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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.
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The legendary James L. Brooks and veteran animator-director David Silverman talk about making of the Oscar-nominated short film, Maggie Simpson: The Longest Day Care. They also take us back to the origins of The Simspons and a fateful night when a drunk Silverman convinced Brooks to take animation seriously. Plus, Brooks weighs in on how the movie business changed since the early days of his career when he made Terms of Endearment.
David Silverman and James L. Brooks
To create an authentic depiction of life stranded at sea, filmmaker Ang Lee consulted with sailor-inventor-author-survivor Steven Callahan. Callahan wrote the best-selling book, Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea.
Steven Callahan with Suraj Sharman on set of 'Life of Pi'
Steven Callahan, author, naval architect, inventor and sailor
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