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The Business is a weekly podcast featuring lively banter about entertainment industry news and in-depth interviews with directors, producers, writers and actors. The show is hosted by award-winning journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter and produced by KCRW. Past guests include Norman Lear, Ava DuVernay, Matt Damon and Ice Cube. 

One of those affected by the Academy’s decision to present four awards during commercial breaks during the Oscars telecast this year is our guest today: cinematographer Caleb…

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel on ‘Never Look Away,’ ‘Lion King’ and more

One of those affected by the Academy’s decision to present four awards during commercial breaks during the Oscars telecast this year is our guest today: cinematographer Caleb…

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The Oscars have hit one problem after another this year, and going into the final stretch, the Academy has stirred up even more controversy.

Hollywood news banter: Oscars so messed up

The Oscars have hit one problem after another this year, and going into the final stretch, the Academy has stirred up even more controversy.

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A few years ago, then-head of Amazon Studios Roy Price made a rich deal with Woody Allen.

Hollywood news banter

A few years ago, then-head of Amazon Studios Roy Price made a rich deal with Woody Allen.

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Chicago Sun-Times journalists Jim DeRogatis and Abdon Pallasch first wrote about R. Kelly’s alleged sexual pursuit of underage girls in December 2000.

Activist filmmaker dream hampton on ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

Chicago Sun-Times journalists Jim DeRogatis and Abdon Pallasch first wrote about R. Kelly’s alleged sexual pursuit of underage girls in December 2000.

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s new film, ‘ Never Look Away ,’ was inspired by the remarkable life of German artist Gerhard Richter.

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on ‘Never Look Away’

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s new film, ‘ Never Look Away ,’ was inspired by the remarkable life of German artist Gerhard Richter.

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Democrats in the House have some questions for Steven Mnuchin about  his ties to entertainment investor Len Blavatnik  after the Treasury Secretary lifted sanctions on companies…

Hollywood news banter

Democrats in the House have some questions for Steven Mnuchin about his ties to entertainment investor Len Blavatnik after the Treasury Secretary lifted sanctions on companies…

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The new Korean movie, ‘ Burning ,’ is a thriller with layer upon layer of mystery.

Director Lee Chang-dong and actor Steven Yeun on ‘Burning’

The new Korean movie, ‘ Burning ,’ is a thriller with layer upon layer of mystery.

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The long-talked-about  Bryan Singer     exposé finally landed  (though in The Atlantic, not Esquire as originally planned).

Hollywood news banter

The long-talked-about Bryan Singer exposé finally landed (though in The Atlantic, not Esquire as originally planned).

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In the Lebanese movie ‘ Capernaum ,’ 12-year-old Zain is one of his desperately poor parents’ many children.

Director Nadine Labaki on ‘Capernaum’

In the Lebanese movie ‘ Capernaum ,’ 12-year-old Zain is one of his desperately poor parents’ many children.

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CBS employees  had some tough questions  for interim CEO Joe Iannello at a recent town hall. Did he have answers? Well, sort of.

Hollywood news banter

CBS employees had some tough questions for interim CEO Joe Iannello at a recent town hall. Did he have answers? Well, sort of.

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In the movie ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ John David Washington portrays Ron Stallworth, a Colorado Springs police officer who decided to go undercover with the KKK. The only problem?

Director Spike Lee and actor John David Washington on ‘BlacKkKlansman’

In the movie ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ John David Washington portrays Ron Stallworth, a Colorado Springs police officer who decided to go undercover with the KKK. The only problem?

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With a new top job at Skydance Media, John Lasseter  returns from exile .

Hollywood news banter

With a new top job at Skydance Media, John Lasseter returns from exile .

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A Louis CK comedy set leaked and the  reaction was not good . CK's set included racist and transphobic jokes, as well as a jab at the Parkland students.

Hollywood news banter

A Louis CK comedy set leaked and the reaction was not good . CK's set included racist and transphobic jokes, as well as a jab at the Parkland students.

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This week, we’re taking one last look back at some of our favorite moments of the year that was.

Revisiting some recent favorites

This week, we’re taking one last look back at some of our favorite moments of the year that was.

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The new Polish film ‘ Cold War ’ is a black-and-white movie that follows the very on-and-off-again relationship of Zula, played by Joanna Kulig, and Wiktor, played by Tomasz Kot,…

Director Paweł Pawlikowski on ‘Cold War’

The new Polish film ‘ Cold War ’ is a black-and-white movie that follows the very on-and-off-again relationship of Zula, played by Joanna Kulig, and Wiktor, played by Tomasz Kot,…

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Tucker Carlson doubles-down on his  anti-immigrant stance , and advertisers continue to flee his show.

Hollywood news banter

Tucker Carlson doubles-down on his anti-immigrant stance , and advertisers continue to flee his show.

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Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, and Lesley Goldberg, West Coast TV Editor of The Hollywood Reporter, join Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news…

Hollywood news banter, Part 2

Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, and Lesley Goldberg, West Coast TV Editor of The Hollywood Reporter, join Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news…

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This week, it’s a mega news banter 2018 year-in-review.

Hollywood news banter, Part 1

This week, it’s a mega news banter 2018 year-in-review.

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The WWI documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ gives new life to some very old film footage.

Peter Jackson on ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’

The WWI documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ gives new life to some very old film footage.

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The numbers are in and Peak TV continues to grow. It’s how the numbers or  original scripted series  are broken up that tell the real story though.

Hollywood news banter

The numbers are in and Peak TV continues to grow. It’s how the numbers or original scripted series are broken up that tell the real story though.

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