Illeana Douglas on going from actress to webseries entrepreneur. Her IKEA branded show Easy to Assemble is now in its fourth season. Plus, The Business contributor Ari Karpel sits down with Oscar-winning make-up artist Lois Burwell. On Lincoln she helped transform Daniel Day Lewis into the iconic president.
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Kim Masters and John Horn-- Film Writer for the Los Angeles Times-- banter about some of this week’s top Hollywood News stories.
- Netflix strikes a huge deal with The Walt Disney Company for that studio’s content. To go into effect in 2016. How this will transform the landscape of video-on-demand and cable.
- Celador, the company that created and owns Who Wants to Be a Millionaire wins a legal fight with The Walt Disney Company over reported unpaid fees from when the show aired on Disney-owned ABC.
- Studios send swag to woo voters-- critics, guild and academy members alike.
Netflix takes Disney pay-TV rights from Starz
Disney Loses Appeal of Massive $319 Million 'Millionaire' Verdict
Oscar Excess: Lincoln Cookbooks and Haggis Chips
In 2008, after three TV pilots failed to be picked up, Illeana Douglas turned her attention to the smaller screen. Now she’s in her fourth season of ‘Easy To Assemble’-- the IKEA branded webseries. But this is not an ad-- at least not in the traditional sense. Douglas explains the rare creative freedom she gets (only two notes in four years) and how essentially IKEA has paid her to go to film school for the last four years.
Illeana Douglas at KCRW
On Set at Ikea
Journalist Ari Karpel sits down with Oscar-winning make-up artist Lois Burwell who was tasked with the responsibility to transfrom Daniel Day Lewis into the iconic president for the Spielberg movie Lincoln. Burwell, gives us a sense of what it’s truly like to work as a make-up artist-- stripping away the idea of glamour to the sometimes messy work on set.
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Mike White on 'Brad's Status,' social media and ambition In writer-director Mike White's new movie Brad's Status, Ben Stiller plays a man consumed with jealousy of friends from college, based on their social media. White tells us why he wanted to make a movie about ambition in the age of Instagram, and the challenge of making humanist movies when the studios only want the next superhero franchise.
In ‘The Deuce,’ David Simon follows the money of the porn industry When David Simon started shopping his new show The Deuce--about the rise and legalization of the porn industry--he quickly realized a lot of networks didn’t quite grasp his seriousness of purpose. The creator of The Wire and Treme tells us how The Deuce ended up back at his longtime TV home, HBO, and why he ended up making a show about porn in the first place.
Revisiting Shawn Levy: 'Stranger Things' & redefining his career Director Shawn Levy built a career on the Night at the Museum franchise, but wanted to break out of his box. He set out to produce, and this past year scored with the Netflix mega-hit Stranger Things, now up for 18 Emmys. He tells us how he went about getting the industry to reconsider him.
Chuck Lorre branches out with 'Disjointed' and 'Young Sheldon' TV writer-producer Chuck Lorre has created some of the most successful multi-camera broadcast sitcoms ever, including Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory. Now he's entering a new stage in his career with two projects -- the Netflix pot comedy Disjointed and the single camera show Young Sheldon for CBS--that are pushing him outside his previous purview.
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