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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
"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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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."
"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.
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.”
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
Jon Batiste reveals how he and Stephen Colbert first bonded; Zahra Noorbakhsh, 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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")?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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...
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?