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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.

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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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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Oscar docs: 'Faces Places' & 'Last Men in Aleppo'; George Takei

2/16/2018
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Filmmaker Agnes Varda and the street artist JR joined forces to capture faces from the French countryside; "Aleppo" director Feras Fayyad hopes his partners can attend the Oscars; the musical "Allegiance," starring George Takei, is finally coming to Los Angeles.

Duration:00:27:03

A timely mariachi opera about the border and identity

2/16/2018
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A scene from the mariachi opera “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (To Cross the Face of the Moon). In Washington this week, the U.S. Senate tried to pass some type of immigration bill that the President would not veto. The seemingly non-stop fight is still largely about building that wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and what to do about the DACA-recipients — the Dreamers. While the drama on Capitol Hill continues, a ripped-from-the-headlines opera about immigration hits the stage here in...

Makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji; 'Black Panther' buzz; a mariachi opera

2/16/2018
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Gary Oldman convinced Kazuhiro Tsuji to transform the actor into Winston Churchill for "Darkest Hour"; "Black Panther" is a phenomenon before it even opens; “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (To Cross the Face of the Moon) is believed to be the first mariachi opera.

Duration:00:27:08

'Black Panther' is a cultural phenomenon even before it opens

2/15/2018
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Chadwick Boseman stars in the 2018 superhero movie "Black Panther."; Credit: /Marvel Studios Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie opens on Feb. 15, riding into sold-out theaters on a wave of positive reviews and a storm of think pieces. It could gross more than $165 million over the long President's Day weekend, but a lot of people still don’t know much about the title character. Here’s a little background on the story: Black Panther, AKA T’Challa, is the king of Wakanda, a secret African...

How a makeup artist transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill

2/15/2018
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Makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji works on Gary Oldman's prosthetics on the set of director Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour." ; Credit: Gisele Schmidt Think of Winston Churchill right now. How do you imagine him? If you're picturing something like a baby in a top hat, you're not alone. In a scene from the Oscar-nominated film, "Darkest Hour," Prime Minister Churchill — played by Gary Oldman — meets some fellow Britons riding the London Underground, including a woman with an infant: CHURCHILL:...

Mary J. Blige channeled personal history into her 'Mudbound' performance

2/15/2018
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Mary J. Blige, left, and director Dee Rees on the set of "Mudbound."; Credit: Steve Dietl / Netflix R&B legend Mary J. Blige recently made Academy Award history as the first person nominated in the original song and supporting actress categories in the same year. The nods are a response to her powerful work in Dee Rees' Jim Crow-era film, "Mudbound," in which she starred as the matriarch of a sharecropping family, and co-wrote the song "Mighty River" (with Raphael Saadiq and Taura...

Mary J. Blige; 'Coco' songwriters; Ryan Murphy's big move

2/15/2018
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Mary J. Blige is the first person to get an Academy Award acting nomination and a best song nod for the same film ("Mudbound”); married songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have an Oscar nomination for “Remember Me” from “Coco”; Ryan Murphy, the producer behind the “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” franchises, is leaving Fox for Netflix.

Duration:00:26:27

'Coco' songwriters and the healing effect of their Oscar-nominated song, 'Remember Me'

2/14/2018
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Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are the Oscar-nominated songwriters behind "Remember Me" from Disney Pixar's "Coco." If you saw the film "Coco," it's a safe bet that a few tears were shed. It’s a heartfelt story that takes place on the Day of the Dead.Over his family’s objections, 12-year-old Miguel wants to become a great musician like his great-great-grandfather. Miguel, through his music, ends up bringing his family closer together. The film was directed by Lee Unkrich and...

Saoirse Ronan; the Obama portraits; 'America's Got Talent' auditions

2/14/2018
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At the age of 23, Saoirse Ronan already has two Academy Award nominations as a lead actress, including for "Lady Bird"; Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits have people talking; inside an audition for "America's Got Talent."

Duration:00:26:27

Saoirse Ronan on accents, acne and the compassionate filmmaking behind ‘Lady Bird'

2/13/2018
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Lucas Hedges and Saoirse Ronan in "Lady Bird." The film “Lady Bird” has gotten a lot of praise for the first-time directing effort of actress Greta Gerwig. But the movie is also another major step in the career of 23-year-old Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. The film explores the relationship between Ronan’s angsty teenaged character — who prefers to be called Lady Bird — and her strong-willed mother, played by Laurie Metcalf. The story is set in Gerwig’s hometown of Sacramento. Ronan's...

A year in the life of Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon and 'The Big Sick'

2/13/2018
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Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, Oscar-nominated screenwriters of "The Big Sick."; Credit: KPCC When “The Big Sick” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2017, Donald Trump had just been sworn into office, women were marching in the streets, and the husband and wife team who wrote the film were nervous. John Horn spoke with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon back then, just days after the first screening of their film. This is what they said at the time: KN: I was...

Allison Janney; Olympians mad for 'Moulin'; Weinstein Co. sued

2/13/2018
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Actress Allison Janney has an Oscar nomination for playing Tonya Harding's mother in "I, Tonya"; several Olympic ice skaters are using songs from Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge"; the N.Y. attorney general filed a civil rights lawsuit that could halt sale of The Weinstein Co.

Duration:00:26:27

Baz Lurhmann's 'Moulin Rouge!' gets new life on the Olympic ice

2/12/2018
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Canada's Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue danced to "Roxanne" from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack during the team competition at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.; Credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images If you've been watching the Olympics, you may have noticed a common theme in the figure skating events. Many of the athletes — including Canadian gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir — set their routines to music from the soundtrack to the 2001 film, “Moulin Rouge.” Baz Luhrmann, director of...

'The Big Sick'; Willem Dafoe in 'The Florida Project'

2/10/2018
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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Oscar-nominated co-writers of "The Big Sick," talk about the eventful year since their semi-autobiographical film debuted; Oscar-nominated actor Willem Dafoe explains why the first-time actors in "The Florida Project" had a leg up on him.

Duration:00:27:03

NBC's Olympics bet; 'The Trade'; James Ivory

2/8/2018
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How much does The Peacock Network have riding on the Winter Games? A lot.; "The Trade" is Showtime's bracing documentary series about the opiod epidemic; James Ivory's screenplay for "Call Me By Your Name" could finally give him his first Oscar.

Duration:00:27:02

'The Trade' examines the heroin epidemic from the inside out

2/8/2018
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A scene from the Showtime documentary series, "The Trade."; Credit: Showtime In his five-part docuseries, "The Trade," filmmaker Matt Heineman offers a window into the micro and macro devastation of the opiod epidemic. The series is painfully intimate, providing footage of addicts shooting up, lying to their families and suffering from withdrawal. Additionally, we see the strenuous efforts made from parents to get their kids into sober living facilities. While "The Trade" doesn't...

'Mudbound' director Dee Rees; Hollywood morality clauses; the Douglas Brothers' photography

2/7/2018
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Dee Rees on her film "Mudbound," about the harsh reality of life in the Jim Crow South, and its new resonance today; morality clauses meant to curb workplace harassment enter Hollywood contracts; after years of estrangement, photographers (and brothers) Andrew and Stuart Douglas reunite with an LA photo exhibition.

Duration:00:27:03

Common & Diane Warren's Oscar song; 'The Elliot Trilogy'; Havana Jazz Fest

2/6/2018
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The rapper and veteran songwriter collaborated on the Oscar-nominated "Stand Up for Something"; playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes trilogy of plays get a concurrent staging in L.A.; this year's Havana Jazz Fest featured first-time performances by a few expats.

Duration:00:27:07

Common and Diane Warren's Oscar-nominated song asks us to 'Stand Up for Something'

2/6/2018
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Songwriters Diane Warren and Common collaborated on the Oscar-nominated song "Stand Up for Something" for the film "Marshall." ; Credit: Rochelle Brodin More than 160 current Oscar nominees gathered on Monday in Beverly Hills for the annual Academy Award nominees luncheon. It’s one of the few moments during the hectic awards season when filmmakers, actors, and below-the-line artisans such as makeup designers and sound editors can relax and mingle. It’s also a sort of odd window into the...

Musical diplomacy rules the day at a jazz festival in Cuba

2/6/2018
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American saxophonist Joe Lovano first played at Havana's jazz festival in 1986. ; Credit: Betto Arcos HAVANA — Every year, the International Jazz Plaza Festival brings musicians and fans from all over the world to Havana for an intense week of performances across the Caribbean city. The festival includes a wide range of artists, some of whom are here this year for the first time. On a cool winter evening at the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, the group NG La Banda is playing Dizzy...
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