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James Ponsoldt and Jason Segel on 'The End of the...08/01/15
Jason Segel says he was terrified to take on the role of writer David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, but director James Ponsoldt never doubted him. They tell us about their new film, which follows a journalist on the road with the famed author.
David Wain and Friends Head Back to Camp on Netflix
The 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer tanked at the box office, but acquired a cult following as many members of its ensemble cast went on to have huge careers. Now director David Wain has reunited the entire cast for a new series on Netflix, Wet Hot...
'Web Junkie' Filmmakers; 'East Los High:' A Soap with...
Filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia tell us about the secretive, years-long process of making Web Junkie, a documentary about an internet addiction treatment facility for teens in China. Then, the executive producers of the Hulu hit East Los...
'Soaked in Bleach' Explores Questions around Cobain's Death
Filmmaker Benjamin Statler hopes his new documentary Soaked in Bleach will help reopen the Kurt Cobain case. Meanwhile, Courtney Love and her lawyers are attempting to stop his film from being shown in theaters.
Tab Hunter Returns to Film, This Time with His Own Story
Tab Hunter was the ultimate 1950's Hollywood heartthrob. Blond hair, blue eyes, stunning smile...and also gay. The multifaceted star, now nearly 84, tells his story in the new documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz.
'The Wolfpack' Steps Out of New York for Sundance and...
When filmmaker Crystal Moselle first saw the long-haired Angulo brothers walking in the Lower East Side, her gut told her to run after them. She and Govinda Angulo, one of the six members of The Wolfpack, tell us how their friendship evolved into an...
Filmmaker Liz Garbus on 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'
What Happened, Miss Simone? is the first original documentary from Netflix. Director Liz Garbus shares how her Nina Simone project ended up there and tells us about the worldwide journey she traveled to find rare footage of the famous performer.
A Producer's Past in Reality TV Led to Lifetime's 'UnREAL'
The new dramedy UnREAL is a major departure from the typical Lifetime fare. The series co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro tells us how her past experience working on The Bachelor led to the creation of a show all about the behind-the-scenes...
Cristela Alonzo: 'It's Weird to Have Your Life Canceled'
Comedian Cristela Alonzo created and starred in an ABC sitcom based on her own life -- which made getting canceled after just one season that much harder. She reflects on the past year and tells us why she won't be joining The View.
"Orson Welles's Last Movie;" Battling Runaway Production
Journalist Josh Karp tells us why the Orson Welles movie The Other Side of the Wind has been so troubled for decades. And KCRW's Saul Gonzalez checks in on California's latest attempt to keep movie-making in Hollywood.
Revisiting George Takei on Activism and 'To Be Takei'
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...
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