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A daily chronicle of creativity in film, TV, music, arts and entertainment produced by Southern California Public Radio. Host John Horn leads the conversation, accompanied by the nation's most plugged-in cultural journalists.

Episode Date
Sibling Envy Runs Amok On 'The Other Two'
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."
May 21, 2019
The Game Is On To Find The Next 'Thrones'
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."
May 20, 2019
The Frame's Summer Movie Special
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 up ("Rocketman"), we'll hear from the pop music critic who covered Elton's 1970 U.S. debut in L.A. And John reports from the trade floor at CinemaCon where vendors pitch the food and drinks they're trying to get into concession stands.
May 18, 2019
The Final 'Game of Thrones' Battle May Be With Fans
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.
May 17, 2019
Tim Heidecker Isn't Really 'Brokenhearted'
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.
May 16, 2019
Going Back To Middle School (Ugh!) With 'PEN15'
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.
May 15, 2019
Lila Downs Turns Up The Heat With 'Al Chile'
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 influenced them.
May 14, 2019
An Alternate Look At Being Muslim
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.
May 13, 2019
It wouldn't be 'The Good Place' without Janet
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.
May 10, 2019
John Cameron Mitchell tries out a new stage
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.
May 09, 2019
Woodstock 50 hangs in the balance
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.
May 08, 2019
Putting a gay spin on 'Game of Thrones'
"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 Cuban James Brown."
May 07, 2019
BTS makes some noise at the Rose Bowl
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.
May 06, 2019
Are Latinos left out of Hollywood's diversity equation?
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 soundtrack for "Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes."
May 03, 2019
Steven Van Zandt steps out front again
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.
May 02, 2019
Hulu makes a big move with Kidman, McKinnon and Marvel
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 The Drums.
May 01, 2019
And the Tony Award nominees are ...
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."
Apr 30, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's run to 'Knock Down the House'
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 Marvel movie universe?
Apr 29, 2019
Ex-CBS exec calls out network's 'white problem'
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 alive.
Apr 26, 2019
Inside Aaron Sorkin's 'Mockingbird' story
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 Smollett's future on the show is unknown but last night his character made TV history.
Apr 25, 2019
Kate del Castillo is 'La Reina del Sur'
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 company, critics look at what Disneyland workers are paid and question the mogul's compensation.
Apr 24, 2019
Andy Borowitz tries to be a stand-up guy
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; Angelina Spicer fights postpartum depression through comedy.
Apr 23, 2019
'Hail Satan?' is probably not what you think
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.
Apr 22, 2019
Serendipity for the 'Mueller, She Wrote' podcast
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."
Apr 19, 2019
Bryan Cranston releases the rage in 'Network' on Broadway
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.
Apr 18, 2019
Meet Nancy and Beth, aka Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt
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 practices violate state law.
Apr 17, 2019
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2020! (UPDATE)
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?
Apr 16, 2019
Mitchell Froom is Chairman of the (Mixing) Board
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 and writers.
Apr 15, 2019
Emma Thompson explains her John Lasseter letter
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. And we sample new features coming to a movie theater near you.
Apr 12, 2019
Ramy Youssef finds the humor in being Muslim
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.
Apr 11, 2019
Hologram concerts as the ultimate encore
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.
Apr 10, 2019
Bryan Cranston is mad as hell on Broadway in 'Network'
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.
Apr 09, 2019
A song called 'Quiet' is still making noise
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.
Apr 08, 2019
The Reduced Shakespeare Co. reduces audiences to laughter
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.
Apr 05, 2019
Why Emilio Estevez made 'The Public'
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 Arabia, and Helen Mirren yells "F--- Netflix."
Apr 04, 2019
Aretha's 'Amazing Grace,' at long last
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 making theater with the residents of Skid Row for nearly 35 years.
Apr 03, 2019
Mary Kay Place steps into the spotlight
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 Hollywood studios meet for their annual Las Vegas pep rally known as CinemaCon.
Apr 02, 2019
Art blooms at Desert X
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.
Apr 01, 2019
Joan Didion's 'The White Album' gets a stage treatment
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.
Mar 29, 2019
How the "Us" and "Get Out" composer scores scares
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.
Mar 28, 2019