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<p>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.</p>

Episode Date
Robert Pattinson Commands 'The Lighthouse'
The actor stars in the thriller, which is a departure from the “Twilight” franchise that brought him fame.
Oct 16, 2019
A 'Creepshow' That Embraces Gore
Director Roxanne Benjamin on Shudder's new anthology series, "Creepshow"; why Fortnite went dark; Art Alexakis, the frontman of Everclear, is back with a solo album.
Oct 14, 2019
Weekend: Adam Driver; 'Joker' music; Liz Phair; 'South Park' v. China; 'Parasite' director & more...
Adam Driver went from the Marines to Julliard where he tapped into his emotions, now he's one of the best actors of his generation. Indie rocker Liz Phair reconsiders how singing about sex got her pigeon-holed. And why is China mad at "South Park"? Plus, "Parasite" filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho tackles class dynamics and economic inequality inside a funny film.
Oct 12, 2019
Lila Downs Turns Up The Heat With 'Al Chile'
The singer, who has roots in both Mexico and the U.S., takes on issues of the day in her latest album; what we know about the re-named Michael Jackson musical; R&B singer Michael Marshall transforms a '60s hippie anthem for "The Last Black Man in San Francisco."
Oct 10, 2019
'WALLS' — Here, There And Everywhere
An exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography depicts barriers all over the world — from prisons to refugee camps to fences at the U.S./Mexico border; studio musicians are seeking streaming revenue; singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya.
Oct 09, 2019
Bong Joon Ho Artfully Mixes Genres In 'Parasite'
The South Korean director blends horror, comedy and sci-fi into an entertaining story about class struggle; "South Park" is banned in China; Nellie McKay moves her quirky music to the stage.
Oct 08, 2019
Bill Irwin Has A Thing For Beckett
The actor's solo show examines the dark and often funny work of absurdist playwright, Samuel Beckett; how is "cancel culture" affecting pop culture?; Janet Jackson's “Rhythm Nation 1814” turns 30.
Oct 07, 2019
The Frame Weekend: Antonio Banderas, Gaby Moreno and more!
Antonio Banderas talks about reuniting with Pedro Almodóvar for "Pain and Glory"; how is "Cancel Culture" affecting what we see and hear?; the documentary "Diego Maradona"; the creators of Amazon's "Undone"; and the latest from singers Lupita Infante, Jay Som and Gaby Moreno.
Oct 05, 2019
Bettye LaVette Has Seen (And Sung) It All
The veteran R&B singer has had a long stop-and-start career, but she's still demonstrating her sense of adventure and musical curiosity; James Franco faces a lawsuit that alleges sexual harassment at his former acting school; "Joker" composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.
Oct 04, 2019
Recalling A Classic In 'Memory: The Origins of Alien'
Forty years after its release, Alexandre Philippe's documentary looks back at Ridley Scott's landmark film; how is Warner Bros. marketing "Joker"?; “Variedades: Little Central America, 1984” is a theatrical performance that puts today’s migration crisis in conversation with the past.
Oct 03, 2019
Antonio Banderas Goes For The 'Pain and Glory'
The actor plays a film director in Pedro Almodóvar's autobiographical film; Plácido Domingo resigns as general director of L.A. Opera.
Oct 02, 2019
'Diego Maradona,' On And Off The Pitch
The new HBO documentary by Asif Kapadia examines the life and career of the talented and troubled soccer legend; living in the era of Big Podcast; Gaby Moreno's new album; Jessye Norman, RIP.
Oct 01, 2019
A Family's Perilous Journey In 'Midnight Traveler'
The documentary, shot entirely on cell phones, follows an Afghani family's efforts to flee the Taliban and seek asylum; the Endeavor talent agency's growth plan hits a snag; singer/songwriter Jay Som.
Sep 30, 2019
Weekend: Jill Soloway's "Transparent" finale; Rhiannon Giddens; Robbie Robertson
Jill Soloway closes out "Transparent" with a massive musical finale; Robbie Roberston and Rhiannon Giddens each reflect on their lives in music, we hear the remarkable story of "Unbelievable" and look back at Janet Jackson's 1989 album Rhythm Nation.
Sep 28, 2019
Jill Soloway's Musical Farewell to 'Transparent'
Jill Soloway on the making of the "musicale finale" of "Transparent" — without actor Jeffrey Tambor; a group of up-and-coming film composers and indie directors convene at Skywalker Ranch for some intensive collaboration.
Sep 27, 2019
Jim Gaffigan's Dramatic Turns
Jim Gaffigan is best known for his comedy, but can play a mean child kidnapper too; what the retirement of the head of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame could mean for overlooked artists; singer/songwriter Lupita Infante carries on her grandfather's legacy.
Sep 26, 2019
BodyTraffic On LA's Dance Scene
The LA-based contemporary dance company BodyTraffic debuts new works; what The Black Keys concert fiasco says about the live music industry; how the prolific musician Alex G transforms his voice.
Sep 25, 2019
An 'Unbelievable' Story Turns Out To Be True
Executive producers Susannah Grant and Sarah Timberman on their Netflix adaptation of a true story about the search for a serial rapist; concerns in Aurora, Colorado about the themes in "Joker"; the band Trashcan Sinatras.
Sep 24, 2019
Renée Zellweger is 'Judy'. 'Judy'? 'Judy'!
The actress talks about playing the iconic singer and actress Judy Garland; Emmys were a big night for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, not so good for the broadcast networks; our resident "Downton Abbey" nerds revel in their big weekend.
Sep 23, 2019
Emmy Special: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ava DuVernay, Mahershala Ali, Ben Stiller and more...
Television is exploding and it’s time to celebrate! Join The Frame's John Horn and L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali as they break down the year in television and this year's Emmy-worthy shows.
Sep 21, 2019
Life For A Deaf Boy In 'Moonlight Sonata'
Documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky turns the camera on her 11-year-son and his effort to learn Beethoven's composition; Hollywood struggles to strike the right note of climate urgency; how sound becomes a character in the film, "The Sound of Silence."
Sep 20, 2019
Lorene Scafaria Knows 'Hustlers' When She Sees Them
The writer/director of the hit film talks about the making of the movie, and life as a woman director in Hollywood; "Bandersnatch" is not your average TV movie.
Sep 19, 2019
She's Come 'Undone'
In the animated series from the people behind “Bojack Horseman” (Raphael Bob-Waksburg and Kate Purdy), there’s no horse, but there’s still an existential crisis; the play Mike Pesca on SNL's on- again, off-again casting of Shane Gillis; "American Mariachi" is a soundtrack for Mexican-American life.
Sep 18, 2019
James Gray Ran Mission Control For 'Ad Astra'
The director and co-writer of the space epic talks about his new film, which stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut on a perilous mission; NBC announces plans for its streaming service, which will be called Peacock; Rhiannon Giddens talks about her affinity for country music.
Sep 17, 2019
Robbie Robertson Pulls His Own Weight
The singer and songwriter has a new album and a new movie score coming up, plus a documentary about his time with The Band; Variety film critic Peter Debruge wraps up the Toronto International Film Festival.
Sep 16, 2019
Weekend: Nick Offerman; Trump as TV Character; Gay of Thrones and more...
Nick Offerman goes on tour; NYT TV critic deconstructs Donald Trump's TV character; Gay of Thrones and The Handmaid's Tale costumer go for Creative Arts Emmys; La Santa Cecilia plays in El Paso and "This Close" is a TV show created by and starring deaf people.
Sep 14, 2019
The Role Of TV In Today's Politics
Why was an ad attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez allowed to air during the Democratic candidates debate?; N.Y. Times TV critic James Poniewozik on his new book, “Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television and the Fracturing of America”; "This Close" is a first: a TV show starring, created and written by deaf people.
Sep 13, 2019
The Eclectic Grooves Of La Santa Cecilia
The L.A.-based Grammy-winning quartet defies genres on its new album; a proposed state law could have major ramifications for independent musicians; in an excerpt from the podcast Song Exploder, Swedish singer and songwriter Robyn breaks down the title track from her 2018 album, "Honey."
Sep 12, 2019
He Sings! He Jokes! He's Nick Offerman!
The comedic actor talks about his live show, "All Rise," which he sees as medicine for a divided country; movie critic Beandrea July reports from the Toronto International Film Festival.
Sep 11, 2019
The High Cost of Rockin' Out
What's behind the rising price of concert tickets?; Grammy-winning classical music guitarist Sharon Isbin; photographer Robert Frank, RIP.
Sep 10, 2019
The Summer Of Lizzo Is Still Goin' On
The singer is on top of the charts and she's in the upcoming movie, "Hustlers"; a preview of Variety's first-ever Climate Crisis issue; singer John Paul White.
Sep 09, 2019
Weekend: Linda Ronstadt Doc; Eddie Redmayne + Felicity Jones Reunite; Modern Mariachi Music; and more
Linda Ronstadt doc filmmakers reveal her range ; Eddie Redmaye and Felicity Jones show their new film in Telluride; Flor de Toloache is a modern mariachi band in more ways than one; the Oregon Shakespeare Festival gets a new Artistic Director and filmmaker Justin Chon takes us to Koreatown.
Sep 07, 2019
Nataki Garrett Takes Over At Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The festival is one of the leading regional theaters in the country, presenting traditional and non-traditional classics, along with cutting-edge new plays; the state of the music industry; the documentary, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice."
Sep 06, 2019
Justin Chon Paints A K-Town Scene In 'Ms. Purple'
L.A.'s Koreatown is the setting for the filmmaker's new movie about a young woman who has to defer her musical dreams; what's new — and good — on TV right now; Flor de Toloache is not your traditional mariachi group.
Sep 05, 2019
Tim Miller Is A Cultural 'First Responder'
The pioneering queer performance artist and writer talks about his evolution as an activist; highlights from the Telluride Film Festival; "Untouchable" is a new documentary about Harvey Weinstein and the multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment that he faces.
Sep 04, 2019
A Fresh Look At Miles And The 'Birth of the Cool'
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson talks about his new documentary on the iconic jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis; with more streaming services coming online, is binge watching the best way to enjoy TV?; producer Larry Klein takes "world music" literally on his new project.
Sep 03, 2019
The Frame Weekend: John Leguizamo; Renée Zellweger; Mahershala Ali
Emmy nominees John Leguizamo ("When They See Us") and Mahershala Ali ("True Detective") talk about their acclaimed performances; Renée Zellweger chats with John Horn at the Telluride Film Festival about portraying Judy Garland.
Aug 31, 2019
Renée Zellweger Goes Over The Rainbow For 'Judy"
The actress plays Judy Garland in a biopic that's premiering at the Telluride Film Festival; SAG-AFTRA keeps its president ahead of a crucial year; singer R&B singer Michael Marshall transforms a '60s hippie anthem for "The Last Black Man in San Francisco."
Aug 30, 2019
Telluride 2019 —Let Festival Season Begin!
The film festival high in the Rocky Mountains has an amazing track record of debuting movies that end up as Academy Award nominees and winners; singer Snoh Aalegra is an unlikely R&B artist, having grown up in Sweden as the daughter of Iranian immigrants; finding the spirit at Ambient Church.
Aug 29, 2019
John Leguizamo Wants To Set The Record Straight
The actor's Emmy-nominated role in "When They See Us" and his latest solo stage show, “Latin History for Morons,” have important messages about Latino history; even Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" can't convince movie theater owners to soften their stance on Netflix releases.
Aug 28, 2019