Michael Schneider, LA bureau chief for TV Guide Magazine sits in with John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times, to banter about some of this week's top Hollywood news stories.
Today's Banter Topics:
- Exec shake-up at NBCUniversal among the Ccble ranks. Bonnie Hammer, the person credited for creating the successful USA network, has now been given that reigns of all of that studio's cable channels.
- TV pilot season has taken off and some familiar names may be headed back to broadcast television, including Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, and Greg Kinnear.
- Dreamworks Animation lays off employees and shifts releases planned for 2012.
The Netflix original series, House of Cards, was released in one full 13-episode season on February 1. We talk with the showrunner, Beau Willimon, about this Netflix experiment to make a new kind of television show and release it in a new kind of way. He says that along with himself, executive producer-director David Fincher, and others had no traditional TV experience and they tried to use their ignorance to fuel their creativity. He also addresses critiques that by releasing the full season at once, it could be easily forgotten as time goes on. He challenges those that are wed to the old model of releasing episodes week to week.
Contributor Ari Karpel talks with costume designer Paco Delgado, who's been nominated for his work on Les Miserables. This is his first Hollywood movie and his first Oscar nomination. As he reflects on this time in his career and on his work on Les Mis he says that a common misconception about his job is that it's about fashion, but he sees his job as being about storytelling.
Paco Delgado, wearing his Oscar-nominee cap mentioned in the interview