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The Envelope podcast pulls back the curtain to reveal intimates stories from this award season’s top contenders. A-list actors, directors and showrunners join Los Angeles Times entertainment reporters Yvonne Villarreal and Mark Olsen for conversations about their personal lives and creative processe… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell talk 'Barbie,' songwriting and imposter syndrome

February 23rd, 2024


Oscar-nominated songwriters Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell sat with Mark Olsen to talk about 'What Was I Made For?' from 'Barbie' and how they approach writing songs.

America Ferrara on the life-changing 'Barbie' and Nadia Stacey on the 'no wigs' rule for 'Poor Things'

February 22nd, 2024


The Oscar-nominated America Ferrara talks to Yvonne Villarreal about how "Barbie" has changed her life and what it's like experiencing all the …

Diane Warren on 'The Fire Inside' and Rodrigo Prieto talks 'Killers of the Flower Moon' and 'Barbie'

February 15th, 2024


Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto talks about working with Martin Scorsese on "Killers of the Flower Moon" and  going from that project right to "Barbie." Songwriter Diane Warren chats about her …

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Origin’ story

January 11th, 2024


The writer/director talks to Shawn Finnie about the making of her epic film. Also, Yvonne Villarreal gets intimate with 'The Holdovers' Da'Vine Joy …

Greta Lee explains how "Past Lives" could change her future

December 21st, 2023


The actress discusses her leap to a leading role with Mark Olsen: Also, costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck talks to Shawn Finnie about her …

An inside look at the 'Spider-Verse' and the truth about 'American Fiction'

December 14th, 2023


Director Kemp Powers and actor Jeffrey Wright talk superheroes and satire with our Envelope hosts Shawn Finnie and Yvonne Villarreal.

The State of the Oscar Race

December 7th, 2023


A new season of the Envelope kicks off at the cusp of awards season, as hosts Mark Olson, Yvonne Villarreal and Shawn Finnie reveal their favorite 2023 actors, writers, directors and films.

Mark Mylod

August 24th, 2023


‘Succession,’ which earned a whopping 27 Emmy nominations for its final season, has captivated audiences with its complex, uber-wealthy characters. For director Mark Mylod, telling stories about family and social class …

Lisa Vanderpump & Alex Baskin

August 17th, 2023


Bravo producer Alex Baskin and star-turned-producer Lisa Vanderpump. They candidly delve into the juicy details behind the show’s scandals, a forthcoming spinoff featuring familiar personas and their perspective on the …

AI, self-tapes and weekends: The stakes of the Hollywood strikes

August 10th, 2023


As today’s screenwriters and actors grapple with financial challenges in a rapidly changing showbiz landscape, combined strikes by the Writers Guild …

Melanie Lynskey (Encore)

August 3rd, 2023


On the occasion of scoring double Emmy nominations this year for her performances in "Yellowjackets" and "The Last of Us," Mark and Yvonne revisit a favorite conversation with Melanie Lynskey. 

Since her 1994 debut in …

Jessica Williams

June 22nd, 2023


Jessica Williams is no stranger to tackling complicated issues with humor. From being the youngest and first Black woman correspondent on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” to now starring opposite Jason Segel and …

Christina Applegate & Linda Cardellini

June 15th, 2023


It’s rare to find a televised female friendship that can deal with dead husbands, car crashes and other wild plot twists the way Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini’s “Dead to Me” characters do. Through years of …

Christina Ricci

June 8th, 2023


Christina Ricci wouldn’t want to know Misty Quigley in real life, but she has a protective soft spot for her “Yellowjackets” character. In this …

James Marsden

June 1st, 2023


The premise of “Jury Duty” — placing a non-actor in the middle of an entirely staged trial — could have easily led the show to mean-spirited-prank …

Introducing 'Foretold'

May 18th, 2023


"Foretold" is the newest podcast from the L.A. Times, and we're sharing a preview of the first episode with you here today. 

In the fall of 2019, …

Michelle Yeoh

February 7th, 2023


Academy Award nominee Michelle Yeoh has been a worldwide movie star for decades, known for action-packed roles in films such as “Supercop” and …

Todd Field

January 10th, 2023


Writer-director Todd Field made two acclaimed films in the early 2000s and then disappeared from the big screen for 16 years. “Tár,” about the scandalous downfall of a classical music conductor, marks his return. The …

Darren Aronofsky

December 13th, 2022


Darren Aronofsky is known for directing dark, provocative, divisive films such as “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan,” but in “The Whale,” he sees hope, “human connection and a belief in the human spirit.”

In this …

Keke Palmer

December 6th, 2022


At 29 years old, “Nope” star Keke Palmer has already racked up two decades in show business. She’s an actor, singer, TV host and meme queen – and she …

Baz Luhrmann

November 15th, 2022


Few icons are as globally memorialized as Elvis Presley, but for “Elvis" filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, the biopic felt like "a blank sheet to explore” …

Rhea Seehorn

August 16th, 2022


Fresh off the “Better Call Saul” series finale, Rhea Seehorn joins us to delve into the show’s last twists and turns and to give insight into her …

Colman Domingo

August 9th, 2022


Around 2015, actor-writer-director Colman Domingo was planning to quit it all and find a new career. But instead of giving up, he revamped his …

Melanie Lynskey

August 2nd, 2022


Since her 1994 debut in “Heavenly Creatures,” Melanie Lynskey has been acting steadily while “flying comfortably right under the radar.” Now, for her …

Bill Hader

July 26th, 2022


Bill Hader and his dark comedy “Barry” have again raked in a slew of Emmy nominations. In this episode of “The Envelope” podcast, Hader dishes on …

Gillian Anderson

June 23rd, 2022


Gillian Anderson, who plays Eleanor Roosevelt on the Showtime series “The First Lady,” Joanna on “The Great” and Dr. Jean Milburn on “Sex Education,” really vibes with female characters who forge their own paths – and …

Simone Ashley

June 21st, 2022


Simone Ashley has always been a fan of the romance genre, but before being cast as Kate Sharma in “Bridgerton,” playing the lead in a period drama seemed improbable to her. “I never imagined that a woman who looked like …

Jennifer Coolidge

June 14th, 2022


Jennifer Coolidge opens up about shifting from drama to comedy (and back again), overcoming cocaine addiction in her 20s and channeling the death of …

Jessica Biel

June 7th, 2022


Jessica Biel’s latest series, “Candy,” is based on the true story of Candace Montgomery — a do-it-all mom who snaps after years of repressing her anger and kills her lover’s wife with an ax. “I understand her rage,” …

David Harbour

May 31st, 2022


“Stranger Things” has brought Hopper back for Season 4, and nobody’s gladder than David Harbour, who wants to peel back the layers of the character …

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

May 24th, 2022


We're back for Emmys season and kicking things off with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, who recently wrapped up their much-beloved Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie.” In this episode, the duo laugh and cry with us while …

Oscars 2022 Roundtable

March 25th, 2022


Ahead of this weekend's Oscars ceremony, L.A. Times critics Justin Chang, Mary McNamara and Glenn Whipp join "The Envelope" co-host Mark Olsen to discuss the the ins and outs of this year's awards season, what to expect …

Mandy Moore

March 9th, 2022


Mandy Moore reflects on the shocking Pearson family conversation in the latest "This is Us" episode, "Taboo," and teases what's coming up as the series finale nears. (Hint: Big Three trilogy episodes, Kate and Toby's …

Ariana DeBose

March 1st, 2022


In her first audition for the role of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” Ariana DeBose stressed the importance of having her identity …

Aunjanue Ellis

February 22nd, 2022


Though she's had a long career, Aunjanue Ellis has only recently broken through to widespread acclaim. Now, she  is  nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in "King Richard" as Oracene Price, the mother of …

Kieran Culkin

February 15th, 2022


Kieran Culkin, who plays Roman Roy on "Succession," helps us dissect the moments from the Season 3 finale that we still can't stop thinking about: …

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

February 8th, 2022


Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson on how sifting through 40 hours of archival footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival — where legends like Nina Simone …

Pablo Larraín

February 1st, 2022


"Spencer" director  Pablo Larraín details the historical truths in his Princess Diana fable, explains the film’s handling of sensitive elements — such as Diana’s eating disorder and relationship with her sons — and …

Beanie Feldstein

January 25th, 2022


Beanie Feldstein takes us behind the scenes of her performance on “Impeachment: American Crime Story” and shares why playing Monica Lewinsky forced her to 'disassociate' from herself. Plus, she opens up about the sudden …

Maggie Gyllenhaal

January 18th, 2022


Maggie Gyllenhaal discusses the “electrifying” experience that led to her adaptation of “The Lost Daughter.” Plus, she details her correspondence …

Daniel Dae Kim

January 11th, 2022


Daniel Dae Kim recounts how an attack on his sister catalyzed his fight against AAPI hate crimes, his greatest fear when it came to “Lost,” and why having a seat at the table as a producer is both “liberating” and …

Bonus: Mahershala Ali and Benjamin Cleary (Live from AFI Fest)

January 4th, 2022


Live from AFI Fest, "Swan Song" director Benjamin Cleary and actor Mahershala Ali discuss the heartbreaking inspiration for the film, the challenges of shooting during a pandemic, and improvising scenes with Naomie …

Issa Rae

December 27th, 2021


Issa Rae breaks down the "Insecure" finale, including Molly and Issa’s heart to heart and why — after considering alternate endings — she decided to …

Halle Berry

December 21st, 2021


Halle Berry details how she channeled her childhood trauma in her directorial debut, “Bruised”; why she has “great compassion” for people struggling …

Adam McKay

December 14th, 2021


Director Adam McKay takes us behind the scenes of “Don’t Look Up” to reveal the real-life events that inspired his new film. Plus, why his …

Jennifer Coolidge

December 7th, 2021


Jennifer Coolidge opens up about shifting from drama to comedy (and back again), overcoming cocaine addiction in her 20s and channeling the death of …

Kirsten Dunst

November 30th, 2021


Kirsten Dunst shares stories about growing up in Hollywood, why she decided to publicly address her mental health break, and the joyful — though …

TRAILER: The Envelope is Back

November 9th, 2021


The Envelope podcast will return November 30 with brand new episodes that pull back the curtain on this award season’s top contenders. Each week, …

Mj Rodriguez brings the joy

August 25th, 2021


Mj Rodriguez has busted through a tough barrier as the first transgender performer nominated for an Emmy in a lead acting category. Now that she’s …

Hannah Waddingham talks 'Ted Lasso' and 'shame, shame'

August 18th, 2021


Hannah Waddingham discusses her Emmy-nominated performance in “Ted Lasso,” the feel-good Apple TV+ comedy series that centers on the upbeat American coach of an English soccer team. Waddingham plays the coach’s …

Here come the Emmys

August 11th, 2021


Chances are, you already know the names of Emmy favorites like “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown,” which are expected to rack up the statuettes when the TV academy hands out its annual awards next month. But you may not have …

The big-shot lawyer, Real Housewife and vanished $23 million

August 4th, 2021


He was a legendary lawyer. She’s a Real Housewife. Together, Tom and Erika Girardi made a striking couple. He funded their lavish lifestyle with …

Janicza Bravo

June 23rd, 2021


Our guest is Janicza Bravo, director and co-writer of the new film “Zola.” Bravo talks about adapting the screenplay from a viral Twitter thread, …

John Boyega

June 16th, 2021


Our guest is actor John Boyega, who recently played police officer Leroy Logan in “Red, White and Blue,” which is part of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” …

Phoebe Dynevor

June 9th, 2021


Our guest is actor Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton in the steamy Netflix Regency drama “Bridgerton.” Dynevor talks about the passionate fanbase behind the show, tips the intimacy coordinator shared on set …

Barry Jenkins

June 2nd, 2021


Our guest is Barry Jenkins, the director and showrunner for "The Underground Railroad," which is based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning …

Elizabeth Olsen

May 26th, 2021


Our guest is actor Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda Maximoff in "WandaVision." Olsen talks about the television sitcoms she watched while researching …

Best in show

May 19th, 2021


With the Oscars behind us, the 2021 Emmys season is kicking into gear. And we’re looking back at our favorite conversations with TV stars and directors this season, including Steve McQueen, Kaley Cuoco, Kate Winslet, …

Steven Canals

May 12th, 2021


Our guest is Steven Canals, co-creator of FX’s groundbreaking drama “Pose.” Canals talks about directing the series finale while grieving the loss of his grandmother, striking balance in the show between joy and trauma, …

Kate Winslet

May 5th, 2021


Our guest is actor Kate Winslet, who plays a Pennsylvania police detective in the new HBO series “Mare of Easttown.” Winslet talks about how she got …

Cynthia Erivo

April 28th, 2021


Our guest is actor Cynthia Erivo, who plays Aretha Franklin in “Genius: Aretha” in National Geographic’s biographical anthology series. Erivo talks …

Emerald Fennell

April 21st, 2021


Our guest is Emerald Fennell, who wrote, directed and produced “Promising Young Woman.” Her debut feature film got five Oscar nominations. Fennell talks about the strong responses to “Promising Young Woman” since its …

Amanda Seyfried

April 14th, 2021


Our guest is actor Amanda Seyfried, who earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marion Davies in “Mank.” Seyfried talks about why this performance is her favorite to date, what it was like to meet the film’s …

Kate Mara

April 7th, 2021


Our guest is actor and producer Kate Mara, who plays a high school teacher who gets involved with her teenage student on the FX on Hulu series “A …

Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg

March 31st, 2021


Our guests are actor Mads Mikkelsen and director Thomas Vinterberg. Their latest collaboration is the Oscar-nominated “Another Round.” Mikkelsen and …

Garrett Bradley

March 24th, 2021


Our guest is artist and filmmaker Garrett Bradley, who earned a documentary feature Oscar nomination for “Time,” about subject Fox Rich’s 21-year fight to free her husband from prison. Bradley talks about weaving …

Sacha Baron Cohen

March 17th, 2021


Our guest is Sacha Baron Cohen, who has received Golden Globe awards and Oscar, SAG, PGA and WGA nominations for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” and …

Shaka King

March 10th, 2021


Our guest is Shaka King, the director, co-writer and producer of “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The film tells the story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and FBI informant William O’Neal, whose intel led to …

Steve McQueen

March 3rd, 2021


Our guest is Steve McQueen, the director, co-writer and executive producer of “Small Axe.” McQueen talks about the ethos behind this anthology of …

Kaley Cuoco

February 24th, 2021


Our guest is Kaley Cuoco, who was nominated for Golden Globe and SAG awards for her role in “The Flight Attendant” on HBO Max. Cuoco talks about …

Lee Isaac Chung

February 17th, 2021


Our guest is Lee Isaac Chung, the writer and director of “Minari,” a semiautobiographical story about a Korean American family living in rural Arkansas in the 1980s. Chung talks about the long personal journey leading …

Josh O’Connor

February 10th, 2021


Our guest is Josh O’Connor, who was nominated for Golden Globe and SAG awards for his portrayal of Prince Charles in the Netflix show “The Crown.” …

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini

February 3rd, 2021


Our guests are Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, who play Jen and Judy in the Netflix show “Dead to Me.” Applegate and Cardellini talk about the true friendship that developed between them on set, how Wi-Fi …

Rachel Brosnahan

January 27th, 2021


Our guest is Rachel Brosnahan, who stars in the dramatic crime thriller “I’m Your Woman.” Brosnahan talks about the self-discovery of her character …

Radha Blank

January 20th, 2021


Our guest is Radha Blank, writer, director and star of the film “The Forty-Year-Old Version.” Blank talks about her experiences with discrimination and gatekeepers in the arts, the empowerment of Black voices, and her …

Hugh Grant

January 13th, 2021


Our guest is Hugh Grant, who recently starred in the HBO miniseries “The Undoing.” The actor talks about why he prefers playing darker roles, …

Kemp Powers

January 6th, 2021


Our guest is Kemp Powers, writer of the play-turned-film “One Night in Miami.” Powers talks about fictionalizing real-life figures, his career transition from journalism to entertainment, and working with Pixar on the …

Shira Haas

December 30th, 2020


Our guest is Shira Haas, the star of the Netflix miniseries “Unorthodox.” Haas talks about how she tapped into her Israeli roots to play an Orthodox Jewish character, handles her newfound American fame, and promotes her …

Rashida Jones

December 23rd, 2020


Our guest is Rashida Jones, who recently starred in the film “On the Rocks.” Jones talks about her evolving relationship with her father, music …

Aubrey Plaza and Lawrence Michael Levine

December 16th, 2020


Our guests are actress and producer Aubrey Plaza and writer and director Lawrence Michael Levine, who teamed up on the film “Black Bear.” Plaza and Levine talk about the head-spinning plot, working on commercial versus …

Anya Taylor-Joy

December 9th, 2020


Our guest is Anya Taylor-Joy, star of Netflix’s drama “The Queen’s Gambit.” Taylor-Joy talks about the similarities between herself and her character, Beth, what it's like to shoot to stardom, and how she learned to …

Jurnee Smollett

December 9th, 2020


Our guest is Jurnee Smollett, who plays Letitia “Leti” Lewis in HBO’s horror drama “Lovecraft Country.” Smollett talks about drawing on her own …

Andy Samberg

December 9th, 2020


Our guest is Andy Samberg, who recently starred in and produced Hulu’s romantic comedy “Palm Springs.” Samberg talks about what draws him to more …

Introducing THE ENVELOPE, your ultimate guide to award season

December 2nd, 2020


Beginning Dec. 9, join Los Angeles Times television and film reporters Yvonne Villarreal and Mark Olsen every Wednesday to hear interviews with award …

The Reel: 'Devs' creator Alex Garland on sci-fi thriller TV series

May 1st, 2020


Writer and filmmaker Alex Garland joins host Mark Olsen to talk about his sci-fi thriller television series, “Devs.” Garland talks about the differences between working in film and television. Before “Devs,” Garland …

The Reel: Dahvi Waller and the story behind ‘Mrs. America’

April 24th, 2020


Television writer and producer Dahvi Waller joins host Mark Olsen to talk about “Mrs. America,” FX on Hulu’s new miniseries based on the historical …

The Reel: Director Eliza Hittman on new film ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

April 17th, 2020


Writer-director Eliza Hittman joins host Mark Olsen to talk about her new film “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” a drama focused on reproductive rights and a lack of local support. Hittman describes why she created this …

The Reel: Times film critic Kenneth Turan: The exit interview

April 10th, 2020


A very special interview with film critic Kenneth Turan, recorded on his last day in the position of Times film critic after nearly 30 years. Host Mark Olsen has a wide-ranging conversation with Turan about his years …

The Reel: Escaping reality with ‘Tiger King’ and our top reality show picks

April 3rd, 2020


We’re talking “Tiger King” the new, hit Netflix docuseries that everyone’s been talking about. Plus, host Mark Olsen catches up with TV reporter Yvonne Villarreal who shares some of her favorite reality TV shows she …

The Reel: Comedy picks, Hulu’s ‘Devs’ and HBO’s ‘The Plot Against America’

March 27th, 2020


We’re back with more TV and film recommendations for you and your family while you’re spending some extra time at home. Our team is still …

The Reel: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 and what to watch right now

March 20th, 2020


We’re taking a short break from our usual format to help guide listeners who may be staying home more often than usual. If you're wondering what to watch, what’s worth streaming now and what you can watch with your kids …

The Reel: HBO's ‘McMillions’ recap, plus coronavirus hits the entertainment industry

March 13th, 2020


(EDITOR’S NOTE: This episode was taped on March 11, 2020. Many new developments have emerged and continue to rapidly develop after the taping of this episode.) Entertainment business reporter Ryan Faughnder joins host …

The Reel: Coverage from Harvey Weinstein’s trial, plus a ‘Love Is Blind’ reality show chat

March 6th, 2020


This week we’re following some of the latest in pop culture and Hollywood. First, host Mark Olsen speaks with two reporters who were actually in the …

The Reel: Our ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’ inside look

February 21st, 2020


The Netflix movie “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is out now and we take an inside look at the highly anticipated sequel. Host Mark Olsen sits down with entertainment reporter Jen Yamato, who recently spoke …

The Reel: Post ‘Parasite’ Oscars recap plus an interview with Céline Sciamma

February 14th, 2020


The Oscars are over and this year’s awards season has come to an end. Host Mark Olsen and a team of entertainment colleagues and critics recap the …

The Reel: 'And the Oscar goes to …': Our final 2020 predictions

February 7th, 2020


The 92nd Academy Awards are almost here. Host Mark Olsen and a team of entertainment reporters and critics sit down for one final roundtable before the big night. Listen to hear final thoughts and predictions for what’s …

The Reel: Live from Sundance: ‘Zola,’ ‘Silvie’s Love,’ ‘Bad Hair’ and festival recap

January 31st, 2020


“The Reel” is live in Park City at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Host Mark Olsen had a chance to catch up with some actors and filmmakers to explore different storytelling formats. He moderated a panel, taped live at …

The Reel: Sundance preview plus this year’s overlooked movies

January 24th, 2020


The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has just begun, and host Mark Olsen and entertainment business reporter Ryan Faughnder sit down to discuss the wheeling and dealing behind the festival. Plus, Olsen is joined by Justin …

The Reel: Oscars Explained: Everything you need to know about the 2020 nominations

January 17th, 2020


From this year’s most celebrated films to the biggest surprises, host Mark Olsen looks at the 92nd Academy Awards nominations from every level. First, Olsen sits down with entertainment business reporter Ryan Faughnder …

The Reel: Screenwriting duo on writing ‘a tribute to Eddie Murphy’ in ‘Dolemite is My Name’

January 10th, 2020


Screenwriting duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski talk with Mark Olsen about the film “Dolemite is My Name” starring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray …

The Reel: Happy New Year

January 3rd, 2020


Wishing our listeners a Happy New Year! Thanks for joining us every week for “The Reel," we hope you’ve been enjoying the show. We look forward to sharing more episodes with you in the New Year. Keep checking back here …

The Reel: Noah Baumbach on telling a love story through divorce in ‘Marriage Story’

December 27th, 2019


Writer-director Noah Baumbach sits down with Mark Olsen to talk about his latest film “Marriage Story.” He describes the inspiration for his movie and how he was able to find love through divorce while creating the …

The Reel: The Safdie brothers on their 10-year journey to make 'Uncut Gems'

December 20th, 2019


Writer-director brothers Josh and Benny Safdie talk about their latest film, “Uncut Gems,” and why it took them 10 years to finally get it off the ground. Plus, host Mark Olsen talks with Times reporter Amy Kaufman …

The Reel: Director behind Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ video makes her feature film debut with 'Queen & Slim'

December 13th, 2019


Mark Olsen talks with director Melina Matsoukas about her transition from directing music videos to her directorial debut in feature film for “Queen & Slim.” Matsoukas is also known for directing Beyoncé’s …

The Reel: ‘Rocketman’ star Taron Egerton on becoming Elton John

December 6th, 2019


Host Mark Olsen talks with Taron Egerton, who plays Elton John in the film “Rocketman.” They discuss how Egerton prepared to portray the music-icon in the film. Egerton also talks about the close friendship he’s formed …

The Reel: Replay Episode: Tarantino Gets Personal with 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood'

November 29th, 2019


*** SPOILER ALERT in second half of the show ***

Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, here's a replay episode from one of our most popular shows. …

The Reel: Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’: An Agatha Christie-style whodunit with a Hitchcockian thrill

November 22nd, 2019


Host Mark Olsen talks with “Knives Out” director Rian Johnson about his latest Agatha Christie-style whodunit movie. Johnson describes his film as a mystery with a Hitchcockian thrill set in 2019 America. Plus, Olsen …

The Reel: James Mangold on ‘Ford v Ferrari’ and Scorsese’s Marvel comments

November 15th, 2019


Host Mark Olsen sits down with “Ford v Ferrari” Director James Mangold to talk about his latest action film starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. …

The Reel: Lauren Greenfield’s ‘The Kingmaker’ examines extravagance, influence of Imelda Marcos

November 8th, 2019


Host Mark Olsen speaks with director Lauren Greenfield about her latest documentary, “The Kingmaker,” which explores the extravagant lifestyle and rise to power of former First Lady Imelda Marcos in the Philippines. …

The Reel: 'Harriet' director on bringing ‘a tremendous hero’ to life

November 1st, 2019


Host Mark Olsen sits down with “Harriet” director and co-writer Kasi Lemmons to talk about creating a biopic based on the life of abolitionist leader …

The Reel: HBO’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ explores a midlife sexual awakening

October 25th, 2019


An empty nest and a midlife sexual awakening do not seem like things that normally go hand in hand. But that is the launching point for “Mrs. Fletcher,” the Tom Perrotta novel that’s now been adapted into a new limited …

The Reel: 'Jojo Rabbit' weaponizes comedy to remember the Holocaust

October 18th, 2019


Taika Waititi is not interested in making movies that please everyone — he says that would be too safe and boring.

The writer and director of “Jojo …

The Reel: 'Parasite': A thrill ride about class warfare

October 11th, 2019


“Parasite” is poised to be South Korea’s first-ever nomination for Best International feature, but it also looks to be competitive for best director, original screenplay and even best picture.

Rave reviews have poured in …

The Reel: 'Joker' gives a comic book villain a grown-up, nihilistic spin

October 4th, 2019


Even before “Joker” opened in theaters, the film sparked debate over its violent content, and a narrative that seemed to track with that of the …

The Reel: Emmys Wrap: A win for the underdogs

September 27th, 2019


Heading into this year’s Emmy Awards, there may have been tension between coronating beloved, long-running series and recognizing impressive, convention-bending newcomers, but in the end voters largely seemed to favor a …

The Reel: 'Downton Abbey’ and ‘Ad Astra’ offer grown-up entertainment

September 20th, 2019


Two films designed for grown-ups hit theaters this weekend.

“Ad Astra,” a space thriller starring Brad Pitt, takes a moody, meditative approach to science fiction.

Director James Gray invests in character development and …

The Reel: Bonus Episode: Highlights of the Toronto International Film Festival

September 13th, 2019


In this special bonus episode, a team of Times reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival give the low-down on this year’s crop of films at the festival — both the hits and the misses.

Among the films …

The Reel: 'Hustlers' draws inspiration from all women fighting to get by

September 13th, 2019


Only eight months passed between the green light for “Hustlers” and its release date, but writer-director Lorene Scafaria fought for years to get the project off the ground.

Scafaria said films about women doing “bad …

The Reel: Fall film festivals dominate awards season as the Oscars race begins

September 6th, 2019


Awards season is around the corner and highly anticipated movies are on full blast at film festivals across the world. Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) talks …

The Reel: 'The Terror: Infamy' Revisits a True American Horror Story

August 30th, 2019


Set during World War II and the internment of Japanese Americans, AMC’s “The Terror” weds that real-life horror story with a tale of the supernatural.

The Reel: ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: True crime with a social conscience

August 23rd, 2019


While Netflix’s “Mindhunter” is based in a time when serial killers were shocking and terrifying Americans, the second season of David Fincher’s true-crime drama feels especially topical and relevant for our time.

With a …

The Reel: Craig Mazin on 'Chernobyl' and the 'Cost of Lies'

August 16th, 2019


From the very first line of dialogue, Craig Mazin makes clear that “Chernobyl” is far more than a dramatization of the 1986 nuclear meltdown in the USSR.

Mazin, the creator and writer of the HBO miniseries, tells a story …

The Reel: 'Succession’ on HBO Captures America’s New Gilded Age

August 9th, 2019


HBO’s “Succession” wears its contempt for the billionaire class on its sleeve.

Back for its second season, heroes are in short supply while an ensemble of entertainingly loathsome and amoral characters backstab and …

The Reel: 'Can 'Hobbs & Shaw' expand the 'Fast and Furious' family business?'

August 2nd, 2019


"The Fast and the Furious" franchise had a humble beginning with muscle cars and sweat, and two guys in Los Angeles who found common ground. But the series long ago added an espionage element that took it to another …

The Reel: Tarantino Gets Personal with 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood'

July 26th, 2019


*** SPOILER ALERT*** Spoilers start at 15:08.

With a title that suggests the opening of a child’s storybook, Quentin Tarantino revisits the Hollywood …

The Reel: 'The Farewell': Love, Lies, and Family Ties

July 19th, 2019


‘The Farewell,’ a film about a Chinese American woman with an all-Asian cast and dialogue that is largely in Mandarin, has surpassed ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with the largest per-theater box office average this year.

The Reel: 'Too Old to Die Young': Nicolas Winding Refn Pushes the Boundaries of TV

July 12th, 2019


In a world of instant clicks and information on demand, director Nicolas Winding Refn took his time to tell the tale of 'Too Old to Die Young,' his …

The Reel: An Ode to Michael Mann's 'Heat'

July 5th, 2019


Michael Mann’s 1995 'Heat' has become the definitive LA crime film, but probably no one has done more lately to celebrate the epic tale of cops and robbers than a movie critic in Sydney, Australia.

Since the summer of …

The Reel: 'The Hills' Reboot & Reality TV's Hold on American Culture

June 28th, 2019


Once upon a time in America, reality TV used to be about the rich and the famous.

But THE HILLS changed the rules of the game in 2006 — merely being …

The Reel: The Teenage Wasteland in HBO's "Euphoria"

June 21st, 2019


HBO is pushing the envelope with its new teen-centered drama, EUPHORIA. Sex influenced by pornography, wanton drug use, aimless youth: It’s a horror movie for parents.

But is it a fair representation of the 9/11 …

The Reel: 'Last Black Man in San Francisco': Gentrification & Heartbreak in The City by The Bay

June 14th, 2019


"The Last Black Ma In San Francisco" is a film about a friendship, a family, a house, a city, and its community. San Francisco serves as a stand-in for cities across the country undergoing gentrification.

The film — …

The Reel: Resistance & Representation on Demand: The TV Landscape for Summer 2019

June 7th, 2019


The revolution is being televised after all.

On streaming platforms, a rebellion against powerful political, social and cultural forces is growing …

The Reel: 'Deadwood' Springs Back to Life

May 31st, 2019


"Deadwood" is back, and as Al Swearengen would say, it’s about bleeping time.

The show that died too young is now a film, and the return trip in …

The Reel: Saying Goodbye to Some of Our Favorite TV Friends

May 24th, 2019


Game of Thrones, Jane the Virgin, Veep, The Big Bang Theory, Broad City, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: These are only some of the shows signing off this year.

The Reel: Is Southland Tales Misunderstood Prophecy? A Conversation with Richard Kelly.

May 17th, 2019


Richard Kelly’s SOUTHLAND TALES is infamous both for its immense ambition and its disastrous reception. With a cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Mandy Moore, Amy Poehler, Sarah Michelle Gellar and …

The Reel: Charlie Says: Were the Manson Girls His First Victims?

May 10th, 2019


The summer of Manson is upon us. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the mass murder masterminded by Charles Manson, a wave of content is coming our way.

The grisly slayings of eight people — including the very pregnant …

The Reel: Killing Eve: Women Are So Over Being Underestimated

May 3rd, 2019


Women love true crime, but they’re also fed up with maneuvering the male-dominated workplace, being underestimated and checking their emotions at the door.

Enter KILLING EVE, the right show for the right time.

Featuring …

The Reel: Avengers: Endgame. Time for the Curtain Call.

April 26th, 2019


SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers start at 18:10!

Eleven years, 22 films, $18 billion and counting at the global box office: Avengers: Endgame is finally in theaters, bringing to a close a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Reel: Game of Thrones: We Can't Quit You.

April 19th, 2019


HBO may not have known it had a hit on its hands in 2011, but the premiere of the final season of GAME OF THRONES shattered ratings records for the network.

Viewing of the series has reached a fever pitch and blown up …

The Reel: Heathers Turns 30: How Very.

April 12th, 2019


When the movie HEATHERS was shown at the 1989 US Film Festival, now known as Sundance, the Los Angeles Times film critic Sheila Benson wrote: “No amount of production sheen or acting skill seems excuse enough for the …

The Reel: I Don't Want to be Buried in a Pet Sematary

April 5th, 2019


The master himself, Stephen King, has said PET SEMATARY “is a scary movie. Be warned.”

It explores grief, emotion, guilt and love. You could say …

The Reel: Check Out and Enjoy the Ride: 'The Beach Bum' Riffs on Classic Stoner Films

March 29th, 2019


Six years after SPRING BREAKERS, Harmony Korine is back with a new film, THE BEACH BUM, out now in theaters. The wildly creative filmmaker and fine artist is a teller of modern-day tall tales, something of a cross …

The Reel: Jordan Peele Aims to Scare People's Pants Off

March 22nd, 2019


The much anticipated follow-up to Jordan Peele’s GET OUT is out now in theaters. And Peele delivers the film he set out to make- one that scares …

The Reel: The LA Times at SXSW, America's "Punk Rock" Festival

March 15th, 2019


The Los Angeles Times is in Austin for South by Southwest, the the annual festival of film, music, technology, art, culture, tacos, barbecue, …

The Reel: ‘Captain Marvel’: The MCU comes of age with a female lead

March 8th, 2019


With its first female-led installment in the Marvel Studio franchise, most people are asking what took so long? But in one corner of the Internet, CAPTAIN MARVEL is a bridge too far, especially for those angered by star …

The Reel: Oscars 2019: An Academy in Transition?

March 1st, 2019


Despite what's been called a "despicable" Best Picture win, L.A. Times feature writer and reviewer Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) talks with Justin Chang (@JustinCChang), Mary McNamara (@marymacTV) and Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp

The Reel: Oscars 2019 Preview: What to expect from this year's Academy Awards

February 22nd, 2019


On this week’s episode of The Reel, L.A. Times feature writer and reviewer Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) previews the 2019 Academy Awards with Justin Chang (@JustinCChang), Mary McNamara (@marymacTV) and Glenn Whipp (

The Reel: Interview: Director Spike Lee opens up about Oscar-nominated 'BlacKkKlansman'

February 15th, 2019


On this week’s episode of The Reel, L.A. Times feature writer and reviewer Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) is joined by Director Spike Lee and two of his …

The Reel: Interview with Steven Soderbergh: Inside new movie ‘High Flying Bird’

February 8th, 2019


On this week’s episode of The Reel, L.A. Times feature writer and reviewer Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) was joined by Director Steven Soderbergh, to talk about his new film “High Flying Bird,” which premiered at Slamdance …

The Reel: ICYMI: Live from Sundance Film Festival with the LA Times

February 7th, 2019


On this week’s episode of The Reel, L.A. Times feature writer and reviewer Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) was live in Park City, Utah for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. After watching many of this year's movies and …

The Reel: Oscar Nominations 2019: Snubs and Surprises

January 28th, 2019


On this week’s episode of The Reel, L.A. Times feature writer and reviewer Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) sits down with Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) and Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) to take an early look at the 2019 Oscar …

The Reel: Breaking down ‘True Detective’ Season 3 and ‘The Sopranos’ at 20

January 18th, 2019


On this week’s episode of The Reel, LA Times feature writer and reviewer Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) sits down with Meredith Blake (@MeredithBlake), Robert Lloyd (@LATimesTVLloyd), and Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) to …

The Reel: Golden Globes and the Oscars Race

January 14th, 2019


This week Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) leads a discussion about the importance of last week's Golden Globes and how they might shine a light on what we …

The Reel: Mexico City with Alfonso Cuarón

January 5th, 2019


This week Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) talks to reporter Carolina Miranda (@cmonstah) after she and director Alfonso Cuarón walked through the streets of …

The Reel: Year in Review: Best in TV

December 21st, 2018


Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) and TV writers Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy), Lorraine Ali (@LorraineAli) and Robert Lloyd (@LATimesTVLLoyd) break down whether 2018 was a good year for TV. They talk about Barry, Killing Eve

The Reel: Year in Review: Best in Film

December 20th, 2018


Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) and film critics Kenneth Turan (@KennethTuran) and Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) break down their favorite movies of 2018, including Vox Lux, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Black Panther. Sifting …

The Reel: Music in Film

December 13th, 2018


This week LA Times music reporters Gerrick Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy), Mikael Wood (@mikaelwood), and Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) join Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) to discuss the intermingling of music and film. First, the …

The Reel: Reactions: Golden Globe Nominations

December 7th, 2018


This week Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) leads a conversation breaking down the Golden Globe nominations and what they mean for the awards season …

The Reel: Bravo's Dirty John

November 29th, 2018


This week, host Mark Olsen (@indiefocus) hands the mic to reporter Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) as she interviews Alex Cunningham, the show-runner of Bravo's new TV series Dirty John. Based on the L.A. Times podcast …

The Reel: Classic Rock in the Digital Era

November 22nd, 2018


Focusing this week on the music business, Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) sits down with music reporter Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2), pop music critic Mikael Wood (@mikaelwood) and Times television critic and former music editor …

The Reel: Oscars Preview

November 16th, 2018


This week our team breaks down what to expect next year at the Academy Awards and which movies have already started to make a splash. Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) is joined by Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) and Amy Kaufman (

The Reel: Netflix & Classic Films

November 8th, 2018


This week, Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) sits down with critics Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and Kenneth Turan (@KennethTuran) to discuss the demise of FilmStruck, how streaming services like Netflix have impacted the types …

The Reel: Interview: Luca Guadagnino

November 1st, 2018


This week, host Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) interviews Luca Guadagnino, the director of the remade film Suspiria and also recently known for directing the award-winning movie, Call Me By Your Name. Guadagnino talks, among …

The Reel: The Horror!

October 25th, 2018


It's Halloween time, and to celebrate the occasion our team of reporters dives deep into some recent horror hits in film and television. Film critic Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and reporters Libby Hill (@midwestspitfire

The Reel: The Conners and Murphy Brown

October 18th, 2018


This week, the L.A. Times team is joined by Joy Press, a former LAT staffer and writer of Stealing the Show: How Women Are Transforming Television, to discuss two recent TV reboots: The Conners and Murphy Brown. The …

The Reel: A Star is Born

October 11th, 2018


Film critic Kenneth Turan (@KennethTuran) and reporters Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) and Jen Yamato (@JenYamato) join host Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) to discuss the new hit movie, A Star is Born. They talk all about Bradley …

The Reel: The Suge Knight Trial

October 4th, 2018


On the heels of producer Suge Knight's murder trial, LA Times reporters James Queally (@JamesQueallyLAT), Marisa Gerber (@marisagerber), and Gerrick Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy) join Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) for a deep …

The Reel: The Cinematic Now

September 27th, 2018


Numerous recent movies have been charged by an immediacy of anxiety, as many of the same feelings from the world-at-large have made their way onto our movie screens with an alarming speed and connection. Mark Olsen (

The Reel: Emmys Recap

September 20th, 2018


This week, we're recapping everything that happened at the Emmys. Reporter Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) and TV critics Lorraine Ali (@LorraineAli) and Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) join host Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) to …

The Reel: Toronto International Film Festival

September 13th, 2018


The Reel is at Toronto International Film Festival!

Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) breaks down the last few days at the film festival with reporters Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) and Jen Yamato (@Jen Yamato) and film …

The Reel: Fall Movies Preview

September 6th, 2018


Our team breaks down what they think will be the best fall movies this year. Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus), Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) and Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) pick their favorites and talk about memorable …

The Reel: Emmy Contenders & The Crown's Matt Smith

August 30th, 2018


In this week's episode, Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) starts off leading a discussion about this year's Emmys contenders with Lorraine Ali (@LorraineAli) and Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp). Then, hear Yvonne Villarreal (

The Reel: Interviews with "The Americans"

August 23rd, 2018


TV reporter Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) interviews both Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, who play Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings in the FX show The Americans. The pair separately discusses the shows many …

The Reel: Best "Popular" Film and GLOW

August 17th, 2018


Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) is joined by film critic Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and writers Jen Yamato (@JenYamato) and Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) to …

The Reel: Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman, The Handmaid's Tale

August 14th, 2018


After some time off, The Reel is back!

This week film critic Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and reporters Jen Yamato (@JenYamato) and Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) discuss the movies Crazy Rich Asians and BlacKkKlansman with …

The Reel: Interview: Kristine McKenna on David Lynch

July 19th, 2018


Host Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) talks with writer Kristine McKenna about the process of writing Room to Dream, a new book that she co-wrote with David Lynch.

Room to Dream is part biography and part memoir of David Lynch. …

The Reel: Emmy Nominations

July 13th, 2018


Hear our reactions to this year's Emmys nominations and our team's predictions for who might win the night's most coveted awards. TV writer Lorraine Ali (@LorraineAli) and critic Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) join Mark …

The Reel: Female Storytelling & Rage

July 12th, 2018


A number of recent television shows, including the second seasons of “GLOW” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the premieres of “Sharp Objects” and “Dietland,” have dealt with female empowerment and rage in fresh and …

The Reel: Diversity in Entertainment Journalism

July 6th, 2018


As there has been increased attention given to issues of representation, inclusion and diversity regarding what goes on-screen and who is involved in …

The Reel: Why We Love Romcoms

June 29th, 2018


Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) brings in reporters Jen Yamato (@JenYamato), Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA), and Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) to talk about Netflix's recent wave of new romantic comedies. Focusing on the films Set …

The Reel: Interview: Aline Brosh McKenna

June 25th, 2018


Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) interviews co-creator and showrunner of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Aline Brosh McKenna (@alinebmckenna). They discuss the dark, emotional places that emerge in the show's third season and talk about …

The Reel: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

June 22nd, 2018


Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) speaks to Academy Award-Winning Documentarian Morgan Neville about his most recent film, Won't You Be My Neighbor? The documentary celebrates the life and work of Fred Rogers, best known for …

The Reel: Emmys 101: Part 2

June 21st, 2018


As we continue our Emmys season discussion, Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) brings in TV critics Lorraine Ali (@Lorraine Ali) and Robert Lloyd (@LATimesTVLloyd) to talk with TV editor Greg Braxton. They discuss the TV era …

The Reel: Emmys 101: Part 1

June 14th, 2018


Emmys Nominations are just around the corner, so host Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) spoke with reporters Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) and Libby Hill (

The Reel: Interview: Jodie Foster

June 12th, 2018


Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster has been a presence in the entertainment business for more than fifty years, first as a child actor in …

The Reel: Ocean's 8, Hereditary and Clare Danes

June 8th, 2018


Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) talks to film reporters Justin Chang (@JustinCChang), Jen Yamato (@JenYamato) and Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) about …

The Reel: The Bachelorette

May 31st, 2018


New York Times Bestselling Author of Bachelor Nation and Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) talks with Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) about the new season of The Bachelorette. They also discuss what this …

The Reel: The Gospel According To André

May 29th, 2018


Reporter Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) had the chance to interview André Leon Talley the other day. The two spoke about the obstacles Talley …

The Reel: David Chang on 'Ugly Delicious,' Majordomo and, Yes, That Review

May 25th, 2018


Restaurateur and chef David Chang stopped by The Reel recently for a broad-ranging conversation with Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus). In talking about his Netflix series “Ugly Delicious,” Chang got into how his ideas about …

The Reel: Cannes Film Festival

May 24th, 2018


Reporters Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) and Justin Chang (@JustinChang) have just returned from Cannes Film Festival. They debrief the experience with host …

The Reel: Deadpool 2

May 18th, 2018


Host Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) talks with Jen Yamato (@JenYamato) and Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) about the making of the Deadpool franchise, …

The Reel: This is America & Kanye West

May 11th, 2018


Donald Glover and Kanye West have almost simultaneously grabbed the national spotlight this past week. Reporter Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) …

The Reel: Review: White House Correspondents' Dinner

May 3rd, 2018


Did Michelle Wolf go too far or did she do her job? Were there any jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders' looks? What is the future of the White House …

The Reel: Avengers: Infinity War

April 27th, 2018


WARNING: This episode contains spoilers!

Reporters Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) and Sonaiya Kelley (@sonaiyak) sit down with film critic Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and film writer Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) to …

The Reel: The Handmaid's Tale

April 26th, 2018


Our reporters recap the powerful first season of The Handmaid's Tale, discuss and analyze the first few episodes of Season 2, and begin to determine …

The Reel: Celebrating 1968: Interview with Filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius

April 20th, 2018


The year 1968 was one of cultural and political turmoil. To mark the year's significance, the L.A. Times published a package of stories and …

The Reel: Beyoncé at Coachella & What to Expect This Weekend

April 20th, 2018


Our reporters discuss the most talked about performance at Coachella: Beyoncé's 2 hour set. They also predict what you can expect to see this upcoming weekend for round 2 of "Beychella".

Featuring reporters Mark Olsen (

The Reel: Scandal: The Legacy and Finale

April 19th, 2018


One of the most talked about shows on social media is coming to an end. Tune in to hear entertainment reporters Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) and Lorraine Ali (@LorraineAli) talk with editor Mary McNamara (@MaryMacTV

The Reel: Roseanne: Nostalgia and Modern Families

April 12th, 2018


What should we make of the new Roseanne reboot? What about this moment in time has caused it to soar in popularity? And is it worth a watch?

Reporters …

The Reel: What to Watch: Blockers, A Quiet Place and More

April 5th, 2018


Four of the movies released this week: Blockers, A Quiet Place, You Were Never Really Here and The Endless, all have notable storylines and directors. Film reporters Jen Yamato (@JenYamato) and Tre'vell Anderson (

The Reel: Isle of Dogs: Cultural Appropriation, Translation and Creativity

March 30th, 2018


Since its debut, Isle of Dogs has been met with controversy over the question of the film's cultural appropriation and seemingly inexplicable setting …

The Reel: Emmys Season and Outlander: Interviews with the Frasers

March 29th, 2018


The Los Angeles Times Emmy Contender Chats have begun! The first interviews of the series featured the cast of Outlander. TV reporter Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) spoke with with Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and …

The Reel: Female TV Directors, Jessica Jones and the Male Gaze

March 22nd, 2018


Join Assistant Managing Editor of Arts & Entertainment Mary McNamara (@marymacTV), TV critic Lorraine Ali (@LorraineAli), entertainment reporter Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) and TV writer Meredith Blake (

The Reel: Oscars Recap: The Red Carpet, Drake Sightings, and Fist-Pumps

March 6th, 2018


For our last Oscars-centric episode this season, Sarah Rodman (@SarahARodman) talks to Justin Chang (@JustinCChang), Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp), Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) and Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) about …

The Reel: Covering the Oscars--and What Happened in 2017?!

March 1st, 2018


Hear directly from L.A. Times entertainment reporters about how they cover the biggest night in Hollywood. Arts and film writer Jeffrey Fleishman (

The Reel: Bonus Episode: Greta Gerwig Interview

February 23rd, 2018


Film critic Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) sits down with Oscar nominated director Greta Gerwig to discuss her film, Lady Bird. In this exclusive interview they discuss various filmmaking topics, including the history of …

The Reel: Oscars Break Down: Best Directors

February 22nd, 2018


Sarah Rodman (@SarahARodman) talks to awards show reporter Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) and film critic Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) about the Best …

The Reel: Oscars Break Down: Best and Supporting Actresses

February 15th, 2018


Sarah Rodman (@SarahARodman) moderates a noteworthy conversation between Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp), Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) as they discuss the Best and Supporting Actress categories. …

The Reel: Oscars Break Down: Best and Supporting Actors

February 8th, 2018


Sarah Rodman (@SarahARodman) leads a smart and energetic discussion between Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp), Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and Jen Yamato (@JenYamato) as they discuss the Best and Supporting Actor categories. …

The Reel: Sundance Recap and the End of an Era

February 2nd, 2018


Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) moderates a lively conversation between Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson), Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) as they break down their experience at the Sundance Film …

The Reel: Oscars Nominations, Reactions, and Looking Below the Line

January 26th, 2018


Allison Janney, Willem Dafoe, and Guillermo del Toro react to their Oscar Nominations, recreate where they were when they found out, and explain what their movies mean to them.

L.A. Times film critic Justin Chang (

The Reel: TimesUp, the Sunken Place, and Oscars Predictions

January 19th, 2018


In the inaugural episode, Lorraine Ali (@LorraineAli) and Jen Yamato (@jenyamato) discuss #TimesUp and the changing landscape of sexism in Hollywood …

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