KCRW's The Treatment
By Elvis Mitchell, KCRW
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A "treatment," in Hollywood parlance, is a concise overview of a screenplay. On The Treatment, film critic Elvis Mitchell turns the tables and gives the "treatment" to some of the most influential and innovative forces creating movies and popular art and entertainment. Each week, Elvis speaks with an amazing array of guests, discussing everything from their inner conflicts to their interior design. With a straightforward style that understates his vast knowledge, Elvis is able to extract insights, issues and inspirations from even the most introverted guests. Conversations on The Treatment are mostly comfortable, sometimes contentious, but always fascinating.
||Franklin Leonard, Founder of The Black List||Franklin Leonard describes The Black List as "eHarmony for people who write movies and people who make movies."||21 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mark Harris: Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War||"The sixth character was alcohol," journalist Mark Harris says of "Five Came Back," about five directors who filmed from the WWII trenches.||15 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein: Portlandia||The creators and stars of IFC's original sketch comedy series "Portlandia" dish on its fourth season.||11 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mindy Kaling: The Mindy Project||Comedian Mindy Kaling talks about how her first big break, in an off-off-Broadway show called "Matt & Ben," was actually quite literal.||7 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dave Itzkoff: Mad as Hell||New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff discusses Paddy Chayefsky's 'wandering in the desert,' and the making of his 1976 classic, "Network."||31 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||John Maloof and Charlie Siskel: Finding Vivian Maier||"I didn't know if it was good but I thought it was really good." John Maloof on finding a box of photos, a pivotal moment that led to the doc "Finding Vivian Maier."||27 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Rodriguez: El Rey Network||Writer/director/producer Robert Rodriguez harkens back to the early days of television with his new network, El Rey.||25 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wes Anderson: The Grand Budapest Hotel||Wes Anderson ponders the line, I think the world he wanted to live in ended long before he entered it, while discussing his eighth film as director, "The Grand Budapest Hotel."||18 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dan Harmon: Community, Rick and Morty||"I don't trust authority. If your job is to tell me what to do, I think that's weird." Dan Harmon, the brain behind "Community," "Rick and Morty" and Harmontown.||11 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Andy Daly: Review||Comedian Andy Daly on playing all-American archetypes with a David Lynchian dark side.||4 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dave Karger: Fandango.com||Dave Karger is unique among the ever-growing pack of 'Oscar experts.' He knows movies, yes. But what sets him apart is his historical sense of the Oscars.||24 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bruce Dern: Nebraska||Oscar nominee Bruce Dern shares his thoughts on Cannes, the Kardashians, and the 'opera of life.' Contains explicit language.||21 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller: The Lego Movie||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on what it was like being nerds before the Internet made it cool, and starting a hunger strike in India.||18 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Morgan Neville: 20 Feet from Stardom||"They were professional chameleons, yet they had to stay true to who they were as artists." Director Morgan Neville talks about his Oscar-nominated documentary.||11 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daniel Goor and Michael Schur: Brooklyn Nine-Nine||"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" co-creators and comedy veterans Daniel Goor and Michael Schur on "MASH," Stephen Merchant and "Hill Street Blues."||5 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kenneth Branagh: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Director Kenneth Branagh talks about why Shakespeare and action movies have more in common than you think.||29 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alfonso Cuaron: Gravity||He's got the Critics Choice, Golden Globe, and DGA Awards for Best Director. Is an Oscar in the cards for Alfonso Cuarón?||27 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Charles Lane: Sidewalk Stories||Contains explicit language. Charles Lane, creator of "Sidewalk Stories" on how he went from hating silent movies, to making one, in black and white.||22 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tracy Letts: August: Osage County||Playwright, screenwriter and actor Tracy Letts talks about being a 'Natural Born Dramatist.'||17 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nick Kroll: Kroll Show||Comedian Nick Kroll talks about 'sketchuational comedy' and explains what a Martuna/Tunatini is. WARNING: Contains adult content.||16 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Don Cheadle and Matthew Carnahan: House of Lies||Actor Don Cheadle and creator Matthew Carnahan talk about ushering in the third season of "House of Lies" on Showtime.||13 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leonardo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street||Following "Django Unchained" and "The Great Gatsby," actor Leonardo DiCaprio continues to explore the corruption of the American Dream in "The Wolf of Wall Street."||10 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Anjelica Huston: A Story Lately Told||Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston reflects on her relationship with her father, director John Huston, and why she hasn't had much luck directing movies.||6 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||David O. Russell: American Hustle||David O. Russell talks about music, cliches, and Jennifer Lawrence in a neck brace. Recorded live at Film Independent at LACMA.||23 12 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lee Daniels: The Butler||Have we seen enough movies about slavery and racism? "Hell no!" says director Lee Daniels.||23 12 13||Free||View In iTunes|
Love this podcast
Great, great podcast. Elvis Mitchell is an amazing host, both incredibly erudite but also has a lot of fun with his guest. A joy to listen to.
I wish I had a 10th the charisma that Elvis has. He is a great interviewer and very perceptive. Enjoy.
This podcast is insightful, descriptive and honest with an educational standpoint on screenwriting and film making without it being about the podcaster but instead the person being interviewed. More Treatments needed to get it up the chart. :)