We revisit Kim Master’s conversation with Kevin Spacey about some of the unconventional choices he's made in his career, his belief that the entertainment business needs to change and that executives need to trust the creatives. Earlier this year he funded and self-released the documentary, NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage, through his website. Plus, an all new awards-season themed News Banter.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Matt Belloni, Executive Editor of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.
- Oscar season is upon us, but this year’s Best Picture category doesn’t quite gel.
- The Best Actor category could be crowded with impressive performances, but its slim pickings on the ladies’ side.
- As big, family-friendly holiday movies start to open, will musicals like Into the Woods and Annie end up cannibalizing each other?
Kevin Spacey discusses his documentary NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage. This Oscar-winning actor turned Hollywood disruptor echoes views he voiced in his MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last year. He advocates for risk-taking and change in how content is green-lighted, produced and distributed. To that end, he self-funded and is self-releasing his documentary through his website.
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Banter update: John Lasseter to leave Disney following 'missteps' After a late Friday news dump, we re-banter about John Lasseter's departure from Disney, discuss why he had to go, and what this means for the world of animation. Plus, a look ahead to Tuesday's expected decision on the AT&T trial.
Morgan Neville on his unexpected tearjerker, 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Director Morgan Neville knew his new documentary about the life and legacy of Fred Rogers and his neighborhood would be emotional. But he wasn’t prepared for theaters full of mass sobbing. He tells us why Mister Rogers makes us cry and how he made the deeply touching film, 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'
Dan Goor on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s’ dramatic reversal of fortune Usually cancellation means death for a TV series, but these days, there is hope for resurrection. Showrunner Dan Goor went through an emotional Tilt-A-Whirl when his cop comedy ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ was dropped by Fox after 5 seasons, only to be brought back to life by NBC just one day later. Goor takes us through the topsy turvy ride.
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