The Frame

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A daily chronicle of creativity in film, TV, music, arts and entertainment produced by Southern California Public Radio. Host John Horn leads the conversation, accompanied by the nation's most plugged-in cultural journalists.

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Serendipity for the 'Mueller, She Wrote' podcast

April 19th, 2019


The women behind the weekly podcast scheduled a live taping for April 18, and then had to scramble when the date was chosen for the Mueller report's …

Bryan Cranston releases the rage in 'Network' on Broadway

April 18th, 2019


The Tony Award-winning actor takes on the role of newsman Howard Beale in a stage adaptation of the 1976 movie; with the final season of 'Game of …

Meet Nancy and Beth, aka Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt

April 17th, 2019


When the actresses met a few years back, they bonded over their love of music, and it led to the formation of their eclectic act; the Writers Guild …

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2020!

April 16th, 2019


As the actress wraps up the final season of "Veep," she looks back and ahead; why are so many theater productions based on old movies and TV shows?

Mitchell Froom is Chairman of the (Mixing) Board

April 15th, 2019


The music producer has worked with Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Los Lobos, and occasionally releases his own music; highlights and lowlights from week one of Coachella; the Write Girl program provides …

Emma Thompson explains her John Lasseter letter

April 12th, 2019


Emma Thompson dropped out of a Skydance movie after the studio hired disgraced former Pixar CEO, John Lasseter. The she wrote a public letter about it. She tells us why. We discuss what's next in the on-going fight …

Ramy Youssef finds the humor in being Muslim

April 11th, 2019


The comedian's new Hulu series is a fictionalized version of his life growing up in New Jersey as the son of Egyptian immigrant parents; inside the …

Hologram concerts as the ultimate encore

April 10th, 2019


Re-animated artists have become a big part of the concert business, now including Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and opera star Maria Callas; why is …

Bryan Cranston is mad as hell on Broadway in 'Network'

April 9th, 2019


The Tony Award-winning actor takes on the role of newsman Howard Beale in a stage adaptation of the 1976 movie; with 'Game of Thrones' about to …

A song called 'Quiet' is still making noise

April 8th, 2019


Since going viral after the 2017 Women's March, the song by MILCK has taken on a life of its own; what's in store for fans at Coachella this weekend?; the indie hip-hop duo Closegood blends experimental hip-hop with …

The Reduced Shakespeare Co. reduces audiences to laughter

April 5th, 2019


The company specializes in abridged versions of The Bard's works that are played strictly for yuks; what are the challenges facing movie theater owners?; Yo-Yo Ma is embarked on a wildly ambitious Bach Project.

Why Emilio Estevez made 'The Public'

April 4th, 2019


Emilio Estevez writes, directs and stars in the movie, about a library that's a refuge for homeless patrons; "Fresh Off The Boat" hits 100 episodes – what is its lasting impact on the TV landscape?; at CinemaCon, AMC …

Aretha's 'Amazing Grace,' at long last

April 3rd, 2019


The singer's 1972 gospel concert film finally arrives in theaters after decades of technical and legal challenges; the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is trying to move on from leadership controversies; the Los Angeles …

Mary Kay Place steps into the spotlight

April 2nd, 2019


From "M*A*S*H" to "The Big Chill" to her lead role in the new indie movie, "Diane," Mary Kay Place reflects on her career as a writer and actor; we …

Art blooms at Desert X

April 1st, 2019


The annual exhibit of site-specific public art has visitors flocking to the Palm Springs area for more than the usual fun-in-the-sun; rapper Nipsey Hussle left behind a legacy of music and community activism.

Joan Didion's 'The White Album' gets a stage treatment

March 29th, 2019


The writer's iconic essay about the tumultuous 1960s is interpreted by director Lars Jan and actress Mia Barron; remembering French filmmaker Agnes …

How the "Us" and "Get Out" composer scores scares

March 28th, 2019


Jordan Peele's "Get Out" and "Us" were scored by Michael Abels who, prior to those films, was teaching music in LA; Jazz album made by Dreamers wins Grammys; Employment conditions for janitorial staff at big movie …

Esperanza Spalding has conjured up '12 Little Spells'

March 27th, 2019


The singer and bassist experiments with a variety of styles on her latest album, with each song corresponding to different body parts; the Fox Network has some decisions to make about the future of "Empire" and its …

Peering over 'The Brink' with Steve Bannon

March 26th, 2019


Alison Klayman's documentary follows the former White House strategist since his departure from the Trump Administration; the Autry Museum is seeking …

Leyla McCalla can pull a few strings

March 25th, 2019


The musician plays cello, guitar and banjo, and displays those talents on her album, “The Capitalist Blues”; Apple unveils its plans for streaming …

Kal Penn explains 'This Giant Beast,' aka the Global Economy

March 22nd, 2019


The actor hosts the latest from Adam McKay, who's known for taking on serious subects, but adding a major dose of humor.

The 'Blues' According to Ruben Santiago-Hudson

March 21st, 2019


The actor's one-man show, "Lackawanna Blues," captures the colorful world of the 1950s boardinghouse in upstate New York that was his childhood home.

Revisiting Oscar Wilde's tumultuous life in 'The Judas Kiss'

March 20th, 2019


The David Hare play at Boston Court is set in 1895 — the best and the worst of times for the playwright; Disney's purchase of the Fox studios is final. Now what?; singer Emily King opts for a change of 'Scenery'

Joey King's tough acting job in 'The Act'

March 19th, 2019


In the new Hulu series, the actress plays a teenage girl whose mother raised her to believe she was plagued by a range of physical and cognitive …

'The Inventor' doc exposes Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes

March 18th, 2019


In "The Inventor" Alex Gibney turns his camera on one of the biggest scammers in modern history– Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. Then, …

Bonnie & Clyde's lawmen get their own movie

March 15th, 2019


“The Highwaymen” tells the true story of the Frank Hamer and Maney Gault who finally took down the 1930’s outlaws Bonnie and Clyde after the FBI were …

Kal Penn explains 'This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy'

March 14th, 2019


If you've ever been confused about bitcoin, wondered if counterfeiting is really that big of a deal, or been curious about how exactly money laundering works, Kal Penn will help you figure it out in the Amazon series …

'Girl' director defends non-trans casting

March 13th, 2019


In "Girl" director Lukas Dhont tells the true story of trans dancer Nora Monsecour and he defends his choice to cast a cis-male in the lead role; …

Trying to tame his future in 'The Mustang'

March 12th, 2019


Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's feature film debut is about a former inmate sent to a rehab program to train wild horses; a new study from the Berklee …

Amy Berg picks up the story of 'The Case Against Adnan Syed'

March 11th, 2019


The filmmaker directs an HBO docu-series about the murder case made famous in the podcast, "Serial"; drummer Antonio Sanchez, who created the percussion score for the film, "Birdman," is performing his album, "Bad …

Jez Butterworth's 'The Ferryman' is a Broadway hit

March 8th, 2019


The playwright's drama, set in Northern Ireland during "The Troubles," is based on a real story; Spotify and other streaming services balk at paying more to songwriters; "Captain Marvel" is female-centric, down to the …

Wondery finds its niche in the podcast world

March 7th, 2019


It's hard to gain traction in the oversaturated podcast market, but Wondery has become know for its deep dives into true crime stories; one-half of Kevin & Bean is calling it quits; comedian Angelina Spicer found …

'Apollo 11' depicts historic mission in a new light

March 6th, 2019


A new documentary includes never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings to dramatize the 1969 moon landing.

'Gloria Bell' puts Julianne Moore at the center of the action

March 5th, 2019


"Gloria Bell," starring Julianne Moore, is a remake of the 2013 Chilean film "Gloria." Both are directed by Sebastián Lelio who celebrates a …

Bryce Dessner's music can't be pigeonholed

March 4th, 2019


He's a co-founder of the rock band The National, but also a sought-after composer of contemporary classical works; Dan Reed, director of the Michael Jackson documentary, "Leaving Neverland," on how his film came …

'PEN15' captures middle school in all its glory

March 1st, 2019


Series co-creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine talk about capturing the awkward and hilarious middle school experience; Martin Scorsese may be …

Chiwetel Ejiofor: The accidental filmmaker

February 28th, 2019


The actor didn't imagine he would write and direct the adaptation of "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind," but that's what happened; composer, conductor …

Song Club is in session

February 27th, 2019


Musicians Inara George and Eleni Mandell host an occasional performance and conversation series with songwriters of all genres composing music around a common theme; is R. Kelly still getting paid?; TV composer Kurt …

Bettye LaVette takes on the Bob Dylan songbook

February 26th, 2019


The veteran R&B singer finds the soul in classics such as "It AIn't Me Babe" and "Mama, You Been On My Mind" on her latest album, "Things Have …

Recapping The Academy Awards

February 25th, 2019


There were surprises ("Green Book"! Olivia Colman!) and some history was made (Hannah Beachler, Ruth Carter). John Horn recaps the show with film …

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