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Neil Patrick Harris directs a new alternative magic show in L.A. He talks about being the president of the Academy of Magical Arts and how he managed to avoid the troubles that befall so many child actors. Plus, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken, who co-star in the film A Late Quartet, talk acting; what makes for a good acting job, how they're used as bait to get financing for films and how Walken will never direct.

Banner image: (L-R) Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Late Quartet

Banter The Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 4 SEC

Kim Masters and John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times, banter about some of this week’s top Hollywood news stories.

- The expensive costs of sports. The amount that channels like ESPN pay for sports programming is jacking up your cable bill
- Newscorp is acquiring the YES network, the New York Yankees cable channel. This news just as criminal charges are brought against NewsCorp execs who were reportedly involved in the bribery scandal that’s plagued that corporation’s UK tabloids.
- The Hollywood Blacklist revisited. The Hollywood Reporter does a series of articles on the trade paper's role in that dark time in Hollywood's history when so many lives and careers were damaged. The son of the original publisher of THR makes an apology for his father’s role in feuling that Red Scare, and Sean Penn -- who's father Leo was blacklisted-- writes a piece about how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences needs to take responsibility for its role in the blacklist.

Main Topic Neil Patrick Harris 12 MIN, 14 SEC

Neil Patrick Harris has worn many hats in show business. He's a TV icon -- between Doogie Howser and his current CBS show, How I Met Your Mother -- he's lampooned his all-American image with a recurring part as himself (albeit a straight, coke-sniffing rake), and was the lead in Joss Whedon's webseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog. Plus, he's hosted the Emmys and the Tonys. But he's also President of the Academy for Magical Arts and is now directing a magic show, Nothing to Hide, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. He talks about his love of magic, reflects on why and how he didn't face the troubles so many child stars do, and answers he'd allow his two-year old twins to go into the business.

 

Guests:
Neil Patrick Harris, actor and director (@ActuallyNPH)

Main Topic Keener and Walken on Acting 9 MIN, 30 SEC

Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken star alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in the new movie, A Late Quartet. It's the kind of indie, character-driven piece that can fly below the radar in these crowded movie season. For Walken it's a role he rarely plays -- the benevolent father figure to a string quartet. The Business producer Darby Maloney caught up with Walken and Keener when the film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. They talked about the business of acting -- what makes for a 'good job,' being used as bait to gain financing for a film and that Walken gets few offers these days, in part because of his age. At one point Keener asks Walken if he'd ever consider being a director. His answer is pure Walken.

 

Guests:
Catherine Keener, actor (@KeenerCatherine)
Christopher Walken, actor

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