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Filmmaker Josh Kriegman was once chief of staff for Anthony Weiner, whose congressional career was derailed by a sexting scandal. A few years later Kriegman had become a documentarian, filming Weiner's attempt to resurrect himself by running for mayor of New York City. It seemed like a great comeback story, until suddenly it wasn't. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, directors of the award-winning documentary Weiner, tell us why they stayed the course and kept filming, even once Weiner had no chance of winning. Then, two cast members from Veep, HBO's Emmy-winning comedy, tell us about working in a new location and with a new showrunner for their fifth season. Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons also share what it takes to write the perfect Veep-worthy insult.

Photo: Anthony Weiner in the documentary Weiner (IFC)

Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 27 SEC

The Hollywood Reporter's Matt Belloni joins Kim Masters for a look at the top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • For months, tensions have been mounting at Viacom. Now it's war. Sumner Redstone recently removed long-time confidante Philippe Dauman from the trust and board that controls Viacom. Dauman alleges that it's really Redstone's daughter Shari pulling the strings, and is trying to get back on the board. What ultimately happens will determine the fate of both Viacom and CBS.
  • There's been a changing of the guard at HBO. After months of struggles in the drama department, Michael Lombardo is stepping down, and Casey Bloys has been promoted to take his place as programming chief.

Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter (@THRMattBelloni)

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, Directors of 'Weiner' 10 MIN, 25 SEC

When documentary filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg starting filming former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner in 2013, the plan was to capture what could have been an amazing comeback story. Weiner had resigned from Congress in 2011 over a sexting scandal. Yet when he launched a run for mayor of New York City two years later, polls were moving in his favor.

The new documentary Weiner captures the high-energy politician working his campaign magic and includes glimpses of his wife, Huma Abedin, a long-time aide to Hillary Clinton, at home and at work. The camera continues to roll when news of a second sexting scandal breaks.

To the bitter end of his crumbling campaign, Weiner never asked Steinberg and Kriegman to stop filming. So they didn't. It was a strange turn of events, especially for Kriegman, who had once worked at Weiner's chief of staff.

Steinberg and Kriegman tell us why they opted to keep filming even once Weiner's campaign tanked, and why they think Weiner didn't kick them out.

Weiner is in theaters now and will air on Showtime later this fall.

Josh Kriegman, documentary director and producer (@jkriegman)
Elyse Sternberg, filmmaker

Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons on 'Veep' 8 MIN, 59 SEC

Fans of HBO's comedy Veep know Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons as Mike McLintock and Jonah Ryan, members of the President Selina Meyer's frequently inept inner circle.

"Veep" cast members Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons at KCRW

After five seasons on the Emmy-winning show, they've really gotten to know their characters, as well as the writers who craft the lacerating insults they hurl at their coworkers. This season they're adjusting to both filming in a new location and working with new writers and showrunners. They tell us about that transition and what it's like to be working as an actor in the era of "Peak TV."

Matt Walsh, actor, comedian and director (@mrmattwalsh)
Timothy Simons, actor (@timothycsimons)

Listen to more of Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons on KCRW's podcast 'The Spin-off'


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