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Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer's movies range from the story of a mermaid in Splash, to astronauts in crisis in Apollo 13, to a schizophrenic mathematician in A Beautiful Mind. But they all have some things in common: a deep soul, a focus on identity, and real movie stars. Today, it's tough to get studios to make movies like that. Grazer tells us why. He also talks about his increased focus on television and how hundreds of conversations with all kinds of people led to his new book, A Curious Mind.

Photo: Jeff Lipsky

Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 51 SEC

TV Guide magazine chief content officer Michael Schneider joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Disney and Marvel score another huge hit, and possibly even break box office records with The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Warner Bros and DC Comics, on the other hand, are struggling to find the kind of leadership that will help them be masters of their universe.
- Hulu announces several big deals at the Newfronts, most notably that they've nabbed the exclusive streaming rights to Seinfeld.
- NBC is borrowing a page from the Netflix playbook and will make all 13 episodes of their new show Aquarius available at once at the end of May.

'A Curious Mind' 20 MIN, 53 SEC

Producer Brian Grazer's body of work is deep and wide. He and partner Ron Howard have come up with some of the most memorable movies of the last 30 years -- everything from Kindergarten Cop to Apollo 13 to 8 Mile and A Beautiful Mind, which won Grazer and Howard the Oscar for Best Picture in 2002.

For years Grazer and Howard, through their company, Imagine Entertainment, made their home at Universal Pictures, which gave them one of the richest film deals in the business. They produced not just movies but TV shows, including Sports Night, Arrested Development, and Friday Night Lights.

But even A-list producers don't have those rich deals any more. When he joined us in the studio, Grazer talked about life in a post studio-deal world. It's perhaps not surprising that he's turning more attention to television, including 2015's breakout hit, Empire. He also shared stories from his new book, A Curious Mind, which tells how curiosity has been a guiding force for him, even as his career and his business have been transformed.

Brian Grazer, film and television producer (@BrianGrazer)

A Curious Mind

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