Rank #1: Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx: ‘Just Mercy’
Two generations of African-American talent — Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx — team for ‘Just Mercy’, the story of crusading lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s (Jordan) quest to find justice for wrongly convicted Walter McMillan. The actors bring their own real world experiences to this real-life tragedy. and talk about being inspired by each other.
Jan 09 2020
Rank #2: Ilene Chaiken: ‘The L Word: Generation Q’
‘The L Word: Generation Q’ is not a reboot of the groundbreaking Showtime series on lesbian life in Los Angeles. It’s an evolution, reuniting characters from the original with a new younger group. Creator Ilene Chaiken discusses the changes, including the welcome one of shooting Los Angeles...in LA this time.
Jan 03 2020
Rank #3: Noah Baumbach: 'Marriage Story'
The title of writer/director Noah Baumbach’s new film, ‘Marriage Story’ both summarizes its intent and then goes beyond into a genre particular to its creator (who also made ‘The Squid and the Whale’ and then 'The Meyerowitz Stories’): an adult coming of age story, touching on marriage, parenthood and finally, their demands.
Dec 05 2019
Rank #4: Rufus Sewell: "The Man in the High Castle"
Actor Rufus Sewell is best known as a villain, having struck fear in protagonists’ hearts for over twenty years – with a witty and thoughtful acting style. His current role is one of his biggest, and most challenging – the American Nazi of Amazon Studios’ adaptation of “The Man in the High Castle”. And, of course, Sewell got his start in comedy – and he talks about how his beginnings (and comic precision) still play apart in his work.
Dec 27 2019
Rank #5: Danny Elfman
He got his start as a member of Oingo Boingo. He has since brought you the music for the “Men in Black” films, “Good Will Hunting”, has been collaborating with Tim Burton since “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” in 1985 and wrote the enduring theme for “The Simpsons”. Now, Oscar nominated film composer Danny Elfman has done a MasterClass – the newest addition to a career that he will discuss.
Dec 12 2019
Rank #6: Arianne Phillips: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Costume design is an integral part of movies, a visual storytelling tool that the most engaged directors recognize. Arianne Phillips is one of those artists. Her wardrobe contributions to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, her first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, brought her a third Oscar nomination. She discusses that new relationship in her career, in all of its uniqueness.
Jan 24 2020
Rank #7: Ash Carter and Sam Kashner: “Life Isn’t Everything”
Evasive, brilliant, demanding and charming – just being all of those things would consume most of us. But Mike Nichols was an acclaimed performer, writer and finally, director of stage, screen and television, a career spanning from "The Graduate" to "Angels in America". Yet he hid in plain sight, which led writers Ash Carter and Sam Kashner to gather over one hundred of Nichols' friends and colleagues for the Mike Nichols oral history “Life Isn’t Everything” – a compelling and revealing book.
Dec 19 2019
Rank #8: Russell Peters, "Deported"
Canadian comedian Russell Peters talks about "Deported", his newest comedy special on Amazon Prime Video. This is his most personal work he's ever done. Peters talks to Elvis about how he approaches comedy, causing trouble and how he works with his audience. This provacateur considers everyone fair game.
Feb 06 2020