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Sometimes guests give us such great interviews that we can't fit everything into one show. This week we give you stuff that we saved from the cutting-room floor. Veep showrunner David Mandel tells us what Larry David taught him about sitcom writing. David Simon, co-creator of The Deuce, explains why being labeled an SOB while writing The Wire worked to his advantage. Director and producer Shawn Levy clears up what went wrong with his movie, Real Steel. And Matt Reeves, director of the most recent Planet of the Apes movies and the next Batman film -- shares the crazy, fateful story of how he and JJ Abrams got hired as teens to repair a Steven Spielberg's very first movies.

Photo: (From top left, clockwise) David Simon, Shawn Levy, David Mandel and Matt Reeves

Hollywood news banter 8 MIN, 16 SEC

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

In the days since the New York Times published allegations of sexual assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, he has been fired by the board of his own company, The Weinstein Company. Many people are asking: what took so long? It's likely a combination of factors -- we've seen Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes and others taken down in recent years -- which has perhaps made women more likely to go on the record, and Weinstein is no longer at the top of his game. He lacks the power he once had in the industry. But the uncomfortable truth remains -- Weinstein's behavior was long an open secret in the industry, and a culture of silence and fear allowed his behavior to go on.

Finding a home for stories we cut for time 18 MIN, 25 SEC

We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. So a few months ago, we decided we'd save some of the best stuff that didn't quite make the cut and we would find a home for it.

First up is writer-producer David Mandel, the showrunner of HBO's Veep, which just won another Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. He tells us what Larry David taught him about writing for sitcoms while working on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

We also hear from David Simon, creator of The Wire and co-creator of The Deuce about why he was -- for a time -- labeled “the angriest man in television,” and how he was able to use that to his advantage.

Then, producer and director Shawn Levy defends his movie Real Steel, and tells us what went wrong with the marketing of that film.

Finally, filmmaker Matt Reeves shares the crazy story about the time he and JJ Abrams were called in to repair Steven Spielberg's very first home movies when he and Abrams were just 15 years old.

Guests:
David Mandel, TV writer, producer and director (@DavidHMandel)
David Simon, Writer / Producer (@aodespair)
Shawn Levy, film director, producer and actor (@ShawnLevyDirect)
Matt Reeves, screenwriter, director and producer (@mattreevesLA)

CREDITS

Host:
Kim Masters

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

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