By KCRW, Kim Masters
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The Business is a weekly podcast featuring lively banter about entertainment industry news and in-depth interviews with directors, producers, writers and actors. The show is hosted by award-winning journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter...
||CleanPeter Jackson gives WWI footage new life in 'They Shall Not Grow Old'||Peter Jackson generated whole worlds for his ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ trilogies. His latest project? A documentary that magically brings to life old footage shot on the front lines of World War One. The restoration of 100-year-old...||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKristoffer Polaha on Hallmark movies; Netflix's Lisa Nishimura||In 2015, actor Kristoffer Polaha booked what he thought would be a one-off gig in a Hallmark TV movie. Now, he’s got 5 Hallmark films under his belt. He tells us how he and the Hallmark Channel fell in love. Then, KCRW's Matt Holzman sits down...||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean‘Beat Bugs’ & ‘Motown Magic’ creator on his passionate pursuit of music rights||For his Netflix kids show ‘Beat Bugs’, Josh Wakely worked a miracle: he got the rights to use Beatles music in the series. Never afraid of going big, Wakely now has a new animated show on Netflix called ‘Motown Magic,’ which features another...||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThanksgiving leftovers from memorable guests||Sometimes our guests have so much good stuff to say that we can’t fit it all into one show. So let out your belt a notch. This week we’re bringing you delicious leftovers from Ethan Hawke, George Tillman Jr., Kathy Griffin, and Aneesh Chaganty...||11/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoc director Matthew Heineman on his first narrative film, 'A Private War'||In his career as a documentary filmmaker, Matthew Heineman has criss-crossed the country, followed Syrian activists in exile and embedded with vigilantes fighting Mexican drug cartels. His newest film, ‘A Private War’ is an adventure of a...||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Document: ‘Free Solo’||This week, while Kim Masters is out of town, we’re sharing an episode of the KCRW podcast, The Document. Our colleague Matt Holzman talks to married filmmaking couple Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi about why and how they made their dizzying new...||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProducers Frank Marshall & Filip Rymsza on ‘The Other Side of the Wind’||When he was just starting his career, ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ producer Frank Marshall got a job with Orson Welles on what would be the legendary director’s last film. It was still unfinished when Welles died in 1985, but...||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKathy Griffin on self funding her world tour & life after the photo||When comedian Kathy Griffin posed for a photo holding what appeared to be the blood-covered head of Donald Trump, she became a pariah overnight. So she did the only thing she could do to keep her career alive: turned her story into an act, and took...||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeorge Tillman Jr. on his career evolution and ‘The Hate U Give’||Director George Tillman Jr. felt called to make ‘The Hate U Give’--about a black teen who divides her time between her mostly white high school and her mostly black neighborhood. He wasn’t daunted by the fact that the film was based on a novel...||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJustine Bateman on her new book, ‘Fame: The Hijacking of Reality'||What’s it like to be suddenly famous at 16? Justine Bateman found out when she was cast as Mallory in the hit NBC sitcom ‘Family Ties.’ More than 30 years later, she has a lot to say about fame--so much, in fact, that she’s written a book on...||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFilmmaker Rudy Valdez on his intimate family documentary, 'The Sentence'||In 2008, ‘The Sentence’ director Rudy Valdez was working low-level production jobs when, out of the blue, his sister received a lengthy mandatory prison sentence on charges related to years-old drug crimes committed by her ex-boyfriend. Valdez...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusician and producer Quincy Jones & filmmaker Alan Hicks on 'Quincy'||A new documentary about Quincy Jones looks at his incredible life and career that connected him to musicians from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. Jones also composed dozens of film scores and produced movies and TV shows. We talk to Jones and...||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEthan Hawke on artistic ambition and his new film ‘Blaze’||As a teenager, Ethan Hawke had a breakout role in ‘Dead Poets Society.’ Hawke’s agents said they could make him into a huge star, and they were not thrilled when Hawke said he had something else in mind. Hawke tells us about pushing back...||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShowrunner Carlton Cuse on ‘Jack Ryan’ and life after ‘Lost’||Writer-producer Carlton Cuse devoted six years of his life to the ABC megahit 'Lost.' When the show ended, he realized he'd have to figure out what to do next. Now showrunner of Amazon’s new 'Jack Ryan' series, Cuse talks about life after 'Lost'...||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBanter update: Leslie Moonves out at CBS following second Ronan Farrow exposé||Over the weekend, the New Yorker published a second story by Ronan Farrow about Les Moonves. This one chronicled six more allegations of graphic sexual misconduct by the CBS CEO. Moonves is now out at the company.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComedian Laurie Kilmartin on Louis C.K. and her book ‘Dead People Suck’||Laurie Kilmartin had some thoughts after Louis C.K. did a surprise set at a New York comedy club less than a year after revelations of his sexual misconduct. She tells us what a path to redemption in the era of Time’s Up might look like, and why...||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevisiting showrunner Tanya Saracho on ‘Vida’||Soon after Tanya Saracho got the green light to write a pilot for her first TV series, she contracted a dangerous spinal infection that left her stuck in bed for months. But Saracho rallied and her show 'Vida' premiered on Starz. This week, we’re...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean‘Searching’ star John Cho and director Aneesh Chaganty||When John Cho got an offer to star in the new movie ‘Searching,’ a thriller set entirely on computer screens, he didn’t have to search for an answer: it was no. Cho explains his initial hesitations about the digital drama, and first-time...||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBing Liu on his coming-of-age documentary, ‘Minding the Gap’||Growing up in Rockford, Illinois--a city outside Chicago that’s seen better days--Bing Liu was obsessed with making skateboarding videos. Over the course of more than a decade, one of those mini-movies morphed into a feature-length documentary....||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon M. Chu and Kevin Kwan on the crazy gamble of 'Crazy Rich Asians'||Author Kevin Kwan and director Jon M. Chu passionately wanted the movie version of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to play in theaters. So they turned down a huge offer from Netflix and took their chances with Warner Brothers. Chu and Kwan talk about what...||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDirector Desiree Akhavan on ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’||After her first feature premiered at Sundance to strong reviews, director Desiree Akhavan thought finding money to make a second film would be a snap. But after striking out in LA, Akhavan’s quest to make another project ultimately landed her in...||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBanter update: CBS CEO Leslie Moonves accused of sexual misconduct in New Yorker exposé||Late on Friday afternoon, a New Yorker investigation by Ronan Farrow dropped, revealing accusations of misconduct against Leslie Moonves by six women. The CBS board met on Monday and announced that Moonves would remain at work while the board works...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDirector Matt Tyrnauer on ‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’||A new documentary explores the incredible life of 95-year-old Scotty Bowers--a prolific pansexual pimp to the stars. Bowers says he set up liaisons for celebrities from Cary Grant to Rock Hudson to J. Edgar Hoover--all from his base in a gas station...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarti Noxon on ‘Dietland,’ ‘Sharp Objects’ & the power dynamics of TV||As showrunner Marti Noxon was preparing to film her new series ‘Dietland’ on AMC, a former colleague from another AMC show, ‘Mad Men,’ accused series creator Matthew Weiner of sexually harassing her. Noxon decided to make a statement in...||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevisiting 'Blockers' director Kay Cannon||‘Blockers ’is comedy writer Kay Cannon’s directorial debut. When she was hired for the project, she had some work to do on a script about girls, written by a bunch of guys. 'Blockers' is now out on DVD, and we're revisiting our conversation...||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Politically Biased - The Business
Listened for years and years. Now I'm done. Kim Masters is the worst in terms of pushing her own personal agenda. She constantly uses confirmation bias to push her beliefs forward. Her feminist agenda is fine (being a woman myself), but - most recently - when she defends Samantha Bee with that same agenda, it is nothing but pure hypocrisy on her part. I will now try to find an entertainment business podcast that is not such a platform for one person's political and social agendas.
Kim is exceptionally Sassy which is great. Excently produced as well!
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Such great insights every week!