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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 and produced by KCRW. Past guests include NormanRead more

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Bradley Cooper on ‘Licorice Pizza’ and ‘Nightmare Alley’

Jan 14 • 28:32

Multi-hyphenate Bradley Cooper is out with two new films. There’s “Licorice Pizza,” in which he plays real-life wild man producer Jon Peters, and “Nightmare Alley,” where he stars as carnival worker-turned-con man Stanton Carlisle. Cooper commits to all his roles but says it was a challenge to bare all in Guillermo del Toro's dark drama, “Nightmare Alley.” “It demanded tha...

Asghar Farhadi on his Oscar-shortlisted film 'A Hero'

Jan 7 • 28:32

Director Maggie Gyllenhaal on ‘The Lost Daughter’

Dec 31 • 28:32

Megbanter 2021: Streaming wars get real, legacy studios at risk

Dec 24 • 28:32

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali on ‘Swan Song’

Dec 17 • 28:32

Mahershala Ali has worked for 20 years, earning Oscars for “Moonlight” and “Green Book.” But the new drama “Swan Song” is his first leading film role. He’s also a producer on the project, which came naturally since he feels he’s been doing some of that work — without the credit — for years. Ali tells us why “Swan Song” was the right film for him to take on a role behind th...

‘Flee’: Using animation to protect an Afghan’s identity

Dec 10 • 28:32

With Discovery on the way in, what does the future hold for HBO?

Dec 3 • 28:30

‘Tinderbox’: HBO has drama on and off the screen

Nov 26 • 28:32

Netflix’s ‘Procession’ is a therapeutic experiment, using drama to ease past trauma

Nov 19 • 28:32

The new Netflix documentary “Procession” follows Dan Laurine and five other victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, as they use drama to ease the burden of their traumatic childhoods. They write and re-enact scenes from their past — scenes that are not at all graphic but still carry a powerful emotional charge. Laurine and “Procession” director Robert Greene tell KCRW...

Kieran Culkin on why his edgy ‘Succession’ persona sometimes follows him off-screen

Nov 14 • 28:32

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