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Revisiting George Takei on Activism and 'To Be...05/23/15
Best known for his role at Lieutenant Sulu on Star Trek, George Takei is now the subject of the documentary, To Be Takei. The actor and activist talks about the chaos behind the first Star Trek movie and why William Shatner is like the crazy uncle of...
TV Package Fees: A Boon for Agencies, a Bummer for Others
If you came up with a hit TV show, would you want your agent to make more money than you? According to agent-turned-producer Gavin Polone, that's exactly what can happen thanks to what's known as the TV package fee. Polone and writer-producer Rob Long...
Director Brett Morgen on 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'
As Brett Morgen has learned, people have powerful feelings about the mere idea of his new Kurt Cobain documentary,Montage of Heck. He tells us why Courtney Love first approached him about a film, and how having the cooperation of Love and her...
In a Changing Industry, Brian Grazer Keeps 'A Curious Mind'
Brian Grazer has produced some of the most memorable movies of the last 30 years. He tells us how he's adapting to a rapidly changing film world and shares stories from his new book,A Curious Mind.
'Fresh Off the Boat;' Prepping Pups for a Big Screen Debut
Showrunner Nahnatchka Khan reflects on a successful freshman season of her ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat, and KCRW's Matt Holzman meets the top dogs of the new Hungarian movie White God.
'The Daily Show's' Aasif Mandvi on 'Halal in the Family'
When he switched from theater to film and television, Aasif Mandvi found himself relegated to roles as cab drivers and deli owners. Now The Daily Show correspondent created a new web sitcom, Halal in the Family, in an effort to tackle anti-Muslim bias.
Lacey Schwartz Unearths Family Secrets in 'Little White...
Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz always had the darkest skin in her nice Jewish family. Her documentary Little White Lie reveals the reason for that. She tells Kim Masters about revealing her family's drama in her new PBS documentary.
Already a Hit Abroad, 'Wolf Hall' Miniseries Comes to PBS
Author Hilary Mantel and producer Colin Callender tell us about adapting novels set in the intrigue of 16th century politics for 21st century television.
Discovering the Dark Side of Paradise on 'Bloodline'
The writing team behind the new Netflix series Bloodline' is a three person collaboration known as KZK. Two of those members, Todd and Glenn Kessler tell us how they, along with Daniel Zelman, crafted a family drama that turns into a thriller in the...
'Empire's' Danny Strong on Writing Outside His Comfort Zone
When Danny Strong first pitched the idea for Empire, he got the green light right away. But then he actually had to write the show, set in a world he knew little about. He shares how he took the musical soap opera mega-hit from a blank computer screen...
Michael Connelly Brings "Bosch" to Life on Amazon
Author Michael Connelly sold the movie rights to his most famous character, Detective Harry Bosch, 20 years ago. The project got stuck in development hell, but when Connelly finally got his Bosch back, he found Amazon waiting with open arms.
Adam Carolla on Crowd-funding and Directing 'Road Hard'
Comedian, author, TV personality and podcast host Adam Carolla adds another title to his resume: director. His crowdfunded, semi-autobiographical film Road Hard is about the struggles of a traveling stand-up.
The Bentonville Film Festival; Transition in Late Night
Oscar-winner Geena Davis has played some memorable roles, but she knows that great parts for women are all too rare. She shares her plan to boost diversity on the screen and behind the cameras -- by launching a film festival in Arkansas. Then, Rick...
Shot on iPhones: A 'Modern Family' Episode and 'Tangerine'
ABC's Modern Family is staying modern. The show's co-creator Steve Levitan discusses how an upcoming episode was shot entirely on iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros. Tangerine is a movie shot on iPhones that premiered at Sundance. It stars first-time...
The Long Road to ?The Imitation Game?
Director Morten Tyldum and writer and producer Graham Moore tell Kim Masters how the journey of making their Oscar-nominated film about codebreaker Alan Turing started years ago at a fateful cocktail party.
'Leviathan' Filmmakers Face an Unsettling Response in...
Director Andrey Zvyagintsev and producer Alexander Rodnyansky's film Leviathan is Oscar-nominated, but back home in Russia, the official reaction has been one of displeasure.
A Sundance Postcard and Director Pawel Pawlikowski on ?Ida?
Kim Masters reflects on a personal Sundance first?actually appearing in a film featured at the festival. And a conversation with filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski. His black and white Polish indie Ida is up for two Oscars.
Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer on 'Still Alice'
Julianne Moore is in Oscar contention for playing a woman struggling with Alzheimer's in Still Alice. The film was directed by a married couple with their own story of battling a debilitating disease.
Richard Linklater and His Oscar-Nominated 'Boyhood'
Thirteen years ago, Richard Linklater had a simple, but brilliant idea for a film. Investors loved the idea too. The catch? There'd be no return for over a decade. Now, the film is nominated for six Oscars.
Ava DuVernay on 'Selma,' Building a Career Her Own Way
Before she became a filmmaker, Ava DuVernay worked as a film publicist. DuVernay traces how she shifted her career and ended up making history as the first African American woman nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes for the historical...
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