Entertainment

Critics review the latest films: “Infinity Pool,” “The Man in the Basement,” You People,” and “Close.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Rogét Chahayed’s work is nominated for six Grammys this year, including Album of the Year for Mary J. Blige’s “Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe).”

from Greater LA

Will the Academy attract viewers with two nominees having the highest total gross in history? Plus, a look at Oscars surprises and snubs.

Big stars, popular films are nominated. Will audiences watch the Oscars?

Will the Academy attract viewers with two nominees having the highest total gross in history? Plus, a look at Oscars surprises and snubs.

from Hollywood Breakdown

Director Kasi Lemmons’s films span over two decades and include “Eve’s Bayou” and “Talk to Me.” Her latest is “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

Director Kasi Lemmons on Whitney Houston’s divided self

Director Kasi Lemmons’s films span over two decades and include “Eve’s Bayou” and “Talk to Me.” Her latest is “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

from The Treatment

Sandy King Carpenter had a successful career as a film producer before starting Storm King Comics, a comics publisher that recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Storm King Comics publisher Sandy King Carpenter on economic storytelling

Sandy King Carpenter had a successful career as a film producer before starting Storm King Comics, a comics publisher that recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

from The Treatment

New York Times culture reporter Joe Coscarelli has used the 2004 documentary “Dig!” as inspiration for his journalistic career.

The Treat: Writer Joe Coscarelli on indie rock film ‘Dig!’

New York Times culture reporter Joe Coscarelli has used the 2004 documentary “Dig!” as inspiration for his journalistic career.

from The Treatment

Netflix just announced some major reshuffling of its top executives. How will this play out? Plus, a quick look at the 2023 Oscar noms.

How will Netflix’s top exec reshuffle play out?

Netflix just announced some major reshuffling of its top executives. How will this play out? Plus, a quick look at the 2023 Oscar noms.

from The Business

Sarah Polley discusses her career from traumatic experiences as a child actor, to the challenges, and surprises of directing the Oscar-nominated film, “Women Talking.”

Sarah Polley’s career: From child actor to award-winning director

Sarah Polley discusses her career from traumatic experiences as a child actor, to the challenges, and surprises of directing the Oscar-nominated film, “Women Talking.”

from The Business

LA vocalist Amanda Achen never thought she would be singing songs written for a video game franchise. But she’s embraced the journey it’s taken her on.

Singing for ‘Final Fantasy’ video game brought LA vocalist success overseas

LA vocalist Amanda Achen never thought she would be singing songs written for a video game franchise. But she’s embraced the journey it’s taken her on.

from Greater LA

Sue Carpenter ran a pirate radio station called KBLT from her Silver Lake apartment in the late 90s. Now it’s been reimagined as an interactive experience.

Pirate radio station KBLT rides again in Silver Lake

Sue Carpenter ran a pirate radio station called KBLT from her Silver Lake apartment in the late 90s. Now it’s been reimagined as an interactive experience.

from Greater LA

The Pacific Opera Project aims to make the arts more affordable and entertaining. Their next show is “Superflute,” a retelling of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” with Nintendo characters.

Pacific Opera Project combines Mozart with Nintendo for next show

The Pacific Opera Project aims to make the arts more affordable and entertaining. Their next show is “Superflute,” a retelling of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” with Nintendo characters.

from Greater LA

Paramount’s drama series “Yellowstone” has gotten so popular that it’s inspiring city slickers to sport Stetsons and sheep-lined flannel.

‘Yellowstone’ makes city slickers want to dress like cowboys

Paramount’s drama series “Yellowstone” has gotten so popular that it’s inspiring city slickers to sport Stetsons and sheep-lined flannel.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

TV networks and streaming platforms are bringing back series like “Night Court” and “That ‘70s Show.” What’s driving the reboot craze?

Fan service vs. the unique and surprising: TV reboots are tricky

TV networks and streaming platforms are bringing back series like “Night Court” and “That ‘70s Show.” What’s driving the reboot craze?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

“Everything Everywhere All At Once” leads the 2023 Oscar nominations. It joins “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Women Talking,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and others for Best Picture.

‘Everything Everywhere’ leads Oscars. How many awards could it take home?

“Everything Everywhere All At Once” leads the 2023 Oscar nominations. It joins “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Women Talking,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and others for Best Picture.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Sundance Film Festival is back in-person for the first time since the COVID pandemic. KCRW talks about the latest movies and directors making a splash.

Sundance 2023: Record number of new features from women, Indigenous, Asian filmmakers

The Sundance Film Festival is back in-person for the first time since the COVID pandemic. KCRW talks about the latest movies and directors making a splash.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Writer and director Paul Feig finds inspiration from an old paperweight that sits on his office desk.

The Treat: Director Paul Feig on how a paperweight changed his life

Writer and director Paul Feig finds inspiration from an old paperweight that sits on his office desk.

from The Treatment

Writer Jerry Stahl has explored his psyche and his struggle with addiction in earlier works, including the memoir “Permanent Midnight,” which was later adapted into a film starring Ben…

Writer Jerry Stahl on following the darkness

Writer Jerry Stahl has explored his psyche and his struggle with addiction in earlier works, including the memoir “Permanent Midnight,” which was later adapted into a film starring Ben…

from The Treatment

The recently-reinstated CEO Bob Iger faces a new battle. This time with activist corporate raiders pushing to get a set on Disney’s board. Can he survive this?

Can Disney’s Bob Iger survive activist investor seeking board seat?

The recently-reinstated CEO Bob Iger faces a new battle. This time with activist corporate raiders pushing to get a set on Disney’s board. Can he survive this?

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‘Glass Onion’ producer Ram Bergman discusses his start in movies, his fruitful partnership with director Rian Johnson, and making a ‘Star Wars’ film.

Ram Bergman talks ‘Knives Out’ franchise, collaboration with Rian Johnson

‘Glass Onion’ producer Ram Bergman discusses his start in movies, his fruitful partnership with director Rian Johnson, and making a ‘Star Wars’ film.

from The Business

Two 80-year old corporate raiders are wreaking havoc on Disney, with one of them bidding for a board seat at the company and threatening Bob Iger’s post.

Activist investor bids for a Disney board seat, threatens Bob Iger’s kingdom

Two 80-year old corporate raiders are wreaking havoc on Disney, with one of them bidding for a board seat at the company and threatening Bob Iger’s post.

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