channeled the late war reporter Marie Colvin in the film "A Private War."
Musician-filmmaker Ariana Delawari goes from LA to Afghanistan

26:30 | Dec 26th, 2018

Afghan-American artist Ariana Delawari documents the process of recording an album of music in her family's homeland; Max Baca of the band Texmaniacs on covering the Woody Guthrie song "Deportee"; Boz Scaggs still sings the blues.
The Frame's 2018 Year-End Special

49:14 | Dec 25th, 2018

We bring you some of our favorite interviews from the year — covering television, movies, music and the arts. Guests include Tessa Thompson, Riz Ahmed, Lena Waithe and Hannah Gadsby.
John C. Reilly plays Oliver Hardy to Steve Coogan's Stan Laurel

26:29 | Dec 24th, 2018

John C. Reilly joins "Stan & Ollie" director Jon S. Baird to talk about making a movie about the legendary comedic duo Laurel and Hardy. Then, Joanna Kulig stars in "Cold War," Poland's official submission for Oscar which is also the story of filmmak...Show More
Karyn Kusama leads Nicole Kidman through neo-noir L.A. in 'Destroyer'

26:35 | Dec 21st, 2018

The director presents a gritty version of the city in the movie about a former undercover cop confronted with her past; Producers Guild of America co-president Lucy Fisher on how the organization is operating in the #MeToo era.
The untrained actress who steals the show in 'Roma'

27:03 | Nov 29th, 2018

Yalitza Aparicio went from being a fledgling school teacher to playing a pivotal role in Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma"; the New York Times reports that a faded talent agent and an actress client of his could ruin Les Moonves' chance of receiving any severa...Show More
Yorgos Lanthimos takes a turn with 'The Favourite'

26:40 | Nov 28th, 2018

The filmmaker has made some downright odd movies (e.g., "The Lobster"), but he takes a more accessible route with his new period drama; Emma Stone talks about her role in "The Favourite"; who's getting into the 2019 Sundance Film Festival?
Luis Valdez revisits the 'Valley' of his youth

26:58 | Nov 27th, 2018

The playwright and director talks about the real-life events in California's Central Valley that inspired the WWII-era drama, "Valley of the Heart"; Fox Nation launches as a streaming service; the pioneering post-punk band, The Raincoats.
Eric Idle is still lookin' on the bright side

27:01 | Nov 26th, 2018

The former Monty Python member revisits his life and career in the memoir, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography"; Luciana Souza puts Leonard Cohen poems to music.
Meet the documentarian who embedded with a Jihadist family for 'Of Fathers and Sons'

27:01 | Nov 21st, 2018

To make "Of Fathers and Sons", documentary filmmaker Talal Derki put his life on the line when he embedded with a Syrian terrorist grooming his sons for Jihad; an art installation at The Broad museum in downtown LA is a tribute to American liberalism...Show More
Viggo Mortensen gets behind the wheel in 'Green Book'

27:34 | Nov 20th, 2018

The actor plays a nightclub bouncer who is hired to drive a black pianist (Mahershala Ali) through the segregated South; director Steve McQueen directs "Widows," a heist film with a twist.
Marielle Heller pulls off a directing feat with 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

27:00 | Nov 19th, 2018

The director had the unenviable task of making sure Melissa McCarthy was an unsympathetic character in the new movie; Disney's challenge to promote princesses in a changing culture.
Alfonso Cuarón digs deep into his memory for 'Roma'

16:30 | Nov 16th, 2018

For "Roma," filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón meticulously recreated his childhood home and cast lookalikes to play his family, his nanny and his neighbors. He tells John Horn about mining his and others' memories to tell the collective story of his family an...Show More
José James captures the soul of Bill Withers with 'Lean on Me'

16:30 | Nov 15th, 2018

José James pays tribute to singer/songwriter Bill Withers with his new album "Lean on Me."
Willem Dafoe's starry, starry turn as Vincent van Gogh

16:31 | Nov 14th, 2018

The acclaimed actor takes on the role of the iconic artist in "At Eternity's Gate."
Rosamund Pike sees action in 'A Private War'

16:28 | Nov 13th, 2018

The British actress plays war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died in 2012 while reporting in Syria.
Stan Lee leaves quite a pop culture legacy

16:30 | Nov 12th, 2018

The comic book icon died today at the age of 95. Bob Batchelor, author of "Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel," weighs in on Lee's influence; singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier collaborated with military veterans for her album, "Rifles and Rosary Beads."
The revolutionary sound of The Beatles' 'White Album'

27:00 | Nov 9th, 2018

New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles on the elaborate 50th anniversary re-issue of the landmark album; Drew Love and Dante Jones are making noise as the hip-hop duo known as They; the Spanish singer Rosalía is updating flamenco.
Inside the studio with Prince

27:02 | Nov 8th, 2018

Susan Rogers talks about being Prince's studio engineer for several years in the 1980s; a landmark L.A. music story fights to stay afloat; on the road with California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia.
Military veterans seek peace through poetry in 'We Are Not Done Yet'

26:44 | Nov 7th, 2018

Actor Jeffrey Wright produced the HBO film about a group of veterans using art to help heal their psychic wounds; L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali looks at the late-night shows on election day; an exiled Iranian film composer makes his presence felt...Show More
The making of Orson Welles' final film

28:45 | Nov 6th, 2018

"They'll Love Me When I'm Dead" is Morgan Neville's insightful documentary about the ambitious film that Welles was unable to finish; taking a motorcycle ride with cast members from "Mayans M.C."
Hugh Jackman channels Gary Hart in 'The Front Runner'

27:24 | Nov 5th, 2018

The story of the Colorado senator's ill-fated campaign to become the Democrats' 1988 presidential candidate is dramatized by director/co-writer Jason Reitman; NBC is being criticized for its decision to air an inflammatory anti-immigration ad.
Rami Malek goes full Freddie in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

26:30 | Nov 2nd, 2018

The actor talks about his transformation into Queen's flamboyant singer in the new biopic; Netflix is amending its policy and will now release films in theaters before they hit the streaming service.
Tragically funny tales in 'The Indignities of Being a Woman'

26:29 | Nov 1st, 2018

Comedy writers Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester talk about the making of their audiobook; Claire Warden on being an "intimacy director" on TV and movie sets; music veterans Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore celebrate their roots on the album, "Downe...Show More
John Carpenter makes the scariest 'Halloween' music

26:40 | Oct 31st, 2018

The filmmaker no longer sits in the director's chair, but he still composes the music for his frightful franchise; the scary voice of a four-year-old in "It"; and is the TV content boom leading to more stunt performer injuries and deaths?
In 'Boy Erased,' gay conversion therapy tears a family apart

26:53 | Oct 30th, 2018

Joel Edgerton talks about directing his adaptation of a memoir about a boy (played by Lucas Hedges) whose parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) won't accept his homosexuality; can politicians play any music they want at rallies?; Jadis is prop st...Show More
Julia Roberts helps turn 'Homecoming' into a TV series

26:21 | Oct 29th, 2018

Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg created "Homecoming" as a scripted, fictional podcast, and now they're overseeing the Amazon TV version; the movie ratings system has existed for 50 years, but it has occasionally been plagued by inconsistencies.
'The Price of Everything' puts art world under a microscope

26:26 | Oct 26th, 2018

The new documentary examines the relationship between art, money, success and notoriety; “Delusion: The Blue Blade" is an immersive theater production described by its creator as "Indiana Jones"-meets-"Blade Runner."
Video game 'Donut County' gets at the heart of L.A.'s gentrification wars

26:14 | Oct 25th, 2018

Game designer Ben Esposito takes a user-friendly approach to examine L.A.'s changing neighborhoods; does NBC's Megyn Kelly have a future in TV?; the past, present and future of the L.A. Philharmonic (part 2).
Assessing the L.A. Philharmonic's past, present and future

26:12 | Oct 24th, 2018

Two prominent music critics look at where the orchestra has been and where it's heading; filmmaker Sandi Tan looks for a lost film of hers in "Shirkers."
Words and music from I'm With Her

26:15 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins all have successful individual careers, but decided to combine forces for their folk-Americana trio; how is "House of Cards" concluding without Kevin Spacey?; MOCA puts the spotlight on influential paint...Show More
'The Good Place' isn't your usual network sitcom

26:12 | Oct 22nd, 2018

"The Good Place" creator Michael Schur and writer Jen Statsky talk about making a sitcom that takes on ethics and philosophy; as the Trump Administration reportedly considers rolling back civil rights protections for trans people, we revisit The Fram...Show More
Pasek and Paul and Tony and 'Evan Hansen'

26:46 | Oct 19th, 2018

The award-winning Broadway smash with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul finally arrives in Los Angeles; how deep are Saudi Arabia's tentacles in American museums?; the Berlin-based performance group, Gob Squad, examines how we cope with ...Show More
J'Nai Bridges traveled from the basketball court to the opera stage

26:42 | Oct 18th, 2018

The mezzo-soprano had a promising hoops career, but then she discovered singing; Netflix buys a huge production studio in Albuquerque; Janelle Monáe breaks down her song, "So Afraid."
Aseem Batra finds the laughs in 'I Feel Bad'

26:01 | Oct 17th, 2018

She's a rare female minority show-runner, but her main goal is to let the mom character have some fun; how are immigrants depicted on TV?; the L.A. Master Chorale takes its show on the road.
Peter Dinklage shows another side of Hervé Villechaize

26:50 | Oct 16th, 2018

Actor Peter Dinklage and filmmaker Sacha Gervasi on making "My Dinner With Hervé," about the French actor Hervé Villechaize; how do "The Conners" fare without Roseanne? L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali shares her thoughts.
Comedian Mo Amer's 'Vagabond' life

26:39 | Oct 15th, 2018

Muslim comedian Mo Amer once sat next to Eric Trump on an international flight. That's just one of many stories in his Netflix special "Vagabond." In the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's disapperance, Hollywood rethinks its relationship with Saudi Arabia. P...Show More
'Pod Save America' makes a TV move

25:45 | Oct 12th, 2018

The popular politics podcast launches a weekly TV version on HBO leading up to the mid-term elections; the ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases movies and conversations to gain a greater appreciation of opportunities and challenges for differently-a...Show More
Seed & Spark offers a new platform for content distribution

25:43 | Oct 11th, 2018

The digital platform provides opportunities for comedy shows like "Everything Is Fine!"; the annual VF Summit draws the biggest names in Hollywood and Silicon Valley; Desert Daze claims a space on the music festival landscape.
Paul Greengrass' '22 July' is a cautionary tale about domestic terrorism

25:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

The film is an attempt to understand the motives behind the horrific 2011 attack at a teen camp in Norway; Taylor Swift showed her political leanings this week, but can she make a difference?
Damien Chazelle follows up 'La La Land' with 'First Man'

25:40 | Oct 9th, 2018

The Academy Award-winning director takes on a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong; "American Saga: Gunshot Medley: Part 1" is a new play about the struggle against systemic racism.
Behind the scenes of 'A Star Is Born'

25:49 | Oct 8th, 2018

Cinematographer Matthew Libatique talks about shooting the film's live concert scenes at Coachella and other venues; New York Times culture critic Amanda Hess on how the new TV season is addressing the #MeToo movement; Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, b...Show More
Tamara Jenkins is back, at last, with 'Private Life'

26:46 | Oct 5th, 2018

It's been 11 years since the writer/director's last film, and she returns with a personal movie about infertility; singer Luciana Souza has a new album based on Leonard Cohen's poetry.
Jazz icon Billy Strayhorn gets a dance treatment

26:32 | Oct 4th, 2018

The man who made crucial contributions to the music of Duke Ellington gets a tribute in David Rousséve's "Halfway to Dawn"; a dozen years after his death, James Brown's estate remains a muddled mess; Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson has a riveting...Show More
Ai Weiwei is here, there and everywhere

26:42 | Oct 3rd, 2018

The dissident Chinese artist has three current exhibitions in Los Angeles; the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing gets a theatrical treatment with the gender roles reversed; Manhattan's High Line is the setting for "The Mile Long Opera."
Riz Ahmed wears a lot of different hats

25:59 | Oct 2nd, 2018

He's currently in the films "The Sisters Brothers" and "Venom," he's about to perform in the title role of "Hamlet" for Netflix, while also furthering his career as a rapper; Donald Trump's presidency is the ultimate reality show, but will it get ren...Show More
Behind the scenes of 'The Old Man & the Gun'

26:33 | Oct 1st, 2018

Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and the film's writer/director talk about what may or may not be the actor's final role; actress Chantal Cousineau on California's new sexual harassment laws; New Yorker magazine cartoonist Liana Finck.
Louie Pérez has a way with words (and images)

28:08 | Sep 28th, 2018

The primary lyricist for Los Lobos is also a visual artist and he has paired his lyrics and drawings and paintings in a new book, "Good Morning Aztlán"; Sarah Jones' "Sell/Buy/Date" is a one-woman play with many views of the sex industry.
Inside the artist's studio with Ed Ruscha

27:26 | Sep 27th, 2018

The iconic L.A. artist leads John Horn on a tour of his vast workspace and talks about his past and current work; media scholar Robert Thompson talks about the historic nature of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's televised confirmation hearings; Cuban pianist ...Show More
Update: Eva Vives plumbs her past for 'All About Nina'

26:59 | Sep 26th, 2018

The writer-director called on some of her own experiences for the semi-autobiographical film about a troubled standup comic; diversity in Hollywood is depicted as writers are asked to #ShowUsYourRoom; the soundtrack for 'The House with a Clock in its...Show More
In 'Nikki Corona,' playwright José Rivera explores the afterlife

27:50 | Sep 25th, 2018

A dying man is hired to deliver a message to a recent suicide victim in "The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona"; Latino Vietnam veterans share their experiences in the play, “Ring Of Red: A Barrio Story;” at age 38, violinist Hilary Hahn's alrea...Show More
In 'Free Solo,' a climber takes El Capitan at face value

26:41 | Sep 24th, 2018

Alex Honnold's daring climb of Yosemite's famous rock formation is chronicled in a new National Geographic documentary; with Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing this week, and other disgraced entertainment figures re-entering the arena, culture critic Me...Show More
Prince archive release may be the first of many

26:27 | Sep 21st, 2018

The Prince archive releases songs that the artist may not have wanted the public to hear; Director Tom Shadyac once made movies with Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy but his new film is no joke; Spotify's co-dependent relationship with the music biz gets ...Show More
'Monsters and Men' explores the aftermath of a fatal police shooting

26:42 | Sep 20th, 2018

"Monsters and Men," director Reinaldo Marcus Green's feature debut, examines the complicated fallout of a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man; the LA Film Festival kicks off today.
'Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden' takes audiences on a theatrical tour

26:56 | Sep 19th, 2018

The site-specific show at the Huntington's Chinese Garden weaves a story that merges Latino and Chinese elements; the U.S. Senate passes the long-awaited Music Modernization Act; the Los Angeles legacy of jazz musician Alice Coltrane.
The disappearing network act at the Emmy Awards

28:06 | Sep 18th, 2018

HBO and the streaming services dominated the night as the broadcast networks face an increasingly daunting future.
Ingredients for 'The Cake': politics, values and a live audience

27:06 | Sep 17th, 2018

Bekah Brunstetter's play is about a conservative Christian baker who is asked to make a cake for a lesbian wedding — and one of the women is an old friend; yes, the Emmys are tonight, but who might win next year's trophies?; looking back with punk pi...Show More
Emmy Extravaganza 2018

50:50 | Sep 16th, 2018

Hear what it takes to get an Emmy nomination from 13 people who have one (or more). Guests include: Brian Tyree Henry, Sarah Paulson, Bill Hader, Carrie Brownstein and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Plus, the creators of "Glow" and "Black-ish." This Emmy spe...Show More
'American Chaos' seeks insight into the 2016 presidential election

27:07 | Sep 14th, 2018

Jim Stern shot his documentary during the 2016 presidential campaign, seeking insights into the support for Donald Trump; the advent of smart phones has changed the world of fashion photography; why is it suddenly more difficult for foreign artists t...Show More
Ed Ruscha keeps on keepin' on

27:04 | Sep 13th, 2018

The iconic Los Angeles artist is now 80 years ago and remains a vital and influential force; CBS' programming under Les Moonves was male-centric, but that's about to change; how has the FBI been depicted in film and television?
'A Star is Born' lights up Toronto Intl. Film Festival

27:40 | Sep 12th, 2018

The remake that stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga is getting early Oscar buzz; musician Bryce Dessner of The National is branching out through a new collaborative; how has the FBI been depicted in film and television?
Nicole Holofcener scores one for women directors

27:17 | Sep 11th, 2018

The writer-director's latest is the Netflix film, "The Land of Steady Habits"; actors and characters from Middle Eastern and North African countries continue to fight stereotypes; the experimental R&B musician Tirzah stirs up a quiet storm.
Not quite eternal sunshine in Jim Carrey's 'Kidding'

27:30 | Sep 10th, 2018

Michel Gondry directed Carrey in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and now they reunite for an offbeat Showtime series; Ethan Hawke dons his directing hat for "Blaze," a biopic about C&W singer Blaze Foley; in the wake of the CBS/Les Moonves me...Show More
Emma Stone is the 'Favourite' in more ways than one

26:06 | Sep 7th, 2018

The actress was honored at the Telluride Film Festival where her new film, "The Favourite," had its North American debut; speaking of film festivals: it's that time of the year for Hollywood; among the Emmy nominees for best original song is a Queen ...Show More
Morgan Neville's new documentary examines Orson Welles' final film

27:30 | Sep 6th, 2018

Orson Welles didn't finish "The Other Side of the Wind" before he died and Neville chronicles that saga in "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead"; there won't be a Most Popular Movie award at the 2019 Oscars; the U.S. Justice Dept. charges a North Korean sp...Show More
Tracee Ellis Ross remains bullish about 'Black-ish'

25:58 | Sep 5th, 2018

The Emmy-nominated actress is looking forward to season five of the series, despite the departure of creator Kenya Barris; climate change and how Californians are responding is at the core of the play, "Hole in the Sky."
Matthew McConaughey turns on bad boy charm in 'White Boy Rick'

26:52 | Sep 4th, 2018

The Oscar-winning actor stars in the true story of teenaged drug dealer (and FBI informant) sentenced to life in prison; the history of the abortion debate is chronicled in the documentary, "Reversing Roe."
Aretha Franklin's going home ceremony

25:28 | Aug 31st, 2018

The entire show is dedicated to coverage of Aretha Franklin’s memorial service, which was held today in Detroit. Dignitaries and prominent artists included Smokey Robinson and gospel legend Shirley Caeser.
Telluride Film Festival launches awards season

26:06 | Aug 30th, 2018

The small festival in the Colorado resort town has a reputation for launching best picture hopefuls and winners; veteran British singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson is back with a new album; in this era of "peak TV," what's it like to w...Show More
'Book of Travelers' is Gabriel Kahane's musical travelogue

26:18 | Aug 29th, 2018

After the 2016 Presidential election, the singer/songwriter took a cross-country train trip and then wrote a song cycle of character sketches and personal reflections; Taylor Swift's recording contract is about to expire, giving her a world of option...Show More
A mission to capture an architect of the Holocaust in 'Operation Finale'

25:05 | Aug 28th, 2018

Director Chris Weitz's film 'Operation Finale' tells the amazing story of the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann; fans begin to pay their respects to the Aretha Franklin at the Museum of African American History in Detroit; and Cuban jazz pi...Show More
The pivotal mahjong scene in 'Crazy Rich Asians'

27:30 | Aug 27th, 2018

Breaking down the scene between Michelle Yeoh and her would be daughter-in-law, Constance Wu; documentary filmmaker Steve James spent a year inside a Chicago high school for the series, “America to Me”; remembering playwright and screenwriter Neil Si...Show More
Alexis Bledel forges a new image in 'The Handmaid's Tale'

27:17 | Aug 24th, 2018

The former "Gilmore Girls" co-star has an Emmy nomination for her role in the dystopian world of "The Handmaid's Tale"; Harvey Weinstein's legal woes seem to be mounting; Aneesh Chaganty, director and co-writer of the film, "Searching," has created a...Show More
Tracee Ellis Ross is still bullish about 'Black-ish'

27:15 | Aug 22nd, 2018

The co-star and Emmy nominee says she isn't daunted by challenges being faced by the cast; ever seen James Corden and friends performing a musical on the streets outside CBS on Fairfax? That's the work of Emmy-nominated choreographer Chloe Arnold.
Hiro Murai wouldn't be directing 'Atlanta' without Donald Glover

27:15 | Aug 21st, 2018

The Emmy-nominated director of "Atlanta" talks about his collaborations with Donald Glover, his love of the Coen brothers and how the show set out to accurately portray life in urban Georgia; in the documentary, "What Haunts Us," Paige Goldberg Tolma...Show More
Sarah Paulson lost her mind! (On 'American Horror Story')

28:18 | Aug 20th, 2018

Sarah Paulson has a lead actress Emmy nomination for "American Horror Story: Cult" — the seventh season of the anthology series; Bing Liu's videos of his skateboarding pals turned into the intimate documentary, "Minding the Gap."
Legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer on 'The Hard Stuff'

28:37 | Aug 17th, 2018

Wayne Kramer, guitarist and leader of the Detroit rock band MC5, discusses his new memoir, "The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities"; Amazon is in the running to buy Landmark Theatres.
Remembering Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

28:09 | Aug 16th, 2018

The iconic singer has died at the age of 76. We hear from her longtime bass player, Chuck Rainey; why has a documentary about her landmark 1972 performance at a Baptist church in Los Angeles never been released?; Daphne Brooks, a professor of African...Show More
The latest fright from Stephen King: 'Castle Rock'

26:40 | Aug 15th, 2018

The new Hulu series unites themes and worlds that will be familiar to King's loyal fans; in a new episode of Song Exploder, singer-songwriter Neko Case dissects her song, "Last Lion of Albion"; why is TV's new "Batwoman" raising such a ruckus?
Brian Tyree Henry's road to and from 'Atlanta'

27:16 | Aug 14th, 2018

The Emmy-nominated actor talks about his role as the rapper Paper Boi on Donald Glover's offbeat series; film critic Justin Chang on the "flawed but vital milestone" that is "Crazy Rich Asians"; a look back at a landmark movie with an all-Asian cast:...Show More
But what Carrie Brownstein really wants to do is direct

27:16 | Aug 13th, 2018

The actress, writer and musician has an Emmy nomination for directing an episode of "Portlandia"; John David Washington and the man he portrays, Ron Stallworth, in "BlacKkKlansman"; singer-songwriter Sam Buck contrasts '90s pop country with personal ...Show More
Gay conversion therapy at the center of 'Cameron Post'

26:09 | Aug 10th, 2018

Desiree Akhavan talks about directing and co-writing the teen coming-of-age film, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post"; Spotify cuts a deal with Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker in the world; a new wave of protest songs by Radney Foster and Gaby M...Show More
Exploring the Randy Newman songbook

26:25 | Aug 9th, 2018

The singer revisits work from his 50 years of writing and recording music; the semi-annual TV critics press tour has ended, so what's in store for viewers this Fall?; a new campaign calls for Hollywood to place a priority on telling stories about and...Show More
A new Oscar category for 'popular film'

26:16 | Aug 8th, 2018

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced some surprising changes to the Oscar broadcast today, including a new category for 'popular film'; Sarah Silverman talks about her Emmy-nominated Hulu series, "I Love You, America."
Why true stories that are stranger than fiction are hot in Hollywood

26:17 | Aug 7th, 2018

Producer David Klawans and writer Jeff Maysh find unusual real-life stories, turn them into long-form articles and pitch them to Hollywood; the Netflix docuseries "Wild Wild Country" tells the remarkable true story of the friction and violence that e...Show More
The real black cop who infiltrated the KKK and the actor who plays him in 'BlacKkKlansman'

25:55 | Aug 6th, 2018

The new Spike Lee film 'BlacKkKlansman' tells the amazing true story of Ron Stallworth, the black police detective who fooled the KKK into letting him join their ranks; Rosie & the Riveters play folk music with a feminist bent.
Trine Dyrholm channels a troubled music icon in 'Nico, 1988'

25:59 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Nico sang with the influential Velvet Underground, but this film chronicles the latter part of her career and life; the U.S. Justice Dept. is reviewing a longtime prohibition on movie studios owning their own theaters; mariachi students from around t...Show More
The 200 greatest songs by 20th Century women+

25:58 | Aug 2nd, 2018

The song list is part of Turning the Tables, an ongoing project from NPR Music dedicated to recasting the popular music canon in more inclusive – and accurate – ways; With the sale of 20th Century Fox's studio to the Walt Disney Co., film historian a...Show More
Jordana Spiro steps behind the camera for 'Night Comes On'

25:43 | Aug 1st, 2018

The actress makes her directing debut with a film about two young girls on a journey to avenge their mother's death; the National Hispanic Media Coalition is targeting movie studios over lack of Latino representation; teenaged jazz bassist Anna Abond...Show More
MoviePass struggles to stay afloat

25:37 | Jul 31st, 2018

The company that revolutionized moviegoing is floundering as movie theater chains launch similar pass programs; first-time novelist Elizabeth Klehfoth sold her book to Hollywood before she even had a publisher; Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' bring their blue...Show More
Susanna Fogel's twist on the 'Spy' movie

26:09 | Jul 30th, 2018

The director and co-writer of "The Spy Who Dumped Me" turns the action-comedy genre on its head; what's the fate of CBS chief Les Moonves?; Netflix and Amazon preview their coming attractions at the TV Critics Assn. press tour.
Augustine Frizzell stays home for 'Never Goin' Back'

25:40 | Jul 27th, 2018

The Texas native shot her indie feature in her home state, with a script based on her own teenage years there; the Idyllwild Arts Academy appears to have escaped the fire that's ravaging the area; the use of "white voice" by black characters in curre...Show More
Augustine Frizzell stays home for 'Never Goin' Back'

25:40 | Jul 27th, 2018

The Texas native shot her indie feature in her home state, with a script based on her own teenage years there; the Idyllwild Arts Academy appears to have escaped the fire that's ravaging the area; the use of "white voice" by black characters in curre...Show More
Charlotte Gainsbourg embraces her famous surname

25:47 | Jul 26th, 2018

On her latest album, the French singer and actress pays tribute to her family legacy and also mourns her sister's death; Spotify is paying advances to some artists, but says it's not actually signing artists the way record labels do. But if it walks ...Show More
Charlotte Gainsbourg embraces her famous surname

25:47 | Jul 26th, 2018

On her latest album, the French singer and actress pays tribute to her family legacy and also mourns her sister's death; Spotify is paying advances to some artists, but says it's not actually signing artists the way record labels do. But if it walks ...Show More
Mark Seliger's camera is a cultural omnivore

25:20 | Jul 25th, 2018

The photographer has shot virtually every famous face for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and other magazines; the Venice and Toronto film festivals have released their schedules — let the award campaigning begin!; streaming services aren't as encyclopedi...Show More
Mark Seliger's camera is a cultural omnivore

25:20 | Jul 25th, 2018

The photographer has shot virtually every famous face for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and other magazines; the Venice and Toronto film festivals have released their schedules — let the award campaigning begin!; streaming services aren't as encyclopedi...Show More
Boz Scaggs keeps the blues flame burning

25:40 | Jul 24th, 2018

The veteran singer/guitarist's lifelong passion for the genre is evident on his new album, "Out of the Blues"; playwright Young Jean Lee's provocative "Straight White Men" opens on Broadway; composer Max Richter plans to put Grand Park campers to "Sl...Show More
Boz Scaggs keeps the blues flame burning

25:40 | Jul 24th, 2018

The veteran singer/guitarist's lifelong passion for the genre is evident on his new album, "Out of the Blues"; playwright Young Jean Lee's provocative "Straight White Men" opens on Broadway; composer Max Richter plans to put Grand Park campers to "Sl...Show More
In Hollywood, new 'Guardians' of propriety

25:23 | Jul 23rd, 2018

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn is the latest figure to come under fire in an industry that no longer tolerates an "anything goes" culture; the documentary, "Far From the Tree," examines what happens to a family when one child has a dif...Show More
In Hollywood, new 'Guardians' of propriety

25:23 | Jul 23rd, 2018

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn is the latest figure to come under fire in an industry that no longer tolerates an "anything goes" culture; the documentary, "Far From the Tree," examines what happens to a family when one child has a dif...Show More
The Comic-Con madhouse is underway

25:44 | Jul 20th, 2018

The annual pop culture extravaganza in San Diego is nirvana for movie, TV and comic book fans; the documentary "Game Girls" follow a lesbian couple trying to escape life on L.A.'s Skid Row; what have been the best depictions of Russian spies in movie...Show More
The Comic-Con madhouse is underway

25:44 | Jul 20th, 2018

The annual pop culture extravaganza in San Diego is nirvana for movie, TV and comic book fans; the documentary "Game Girls" follow a lesbian couple trying to escape life on L.A.'s Skid Row; what have been the best depictions of Russian spies in movie...Show More
Anna Meredith blurs the line between pop and classical music

25:28 | Jul 19th, 2018

The British musician and composer Anna Meredith dips into movies with her score for "Eighth Grade"; voiceover actors are threatening a strike against streaming services that would affect all TV animation production; Liz Phair marks the 25th anniversa...Show More
Anna Meredith blurs the line between pop and classical music

25:28 | Jul 19th, 2018

The British musician and composer Anna Meredith dips into movies with her score for "Eighth Grade"; voiceover actors are threatening a strike against streaming services that would affect all TV animation production; Liz Phair marks the 25th anniversa...Show More
The sun as energy source and art inspiration

25:36 | Jul 18th, 2018

John Gerrard’s installation at LACMA is a digital simulation that recreates a Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert landscape; how the gender imbalance among film critics can affect female-led movies; the Dodgers organist does m...Show More
The sun as energy source and art inspiration

25:36 | Jul 18th, 2018

John Gerrard’s installation at LACMA is a digital simulation that recreates a Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert landscape; how the gender imbalance among film critics can affect female-led movies; the Dodgers organist does m...Show More
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal go home for 'Blindspotting'

26:07 | Jul 17th, 2018

The two longtime friends use their boyhood home of Oakland as the setting for their tough-minded film about friendship in a changing city; "Skyscraper" writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber on his summer blockbuster; "Black Panther" costumer Ruth C...Show More
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal go home for 'Blindspotting'

26:07 | Jul 17th, 2018

The two longtime friends use their boyhood home of Oakland as the setting for their tough-minded film about friendship in a changing city; "Skyscraper" writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber on his summer blockbuster; "Black Panther" costumer Ruth C...Show More
Marcus Samuelsson takes the baton from Anthony Bourdain

26:25 | Jul 16th, 2018

The chef and restaurant owner uses his experience as an immigrant to inform his PBS series, "No Passport Required"; former Obama speechwriter and current "Funny or Die" writer/producer David Litt weighs in on Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who Is America?"; th...Show More
Marcus Samuelsson takes the baton from Anthony Bourdain

26:25 | Jul 16th, 2018

The chef and restaurant owner uses his experience as an immigrant to inform his PBS series, "No Passport Required"; former Obama speechwriter and current "Funny or Die" writer/producer David Litt weighs in on Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who Is America?"; th...Show More
Gus Van Sant's John Callahan biopic

25:42 | Jul 13th, 2018

Gus Van Sant makes a movie about the quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan's life in AA. And could Sacha Baron Cohen's new TV show land him in legal jeopardy? And the LA Phil brings kids to California for the 2nd annual Take A Stand Festival.
Gus Van Sant's John Callahan biopic

25:42 | Jul 13th, 2018

Gus Van Sant makes a movie about the quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan's life in AA. And could Sacha Baron Cohen's new TV show land him in legal jeopardy? And the LA Phil brings kids to California for the 2nd annual Take A Stand Festival.
2018 protest songs for immigrant rights

25:44 | Jul 12th, 2018

Musicians Bhi Bhiman, Gaby Moreno and Radney Foster – each in their own way – sing about the rights and suffering of immigrants. Also, we unpack the 2018 Emmy noms.
2018 protest songs for immigrant rights

25:44 | Jul 12th, 2018

Musicians Bhi Bhiman, Gaby Moreno and Radney Foster – each in their own way – sing about the rights and suffering of immigrants. Also, we unpack the 2018 Emmy noms.
Why Mr. Rogers is a summer movie star

25:45 | Jul 11th, 2018

"Won't You Be My Neighbor" filmmaker Morgan Neville reveals why his documentary about Fred Rogers has become a hit movie this summer. And singer-songwriter Mary Gautier partners with veterans to make music and mend wounds.
Why Mr. Rogers is a summer movie star

25:44 | Jul 11th, 2018

"Won't You Be My Neighbor" filmmaker Morgan Neville reveals why his documentary about Fred Rogers has become a hit movie this summer. And singer-songwriter Mary Gautier partners with veterans to make music and mend wounds.
'Oklahoma!' gets a gender-bending staging

26:08 | Jul 10th, 2018

At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is re-imagined with same-sex lead couples; Warner Bros. wants to build a gondola from its lot to the Hollywood sign; this year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival featured Arme...Show More
'Oklahoma!' gets a gender-bending staging

26:08 | Jul 10th, 2018

At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is re-imagined with same-sex lead couples; Warner Bros. wants to build a gondola from its lot to the Hollywood sign; this year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival featured Arme...Show More
Bo Burnham's love-hate relationship with the web

26:33 | Jul 9th, 2018

On today's show: Comedian Bo Burnham has conflicted feelings about the Internet, so he addresses that angst through a young teen in his feature directing debut, "Eighth Grade"; Congress could soon pass long-overdue updates to music copyright laws tha...Show More
Bo Burnham's love-hate relationship with the web

26:33 | Jul 9th, 2018

On today's show: Comedian Bo Burnham has conflicted feelings about the Internet, so he addresses that angst through a young teen in his feature directing debut, "Eighth Grade"; Congress could soon pass long-overdue updates to music copyright laws tha...Show More
50 years on, 'Yellow Submarine' is back

26:26 | Jul 6th, 2018

On today's show: Inside the restoration of The Beatles' animated classic from 1968; we revisit a 2013 interview with sci-fi author Harlan Ellison, who died on June 27; an initiative to increase the number of women of color in classical music.
50 years on, 'Yellow Submarine' is back

26:26 | Jul 6th, 2018

On today's show: Inside the restoration of The Beatles' animated classic from 1968; we revisit a 2013 interview with sci-fi author Harlan Ellison, who died on June 27; an initiative to increase the number of women of color in classical music.
Code switching at the heart of 'Sorry to Bother You'

25:48 | Jul 5th, 2018

On today's show: director Boots Riley and actress Tessa Thompson talk about one of the buzziest movies of the summer; former soccer player and current stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton talks about bad acting in the World Cup.
Code switching at the heart of 'Sorry to Bother You'

25:48 | Jul 5th, 2018

On today's show: director Boots Riley and actress Tessa Thompson talk about one of the buzziest movies of the summer; former soccer player and current stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton talks about bad acting in the World Cup.
Terence Blanchard blows a mighty horn

25:49 | Jul 3rd, 2018

On today's show: jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard's interest in social issues comes through in his choice of projects, such as his score for “BlacKkKlansman,” the forthcoming film by Spike Lee; documentary films are having a renaissance, evidenced by...Show More
Terence Blanchard blows a mighty horn

25:49 | Jul 3rd, 2018

On today's show: jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard's interest in social issues comes through in his choice of projects, such as his score for “BlacKkKlansman,” the forthcoming film by Spike Lee; documentary films are having a renaissance, evidenced by...Show More
'Leave No Trace' is the latest from 'visual anthropologist' Debra Granik

26:11 | Jul 2nd, 2018

On today's show: filmmaker Debra Granik says if studios are the equivalent of big agriculture, she is the organic farmer; off the court, LeBron James has a big Hollywood presence; singer-songwriter Sam Buck contrasts '90s pop country with personal an...Show More
'Leave No Trace' is the latest from 'visual anthropologist' Debra Granik

26:11 | Jul 2nd, 2018

On today's show: filmmaker Debra Granik says if studios are the equivalent of big agriculture, she is the organic farmer; off the court, LeBron James has a big Hollywood presence; singer-songwriter Sam Buck contrasts '90s pop country with personal an...Show More
Sarah Silverman wants everyone to know: 'I Love You, America'

17:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

On today's show: Sarah Silverman is ramping up for the second season of her Hulu series, in which she travels the country to examine the causes of America’s polarization through a comedic lens.
Sarah Silverman wants everyone to know: 'I Love You, America'

17:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

On today's show: Sarah Silverman is ramping up for the second season of her Hulu series, in which she travels the country to examine the causes of America’s polarization through a comedic lens.
With 'Woman Walks Ahead,' Jessica Chastain links activism between eras

16:49 | Jun 28th, 2018

On today's show: "Woman Walks Ahead" tells the story of Catherine Weldon, a real-life activist and artist who traveled from Brooklyn to the Standing Rock Reservation in the 1880s to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull. Jessica Chastain plays Weldon and ...Show More
With 'Woman Walks Ahead,' Jessica Chastain links activism between eras

16:49 | Jun 28th, 2018

On today's show: "Woman Walks Ahead" tells the story of Catherine Weldon, a real-life activist and artist who traveled from Brooklyn to the Standing Rock Reservation in the 1880s to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull. Jessica Chastain plays Weldon and ...Show More
How a group of triplets became 'Three Identical Strangers'

27:12 | Jun 27th, 2018

On today's show: filmmaker Tim Wardle tells the unreal story of three men who discovered siblings they never knew existed; the mixed messages of the Motion Picture Academy's latest membership push; two exhibitions bring street art inside Chinatown ga...Show More
How a group of triplets became 'Three Identical Strangers'

27:12 | Jun 27th, 2018

On today's show: filmmaker Tim Wardle tells the unreal story of three men who discovered siblings they never knew existed; the mixed messages of the Motion Picture Academy's latest membership push; two exhibitions bring street art inside Chinatown ga...Show More
Dan Reynolds is a 'Believer,' but he's having his doubts

16:57 | Jun 26th, 2018

On today's show: the lead singer of Imagine Dragons is a practicing Mormon, but he questions the church's stance on LGTBQ issues in the HBO documentary, "Believer."
Dan Reynolds is a 'Believer,' but he's having his doubts

16:57 | Jun 26th, 2018

On today's show: the lead singer of Imagine Dragons is a practicing Mormon, but he questions the church's stance on LGTBQ issues in the HBO documentary, "Believer."
Natalie Portman wants you to think about 'Eating Animals'

17:15 | Jun 25th, 2018

On today's show: The actress produced and narrates the documentary, which is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. She wants you to think twice about being a meat-eater; filmmaker Eugene Jarecki goes in search of the America tha...Show More
Natalie Portman wants you to think about 'Eating Animals'

17:15 | Jun 25th, 2018

On today's show: The actress produced and narrates the documentary, which is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. She wants you to think twice about being a meat-eater; filmmaker Eugene Jarecki goes in search of the America tha...Show More
Striking a 'Pose' for 1980s ball culture

27:45 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Steven Canals, co-creator of the FX series about the underground club culture, talks about re-creating those elaborate scenes; why is the Pasadena Museum of California Art shutting its doors?; Ben Lewin's film, "The Catcher Was a Spy," is about a maj...Show More
Striking a 'Pose' for 1980s ball culture

27:45 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Steven Canals, co-creator of the FX series about the underground club culture, talks about re-creating those elaborate scenes; why is the Pasadena Museum of California Art shutting its doors?; Ben Lewin's film, "The Catcher Was a Spy," is about a maj...Show More
Shana Feste mines real family relationships in 'Boundaries'

27:29 | Jun 21st, 2018

Writer/director Shana Feste's father was a troubled but charismatic man who inspired her new film; in the Vice series, "Minority Reports," Lee Adams explores racial angles of fish-out-of-water stories; Rosie & the Riveters play folk music with a femi...Show More
Shana Feste mines real family relationships in 'Boundaries'

27:29 | Jun 21st, 2018

Writer/director Shana Feste's father was a troubled but charismatic man who inspired her new film; in the Vice series, "Minority Reports," Lee Adams explores racial angles of fish-out-of-water stories; Rosie & the Riveters play folk music with a femi...Show More
The L.A. Latino International Film Festival gets a new life

27:43 | Jun 20th, 2018

On today's show: After going dark for five years, LALIFF has been revived by its co-founder, Edward James Olmos; Disney makes a counteroffer for properties being sold by Fox; The documentary, "Half the Picture," looks at the long history of systemic ...Show More
The L.A. Latino International Film Festival gets a new life

27:43 | Jun 20th, 2018

On today's show: After going dark for five years, LALIFF has been revived by its co-founder, Edward James Olmos; Disney makes a counteroffer for properties being sold by Fox; The documentary, "Half the Picture," looks at the long history of systemic ...Show More
Hannah Gadsby's story will give you all the feels

28:04 | Jun 19th, 2018

On today's show: comedian Hannah Gadsby grew up in Tasmania, where being gay wasn't just dangerous, it was criminalized. Now, she’s sharing her story in a Netflix special; WeTransfer creates a platform for artists and other creatives to showcase thei...Show More
Hannah Gadsby's story will give you all the feels

28:04 | Jun 19th, 2018

On today's show: comedian Hannah Gadsby grew up in Tasmania, where being gay wasn't just dangerous, it was criminalized. Now, she’s sharing her story in a Netflix special; WeTransfer creates a platform for artists and other creatives to showcase thei...Show More
Bey 'n' Jay know how to keep a secret

27:43 | Jun 18th, 2018

On today's show: Beyoncé and Jay thrilled their fans by dropping a surprise album over the weekend; playwright Stephen Karam turned a bad family Thanksgiving dinner into "The Humans"; real life paleontologist Jack Horner inspired the Sam Neill charac...Show More
Bey 'n' Jay know how to keep a secret

27:43 | Jun 18th, 2018

On today's show: Beyoncé and Jay thrilled their fans by dropping a surprise album over the weekend; playwright Stephen Karam turned a bad family Thanksgiving dinner into "The Humans"; real life paleontologist Jack Horner inspired the Sam Neill charac...Show More
Lea Thompson takes matters into her own hands

27:38 | Jun 15th, 2018

On today's show: Lea Thompson didn’t always like the way women were depicted in movies. So she directed a female-positive feature — written by and starring her daughter; mixed news for people who work in Hollywood; Jeff Tomsic, director of the buddy ...Show More
Tom Hanks dons a beard for The Bard

27:08 | Jun 14th, 2018

On today's show: Hanks is spending a good chuck of his summer playing Falstaff in "Henry IV" under the stars on the grounds of the V.A. campus in Brentwood; Spotify's curated playlists are hugely influential, but are they also sexist?
Making a whole meal out of a short film

28:17 | Jun 13th, 2018

On today's show: Director Domee Shi mined her childhood for the story about a Chinese dumpling that comes to life in the animated short, "Bao"; Fox can only hope for the best as the World Cup kicks of without the U.S. team; between streaming services...Show More
Lesley Manville's year of acting fabulously

27:30 | Jun 12th, 2018

On today's show: the British actress has gone from an Oscar-nominated role in "Phantom Thread" to sharing the stage with Jeremy Irons; the E3 gaming convention is not just about guns and bombast; a new episode of Song Exploder features Liz Phair revi...Show More
Trying to get over with the new 'Superfly'

28:25 | Jun 11th, 2018

On today's show: Director X (that's what he goes by) says his film is a "re-imagining" of the '70s blaxploitation classic; what does it mean that the major film critics are overwhelmingly white and male?; we take you out to the ol' ballgame with the ...Show More
Toni Collette makes the best of a scary situation

27:08 | Jun 8th, 2018

On today's show: actress Toni Collette talks about her intense performance in the new horror film, "Hereditary"; remembering Anthony Bourdain, the author and TV host who had a profound influence on food culture; a preview of the Tony Awards with New ...Show More
Cultures clash on the border ... paging Culture Clash

26:34 | Jun 7th, 2018

On today's show: the theater satire trio known as Culture Clash revisits the volatile region in its latest show, “Bordertown Now”; the ReFrame coalition is partnering with IMDbPro to recognize standout, gender-balanced film and TV projects; the L.A.-...Show More