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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.

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'Hollywood, The Sequel,' Episode 3: “First Responder Filmmaking” with Kenya Barris
As the Frame is on hiatus, we are sharing the new show by John Horn, "Hollywood, The Sequel." The limited-run podcast series  asks some of the entertainment industry’s most influential artists and executives how Hollywood could and should reinvent itself. With his comedy series  “Black-ish” and  “#blackAF,” Kenya Barris has never avoided difficult conversations about race. Entertainment, especially comedy, he says, will push those conversations forward, but there need to be many more versions of what Black lives and other underrepresented experiences look like. Hollywood, The Sequel sponsors include: HBO: Watch Emmy®-eligible programs from HBO
Jul 07, 2020
'Hollywood, The Sequel,' Episode 2: “Big Checks and Bandaids Won’t Do It” with Ava DuVernay"
As the Frame is on hiatus, we are sharing the new show by John Horn, "Hollywood, The Sequel." The limited-run podcast series  asks some of the entertainment industry’s most influential artists and executives how Hollywood could and should reinvent itself. Just as advocates for meaningful police reform say you can't simply reassemble broken pieces, Ava DuVernay argues that reform won’t be enough to fix Hollywood. The director of “Selma” and “When They See Us” believes it’ll take drastic change in the executive suites of the networks and studios if Hollywood wants to rid itself of bias.  Hollywood, the Sequel is sponsored by HBO: Watch Emmy®-eligible programs from HBO at
Jul 03, 2020
'Hollywood, The Sequel,' Episode 1: "The Personal is Political" with Kerry Washington
As the Frame is on hiatus, we are sharing the new show by John Horn, "Hollywood, The Sequel." The limited-run podcast series  asks some of the entertainment industry’s most influential artists and executives how Hollywood could and should reinvent itself. The ACLU lawyers in “The Fight,” Kerry Washington’s new documentary, want justice for all. And so, too, does Washington. The actor and producer says when work begins again, it won't be enough for Hollywood to be not racist. It has to be actively anti-racist if the industry wants to be an agent of change.  Hollywood, The Sequel is sponsored by HBO: Watch Emmy®-eligible programs from HBO at
Jul 03, 2020
For Marc Maron, Timing Is Everything
The comedian talks about his new stand-up special, which is aptly titled "End Times Fun"; for animators, the show must go on; comedian John Thomas insists “Everything's Gonna Be Okay.”
Mar 27, 2020
Wesley Morris And Jenna Wortham Are 'Processing' Again
The co-hosts of the New York Times culture podcast, "Still Processing," talk about their new season of episodes; podcast expert Nick Quah on what he's recommending these days.
Mar 26, 2020
Pop Music In The Age Of Covid
We devote our entire show today to pop music, asking creators how they’re coping in the Age of Covid. We’ll hear from singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman, country musician Jessi Alexander, and A.J. Jackson, the lead singer from the band Saint Motel, which had to cancel its world tour.
Mar 25, 2020
'Birds of Prey' Gets A Quick Second Life
The film, which opened in theaters in early February, has been rushed onto on demand platforms, which is just fine with director Cathy Yan; with the summer Olympics postponed, where does that leave NBC?; how are stand-up comedians faring in the Covid era?
Mar 24, 2020
The Lasting Influence Of 'Crip Camp'
The story of a camp for disabled teens that was established in the early 1970s in upstate New York is told in a new Netflix documentary; what issues are facing movie exhibitors now that they've been shut down?; and now, they've even closed drive-ins!
Mar 23, 2020
Weekend: COVID-19 and Comedians; Hollywood Assistants Hit Hard; 'The Climb' Delayed; M Ward; Amy Ryan

With COVID-19 shutting down venues, stand-up comics are left without a platform and Hollywood assistants are struggling to make it; "The Climb" gets delayed; plus M. Ward is releasing a new album; Why Amy Ryan made the Netflix movie 'Lost Girls;' and singer/songwriter Sudan Archives finds inspiration in youtube videos; Plus The Frame team has some recommendations for you.

Mar 21, 2020
Movie Limbo For 'The Climb'
The film was supposed to open today, but now co-writers, co-stars and best friends Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin face an uncertain future; who gets paid in Hollywood in the Covid era?; singer-songwriter and violinist Sudan Archives shares her influences.
Mar 20, 2020
Through The Lens of Henri Dauman
The veteran French photographer has been creating iconic images since the 1960s; performing artists who rely on touring are taking hit in the Covid era; an Armenian-American guitarist who fell for flamenco.
Mar 19, 2020
The Art Of Boiling Movies Down To One Image
Akiko Stehrenberger has made a career out of designing posters for feature films; what happens now that most TV production has shut down?; a farewell to KISS as the band tours for the final time.
Mar 18, 2020
M. Ward Tells Some 'Migration Stories'
The singer/songwriter's latest album was inspired by headlines and conversations about immigration; the #PayUpHollywood movement is rallying behind assistants as production is virtually halted; smart dance music by French Vanilla.
Mar 17, 2020
Amy Ryan Looks For The 'Lost Girls'
Based on a true story, the actress plays a woman whose daughter is among several sex workers who went missing in Long Island and then were found murdered; with movie theaters closed in L.A. and N.Y., what does that mean for exhibitors and streaming services?; 50 years ago, "Abbey Road" won only one Grammy —and it wasn't a major prize.
Mar 16, 2020
Weekend: The Truth of 'The Hunt'; 'Pandemic': the Netflix Series; 'Onward' filmmaker; The Moth Gets Bilingual and more
The violent satire 'The Hunt' finally comes to theaters; 'Pandemic' docuseries in production years before COVID-19; and how loss of Dan Scanlon's dad inspired Pixar's 'Onward' and more...
Mar 14, 2020
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Dad Gets The Spotlight
In the documentary, "Siempre, Luis," the famous father leads hurricane relief efforts on behalf of his native Puerto Rico; how are movie theaters coping with Covid-19?; Europe's version of South-by-Southwest.
Mar 13, 2020
'Ugly Delicious' In The Time Of Covid
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville and chef/restaurateur David Chang talk about their Netflix series and how coronavirus is affecting food culture; with large gatherings essentially banned, how will it affect live theater?
Mar 12, 2020
Weinstein Down; Coachella Out
Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison today, and the Coachella Music Festival is being postponed from April to October. John talks with reporters from Variety to dissect both stories.
Mar 11, 2020
Will Cannes Survive The Virus?
The glitzy film festival has no insurance coverage to cover a cancellation; "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" is a timely film about access to abortion; The Moth en español.
Mar 10, 2020
The Truth Behind 'The Hunt'
Co-writers Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse talk about overcoming inaccurate press reports to finally have their film released; "Onward" director Dan Scanlon on how his film began with the loss of his own father.
Mar 09, 2020
Weekend: Hillary opens up in new doc; an 'Invisible Man' for the #MeToo era; 'Greed' satirizes income inequality and more
Hillary Clinton on why she agreed to go deep with for a new doc; H.G. Wells reimagined as a metaphor for abuse; actor Steve Coogan uses comedy to highlight extreme gaps in wealth around the world.
Mar 07, 2020
Tough To 'Swallow,' Hard To Watch
Haley Bennett talks about playing a woman with a dangerous psychological disorder; more musical fallout from the coronavirus; keeping L.A.'s Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra alive.
Mar 06, 2020
Yuval Sharon's Not-So-'Sweet Land'
The avant-garde opera director's new work is about colonialism and displacement; where is Pete Buttigieg's and Elizabeth Warren's Hollywood support going now that they've exited the nomination race?; theater artist Geoff Sobelle explores the notion of "Home" onstage.
Mar 05, 2020
Steve Coogan Buys Into 'Greed'
The British actor talks about how his latest comedy is a comment on income inequality; will the massive SxSW conference be canceled?; an emotional connection to the band KISS.
Mar 04, 2020
Hillary Clinton Documentary Arrives In Peak Election Season
The four-part Hulu series includes the former First Lady and Secretary of State talking about the Democratic primaries and the presidential election; the coronavirus could be a disaster for the movie industry, but a boon for streaming services.
Mar 03, 2020
Fresh Scares From 'The Invisible Man'
Director and screenwriter Leigh Whannel talks about his update of the H.G. Wells story; comedians who are feeling the Bern; the singer Vagabon breaks down her song, "Water Me Down."
Mar 02, 2020
Weekend: "Sunny" Team Goes To Apple; Maria Bamford; Alex Newell's Unique Voice and more
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" teams makes an Apple TV+ show; Comedian Maria Bamford masters the impersonation; Alex Newell brings his unique voice to "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"; After Weinstein's conviction, what's left to do?
Feb 29, 2020
Film Composing Is A Dance For Tamar-kali
Tamar-kali is a film composer with unique musical roots; Linas Phillips is a rideshare driver/spiritual coach in "The Ride"; what comes next for Hollywood after the Weinstein verdict?
Feb 28, 2020
'Zoey’s Extraordinary' Co-Stars
Alex Newell plays a nonbinary character and Mary Steenburgen is Zoey's mother on the new NBC show; Hollywood is bracing for fallout from the coronavirus.
Feb 27, 2020
A New Look At Neverland With A Focus On 'Wendy'
Filmmaker Benh Zeitlin returns to directing for the first time since "Beasts of the Southern Wild" with "Wendy"; Dr. Shari Fink, executive producer of "Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak"; Gabriel Roth, the man behind The Daptone Sound.
Feb 26, 2020
Not Always Sunny At 'Mythic Quest'
Co-creators Rob McElhenney and Megan Ganz, who also work together on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," talk about their new Apple TV+ series; Bob Iger's successor is named at Disney; a report from the the Eurosonic music festival in the Netherlands.
Feb 25, 2020
Imelda Marcos As 'The Kingmaker'
Lauren Greenfield's documentary tracks the rise and fall of the woman who still holds sway in the Philippines; Harvey Weinstein found guilty on two of five charges.
Feb 24, 2020
Weekend: Robbie Robertson remembers; Kerry Washington makes a doc; Alfred Molina on stage...
Kerry Washington and the team behind "Weiner" make a documentary about ACLU lawyers taking on the Trump administration; Alfred Molina tackles dementia on stage and in his family; Robbie Robertson reflects on life in The Band.
Feb 22, 2020
'The Fight' Matches The ACLU Vs. The Trump Administration
A new documentary produced by Kerry Washington examines the battle over civil liberties on several fronts; why Harvey Weinstein might escape a conviction; the real science behind horror movies.
Feb 21, 2020
Maria Bamford Finds Humor In 'Weakness'
The comedian's latest hilarious exploration of mental health is titled “Weakness Is The Brand”; recollections from the engineer who 50 years ago won the only Grammy for The Beatles' "Abbey Road."
Feb 20, 2020
The Con Behind 'McMillions'
The filmmakers of the HBO docu-series talk about how the game was rigged without the knowledge of McDonald's; still no verdict in Weinstein trial; Robbie Robertson on the new documentary about The Band, "Once Were Brothers."
Feb 19, 2020
'The Father' Hits Close To Home For Alfred Molina
The actor's character has Alzheimer’s disease, which has afflicted Molina's wife; what goes into reissuing vintage recordings on vinyl?
Feb 18, 2020
Weekend: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Don't F--- With Cats', Korean Cinema deep dive and more
Why Julia Louis-Dreyfus wanted to produce and co-star in "Downhill"; a guide to South Korean films now that "Parasite" has captured your imagination; "What The Constitution Means To Me" makes you think ; "Don't F--- With Cats" is true crime with a message....about true crime.
Feb 15, 2020
L.A. Enters A Big 'Frieze'
As the international Frieze Art Fair launches its second edition in Los Angeles, curators Rita Gonzalez and Pilar Tompkins Rivas lead a tour of their part of the event; closing arguments are finished at Harvey Weinstein's trial; what's it like to be a TV critic these days?
Feb 14, 2020
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Takes The Lift For 'Downhill'
The actress also produced the film, which is a remake of the 2014 Swedish film, “Force Majeure”; playwright Steven Leigh Morris recounts the decline of the L.A. Weekly in "Red Ink"; musician Andy Shauf.
Feb 13, 2020
The Flame Starter Behind 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'
Writer and director Céline Sciamma talks about her intimate period film; Harvey Weinstein's trial heads for closing arguments; the spiritual experience of Ambient Church.
Feb 12, 2020
'Don’t F*** With Cats' Or These Internet Sleuths
Mark Lewis talks about his Netflix true crime series about tracking down a killer who went from animals to humans; the coronavirus is causing music acts to cancel tours in Asia; Isabella Rossellini is the ringleader of "Link Link Circus."
Feb 11, 2020
What the 'Constitution' Means To Them
Playwright Heidi Schreck and actress Maria Dizzia on how the nation’s most treasured document connects with violence against women; can the best picture win for "Parasite" be attributed to the Motion Picture Academy's diversification efforts?
Feb 10, 2020
The Frame Oscar Special
Conversations with Oscar nominees and stories about how the most loved films of the year came to be; interviews with actors Renee Zellwegger, Cynthia Erivo, and Adam Driver and filmmakers Greta Gerwig, Taika Waititi and Bong-Joon Ho among others.
Feb 08, 2020
Alison Brie's Strange Ride In 'Horse Girl'
The actress, who stars in the film, talks about her personal connection to the story about mental illness with director Jeff Baena; how much has the Motion Picture Academy membership actually changed?; the L.A. post-punk band, French Vanilla.
Feb 07, 2020
Joe Henry Preaches His Own 'Gospel'
The singer-songwriter wrote and recorded the album, "The Gospel of Water," after being diagnosed with cancer; Jeff Kanew talks about directing Kirk Douglas in the actor's one-man stage show; a campaign for the DGA to improve its parental leave policy.
Feb 06, 2020
Alma Har'el Is Keeper Of The 'Honey Boy' Hive
The filmmaker's first feature has won her a prize from the Directors Guild and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards; The Lucas Museum has acquired a prominent collection of ephemera related to African American film history.
Feb 05, 2020
Will 'Parasite' Make History At The Academy Awards?
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho talks about his surprise hit, which has six Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture; Disney takes full control of Hulu; "JoJo Rabbit" costume designer Mayes Rubio.
Feb 04, 2020
Sting Sets Sail On 'The Last Ship'
The former Police frontman is front and center in a musical that's set in his hometown; Hollywood's awards season is nearing its conclusion; WWI through the ears of the Oscar-nominated sound team behind “1917.”
Feb 03, 2020
Raphael Bob-Waksberg Says Bye To 'BoJack'
With the final episodes of "BoJack Horseman" dropping today, we revisit an archival interview with the series creator; could the Obamas win an Oscar for "American Factory"?; animator Glen Keane recalls working with Kobe Bryant on "Dear Basketball."
Jan 31, 2020
All 'Good' Things Must End
"The Good Place" has been one of the few broadcast network breakout hits in recent years. With the series ending tonight, we revisit our interviews with series creator Michael Schur, writer Jen Statsky, and cast member D’Arcy Carden.
Jan 30, 2020
Greta Gerwig Couldn't Resist 'Little Women'
The writer/director has an Academy Award nomination for her adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic; photographer Thomas Kiefer turns border detritus into art.
Jan 29, 2020
Glen Keane Was Drawn To Kobe For 'Dear Basketball'
The veteran animator talks about collaborating with the NBA legend on their Academy Award-winning short animated film; Carlos Lopez Estrada's "Summertime" is a collaboration with 25 spoken word poets; the Oscar-nominated production design for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Jan 28, 2020
Hillary Clinton Documentary Debuts At Sundance
The film festival presented the premiere of "Hillary," a four-part series coming to Hulu in March; filmmaker Gotham Chopra talks about his 2015 documentary, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse.”
Jan 27, 2020
The Frame Grammy Special
Despite an ongoing dispute between The Recording Academy and its recently-ousted CEO, the show will go on, so we’ll spotlight a wide range of nominees and celebrate the music they make.
Jan 25, 2020
The Documentary 'Crip Camp' Opens Sundance
The festival's opening night featured a film about a 1970s camp for disabled teens, some of whom became activists in the disability-rights movement; the Grammys' problem du jour; the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "For Sama."
Jan 24, 2020
It's Sundance Time Again
John Horn is off to the film festival, where the schedule includes a documentary about Hillary Clinton and a feature film, "The Assistant," largely inspired by stories of working for Harvey Weinstein; Jonathan Pryce, Academy Award best actor nominee for "The Two Popes," talks about portraying Pope Francis.
Jan 23, 2020
Kathreen Khavari's 'Embrace' Hits Close To Home
The actress and writer heads for the Sundance Film Festival with a TV project that is partially inspired by her Iranian immigrant family; opening arguments take place today in Harvey Weinstein's trial; the controversy shrouding the Grammy Awards continues to evolve.
Jan 22, 2020
Michael Stipe Is Making Music Again
The former R.E.M. frontman retreated from music after the band split up in 2011, but he's back with two new songs; wrapping up the Television Critics Assn. winter tour, which previewed what's coming up from networks, cable channels and streaming services.
Jan 21, 2020
Weekend: Michael Stipe Is Back; A "Star Wars" Unicorn and more...
Michael Stipe has two new solo singles; Victoria Mahoney is the first woman and first person of color behind a camera on a "Star Wars" movie, Mary Steenburgen turns a bizarre brain phenomenon into a music career; "American Factory" gets an Oscar nomination; Franklin Leonard makes an alt Oscar ballot.
Jan 18, 2020
Why Auschwitz Is 'Not Long Ago. Not Far Away'
An exhibition at New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage attempts to fight growing ignorance about the Holocaust; turmoil at the Grammy organization; a new fund aims to improve equity and inclusion in film and TV.
Jan 17, 2020
Chuck Palahniuk Writes About Writing
The prolific author examines his craft in “Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different"; J. Clara Chan of The Wrap reports from the Harvey Weinstein trial; the satirical comedy group Culture Clash takes on a Baroque opera;
Jan 16, 2020
'Moulin Rouge!' Is The Ultimate Jukebox Musical
Justin Levine, music supervisor for the Broadway adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, talks about adapting recent pop songs for the period musical; The Lucas Museum has acquired a prominent collection of ephemera related to African American film history; Mary Steenburgen's sudden and odd songwriting career.
Jan 15, 2020
The Particular Challenge Of Writing '1917'
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns on how she and director Sam Mendes penned the script knowing the film would be shot as if it was one continuous take; an alternate history of this year's Oscar nominations; multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek takes her environmental activism to the stage.
Jan 14, 2020
The Return Of #OscarsSoWhite
The Academy Award nominations include only one non-white artist among the 20 nominees in the acting categories. And women are again shut out in the directing category.
Jan 13, 2020
Weekend: Jon Batiste; Iranian-American comedian Zahra Noorbaksh; Cristela Alonzo & more...
Jon Batiste reveals how he and Stephen Colbert first bonded; Zahra Noorbaksh, a proud "feminist, Muslim, Iranian-American comedian" uses her voice more than ever; Cristela Alonzo reflects on her life in a new memoir; meet the man behind the Daptone sound and more...
Jan 11, 2020
Cristela Alonzo's 'Mixtape Memoir'
The writer and stand-up comedian has a new book and a newfound passion for performing; TV networks preview their coming shows, including the next season of "Fargo," starring Chris Rock and Jason Schwartzman; the exhibit "Natural History of Horror" looks at how real events inspired some favorite scary movies.
Jan 10, 2020
A Unicorn In 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'
There aren't many women working as second unit directors on movies, much less African-Americans, but Victoria Mahoney has broken through; Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman make their sales pitch for Quibi.
Jan 09, 2020
Iran In The News And On A Comedian's Mind
Zahra Noorbakhsh, an Iranian-American comedian who regularly incorporates her identity into her act, now has some new material; actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II played Doctor Manhattan on "Watchmen" and this year, he’ll star in two high profile movies; the man behind The Daptone Sound.
Jan 08, 2020
For Jon Batiste, Better 'Late' Than Never
The pianist has taken full advantage of his role as bandleader for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"; breaking down the Directors Guild Award nominations.
Jan 07, 2020
The 'L Word' For A New Generation
Stars and executive producers Kate Moenning and Leisha Hailey talk about the reboot of the Showtime series; Harvey Weinstein's trial gets underway in New York City; the influential L.A.-based artist John Baldessari has died.
Jan 06, 2020
Weekend: The 'Watchmen' Man To Watch; A Decade in Film, TV, Music & Theater; LGBTQ Mariachis
"Watchmen" star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in high profile movies this year from Jordan Peele and Aaron Sorkin; John Horn reviews the evolution in film, television, pop music and theater over the last decade; we meet the band Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles.
Jan 04, 2020
Looking Back At The Decade In Movies And Pop Music
The highlights and lowlights from the 2010s in movies with Manohla Dargis (New York Times) and culture critic Tre'vell Anderson, and pop music with Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding of the podcast, “Switched on Pop.”
Jan 03, 2020
Looking Back At The Decade In TV And Theater
The highlights and lowlights from the 2010s in TV with Lorraine Ali (Los Angeles Times) and Daniel Fienberg (The Hollywood Reporter), and theater with Jesse Green (New York Times).
Jan 02, 2020
The Autobiography Of A Flea (To A Point)
In his memoir, "Acid For The Children," the bass player from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (born Michael Peter Balzary) details his wild days as a child and teen before forming the band in Los Angeles.
Dec 31, 2019
'Horror Stories' From Liz Phair
The singer/songwriter's memoir reflects on death, sex, motherhood and misogyny.
Dec 30, 2019
The Frame's Five Years In Review
Yes, a lot of media outlets are currently re-capping the past decade —and we've been here for half of it! Join us for many of our favorite moments.
Dec 28, 2019
Bradley Whitford Plays The Field
The veteran actor has lately been starring in some dark roles ("Get Out," The Handmaid's Tale"), but he has switched things up with the sitcom, "Perfect Harmony."
Dec 27, 2019
Lena & Melina & 'Queen & Slim'
Writer Lena Waithe and director Melina Matsoukas talk about their provocative film about a tragic incident involving a black couple and a white policeman; five years later, what has Hollywood learned from the Sony hack?
Dec 26, 2019
A Mariachi Group With A Rainbow Of Sound
L.A.'s Marachi Arcoiris bills itself as the first LGBTQ group that plays traditional Mexican music; what should we make of the Golden Globes?; the Huntington Museum turns 100 with a centennial exhibition.
Dec 24, 2019
Kim Gordon, Solo And On The Record
After her longtime stint in Sonic Youth, followed by a two-person band called Body/Head, the singer and bassist has her first solo album, "No Home Record"; writer Nell Scovell mends fences (sort of) with David Letterman; Mati Diop's Senegalese film, "Atlantics," is on the shortlist for best international feature film at the Academy Awards.
Dec 23, 2019
Weekend: Greta Gerwig; Jewish women on TV; The Black List; Making 'The Two Popes' and '1917'
Greta Gerwig shares her passion for "Little Women"; one TV journalist surveys how Jewish women are portrayed on TV; Jonathan Pryce dons the robes of Pope Francis for "The Two Popes"; a photographer turns objects confiscated from detainees at the border into art; The Black List turns 15; the ambitious filming of "1917".
Dec 21, 2019
Charlize Theron Helped Drop 'Bombshell'
The actress not only stars in the movie about the downfall of Roger Ailes at Fox News, she is also credited as a producer; assistants in Hollywood want better pay and treatment; "Not at the Dinner Table" is a release valve for uncomfortable holiday gatherings.
Dec 20, 2019
The Movie Time Machine Of '1917'
Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins collaborated to film the movie in a single, continuous shot; will "Cats" snuggle up to moviegoers?; songwriter Kathryn Bostic is on the shortlist of nominees for the Academy Awards best original song.
Dec 19, 2019
Vatican Intrigue With 'The Two Popes'
Jonathan Pryce talks about playing the reluctant Pope Francis and screenwriter Anthony McCarten talks about mixing fact and fiction; top screenplays in The Black List.
Dec 18, 2019
Greta Gerwig's Take On 'Little Women'
The director willed her way onto the project to tell the 1868 Louisa May Alcott story in a new way; a photographer turns items confiscated at the U.S.-Mexico border into subjects for an exhibition.
Dec 17, 2019
More Than Just A 'Work In Progress'
Abby McEnany stars in and co-created the series, which tells the tragi-comic story of a gender non-conforming woman struggling with her lot in life. She and executive producer Lilly Wachowski talk about the series; Kyle Buchanan, who writes The Carpetbagger blog for The New York Times, on awards season in Hollywood.
Dec 16, 2019
Weekend: Charlize Theron; Lilly Wachowski & Abby McEnany's 'Work In Progress'; Jad Abumrad on Dolly and more...
Charlize Theron produces and stars in "Bombshell"; Lilly Wachowski and Abby McEnany find comedy and connection on their series "Work In Progress"; Matthew Bourne brings "Swan Lake" back to LA; Jad Abumrad argues that Dolly Parton is the great unifier in our fractured country with his new podcast.
Dec 14, 2019
It's 'Dolly Parton’s America,' We Just Live In It
The podcast from Radiolab host Jad Abumrad explores the amazing career of "The Backwoods Barbie"; Netflix is accused of breaching awards etiquette and journalism ethics in its courting of Critics Choice Association members; the Australian band Good Morning has a surprising following in the U.S.
Dec 13, 2019
The Males Take Flight Again In 'Swan Lake'
Choreographer Matthew Bourne, who shocked the dance world with his staging of the classic ballet, brings the production back to L.A.; why are insurance companies willing to offer policies that protect behavior of figures like Harvey Weinstein?; the podcast, “Prince the Story of 1999,” takes us inside the making of the landmark album.
Dec 12, 2019
Screen Actors Guild Reveals Award Nominees
So many questions: why is Leonardo DiCaprio nominated for lead actor and Brad Pitt for supporting actor for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”?; why wasn't Robert DeNiro nominated for "The Irishman"?; why is Tom Hanks a supporting actor for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”?; and how rare are Scarlett Johansson's nominations for both lead (“Marriage Story”) and supporting actress ("Jojo Rabbit")?
Dec 11, 2019
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is Getting Camera Time
The actress had a breakout year, with roles in “Motherless Brooklyn,” “The Morning Show” and the well-reviewed but barely seen “Fast Color”; Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewell" is being blasted over its depiction of a female journalist; “Joe Pera Talks With You” and we talk with him.
Dec 10, 2019
1919, A Momentous Year For The Huntington
The museum marks its centennial with an exhibit of objects that were either acquired, published or exhibited in the year it was founded; are The Golden Globes legit or not?; “La Bohème aka The Hipsters” gets an ironic revival.
Dec 09, 2019
Weekend: Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bikram doc and more
Mark Duplass on playing supporting roles in two projects tackling #metoo stories; Gugu Mbatha-Raw makes the case for seeing her buried movie "Fast Color"; the debate around black criticism of "Queen & Slim," a Netflix documentary exposes the toxic story of yoga guru Bikram Choudhury...
Dec 07, 2019
'Burning Cane' Is An Auspicious Debut For Phillip Youmans
The 19-year-old filmmaker shot the movie while he was still in high school, and it won him awards at the Tribeca Film Festival; the U.S. Justice Dept. may allow studios to once again own movie theaters; the comedians who warm up TV studio audiences.
Dec 06, 2019
The Inside Story Of 'Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator'
Bikram Choudhury made hot yoga an international phenomenon, but he allegedly assaulted a number of female students along the way, as told in a new documentary; should films by black artists be immune from criticism by black writers?; Beverly Hills High School had a pivotal role in "It's a Wonderful Life."
Dec 05, 2019
Sundance Festival Reveals Its 2020 Lineup
The influential event in Park City, Utah has built its reputation on films that advance racial diversity and gender parity; #PayUpHollywood takes the next step; the Sunset Studios in Hollywood mark their 100th anniversary.
Dec 04, 2019
Mark Duplass Defines Being A Multi-Hyphenate
The actor, writer, producer and director talks about his current roles for both TV and film; the Thanksgiving weekend box office kicked off the holiday season; the rapper JPEGMAFIA takes us inside his creative process.
Dec 03, 2019
Redmayne and Jones Reunite In 'The Aeronauts'
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones last acted together in “The Theory of Everything.” Now they’re back together for a film in which they play 19th Century balloonists; two companies behind the vinyl record renaissance.
Dec 02, 2019
The Frame 5th Anniversary Special
The Frame is five years old! We revisit memorable interviews, strange locations, some laughs and a few good cries. Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele, Tom Hanks, Lizzo, Guillermo del Toro, Emma Thompson, Ava DuVernay, Zach Galifiankis, Karyn Kusama, Mark Bradford, Jon Robin Baitz and more...
Nov 28, 2019
Driver & Baumbach, Together Again
Actor Adam Driver and writer/director Noah Baumbach reunite for the fourth time for "Marriage Story"; composer Gabriela Ortiz's latest commission for the L.A. Philharmonic.
Nov 27, 2019
On The Run With 'Queen & Slim'
Writer Lena Waithe and director Melina Matsoukas talk about how the traumatic deaths of unarmed black people by police officers shaped their movie's narrative; five years after the Sony hack, what's changed in Hollywood?
Nov 26, 2019
HBO's 'Watchmen' Turns A Corner
Series creator Damon Lindelof and director Stephen Williams walk us through the pivotal sixth episode; Kanye West's "opera" at the Hollywood Bowl; The Grammy Museum adds a gallery for Latin music.
Nov 25, 2019
Weekend: Flea; Elizabeth Banks; Gabriel Iglesias and more...
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea writes about his violent step-father who also inspired his love of music; Elizabeth Banks wants to up-end Hollywood’s outdated ideas of what kinds of movies women can direct; and Comedian Gabriel Iglesias reunites with the high school teacher who helped him find his voice.
Nov 23, 2019
Mark Ruffalo Wades Into 'Dark Waters'
The actor plays a corporate attorney who switches sides to go after an environmental polluter; Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Feinberg on the glut of TV programming.
Nov 22, 2019
'The Thanksgiving Play' Carves Into Woke Culture
Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse examines cultural pitfalls of the holiday; late-night TV hosts are having a field day with the impeachment hearings; singer Dorian Wood channels Chavela Vargas.
Nov 21, 2019
Flea Bites Into His Wild, Early Years
The bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers has a new memoir that recounts his days before he met his bandmates in high school; the Grammy nominations make history, but could still use some improvement.
Nov 20, 2019
'Burning Cane' Is An Auspicious Debut For Phillip Youmans
The 19-year-old filmmaker shot the movie while he was still in high school, and it won him awards at the Tribeca Film Festival; the U.S. Justice Dept. may allow studios to once again own movie theaters; the comedians who warm up TV studio audiences.
Nov 19, 2019
Elizabeth Banks on 'Charlie's Angels' And Much, Much More
The writer/director strives for a sense of sisterhood in all her projects; Louie C.K.'s return to the stage; comedian Gabriel Iglesias reunites with an influential high school teacher of his.
Nov 18, 2019
Weekend: Lena Waithe & Melina Matsoukas talk 'Queen & Slim'; James Mangold on 'Ford v Ferrari' and more...
Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas want “Queen & Slim" to make an impact on the culture as a form of protest art; Congressman Julian Castro questions in Hollywood is engaged in "systemic exclusion" of Latinos; "Ford v Ferrari" director James Mangold; "Scandalous" doc tell story of National Enquirer
Nov 16, 2019
The Emotion Comes At You In 'Waves'
Director Trey Edward Shults and actress Taylor Russell talk about their drama focused on an African-American family; Taylor Swift's ongoing battle for her early music; Josh Homme's "Desert Sessions."
Nov 15, 2019
BD Wong's 'Great Leap' Into The Director's Role
The actor takes on a new challenge for Lauren Yee's play at The Pasadena Playhouse; the Country Music Association Awards and a dichotomy in country music; the composers of "Dickinson" use modern music for the classic tale.
Nov 14, 2019
The 'Scandalous' History Of The National Enquirer
Mark Landsman's documentary looks at the roots and the modern history of the notorious tabloid; Anna Waronker and the revival of the band That Dog; Song Exploder with Raphael Saadiq.
Nov 13, 2019
The Real Man Behind 'The Report'
Daniel J. Jones, the Senate investigator who uncovered the CIA's use of torture in the wake of 9/11, talks about the movie based on his work, in which he's played by Adam Driver; Disney's new streaming service got off to a shaky start because of tech issues; Sam Beam of Iron & Wine and Joey Burns from Calexico have teamed up for another album.
Nov 12, 2019
James Mangold Behind The Wheel For 'Ford v Ferrari'
The director and co-writer talks about making a movie that's more than just racing scenes; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus meets with Hollywood execs about representation; veterans turn to ancient Greek dramas to tell their own stories.
Nov 11, 2019
Weekend: Mark Ruffalo, Shea Serrano, Nell Scovell, 'Honey Boy' director, and more...
Mark Ruffalo wants to make movies that make a difference and make Marvel films too; "Honey Boy" director Alma Har'el on how she and Shia LaBeouf bonded; Nell Scovell confronts David Letterman; How "Moonface" was made; Writer Nell Scovell confronts her old boss, David Letterman.
Nov 09, 2019
Kim Gordon, Solo And On The Record
After her longtime stint in Sonic Youth, followed by a two-person band called Body/Head, the singer and bassist has her first solo album, "No Home Record"; writer Nell Scovell mends fences (sort of) with David Letterman; Mati Diop's Senegalese film, "Atlantics."
Nov 08, 2019
Shea Serrano Is Into Rap, Hoops, 'Movies (And Other Things)'
The author's latest deep dive into pop culture is about his love for cinema; why did the Marciano Art Foundation suddenly shut its doors?; "The Red Thread" magic show.
Nov 07, 2019
Noah Baumbach Digs Into A 'Marriage Story'
The director wrote the script based on conversations with friends about marriage and divorce; Adam Driver talks about "Marriage Story," his fourth collaboration with Baumbach; Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz on her ongoing relationship with the L.A. Philharmonic.
Nov 06, 2019
Significant Firsts For 'Honey Boy'
Alma Har'el talks about making her narrative feature directing debut in the film that stars Shia LaBeouf in his first feature-length screenplay; an oral history of "Blade Runner."
Nov 05, 2019
Imelda Marcos As 'The Kingmaker'
The former first lady of the Philippines gave access to filmmaker Lauren Greenfield for a new documentary; why are same-sex love scenes being edited out of films on Delta Airlines?; the new podcast "Moonface" examines homosexuality and cultural barriers.
Nov 04, 2019
Weekend: Ed Norton; Cynthia Erivo is 'Harriet'; QOTSA frontman; Raphael Saadiq and more
Ed Norton brings "Motherless Brooklyn" to theaters 20 years after he first had the idea; star Cynthia Erivo and director Kasi Lemons tell the story of telling the story of Harriet Tubman on screen; Should arts orgs partner with Saudi Arabia?; Josh Homme of Queens of the Ston
Nov 02, 2019
DJ Shadow Tries A New Spin
On his new double album, the mixmaster works with other prominent hip hop artists, but he also composed instrumentals for an orchestra; why isn't Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" in more theaters?
Nov 01, 2019
A Photographer's Contrasting Views Of L.A.
Over more than a half-century, George Rodriguez has taken countless photos of celebrities, but also of social movements such as farmworker strikes and student protests; after a high-profile departure, what's next for the "Star Wars" franchise?; singer San Cha
Oct 31, 2019
'Harriet' Gives A Civil War Heroine Her Due
Director Kasi Lemmons and actress Cynthia Erivo talk about bringing Harriet Tubman's story to the big screen; HBO's new streaming service will launch with a vast library; singer, songwriter and producer Ayoni.
Oct 30, 2019
This 'Batwoman' Goes Her Own Way
Series producer Caroline Dries talks about the responsibility of telling an LGBTQ+ story through the show's heroine; what's at stake for the first batch of shows from Apple Plus?; Josh Homme returns to the desert.
Oct 29, 2019
Suburbia Gets Surreal In 'Greener Grass'
Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe talk about their satirical film, which they wrote, directed, and star in; the legacy of film producer Robert Evans; Song Exploder with Raphael Saadiq.
Oct 28, 2019
Weekend: Robert Pattinson; HBO's 'Watchmen'; 'Jojo Rabbit' Dir. Taika Waititi; Morrissey's politics and more
What Robert Pattinson loves about acting and why he made the surreal film "The Lighthouse"; the buried American history inside HBO's "Watchmen," and "Jojo Rabbit" director Taika Waititi defends his anti-hate satire.
Oct 26, 2019
Midge Costin Is 'Making Waves'
The sound editor turns director for her documentary on "The Art of Cinematic Sound"; pianist Cameron Graves is part of L.A.'s young generation of jazz artists.
Oct 25, 2019
Bradley Whitford Finds 'Perfect Harmony'
The actor has in recent years taken on dark roles in the movie "Get Out" and the TV series, "The Handmaid’s Tale.” So he decided to lighten up with a sitcom.
Oct 24, 2019
Alfonso Gómez-Rejón Plugs Into The Right 'Current'
The filmmaker — who endured an ill-advised screening at a major film festival, followed by The Weinstein Company filing for bankruptcy — is finally seeing the release of “The Current War: Director’s Cut”; is "South Park" worth $500 million on the streaming market?; Morrissey's political leanings may be jeopardizing his large Latino fanbase.
Oct 23, 2019
Edward Norton's Long-Simmering 'Motherless Brooklyn'
The actor bought the rights to Jonathan Lethem's book in 1999, and finally was able to direct his own adaptation of the novel.
Oct 22, 2019
Liz Phair Has Some 'Horror Stories' To Tell
In the singer/songwriter's new memoir, she reflects on death, sex, motherhood and misogyny.
Oct 21, 2019
Weekend: Actor Bradley Whitford; Gay 'Batwoman'; The Chambers Brothers
Why Bradley Whitford is following his dark roles in "Get Out" and "The Handmaids Tale" with a new NBC sit-com; "Batwoman" creator says her lead was always going to be gay; The Chambers Brothers recount their musical journey
Oct 19, 2019
Adam Driver Has His Hands On The Wheel
The actor has two major films this Fall, “Marriage Story” and “The Report.” He spoke with John Horn at the Telluride Film Festival.
Oct 18, 2019
Taika Waititi Has A 'Rabbit' Up His Sleeve
The director adapted the screenplay for "JOJO Rabbit," a satire about a young German boy and his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler; the plight of assistants in Hollywood.
Oct 17, 2019
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
Mahershala Ali's Aim Is 'True'
The actor already has Academy Awards for "Moonlight" and "Green Book," and now he has an Emmy nomination for "True Detective"; China is a huge and growing market for music streaming, but its biggest platform is under scrutiny by the government there.
Aug 27, 2019
Dire News For Latinos In The Movie Business
A new report by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative shows an absence of Latino actors and directors; director Gavin Hood on his new film, "Official Secrets"; the summer box office report card for the studios.
Aug 26, 2019
Weekend: Hollywood disrupter Ava DuVernay; Wesley Morris on black music; 'Jawline' doc; Filmmaker Issa López
We visit with Ava DuVernay at her company Array where she's disrupting the old Hollywood system; NYT culture critic Wesley Morris; 'Jawline' documentarian; filmmaker Issa López and more...
Aug 24, 2019
Ava DuVernay Will See You Now
The former publicist is creating her own empire as a director, producer and distributor, housed in a rehabbed compound on the edge of downtown L.A.; the future of the Spider-Man film franchise.
Aug 23, 2019
'Jawline' And The Perils Of Digital Stardom
The documentary by Liza Mandelup follows a 16-year-old on his journey to become a successful live-streamer; how TikTok became a powerful platform for music and pop culture; filmmaker Sacha Gervasi and actor Peter Dinklage on their Emmy-nominated movie, "My Dinner With Hervé."
Aug 22, 2019
The Obamas Debut With 'American Factory'
The first release from their Higher Ground production company is a documentary by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar about the cultural struggles that surfaced in the takeover of a gutted GM factory in Ohio; the outsized influence of Colombian artists in the Latin music scene.
Aug 21, 2019
Issa López Gets Real And Surreal With 'Tigers Are Not Afraid'
The filmmaker's latest is dark fairytale about a group of orphans, living on the streets amidst drug-related violence in their Mexican town; 'Chernobyl' has some present-day resonance; The Rolling Stones 1964 U.S. debut in San Bernardino.
Aug 20, 2019
A Double Dose Of 'Fleabag' Sisterhood
Sian Clifford, who plays the sister of series star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, talks about their off-screen friendship; we also hear from Waller-Bridge's real-life sister, Isobel, who writes the music for the show; Variety senior film writer Matt Donnelly on the Fall movie season.
Aug 19, 2019
Weekend: Linklater gets political; "The Hunt" canceled; Taylor McFerrin sings; "Luce" filmmaker; RIP Peter Fonda...
Richard Linklater on Texas pride and getting political. Taylor McFerrin sings on his new album. Bruce Springsteen love on the big screen in "Blinded By The Light." "Luce" Filmmaker confronts assumptions around race and privilege. We remember Peter Fonda.
Aug 17, 2019
Ben Stiller Switched Gears For 'Dannemora'
The actor had directed several movies and TV projects, but never anything as grim as the Showtime series, and it paid off with an Emmy nomination for him; Latinos in the entertainment industry speak out on recent events.
Aug 16, 2019
Richard Linklater Adds 'Bernadette' To His Roster Of Seekers
The director's new film continues his focus on characters struggling to come to terms with themselves; why are 1930s-era murals in San Francisco causing a fuss today?; revisiting our chat with Emmy-nominee Samantha Bee.
Aug 15, 2019
Taylor McFerrin Puts The Family Gift To Use
His father is Bobby McFerrin and he has a brother and sister who also are singers. Taylor has been making music for some time now, but he's never sung on an album — until now; gay characters are featured on a telenovela for the first time; the story behind "Blinded by the Light."
Aug 14, 2019
The #MeToo Era Ensnares Plácido Domingo
An Associated Press exposé details decades of alleged sexual harassment by the renown opera singer and conductor; the documentary “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” turned into a whodunnit; how did a little-known L.A. band end up opening for The Rolling Stones?
Aug 13, 2019
Outside Lands Is A Blast By The Bay
One of the few major music festivals in the U.S. that is not organized by a giant company, Outside Lands took over Golden Gate Park this weekend; Universal Pictures scraps "The Hunt," an R-rated satire in which elites hunt "deplorables" for sport.
Aug 12, 2019
Weekend: Ben Stiller from 'Zoolander' to 'Dannemora'; comedian Julio Torres; Geena Davis and more
In "Escape At Dannemora," director Ben Stiller goes inside a prison to tell the story of the inmates who broke out; comedian and SNL writer Julio Torres prefers humor about ordinary objects to politics; Geena Davis hopes her research institute and a new documentary will convince Hollywood the value of creating film and TV with a diverse cast of women and girls.
Aug 10, 2019
Julio Torres Has A Thing For 'Shapes'
The offbeat comedian talks about his path from immigrant to "SNL" writer to star of an HBO stand-up special; Rolling Stone writer Elias Leight on the continuing practice of payola in the radio industry; an episode of Song Exploder with Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney.
Aug 09, 2019
Hollywood's Gender Equity Fight In 'This Changes Everything'
Geena Davis is executive producer of the new documentary that explores the status of women in the film industry; David Rubin, the newly-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; rock musician Ty Segall.
Aug 08, 2019
The Lingering Effects Of A 'One Child Nation'
Nanfu Wang's documentary is a personal look at China’s former one child policy, which continues to reverberate there; The Emmy Awards will go without a host; on the 20th anniversary of "Eyes Wide Shut," a look at how its composer was chosen.
Aug 07, 2019
The Long Road To Freedom And The Screen For 'Brian Banks'
The wrongly-convicted former athlete and director Tom Shadyac discuss the path to making the movie; we revisit the documentary, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," following her death; Bruce Lee's family is unhappy about his depiction in "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood."
Aug 06, 2019
The Backstory On How Woodstock Happened
Barak Goodman's documentary, “Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation,” asks: Why did 400,000 young people trek across the country for a festival in the middle of nowhere?; music historian Andy Zax helped restore every Woodstock performance for a 38-disc boxed set; filmmaker Sam Jones on the influence of documentary director D.A. Pennebaker.
Aug 05, 2019
Weekend: 'Sherman's Showcase' Creators; Patricia Arquette; The Bird and The Bee Sing Van Halen
Today's show: The creators of "Sherman's Showcase" discuss the comedy and music in their sketch show. We discuss the portrayal of Bruce Lee in Tarantino's new film. Why Patricia Arquette wanted to co-star in "Otherhood." Then Indie duo The Bird and The Bee make a tribute album of Van Halen covers.
Aug 03, 2019
'Otherhood' Explores Life Without The 'M'
Actress Patricia Arquette, writer/director Cindy Chupack and producer Cathy Schulman talk about their new film and how middle-aged women are portrayed in Hollywood; has hip-hop reached a turning point in its inclusivity of black, gay artists?
Aug 02, 2019
A Family Grapples With Their Son's Past In 'Luce'
Julius Onah directed the movie about a former child soldier in Africa who seems to fully adapt to his new life in America; how and why YouTube became the world's most popular music streaming site; a new documentary tells the story of the Bay Area's thrash metal scene.
Aug 01, 2019
The Amorphous Hilarity Of 'Sherman’s Showcase'
Writers and comedians Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin talk about their new IFC series that's a fake documentary about a fake "Soul Train"-like music show; N.Y. Times co-theater critic Jesse Green on the legacy of Broadway legend Harold Prince, who died at the age of 91.
Jul 31, 2019
2019 Emmys: 'PEN15' Makes The Grade
Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine get a writing nomination for their comedy series set in middle school; Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg News on musicians seeking representation in Washington; Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera talk about their film, "The Infiltrators," which tells the true story of two undocumented immigrants who go inside America’s for-profit, immigrant detention system.
Jul 30, 2019
The Bird And The Bee And Van Halen(?!?!)
Inara George and Greg Kurstin previously released an album of Hall & Oates covers, and now they've turned to songs made famous by Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth; is there a rift in the Writers Guild leadership?; do faith-based movies need film critics?
Jul 29, 2019
Update Weekend: Tarantino's Hollywood of 1969; Michael McDonald's voice; RIP NOLA legends and more
How Quentin Tarantino and his team recreated 1969 Hollywood. Director Gigi Saul Guererro tells an immigration story as a horror film and the Alamo Drafthouse (finally) opens in DTLA. All that plus documentaries about Mike Wallace and Cambridge Analytica. Plus, we remember New Orleans music legends.
Jul 27, 2019
Hollywood, Circa 1969, Through A Lens
Veteran cinematographer Robert Richardson talks about shooting "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"; the documentary "For Sama" is an unflinching look at the war in Syria; Michael McDonald on being the ultimate backup singer.
Jul 26, 2019
At Long Last, Alamo Drafthouse Arrives In L.A.
The Texas-based theater chain has been working on a complex here for six years and the owners are hoping audiences will connect with the in-seat food service and bar; film festival season is upon us; re-creating the streets of L.A. circa 1969 for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Jul 25, 2019
Four Terrifying Words: 'Mike Wallace Is Here'
The documentary by Ari Belkin examines the life and career of the famed journalist; Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter previews Television Critics Association press tour; the indie video game market.
Jul 24, 2019
A Social Media Nightmare In 'Share'
Writer and director Pippa Bianco talks about her first feature film, which was adapted from her 2015 short; why are artists pulling their work from the Whitney Biennial?; the host of the "Mueller, She Wrote" podcast preps for the big day.
Jul 23, 2019
Chilling Fallout From 'The Great Hack'
Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim co-directed the documentary about the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook controversy; all the news from Comic-Con; Rodrigo y Gabriel have guitars, will travel.
Jul 22, 2019
The Frame Weekend: Marc Maron; Linda Ronstadt; David Crosby and more
Marc Maron shines in a new improvised film from Lynn Shelton. Linda Ronstadt gets celebrated for a life in music. David Crosby makes a mea culpa documentary with Cameron Crowe and "Apollo 11" reveals a hidden side to the moon landing.
Jul 20, 2019
Apollo 11 Blasts Off Again
We mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by revisiting our interviews with "First Man" director Damien Chazelle and screenwriter Josh Singer, and with the film's sound editors, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, who were nominated for an Academy Award; Todd Douglas Miller, director of the groundbreaking documentary, "Apollo 11."
Jul 19, 2019
A Border Crossing Results In More Than 'Culture Shock'
Gigi Saul Guerrero, who was born in Mexico, directed the episode that's part of the Hulu horror anthology series, “Into the Dark”; Variety's Todd Spangler on Netflix losing subscribers in the U.S.; composer Bobby Krlic (aka The Haxan Cloak) on writing the score for “Midsommar.”
Jul 18, 2019
Pulling No Punches In 'The Art of Self Defense'
Writer/director Riley Stearns and stunt coordinator Mindy Kelly talk about their film that's set in a sexist karate school; is Disney having buyer’s remorse over its purchase of Fox's film studio?; behind the appeal of the band Durand Jones & The Indications.
Jul 17, 2019
The Mythic Southwest In Terry Allen's Mind
The acclaimed visual artist and musician walks through his retrospective with his wife and frequent collaborator, Jo Harvey Allen; breaking down the Emmy nominations; in the studio with singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara.
Jul 16, 2019
David Crosby, In And Out Of Harmony
The singer is the subject of a warts-and-all documentary, "David Crosby: Remember My Name"; The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Johnson talks about his story on the so-called "Con Queen of Hollywood"; catching up with Linda Ronstadt.
Jul 15, 2019
The Frame Weekend: Kumail Nanjiani, Lulu Wang and more
Kumail Nanjiani's "Stuber" and writer/director Lulu Wang's "The Farewell" just opened in theaters, as did the documentary "Sea of Shadows," about drug cartels invading a fishing village in Baja California. Morgan Neville's four-part documentary about music producer Rick Rubin debuts on Showtime. And we also visit with the French piano duo Katia and Marielle Lebeque.
Jul 13, 2019
Lynn Shelton and Marc Maron Wield A Sharp 'Sword'
The director and actor talk about their new film, "Sword of Trust"; The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner on so-called "deep fakes" in Hollywood — ultra-realistic manipulation of digital imagery; a profile of the singer and pianist Rhye.
Jul 12, 2019
'Shangri-La' Looks Inside Rick Rubin's Hit Factory
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 statement in "Soul of a Nation."
Jul 11, 2019
Kumail Nanjiani Tries A New Ride With 'Stuber'
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 Mexico.
Jul 10, 2019
Marielle and Katia Labeque: Music For 176 Keys
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.
Jul 09, 2019
Lulu Wang's Personal Take On 'The Farewell'
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.
Jul 08, 2019
The Frame Weekend: 'Midsommar' Filmmaker; 'Mixed-ish' Showrunner; Why No Good Soccer Movies?
"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 soccer fever for a great movie? All that and more on The Frame Weekend.
Jul 05, 2019
'Riverdale' Creator's 'Good Boys' Examines Privilege
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 about soccer?
Jul 05, 2019
Ari Aster's 'Midsommar' Nightmare
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 alive.
Jul 03, 2019
Matthew Cherry Goes Long With 'Hair Love'
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.
Jul 02, 2019
Karin Gist Knows How To Run A Show
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.
Jul 01, 2019
The Frame Weekend: Daisy Ridley; Alan Yang; 'Maiden' doc; queer music post Stonewall and more...
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 worthy of her genius. Himesh Patel channels the Beatles in "Yesterday" and more...
Jun 28, 2019
Daisy Ridley Goes Back To Her Roots For 'Ophelia'
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."
Jun 28, 2019
LGBTQ Artists 'On the Inside' Get A Museum Exhibition
'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.
Jun 27, 2019
Alan Yang's Big Picture On The Small Screen
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 Barry Smolin.
Jun 26, 2019
'Yesterday' Becomes A Magical Mystery Tour
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.
Jun 25, 2019
A 'Maiden' Voyage That Proved The Doubters Wrong
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 Universal Studios backlot.
Jun 24, 2019
The Frame Weekend: Scorsese's Bob Dylan 'fever dream'; "Central Park Five" opera
"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 wants people to feel less alone in their loneliness.
Jun 22, 2019
Navigating Human Emotions In 'Sea of Solitude'
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.
Jun 21, 2019
'The Central Park Five' As Opera
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.
Jun 20, 2019
'Tales of the City' For A New Era
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.
Jun 19, 2019
The Prince Estate Releases Some 'Originals'
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").
Jun 18, 2019
Jessie Buckley Seeks The Spotlight In 'Wild Rose'
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 Cimafunk draws comparisons to James Brown.
Jun 17, 2019
The Frame Weekend: Bryan Cranston; Last Black Man In San Fran; Sex In Movies
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 made a love letter to their city with the film "The Last Black Man in San Francisco."
Jun 15, 2019
Reliving A Dylan Moment In 'Rolling Thunder Revue'
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.”
Jun 14, 2019
Playwright Paula Vogel Asks: What Is 'Indecent'?
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.
Jun 13, 2019
Eleni Mandell's Jailhouse Blues
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 feminist Anita Sarkeesian on sexist and misogynist depictions in video games.
Jun 12, 2019
The Wild Ride Of 'Framing John DeLorean'
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.
Jun 11, 2019
The Bittersweet Beauty Of 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'
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 Leading Actor in a Play.
Jun 10, 2019
The Frame Weekend: Emma Thompson; Rodrigo y Gabriela; Neil Gaiman & more
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 of The Frame Weekend.
Jun 07, 2019
By The Time They Got To 'Woodstock' ...
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.
Jun 07, 2019
Lucas Hnath knows 'Dana H.' All Too Well
The acclaimed playwright fashioned a show from interviews his mother conducted that recount her five-month abduction in 1997.
Jun 06, 2019
The Twists And Turns Of 'Dead to Me'
Liz Feldman talks about her series that stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini and walks a fine line between comedy and tragedy.
Jun 05, 2019
'Good Omens' Is Bittersweet For Neil Gaiman
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.
Jun 04, 2019
Emma Thompson Tries Out The 'Late Night' Chair
The actress stars as a harsh talk show host in the new movie written by Mindy Kaling.
Jun 03, 2019
Reliving The Horror Of 'Chernobyl'
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.
May 31, 2019
Lindy West Is Perfectly Fine With Being 'Shrill'
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's 1970 U.S. debut.
May 30, 2019
'Always Be My Maybe': When Randall Met Ali
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.
May 29, 2019
See Beto. See Beto Run.
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'."
May 28, 2019
NEW: 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 25, 2019
The Final Moments of 'The Marriage of Figaro' On A 12-Hour Loop
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 accused him of sexual misconduct; and art writer Jori Finkel on what inspires artists.
May 24, 2019
'Ma' Leads An Unlikely Pack Of Summer Horror Flicks
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 Gabriela in their element.
May 23, 2019
Olivia Wilde switches roles for 'Booksmart'
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 and guitarist Steve Gunn.
May 22, 2019
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 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
Esperanza Spalding has conjured up '12 Little Spells'
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.
Mar 27, 2019
Peering over 'The Brink' with Steve Bannon
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 examines the political landscape in "What Matters Now?"
Mar 26, 2019
Leyla McCalla can pull a few strings
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
Mar 25, 2019
Kal Penn explains 'This Giant Beast,' aka the Global Economy
The actor hosts the latest from Adam McKay, who's known for taking on serious subects, but adding a major dose of humor.
Mar 22, 2019
The 'Blues' According to Ruben Santiago-Hudson
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.
Mar 21, 2019
Revisiting Oscar Wilde's tumultuous life in 'The Judas Kiss'
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'
Mar 20, 2019
Joey King's tough acting job in 'The Act'
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.
Mar 19, 2019
'The Inventor' doc exposes Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes
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.
Mar 18, 2019
Bonnie & Clyde's lawmen get their own movie
“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.
Mar 15, 2019
Kal Penn explains 'This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy'
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 Global Economy."
Mar 14, 2019
'Girl' director defends non-trans casting
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' interests ahead of their clients.
Mar 13, 2019
Trying to tame his future in 'The Mustang'
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.
Mar 12, 2019
Amy Berg picks up the story of 'The Case Against Adnan Syed'
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.
Mar 11, 2019
Jez Butterworth's 'The Ferryman' is a Broadway hit
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.
Mar 08, 2019
Wondery finds its niche in the podcast world
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.
Mar 07, 2019
'Apollo 11' depicts historic mission in a new light
A new documentary includes never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings to dramatize the 1969 moon landing.
Mar 06, 2019
'Gloria Bell' puts Julianne Moore at the center of the action
"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 what learn what China can teach the world about music streaming.
Mar 05, 2019
Bryce Dessner's music can't be pigeonholed
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 anniversary of the theremin.
Mar 04, 2019
'PEN15' captures middle school in all its glory
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.
Mar 01, 2019
Chiwetel Ejiofor: The accidental filmmaker
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 Chorale.
Feb 28, 2019