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Krisha Fairchild trained to be an actress and came to LA with an indie already in the can. But once she got to Hollywood, the jobs didn't land. She left for Seattle and became a voice-over actress. Two years ago she retired to Mexico. Then, her nephew wrote a movie and called her up. Fairchild tells us about landing the title role in Krisha, a breakout film that has her back in LA, this time in her 60's. Plus, Steve Harvey shares what was going through his head during the Miss Universe debacle, and how he knew NBC's Little Big Shots would be a hit the moment they started taping. 

Photo: Actress Krisha Fairchild in the film Krisha, courtesy of A24.

Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 27 SEC

TV Guide magazine chief content officer Michael Schneider and Matthew Belloni, executive editor at the Hollywood Reporter, discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • Sean Parker would like to bring first-run movies to your living room for $50 a film. Some big-name directors support his idea. Movie theater owners, on the other hand, not so much.
  • Les Moonves announced that CBS will sell or spin-off their radio stations. They were the last of the broadcast networks to still own radio properties, which are no longer viewed as having growth potential.
  • Harrison Ford will be back as Indiana Jones in a new movie coming in 2019. But many people wonder if Ford isn't getting a little bit old for action movies. It will be interesting to see how Disney works to create an Indiana Jones universe the way they have done with Star Wars and Marvel properties.

Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter (@THRMattBelloni)
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

Krisha 10 MIN, 23 SEC

The new indie drama Krisha tells the story of a Thanksgiving homecoming gone awry. Krisha Fairchild plays the title role, a newly sober woman trying to reconnect with her family after years lost to addiction and alcohol abuse. Trey Edward Shults, Fairchild's real-life nephew, directed Krisha, and plays her son in the movie.

Krisha won this year's Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, which is for films made for less than $500,000. In this case, the director kept the budget of his first feature low by writing it himself, casting multiple family members and shooting in his parents house.

Fairchild recently sat down with KCRW's Madeleine Brand and they talked about how the film became such a family effort, why Fairchild left LA after her first attempt to make it as an actress and how it feels to be back in her 60's.

Krisha Fairchild, actress (@krishafairchild)

Steve Harvey 9 MIN

Barely out of the gate, NBC already has a huge hit with the new reality show Little Big Shots, which features precocious kids singing, dancing, piano-playing, roller skating -- you name it. The series premiered earlier in March, and got picked up for a second season after just two episodes. The host of Little Big Shots is multi-hyphenate comedian Steve Harvey, who also hosts Family Feud and Steve Harvey, his namesake talk show.

Harvey recently sat down with Michael Schneider, host of KCRW's podcast The Spin-off, at this year's gathering of the National Association of Television Program Executives. But before they got to Little Big Shots, they had to talk about Harvey's recent hosting snafu at December's Miss Universe pageant, where he accidentally declared the wrong winner.

Steve Harvey, comedian, actor, and TV host (@IAmSteveHarvey)

Listen to more of Steve Harvey's conversation on KCRW's 'The Spin-off'


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