Hollywood

Teflon, the nonstick pan coating made by DuPont, was originally praised as a great American innovation. But the chemical used to make it was toxic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Disney+ has been up and running for a week. It’s a vault of almost every Disney movie and TV show, spanning more than 80 years.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Abu Ghraib, CIA black sites, waterboarding. All those became household terms during the Bush administration and the War on Terror. But we didn’t really know what was going on.

‘The Report’ dramatizes CIA’s torture program during Bush administration

Abu Ghraib, CIA black sites, waterboarding. All those became household terms during the Bush administration and the War on Terror. But we didn’t really know what was going on.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

It’s been seven months since Hollywood writers fired their agents. TV shows and movies are still being made. But the impasse between writers and agents continues.

Hollywood writers still feuding with big talent agencies; no resolution in sight

It’s been seven months since Hollywood writers fired their agents. TV shows and movies are still being made. But the impasse between writers and agents continues.

from Greater LA

Now that Disney owns a majority stake in Hulu, the streaming service is seeing some changes, especially when it comes to content from FX.

Following the rollout of Disney+, Hulu evolves

Now that Disney owns a majority stake in Hulu, the streaming service is seeing some changes, especially when it comes to content from FX.

from Screengrab

Mo Rocca knows a thing or two about death and funerals.

Celebrating the dearly departed with Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca knows a thing or two about death and funerals.

from Greater LA

Movies about car racing sound like operas scored entirely for bassos. "Ford v Ferrari" fills that bill, but it also has significant things to say on a variety of worthy subjects.

Ford v Ferrari

Movies about car racing sound like operas scored entirely for bassos. "Ford v Ferrari" fills that bill, but it also has significant things to say on a variety of worthy subjects.

from Film Reviews

Last year’s WWI documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" gave new life to some very old film footage.

Revisiting Peter Jackson on giving old WWI footage new life

Last year’s WWI documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" gave new life to some very old film footage.

from The Business

Disney+ has been revealed. There are  lots of subscribers , but how many are getting it for free through Verizon?

Hollywood news banter: Lots of streaming options but who's actually watching?

Disney+ has been revealed. There are lots of subscribers , but how many are getting it for free through Verizon?

from The Business

Maybe you’ve seen Jenny Slate on TV series such as “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks and Recreation,” and in films like “Venom” and “Obvious Child.”

Comedian Jenny Slate on overcoming stage fright, and being herself again after divorce

Maybe you’ve seen Jenny Slate on TV series such as “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks and Recreation,” and in films like “Venom” and “Obvious Child.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Our critics review “Ford v Ferrari,” starring Matt Damon as a British race car driver and Christian Bale as his car designer, and together they build a historic vehicle for Ford Motor…

‘Ford v Ferrari’ feels like you’re in the driver’s seat

Our critics review “Ford v Ferrari,” starring Matt Damon as a British race car driver and Christian Bale as his car designer, and together they build a historic vehicle for Ford Motor…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Disney+ has now been revealed. It was glitchy to start, but Disney says there's a good reason---10 million people signed up for the new streaming service

Disney+ officially arrives, with big numbers to boot

Disney+ has now been revealed. It was glitchy to start, but Disney says there's a good reason---10 million people signed up for the new streaming service

from Hollywood Breakdown

“Los Angeles, November 2019” is the opening shot of the iconic 1982 sci-fi thriller “Blade Runner.” In the movie, 2019 LA is an industrial wasteland.

What did ‘Blade Runner’ get right (and wrong) about LA 2019?

“Los Angeles, November 2019” is the opening shot of the iconic 1982 sci-fi thriller “Blade Runner.” In the movie, 2019 LA is an industrial wasteland.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Carrie Fisher portrayed Princess Leia in “Star Wars,” but she was also America’s princess, born to Hollywood royalty.

Beyond ‘Star Wars,’ Carrie Fisher was a writer who talked honestly about mental illness

Carrie Fisher portrayed Princess Leia in “Star Wars,” but she was also America’s princess, born to Hollywood royalty.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In his feature film directorial debut 'The Report', Scott Z. Burns applies his unique approach to look at the truth behind the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" after 9/11.

Scott Z. Burns: 'The Report'

In his feature film directorial debut 'The Report', Scott Z. Burns applies his unique approach to look at the truth behind the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" after 9/11.

from The Treatment

KCRW invites you to an advance screening of The Two Popes from Netflix.

KCRW Partner Screening: The Two Popes

KCRW invites you to an advance screening of The Two Popes from Netflix.

from Arts & Culture Stories

Mike Birbiglia never really wanted a kid.

Comedian Mike Birbiglia on feeling lost, isolated, and reluctant when it comes to fatherhood

Mike Birbiglia never really wanted a kid.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Sesame Street debuted 50 years ago, and it’s still going strong, reaching more than 100 million children worldwide.  
  Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie and the other muppets…

Over 50 years, Sesame Street takes on serious adult issues

Sesame Street debuted 50 years ago, and it’s still going strong, reaching more than 100 million children worldwide.  Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie and the other muppets…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

At $7 a month, or free for Verizon customers, Disney+ seems like a steal. But unlike some of the other streaming services, it won't have a ton of new content upon debut.

Disney+ is here. Is it a must-have if you don't have kids?

At $7 a month, or free for Verizon customers, Disney+ seems like a steal. But unlike some of the other streaming services, it won't have a ton of new content upon debut.

from Screengrab

There’s a problem with school Thanksgiving plays. But not in the particular high school drama classroom you can see onstage at the Geffen.

Theatre tip: just use white people

There’s a problem with school Thanksgiving plays. But not in the particular high school drama classroom you can see onstage at the Geffen.

from Opening the Curtain