Rank #1: Jeffrey Katzenberg on Quibi and his Hollywood tenure
Jeffrey Katzenberg launched Disney’s animation renaissance with a string of hits, including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” He co-founded DreamWorks in 1994. Now he’s gambling on Quibi, a new streaming service that offers short shows for viewing on phones. He remembers some of his early days in the industry, and tells us why he believes Quibi will work — even in the middle of a pandemic.
We also remember Matt Holzman, who created KCRW’s The Business.
Apr 20 2020
Rank #2: Jobless Hollywood workers cope with coronavirus
With Hollywood mostly shut down, we check in with people dealing with this difficult time across the industry. Actor David Saucedo, cinematographer Mario Contini, costumer Monica Haynes, writers' room production assistant Matt McRee, and filmmaking team Christina Beck and Beth Dewey tell us how their lives have suddenly changed. They also share how they’re coping while out of work, and how they think this pandemic could change Hollywood forever.
Mar 30 2020
Rank #3: Revisiting Bong Joon Ho and ‘Parasite.’ Plus should theaters reopen?
“Parasite” made history as the first foreign language movie to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Since the movie is now streaming on Hulu, we’re revisiting our conversation with Director Bong Joon Ho, who also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. He tells us about clashing with Harvey Weinstein over cuts to his 2013 film “Snowpiercer,” and explains why he made “Okja” for Netflix, even though he prefers to watch films in theaters.
Plus, an all new banter: Some Southern states want to reopen businesses, but movie theater owners say, not so fast.
Apr 24 2020
Rank #4: Bob Iger’s resignation, ‘Sonic’ saved
When the first trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” landed last spring, fans of the video game were horrified by the title character’s look. So Paramount postponed the film’s theatrical release date for three months, and Sonic was sent back to the drawing board.
“Sonic” seemed like yet another video game-based movie to fail at the box office. Instead, it was a boom: In two weeks, it raked in more than $100 million at U.S. theaters.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” director Jeff Fowler tells us how he brought the blue guy back from the brink of disaster.
Feb 28 2020
Rank #5: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ director on contradictions of filmmaking in France
Director Céline Sciamma's new film, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” is a passionate historical romance that won two awards at Cannes and praise from critics worldwide. But the reception in her native France was more subdued. She says part of the problem is that French critics say her lesbian love story defies the conventions of the typical love story told through a male gaze. Sciamma tells us about the contradictions of filmmaking in France -- a place that readily funds breakthrough women directors, but still celebrates Roman Polanski.
Feb 17 2020