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Actress Rebecca Hall's agents were initially less than enthusiastic about her desire to play Christine Chubbuck, a troubled TV news reporter who in 1974 committed suicide on live television. But Hall was unwavering in her decision. She tells us why she was so determined to star in Christine, a film with a small budget and without a big name director. And she talks about having most of her role in a much bigger film -- Marvel's Iron Man 3 -- cut from the script in the middle of production.

Photo: Rebecca Hall as Christine Chubbuck in Christine

Hollywood news banter 5 MIN

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • Wanda's chairman, Wang Jianlin, visited Los Angeles recently in an attempt to woo Hollywood filmmakers to his massive “movie metropolis” in Qingdao, China. He’s offered a tempting 40 percent production rebate, but we'll see how many US studios are will to relocate their films.  
  • NFL games used to be the surest of sure bets on television, but this year ratings are way down. It could be the combination of a lot of factors, including the elections, but the drop has broadcasters increasingly worried.
  • Is AT&T trying to buy Time Warner? The merger would be massive and would probably run up against antitrust concerns before it could ever go through.  

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter (@THRMattBelloni)

Rebecca Hall, 'Christine' 5 MIN

In the new film Christine, actress Rebecca Hall portrays 29-year-old TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who on July 15, 1974, shot and killed herself during a live broadcast in Sarasota, Florida.

Hall portrays Chubbuck as colleagues remembered her in real life: a serious reporter battling mental-health issues. In the film, she pines for a promotion that would take her to a bigger station in Baltimore. But her boss, played by Tracey Letts, tells her she is not turning in the kinds of juicy stories that can help him boost his station’s sagging ratings. She also has an unrequited crush on the station’s head anchor, played by Michael C. Hall.

Hall tells us why she was drawn to the complicated role of Chubbuck, and why she was so determined to play the part, even when her agents had hesitations.

She also talks about being cast as the villain in Iron Man 3, only to see Marvel slash her role.

Christine premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by indie distributor The Orchard. It’s playing in select markets and will continue to roll out throughout the fall. 

Guests:
Rebecca Hall, actress (@realrrbecca)

CREDITS

Hosts:
Kim Masters
KCRW

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

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