Awards Chatter

Awards Chatter

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‘Awards Chatter’ is a podcast, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, that features in-depth interviews with the most interesting and accomplished people in show business. Hosted by: Scott Feinberg Produced by: Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham


David Crosby - ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’
Jul 19 • 39 min
The rock and roll legend from The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, who is the subject of an acclaimed new documentary, begins reflecting on his rollercoaster life and career before having a meltdown and forcing Scott to terminate the interview, an ‘Awards…
George Schlatter - ‘Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate’
Jul 15 • 104 min
One of the most influential producers in the history of television — a man best known for creating and producing the landmark variety sketch series ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’ — reflects on that show’s origins, impact and legacy, most recently on display…
Rhea Seehorn - ‘Better Call Saul’
Jun 21 • 91 min
The actress best known for playing Kim Wexler opposite Bob Odenkirk on AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ prequel opens up about her roots as a character actress; what she learned from short-lived TV series earlier in her career; and what it’s like to play her current…
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero - ‘Desus & Mero’
Jun 17 • 75 min
The late night hosts with the youngest and most diverse audience reflect on how they were shaped by being first-generation Americans from the Bronx, how social media led to their podcast and TV shows and what makes their new current program different from…
David Letterman - ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’
Jun 11 • 72 min
The standup and late night comedy legend, who rarely grants interviews, opens up about why he pursued a public life despite immense shyness, why he adored Johnny Carson and has mixed feelings about Jay Leno, why he retired from ‘Late Show’ only to return…
Bob Mackie - ‘The Cher Show’
Jun 8 • 104 min
One of the greatest fashion designers and costume designers for the last 60 years reflects on his famous clients (including Judy Garland, Carol Burnett and Cher), his most iconic outfits (from the ‘Gone with the Wind’ parody dress for ‘The Carol Burnett…
Celia Keenan-Bolger - ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’
Jun 5 • 54 min
The four-time Tony nominee opens up about being fired from ‘The Light in the Piazza’ just before it went to Broadway, how she rebounded in a series of musicals before breaking into plays and what it’s like playing children on stage, most recently…
Santino Fontana - ‘Tootsie’
Jun 2 • 54 min
The Tony favorite reflects on how his career was interrupted — and life jeopardized — by a 2010 head injury; how he fought his way back, only to walk away from ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ after just one season; and what he has learned from playing a woman in…
Aidy Bryant - ‘Shrill’ & ‘Saturday Night Live’
May 27 • 59 min
The 32-year-old vet of improv and sketch comedy reflects on seven seasons in Studio 8H, what frustrated her about the acting opportunities she was offered during hiatuses and why she ultimately signed on to co-create, co-write, co-produce and star on a…
Marie Kondo - ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’
May 24 • 35 min
The world’s leading organizing consultant reflects on the roots of her interest in tidying, and how tidying for friends became a part-time job and then a booming business; how her KonMari Method evolved into what it is; and how her bestselling books about…
Norman Lear - ‘One Day at a Time’ & ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons’
May 20 • 53 min
The most influential producer in TV history — a man who, in the 1970s, revolutionized the sitcom format by using it to tackle matters of social import — reflects on the dark childhood that shaped his social conscience, the defining moments of his career,…
George Clooney - ‘Catch-22’
May 13 • 66 min
In his first-ever podcast interview, the A-lister reflects on parts played and lessons learned over 37 years in Hollywood, the pros and cons of mega-fame, why he no longer sees himself as a leading man and why he decided to return to TV to make a limited…
Phoebe Waller-Bridge - ‘Fleabag’ & ‘Killing Eve’
May 8 • 56 min
The multi-hyphenate behind two of TV’s buzziest shows reflects on how a series of 10-minute plays that she wrote opened the doors to screen jobs, how much of herself is in her characters and how being a feminist does (and doesn’t) shape her work.
Alison Brie - ‘GLOW’
May 3 • 71 min
A star of ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Community’ and Netflix’s comedy about women wrestlers reflects on her career, assumptions about her range and making a female-dominated show.
Kelli O’Hara - ‘Kiss Me, Kate’
Apr 29 • 61 min
One of the greatest leading ladies in Broadway history reflects on her unlikely path from Oklahoma to the Great White Way, how she found her voice thanks to a special teacher and her ‘voice’ through the roles she played and why, even at the top, she finds…
Seth MacFarlane - ‘The Orville’
Apr 25 • 52 min
One of Hollywood’s funniest, smartest and most provocative figures reflects on the roots of his passion for animation, becoming TV’s youngest-ever EP 20 years ago with ‘Family Guy’ and following decades of comedy — from directing ‘Ted’ to hosting the…
Remembering David Picker (1931-2019)
Apr 22 • 79 min
The legendary film exec — who ran three studios, was behind five best picture Oscar winners and brought James Bond, The Beatles and Steve Martin to the movies — died Saturday at 87 following a battle with colon cancer. Here, for the first time, Scott…
Vanessa Hudgens - “Rent: Live”
Apr 22 • 55 min
Best known for starring in the ‘High School Musical’ trilogy opposite her then-boyfriend Zac Efron, the young actress reflects on her musical roots, surviving celebrity and reinventing herself as an adult in Hollywood.
Richard Madden - ‘Bodyguard’
Apr 14 • 45 min
The Scotsman, one of Hollywood’s hottest young actors, reflects on his Golden Globe-winning performance, as well as playing Robb Stark on ‘Game of Thrones,’ “anxiety-inducing” paparazzi and those 007 rumors.
Mark Hamill - ‘Knightfall’
Apr 8 • 62 min
The screen legend best known for playing Luke Skywalker in six ‘Star Wars’ films over 42 years reflects on fame and typecasting, why he loves theater and voice acting, “‘Star Wars’ fatigue” and why he took on the role of a medieval SOB on History’s drama…
Ken Jeong - ‘You Complete Me, Ho’
Apr 1 • 93 min
Best known for ‘The Hangover’ trilogy, the actor/standup comedian discusses what led to his life-changing decision to walk away from medicine to focus on performing, the personal and social significance of projects like ‘Dr. Ken’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’…
Billy Porter - ‘Pose’
Mar 25 • 72 min
The actor/singer emotionally reflects on his dark childhood, his 14-year exile from Broadway and how he realized his dreams via the Tony-winning musical ‘Kinky Boots’ and Ryan Murphy’s landmark FX drama.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar - ‘The Passage’
Mar 18 • 73 min
Best known for playing Zack Morris on ‘Saved by the Bell,’ the veteran TV actor reflects on that iconic character, his subsequent collaboratIons with Steven Bochco and his acclaimed work as a federal agent on Fox’s rookie series.
Stephan James - ‘Homecoming’
Mar 11 • 48 min
The Golden Globe-nominated breakout star reflects on his transformation from reserved kid into public performer; the challenges of playing icons Jesse Owens and John Lewis and anchoring ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; and holding his own opposite Julia…
THR Pundits Preview 91st Oscars
Feb 21 • 64 min
Scott Feinberg, THR’s awards columnist, is joined by THR’s tech editor Carolyn Giardina, executive editor (features) Stephen Galloway, senior editor (film) Rebecca Keegan and film editor Gregg Kilday for a discussion about the show’s controversies,…
Ruth E. Carter - ‘Black Panther’
Feb 18 • 91 min
The trailblazing costume designer — the first black person ever nominated for the best costume design Oscar, she now has three such noms to her name (no black woman has more across all categories) — reflects on breaking into her profession when no other…
Richard E. Grant - ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Feb 6 • 66 min
The veteran character actor, who was most famous for his debut film role in 1987’s ‘Withnail & I’ prior to his Oscar-nominated turn in Marielle Heller’s 2018 dramedy about a pair of Big Apple misfits, reflects on his bizarre childhood, the working-actor’s…
Diane Warren - ‘RBG’
Jan 27 • 93 min
One of the greatest songwriters of all time — a one-woman hit machine for 35 years who has worked with most major singers of that timespan and is synonymous with the ‘power ballad’ — reflects on how music helped her escape a troubled childhood, the…
Bo Burnham - ‘Eighth Grade’
Jan 21 • 60 min
The YouTube star turned internationally-popular standup comedian turned acclaimed filmmaker reflects on his unusual career path, his debilitating battles with anxiety and how technology is changing our lives.
Amy Adams - ‘Vice’ & ‘Sharp Objects’
Jan 14 • 56 min
One of the most respected actresses of her generation, a five-time Oscar bridesmaid, reflects on how years in dinner theater gave way to a career in screen acting, how her career has been divided into noticeable phases and how she navigates dark parts…
Sam Elliott - ‘A Star Is Born’
Jan 11 • 68 min
The beloved character actor, who has been appearing on the big screen for 52 years, reflects on why the first film in which he was the star was also the last; how he feels about being typecast as the strong/silent type; and what sparked his late-career…
Alfonso Cuarón - ‘Roma’
Jan 7 • 56 min
The Oscar winner, one of the key figures of New Mexican Cinema and one of the most accomplished and admired filmmakers in the world, opens up about being kicked out of film school, the evolution of ‘The Three Amigos,’ the widely-varying scales and genres…
Lucas Hedges - ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Mid90s’ & ‘The Waverly Gallery’
Jan 3 • 62 min
The 22-year-old ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Oscar nominee talks about growing up in an artistic family, battling self-doubt, coming to terms with his sexuality and starring in three films — and making his Broadway debut — in 2018.
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie - ‘Leave No Trace’
Dec 31, 2018 • 66 min
The 18-year-old New Zealander reflects on her breakout year (after Debra Granik’s latest premiered at Sundance, she shot four other films), frequent comparisons with J-Law (the star of Granik’s last film, ‘Winter’s Bone’) and her plans for the future.
John Krasinski - ‘A Quiet Place’ & ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’
Dec 24, 2018 • 73 min
The beloved star of ‘The Office’ talks about his prior struggles to break into the biz, his subsequent transition into film acting and directing and his remarkable 2018 playing a superhero on TV and writing, directing and starring in the year’s most…
Sacha Baron Cohen - ‘Who Is America?’
Dec 20, 2018 • 80 min
20 years after first taking outlandish characters out into the world, a form of comedy that hadn’t been done before, the incomparable Brit, now up for a Golden Globe, reflects on pre-fame life, his characters’ origins and Donald Trump.
Julia Roberts - ‘Ben Is Back’ & ‘Homecoming’
Dec 17, 2018 • 42 min
The biggest female movie star of the last 30 years, “America’s Sweetheart” herself, reflects on pre-stardom life and loss, how she wound up in ‘Pretty Woman’ and becoming the queen of rom-coms and what it’s like to now be playing a mom (she’s getting some…
Carey Mulligan - ‘Wildlife’
Dec 9, 2018 • 84 min
An actors’ actor who is just 33, but already has more than a decade of acclaimed stage and screen work under her belt, on breaking out of period pieces, overcoming fears and her latest role, in which she gives, in the view of the New York Times’ film…
Hugh Jackman - ‘The Front Runner’
Dec 3, 2018 • 98 min
One of the most multi-talented stars in showbiz history — an Australian man of Hollywood films and Broadway theater who is the living embodiment of “the triple threat” — reflects on his dark childhood, playing the same superhero in more films and over…
Spike Lee - ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Nov 27, 2018 • 135 min
The small, scrappy, tough-as-nails New York filmmaker behind classics such as ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Malcolm X’ reflects upon the challenges of making indie films over the last 32 years, the impact of and controversies…
James Burrows - ‘Will & Grace’
Nov 19, 2018 • 82 min
One of the most prolific and admired directors in TV history — the go-to guy for sitcom pilots — reflects on how Mary Tyler Moore helped him break into the biz, the 15 years he split between ‘Taxi’ and ‘Cheers’ (he co-created the latter) and being at the…
Steve McQueen - ‘Widows’
Nov 12, 2018 • 62 min
The ‘12 Years a Slave’ director and producer (the first black producer ever to win a best picture Oscar) opens up about how his work in art led to his career in film, his close collaborations with Michael Fassbender and why he followed his big Oscar night…
Shaquille O’Neal - ‘Killer Bees’
Nov 5, 2018 • 72 min
One of the greatest basketball players of all time reflects on his career on the hardwood, transitioning into retirement and using his profile to call attention to socially-significant films. But first: Gabe Polsky, the director of the new documentary ‘In…
Dolly Parton - ‘Dumplin”
Oct 29, 2018 • 50 min
One of the most popular singer/songwriters of all-time — a woman who The Guardian described as “the biggest star country music has ever produced,” and who has crossed back and forth, for more than 40 years, between country and pop, while also starring in…
Melissa McCarthy - ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Oct 22, 2018 • 95 min
One of today’s few true movie stars — people buy tickets to see a movie because she’s in it — opens up about the source of her early self-esteem and confidence; the crazy way she wound up performing standup and then improv; why she was planning to quit…
Steve Carell - ‘Beautiful Boy’
Oct 14, 2018 • 83 min
One of Hollywood’s most versatile actors opens up about his discovery of improv en route to ‘The Daily Show,’ how a small part in ‘Anchorman’ led to a star-making role in ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ which, in turn, saved the fledgling ‘The Office,’ and why…
Olivia Colman - ‘The Favourite’
Oct 8, 2018 • 81 min
A queen in the past in ‘Hyde Park on Hudson,’ in the future on ‘The Crown’ and in the present in Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest dramedy reflects on her beginnings in comedy, how the British indie film ‘Tyrannosaur’ and TV series ‘Broadchurch’ exploded her…
Matthew McConaughey - ‘White Boy Rick’
Oct 1, 2018 • 84 min
One of Hollywood’s most colorful characters — he has morphed from bit player to leading man to matinee idol to Oscar winner over the last 25 years — shares the backstories of “Alright, alright, alright,” his big break, his rom-com/shirtless era and one of…
Quincy Jones - ‘Quincy’
Sep 24, 2018 • 65 min
The living legend, one of only 21 EGOTs, opens up about falling in love with music, being black in Hollywood, talent cultivation (Michael Jackson, most famously) and discovery (from Oprah to Will Smith) and what he thinks of music and America today. But…
Keira Knightley - ‘Colette’
Sep 17, 2018 • 61 min
The twice Oscar-nominated British actress, who has been on Hollywood’s A-list for the last 15 years, opens up about how acting helped her to overcome dyslexia, how sudden celebrity caused her to have a breakdown and why she has always been drawn to — and…
Rosamund Pike - ‘A Private War’
Sep 12, 2018 • 81 min
The English Oxford alum turned Bond girl turned best actress Oscar nominee opens up about breaking out of early typecasting with ‘An Education,’ playing her first leading film role in ‘Gone Girl’ and, in perhaps her most challenging assignment yet,…
Glenn Close - ‘The Wife’
Sep 3, 2018 • 52 min
The living legend of stage and screen — who is the most Oscar-nominated living performer without a win, at 0-for-6 — talks about growing up in a cult, her later-than-usual film debut and how she made up for lost time, aging in Hollywood (she went to TV…
Chadwick Boseman - ‘Black Panther’
Aug 29, 2018 • 82 min
The star of Marvel’s first film to center on a black superhero shares why Phylicia Rashad and Denzel Washington are responsible for his shift from writer/director to actor, how he weighed the honor of playing black icons against the fear of being typecast…
Darren Criss - ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’
Aug 20, 2018 • 69 min
Emmy-nominated for both Ryan Murphy’s ‘Glee,’ in 2015, and now for an FX limited series in which he played serial killer Andrew Cunanan, the Filipino-American discusses ‘passing’ as white, pre-‘Glee’ life (he made a living playing piano at Maggiano’s) and…
Jane Goodall - ‘Jane’
Aug 14, 2018 • 80 min
The world’s most recognizable living scientist, who is to behavioral sciences what Albert Einstein is to physics, reflects on 58 years of studying chimpanzees in Gombe, encountering sexual demands and objectification in the workplace, turning unexpected…
Carol Burnett - ‘The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special’
Aug 9, 2018 • 60 min
One of the most significant and beloved figures in TV history, best known for her groundbreaking variety sketch program ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ (1967-1978), reflects, at the age of 85, on the Cinderella story that led her to showbiz, doing things that…
Ted Danson - ‘The Good Place’
Aug 7, 2018 • 92 min
The TV icon best known for ‘Cheers’ reflects on his unlikely casting on that NBC classic, the struggles that followed its 11-season run and how roles on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Damages’ rebooted his career and prepared him to play the character for…
Judith Light - ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’
Jul 31, 2018 • 101 min
The stage and screen veteran reflects on why she was so averse to doing a soap opera or a sitcom before making her name on ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Who’s the Boss?,’ and what she’s learned since returning to the theater (she’s one of only six performers to…
Milo Ventimiglia - ‘This Is Us’
Jul 26, 2018 • 106 min
Nominated for the best actor in a drama series Emmy for the second year in a row, the 41-year-old reflects on his journey to acting, almost quitting the biz after his stints on ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Heroes’ ended and how he wound up playing everyone’s…
Ricky Martin - ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’
Jul 17, 2018 • 81 min
One of the most popular entertainers ever to emerge from Puerto Rico — a two-time Grammy-winning singer, a dancer and now an Emmy-nominated actor — reflects on growing up with Menudo, his ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ era and the personal and professional rebirth…
Remembering Tab Hunter (1931-2018)
Jul 11, 2018 • 75 min
One of the last male stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age — the top one at Warner Bros. from 1955 through 1959 — died on Sunday at the age of 86. In this 2015 interview, he spoke about what it was like making movies — and being gay — in the fifties, what…
Jimmy Iovine - ‘The Defiant Ones’
Jun 25, 2018 • 76 min
One of the most significant figures in the history of the music industry looks back on his rise from studio sweeper to engineer (for John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen) to producer (for Tom Petty and U2) to label founder and chief (Interscope, which made…
Matt LeBlanc - ‘Episodes’
Jun 22, 2018 • 89 min
The comedy actor who became famous as Joey Tribbiani on NBC’s ‘Friends’ dishes on the strange series of events that led him from blue-collar work to acting; why, after the failure of ‘Joey’ and five years out of the biz, he returned to series TV on…
Jimmy Fallon - ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’
Jun 18, 2018 • 69 min
The jovial host of late night’s most iconic program reflects on his journey from doing childhood impersonations to appearing on ‘SNL,’ how Lorne Michaels recruited him to ‘Late Night’ (despite opposition from network suits) and then Johnny Carson’s old…
Claire Danes - ‘Homeland’
Jun 15, 2018 • 68 min
The two-time Emmy winner reflects on child stardom (she burst onto the scene at 14 on ‘My So-Called Life’), embarking on a film career (but passing on ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Titanic’) and returning to the small screen and experiencing career rebirth…
Barbra Streisand - ‘Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!’
Jun 13, 2018 • 50 min
The legendary singer, songwriter, actress, writer, producer and director opens up about her odds-defying career (“I didn’t want to be a singer”), why she fights for creative control over her work (“I am not a diva”) and what convinced her to embark on a…
Keri Russell - ‘The Americans’
Jun 11, 2018 • 59 min
One of the few people who has played multiple iconic TV characters reflects on child stardom as a Mouseketeer, becoming “America’s Sweetheart” at 21 on ‘Felicity’ and then, after almost quitting the biz, re-emerging as a Soviet spy for six seasons on one…
Judd Apatow - ‘The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling’
Jun 4, 2018 • 99 min
One of the reigning kings of comedy — a standup, writer, producer and director who has been a driving force behind many of the funniest TV series and films of the last 30 years — reflects on the roots of his sense of humor, his decision to move from doing…
Kenan Thompson - ‘Saturday Night Live’
May 29, 2018 • 70 min
One of the most talented comedy performers in the business looks back on his childhood at Nickelodeon (‘All That’ and ‘Kenan & Kel’), losing his identity thereafter and then finding a new home in Studio 8H (where he is in his 15th season, making him the…
Freddie Highmore - ‘The Good Doctor’
May 25, 2018 • 77 min
The star of TV’s highest-rated new network drama, whose portrayal of an autistic surgeon has already brought him a Golden Globe nom, looks back on child stardom, re-emerging as an adult on the drama series ‘Bates Motel’ (he received Critics’ Choice noms…
Jessica Biel - ‘The Sinner’
May 21, 2018 • 90 min
The actress-producer discusses how she wound up on ‘7th Heaven’ at 14 (it became TV’s longest-running family drama ever), growing up in the biz, making an eclectic mix of films and returning to TV in a limited series she also produced, which became 2017’s…
Jason Bateman - ‘Arrested Development’ & ‘Ozark’
May 18, 2018 • 88 min
One of the most likable — and reliably good — actors in the business reflects on his child stardom, how he then experienced a dark decade before re-emerging as the industry’s go-to straight man in comedies and why it means so much to him to now be able to…
Emilia Clarke - ‘Game of Thrones’ & ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
May 14, 2018 • 75 min
The British actress, best known for playing Daenerys on TV’s most acclaimed show, opens up about striking gold with and learning to navigate her first professional role, why she’s sick of talking about her nude scenes, what led her to turn down ‘Fifty…
Samantha Bee - ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’
May 7, 2018 • 65 min
The first woman ever to host a late-night satire show reflects on her 12 years at Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ (she was the longest-serving and first female correspondent), betting on herself by leaving that job for a show of her own at TBS (which…
Lena Waithe - ‘The Chi’
Apr 30, 2018 • 85 min
This powerhouse writer (the first black woman ever to win a comedy writing Emmy), actress (‘Master of None’ and ‘Ready Player One’) and creator/producer (Showtime’s new series about Chicago’s South Side) — who recently appeared on Vanity Fair’s cover and…
Christina Hendricks - ‘Good Girls’
Apr 23, 2018 • 57 min
The six-time Emmy nominee and two-time Critics’ Choice Award winner reflects on why her agents fired her after she agreed to play Joan, how she feels about all the attention paid to her figure and why she decided to follow a period drama with a…
Henry Winkler - ‘Barry’
Apr 16, 2018 • 91 min
The TV icon opens up about his debilitating dyslexia, overcoming it to land the part of ‘The Fonz’ on ‘Happy Days’ (and ‘jumping the shark’) and following ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Parks and Rec’ with standout work on Bill Hader’s new HBO dramedy. But…
Hayley Atwell - ‘Howards End’
Apr 10, 2018 • 95 min
The Golden Globe-nominated British beauty reflects on making her name in period pieces (and on ‘Black Mirror’), playing one character in several projects over many years (Agent Peggy Carter of ‘Captain America’ fame) and the new project for which she’s…
Krysten Ritter - ‘Jessica Jones’
Apr 2, 2018 • 106 min
The model-turned-actress reflects on her big break (‘Breaking Bad’), first starring role (‘Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23’) and experience playing a complex Marvel superhero on a Peabody Award-winning TV show that began exploring sexual misconduct and its…
Marc Maron - ‘GLOW’
Mar 26, 2018 • 112 min
The comic, podcast host and character actor reflects on the complex youth that led him to comedy; his rollercoaster career (he once contemplated suicide in the same garage to which a president later trekked to see him); and the Critics’ Choice and SAG…
Frankie Shaw - ‘SMILF’
Mar 15, 2018 • 93 min
The creator, showrunner, producer, writer, director and Golden Globe-nominated star of Showtime’s acclaimed new comedy series, which was largely inspired by the drama of her own experience as a young single mom, reflects on her blue-collar upbringing,…
Tommy Wiseau - ‘The Room’
Mar 5, 2018 • 84 min
One of the most colorful characters in Hollywood history — he wrote, directed, produced and starred in what has been called “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies,” which inspired ‘The Disaster Artist’ — opens up as never before about his life and work. But…
Sam Rockwell - ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’
Feb 23, 2018 • 80 min
The veteran character actor looks back on years of side-jobs and failed auditions, learning to make the most of parts of any size and landing the role of a lifetime — for which he is now favored to win the best supporting actor Oscar — in Martin…
James Ivory - ‘Call Me by Your Name’
Feb 20, 2018 • 81 min
Best known for his work as a director (he was half of the Merchant-Ivory team famous for its high-production-value literary adaptations), but poised to win his first Oscar for a screenplay (at 89, he’d be the oldest winner ever), he reflects on his late…
Willem Dafoe - ‘The Florida Project’
Feb 13, 2018 • 92 min
One of the most recognizable and admired big screen character actors of the last 30 years reflects on decades of juggling experimental theater and films, his unconventional face and why he so often lands in edgy projects like the one for which he recently…
Timothée Chalamet - ‘Call Me by Your Name’
Feb 6, 2018 • 78 min
The youngest best actor Oscar nominee in 78 years — who is just 22 — reflects on the importance of his public school arts education, his early work on TV (‘Homeland’) and in films (‘Interstellar’) and the making — and crazy aftermath — of three massively…
Allison Williams - ‘Get Out’
Jan 25, 2018 • 105 min
One of the top up-and-coming actresses in the business, who burst onto the scene in 2012 as Marnie on Lena Dunham’s HBO series ‘Girls,’ talks about emerging from her famous father’s shadow, landing her breakout part despite her refusal to do on-screen…
Hans Zimmer - ‘Dunkirk’
Jan 22, 2018 • 87 min
The Oscar and Grammy winning composer, who has masterfully scored some 150 films, reflects on his musical influences; how he began combining instruments and technology to produce new sounds; why he nearly passed on projects for which he later produced…
Rachel Brosnahan - ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Jan 15, 2018 • 71 min
The newly-minted Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice winner for best actress in a comedy series reflects on a childhood divided between acting and wrestling, her Emmy-nominated turn on Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ and landing the role of a lifetime — as a…
Christopher Plummer - ‘All the Money in the World’
Jan 11, 2018 • 80 min
The legendary actor of stage and screen, who made his film debut 60 years ago and, at 88, is still going strong, reflects on why he long felt that being angry and drunk were musts for an actor, why he has conflicted feelings about ‘The Sound of Music’ and…
Al Gore - ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’
Jan 8, 2018 • 36 min
The 45th vice president of the United States discusses why, after the 2000 presidential election, he decided to devote himself, body and soul, to the cause of raising awareness about the threat of climate change and promoting ways of combating it before…
Tom Hanks - ‘The Post’
Jan 8, 2018 • 103 min
One of the all-time most beloved and respected film actors reflects on his tumultuous childhood and becoming a dad at 21; why, in the years after ‘Big’ made him a star, he grew tired of playing “pussies,” and how he managed a remarkable career reinvention…
Mary J. Blige - ‘Mudbound’
Jan 5, 2018 • 104 min
“The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” whose first album was released 25 years ago, and who has since won nine Grammys encompassing R&B, rap, pop and gospel songs, reflects on the pain that preceded the music, the struggles with substances that nearly cost her…
Lisa Nishimura - Netflix
Jan 2, 2018 • 82 min
The VP of original documentary and comedy programming for the world’s leading streaming service discusses how she came to the company when it was still in the DVD-by-mail biz, how docs and comedy have evolved since and the stories behind her most lauded…
Jake Gyllenhaal - ‘Stronger’
Dec 28, 2017 • 89 min
The dashing Oscar nominee looks back on 25 years in the biz, from kid parts (‘City Slickers’) to teen roles (‘Donnie Darko’) to his first grown-up characters (‘Brokeback Mountain’); lessons learned from the flop of ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’;…
Clive Davis - ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives’
Dec 21, 2017 • 101 min
One of the most powerful and influential people in the history of the music industry — a producer, A&R executive and record label chief who has been nicknamed “The Man with the Golden Ear” — reflects on his “epiphany” at the Monterey Pop Festival 50 years…
Kate Winslet - ‘Wonder Wheel’
Dec 16, 2017 • 116 min
Arguably the finest screen actress of her generation reflects on her unlikely journey to ‘Titanic’ — in which she played her first leading role, at 21 — and the massive celebrity that came with its success; why, seven years later, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the…
Barbara Broccoli - ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
Dec 14, 2017 • 99 min
The woman who has co-produced every James Bond film of the last 22 years, with her step-brother and EON Productions partner Michael G. Wilson, grants a rare interview about the origin and evolution of the 007 franchise, how her own contributions to the…
Aaron Sorkin - ‘Molly’s Game’
Dec 11, 2017 • 77 min
On the occasion of his first foray into directing, the greatest screenwriter of the last 25 years — for screens small (‘The West Wing’) and big (‘The Social Network’) — opens up about his unlikely journey from actor/bartender to writer, dissects his…
Angelina Jolie - ‘First They Killed My Father’
Dec 4, 2017 • 78 min
One of the most famous, accomplished, beautiful and enigmatic women in the world opens up about her love-hate relationship with acting (and how her choice of roles has been impacted by her rollercoaster of a personal life), her gravitation toward…
Guillermo del Toro - ‘The Shape of Water’
Nov 27, 2017 • 89 min
The Mexican auteur reflects on the supernatural experiences that shaped him, lessons he learned from films that got derailed and why his latest work — “a musical-thriller-drama Douglas Sirk version of a monster movie” about “outsiders” striving to save “a…
Jennifer Lawrence - ‘Mother!’
Nov 20, 2017 • 76 min
The biggest star in Hollywood opens up about the evolution of her career and feelings about celebrity, the phone hack that left her feeling “gangbanged by the fucking planet” and her work with Darren Aronofsky on the most grueling and controversial movie…
James Franco - ‘The Disaster Artist’
Nov 13, 2017 • 91 min
The multi-talented, enigmatic artist reflects on juggling filmmaking with college, graduate and Ph.D studies; how an epiphany during the making of ‘Pineapple Express’ made possible his Oscar-nominated performance in ‘127 Hours’; and why he’s drawn to…
Margot Robbie - ‘I, Tonya’
Nov 6, 2017 • 84 min
The 27-year-old Aussie, who catapulted to international stardom through ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ discusses her conflicted feelings about fame and her ‘bombshell’ image, why she formed her own production company and how, through it, she helped to bring…
Jordan Peele - ‘Get Out’
Oct 23, 2017 • 60 min
One of the smartest and funniest people in show business — heretofore best known as half of the comedy team Key & Peele, which was at the center of an Emmy-winning Comedy Central sketch show of the same name from 2012 through 2015 — reflects on his path…
Philip Glass - ‘Jane’
Oct 16, 2017 • 76 min
One of the most revered and influential composers of the past century reflects on the ‘minimalism’ style for which he’s famous, collaborations with everyone from David Bowie to Martin Scorsese and scoring Brett Morgen’s terrific new documentary about the…
Sean Baker and Brooklynn Prince - ‘The Florida Project’
Oct 9, 2017 • 100 min
An unassuming director and his precocious leading lady reflect on their unlikely journeys — through iPhone movies and kiddie casting calls — to a collaboration that resulted in one of 2017’s most acclaimed films. But first: THR’s film critic and chief…
Kobe Bryant - ‘Dear Basketball’
Oct 3, 2017 • 68 min
The Lakers legend reflects on his hardwood career, how ‘Black Mamba’ saved him, why he retired via a poem that he’s turned into an acclaimed animated short — plus who he considers the greatest NBA player ever, how he feels about National Anthem kneeling…
Judi Dench - ‘Victoria and Abdul’
Sep 25, 2017 • 39 min
The legendary stage and screen actress, who made her professional debut 60 years ago, reflects on landing her first great film role at 63, earning all seven of her Oscar noms (one of whihc resulted in a win) over the 20 years since and why she may or may…
Benedict Cumberbatch - ‘The Current War’
Sep 18, 2017 • 89 min
One of the most exciting actors of his generation, who made his name on TV as a 21st century Sherlock Holmes and in films ranging from ‘The Imitation Game’ to ‘Doctor Strange,’ reflects on the appeal of acting, experiencing sudden celebrity and playing…
Kumail Nanjiani - ‘The Big Sick’ & ‘Silicon Valley’
Sep 11, 2017 • 75 min
The trailblazing Pakistan-born comedian, writer and actor — one of the few brown men ever to play a lead in an American movie — reflects on coming to America at 18, falling in love with stand-up and making the most emotionally vulnerable period in his…
Gal Gadot - ‘Wonder Woman’
Sep 6, 2017 • 63 min
The 32-year-old Israeli who played DC Comics’ most iconic female character in the first big-studio superhero film ever to center on a female protagonist — the hit of the summer — discusses her unusual road to Hollywood, her champions and trolls (“They had…
Tracee Ellis Ross - ‘Black-ish’
Aug 27, 2017 • 54 min
This year’s Golden Globe winner for best actress in a comedy series discusses what it was like growing up as Diana Ross’ daughter, why her current show and character are socially significant and why she has mixed feelings about the accolades that she’s…
Kristen Wiig - ‘Saturday Night Live’
Aug 26, 2017 • 60 min
The actress who Lorne Michaels ranks among the “top three or four” ‘SNL’ cast members ever reflects on how she fell in love with improv, why she co-wrote and starred in ‘Bridesmaids’ and then followed its massive success with indie dramedies and what it’s…
Common - ‘13th’
Aug 25, 2017 • 68 min
The Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper discusses the evolution of his voice (musical and political), Fox News haters and how mass incarceration became a focus of both his activism and his latest, Emmy-nominated song.
Snoop Dogg - ‘Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’
Aug 24, 2017 • 64 min
Over a blunt, the gangsta rap and hip-hop icon candidly reflects on his quarter-century in the public eye — the highs (literal and figurative) and lows (jail time, a murder charge, losing friends to the east coast-west coast rivalry), plus secrets of…
Lorne Michaels - ‘Saturday Night Live’
Aug 22, 2017 • 34 min
In a rare interview, one of the most important figures in the history of comedy discusses the roots of his iconic variety show, dissects its 42nd season (its most watched in 23 years and most Emmy-nominated ever) and reveals his thoughts on retirement and…
John Turturro - ‘The Night Of’
Aug 21, 2017 • 63 min
One of the finest character actors ever — a regular in the movies of Spike Lee, the Coen brothers and Adam Sandler — reflects on being ethnic-looking, overcoming a mid-career crisis that almost led him to retire and why so many of his projects — from ‘Do…
Susan Sarandon - ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’
Aug 20, 2017 • 70 min
One of the most revered actresses of her generation — a best actress Oscar winner currently in contention for a best actress (limited series) Emmy — looks back on her accidental entry into showbiz, achieving her greatest successes after 40, her…
Stephen Colbert - ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ & ‘Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Shit?’
Aug 19, 2017 • 72 min
Late night’s comeback kid — as in, its ratings leader and an Emmy frontrunner just a year after some began writing him off — discusses the tragedy that led him to comedy, the evolution of “Stephen Colbert” on Comedy Central and why his fortunes, as David…
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - ‘Veep’
Aug 17, 2017 • 54 min
Arguably the greatest comedy actress in TV history reflects on how a bad experience at ‘SNL’ led to ‘Seinfeld,’ how she stared down “the ‘Seinfeld’ curse” and why she loves playing bumbling politician Selina Meyer on the hit HBO show that won the last two…
Jimmy Kimmel - ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ & ‘The Oscars’
Aug 15, 2017 • 77 min
The veteran amongst broadcast’s current crop of late-night hosts opens up about his 15 years on the job, worshipping Letterman and feuding with Leno, hosting an insane Oscars and sharing an emotional 13-minute monologue about his newborn son.
Reese Witherspoon - ‘Big Little Lies’
Aug 14, 2017 • 48 min
‘America’s Sweetheart’ reflects on becoming an A-list superstar, hitting a terrible slump during which she was declared a ‘has-been’ and then reinventing herself as an actress/producer and Oprah-like champion of great books.
Sterling K. Brown - ‘This Is Us’
Aug 13, 2017 • 71 min
The TV star whose breakthrough — back-to-back Emmy noms, for ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ last year and the NBC charmer that became the highest-rated new series of this year — was 15 years in the making, reflects on struggles, loss and gratitude.
Ryan Murphy - ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’
Aug 11, 2017 • 65 min
One of TV’s most prolific and daring content creators — the man behind ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘American Crime Story,’ among other groundbreaking shows — reflects on hopping between genres, tearing down barriers and building a…
John Boyega - ‘Detroit’
Aug 9, 2017 • 56 min
The ‘Star Wars’ breakout discusses his explosion into superstardom, the industry’s handling of diversity and representation, what to expect from ‘The Last Jedi’ and why he regards Kathryn Bigelow’s new drama about the 1967 Detroit riot as “the biggest…
Elisabeth Moss - ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Aug 7, 2017 • 58 min
The “Queen of Peak TV,” who made her name on ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Top of the Lake,’ discusses why her “heart’s really in television,” what she took away from each of her major roles and how Trump has impacted the way people consume the hugely…
Robert Pattinson - ‘Good Time’
Aug 5, 2017 • 47 min
The 31-year-old Brit, best known as the male star of the fantasy ‘Twilight’ franchise, reflects on sudden celebrity, ‘Twihard’ fanatics and their strong feelings about his former relationship with Kristen Stewart and how his 10-year career-reinvention…
Laverne Cox - ‘Orange Is the New Black’
Jul 24, 2017 • 83 min
The first openly trans person ever to receive an acting Emmy nom — now two — or to appear on the cover of ‘Time’ reflects on a lifetime of discovering herself, fending off bigots and blazing a trail for others.
Kris Jenner - ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’
Jun 25, 2017 • 66 min
The 61-year-old mother of six and grandmother of six — among the most powerful and controversial people working in TV today, as an EP and star of the E! reality series and its spinoffs and “Momager” of her costars — opens up about O.J. (Nicole was one of…
Jay Leno - ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’
Jun 24, 2017 • 67 min
The big-chinned legend of late-night — who hosted ‘The Tonight Show’ for 23 years — opens up about his unlikely ascent from vagrant to Johnny Carson’s successor, the truth about his friendships-turned-feuds with Dave and Conan and why he now hosts a show…
Jill Soloway - ‘Transparent’ & ‘I Love Dick’
Jun 24, 2017 • 72 min
The force behind two of TV’s edgiest shows and winner of the last two comedy direction Emmys, who recently transitioned from female to non-binary, opens up about their bumpy climb from writer to showrunner, the gamble that changed their career and how…
Billy Bob Thornton - ‘Goliath’
Jun 22, 2017 • 56 min
The Golden Globe-winning actor and Oscar-winning screenwriter opens up about his unlikely breakthrough with ‘Sling Blade’ during the 1990s indie boom, his brief marriage to Angelina Jolie (and their matching blood vials) and the appeal of doing TV, like…
Marta Kauffman - ‘Grace and Frankie’
Jun 21, 2017 • 60 min
The Emmy-winning co-creator of ‘Friends’ opens up about the sitcom’s real-life inspirations, why she and David Crane creatively split and she avoided TV for 11 years and why she finally returned not with another multi-camera broadcast show about young…
Rami Malek - ‘Mr. Robot’
Jun 20, 2017 • 70 min
2016’s Emmy winner for best actor in a drama series — an Egyptian-American who was that category’s first non-white honoree in 18 years — reflects on early stereotypical casting, great collaborators who helped him break out of it and the prescience of his…
Allison Janney - ‘Mom’ & ‘Six Degrees of Separation’
Jun 18, 2017 • 57 min
The seven-time Emmy winner reflects on how theater led to some of her greatest film and TV opportunities, walking and talking through eight years on ‘The West Wing’ and why she feels so personally connected to Chuck Lorre’s “other” multicam sitcom.
Ron Howard - ‘Genius’ & ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’
Jun 17, 2017 • 86 min
The legendary child star turned adult actor turned Oscar-winning director, who has been known to the public for almost all of his 63 years and still is creating top-notch entertainment, reflects on his one-of-a-kind journey.
Don Mischer - ‘Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America’
Jun 14, 2017 • 94 min
One of the all-time most prolific and accomplished directors/producers of live TV events — awards shows, Super Bowl halftime shows, Olympics opening ceremonies, political conventions and music/variety specials — looks back on a half-century in the control…
Trevor Noah - ‘The Daily Show’
Jun 12, 2017 • 61 min
The South African comedian, who is the youngest person and only person of color currently hosting a late-night show, discusses his childhood under Apartheid, lessons learned from Jon Stewart, why Donald Trump is like an African dictator and his plans for…
Oprah Winfrey - ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ & ‘Queen Sugar’
Jun 12, 2017 • 65 min
In her first wide-ranging podcast interview, the trailblazing legend opens up about her horrific childhood, finding her calling, what made her successful on TV, why her fame causes her to hesitate before taking acting jobs and what she thinks her legacy…
Patti LuPone - ‘War Paint’
Jun 5, 2017 • 43 min
The two-time Tony winner reflects on her early desire to be a rock ‘n roll singer, her rollercoaster of a career (“I am not anybody’s first choice”), why she hates the word ‘diva,’ what she’d do if Donald Trump came to one of her shows and why she dreams…
Tonys Actor Roundtable - 5 Broadway Standouts
Jun 3, 2017 • 53 min
2017 nominees Danny DeVito (‘The Price’), Josh Groban (‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812’), Corey Hawkins (‘Six Degrees of Separation’), Andy Karl (‘Groundhog Day’) and Ben Platt (‘Dear Evan Hansen’) sit down for a wide-ranging conversation about…
Tonys Actress Roundtable - 5 Broadway Standouts
Jun 1, 2017 • 44 min
2017 nominees Denee Benton (‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812’), Christine Ebersole (‘War Paint’), Jennifer Ehle (‘Oslo’), Sally Field (‘The Glass Menagerie’) and Laura Linney (‘The Little Foxes’) discuss the challenges and rewards of working on…
Alexander Skarsgård - ‘Big Little Lies’
May 30, 2017 • 62 min
The 40-year-old Swede, currently in serious contention for his first Emmy nom, reflects on attaining and then fleeing from child stardom, his breakthrough in ‘Generation Kill’ and ‘True Blood’ and his intense scenes of sex and violence with Nicole Kidman…
Claire Foy - ‘The Crown’
May 28, 2017 • 46 min
One of this year’s biggest breakout stars — she won Golden Globe and SAG awards for her portrayal of young Queen Elizabeth II in the most expensive TV series ever made (Netflix allocated $100 million for its first two seasons) — reflects on auditioning…
Andy Cohen - ‘Watch What Happens Live’
May 23, 2017 • 53 min
The first openly gay host of a late-night talk show opens up about helping to create the reality TV era at Bravo, the positive and negative impact of the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise that he EPs and making the jump from suit to on-air personality.
Ricky Gervais - ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’
May 19, 2017 • 66 min
The irreverent British comedy genius behind ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’ explains how his life informs his work, what it would take for him to host the Oscars (he’s hosted four unforgettable Golden Globes) and what it was like to revisit his most iconic…
Andrea Martin - ‘Great News’ & ‘Difficult People’
May 17, 2017 • 60 min
Recently hailed by New York magazine as “the funniest woman alive,” the two-time Tony and Emmy winner reflects on being part of the landmark sketch comedy series ‘SCTV,’ why she feels much more at home on Broadway than doing improv and discovering that…
Andrew Rannells - ‘Girls’ & ‘Falsettos’
May 15, 2017 • 50 min
The fast-rising stage and screen star reflects on entering showbiz as an out gay man, how his Tony-nominated ‘Book of Mormon’ perf led Lena Dunham to hire him for her groundbreaking HBO series and why he’ll always return to Broadway (where he’s also…
Andy Karl - ‘Groundhog Day’
May 3, 2017 • 75 min
On the heels of his third Tony nom in four years, the Broadway star reflects on his journey from dinner theater to the Great White Way, where he’s starred in movie adaptations (‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Rocky’ and ‘Groundhog Day’) and…
Geoffrey Rush - ‘Genius’
Apr 25, 2017 • 61 min
The Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner reflects on defying the odds and finding fame after 40, jumping between art-house fare (including two best picture Oscar winners) and blockbusters (five ‘Pirates’ films) and starring in National Geographic’s first scripted…
Neil deGrasse Tyson - ‘StarTalk’
Apr 24, 2017 • 62 min
America’s favorite astrophysicist, who splits his time between running a planetarium and hosting the first-ever TV talk show about science, shares how he learned to be media-savvy, what he makes of the anti-science Trump Administration and why he remains…
Warren Littlefield - ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Apr 19, 2017 • 68 min
The man who ran NBC during the ‘Must See TV’ era of the 1990s and then became one of TV’s most successful producers discusses the secrets of programming a broadcast network, why his own shows go out via cable and streaming and what the future of TV will…
Mandy Moore - ‘This Is Us’
Apr 13, 2017 • 50 min
The pop star turned Golden Globe-nominated actress reflects on her early music (she wishes she could refund everyone who bought it), personal and professional struggles that followed (she almost quit showbiz as recently as two years ago) and the “reboot”…
Peter Bogdanovich - Film Legend
Apr 12, 2017 • 63 min
Best known for ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘Paper Moon,’ one of the ‘New Hollywood’ filmmakers at the vanguard of ’70s cinema discusses rubbing shoulders with legends, the murder of his actress-girlfriend and why TV is now better than movies.
Dick Cavett - TV Legend
Apr 11, 2017 • 50 min
The 80-year-old late-night legend on his journey from the Corn Belt to ABC, why the label “intellectual” did his career no favors and which of today’s talk show hosts he admires most.
Carl Reiner - TV Legend
Mar 31, 2017 • 67 min
The 95-year-old actor/writer/director reflects on being a part of Sid Caesar’s legendary ‘Your Show of Shows’ writers’ room, how he and Mel Brooks created ‘2,000-Year-Old Man,’ how a failed pilot came back to life as ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and what…
Kevin O’Connell - ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Feb 20, 2017 • 52 min
No person in Oscar history has received more nominations without a win than this sound mixer, whose 21 noms span 33 years, and who explains how he does what he does and why the Academy’s voting process has room for improvement. (2/26/17 update: O’Connell…
Damien Chazelle - ‘La La Land’
Feb 20, 2017 • 53 min
The 32-year-old, who already has directed two best picture Oscar nominees and is poised to become the youngest best director Oscar winner ever, reflects on the roots of his passion for music and movies, the Harvard pal who became his closest collaborator…
Barry Jenkins - ‘Moonlight’
Feb 18, 2017 • 69 min
The 37-year-old who could become the first black person ever to win the best director Oscar reflects on how his tumultuous childhood has informed his work, the film school pals who have been by his side ever since and the causes and effects of the…
Isabelle Huppert - ‘Elle’
Feb 11, 2017 • 64 min
The ‘Meryl Streep of France,’ finally an Oscar nominee at the age of 63, discusses her close collaborations with Claude Chabrol and Michael Haneke, her attraction to “perverse, manipulative, icy” characters and the controversial new film for which she’s…
Lin-Manuel Miranda - ‘Moana’
Feb 8, 2017 • 49 min
Poised to become, at 36, the youngest EGOT in history, the creator of ‘Hamilton’ reflects on that groundbreaking musical’s origins and success, realizing his lifelong dream of writing music for a Disney movie while at the center of his show’s “wonderful…
Emma Stone - ‘La La Land’
Feb 6, 2017 • 60 min
The 28-year-old critics’ darling and fan favorite opens up about overcoming “debilitating” childhood anxiety through acting, moving to Hollywood at 15 (and changing her name and dyeing her hair), finding magical chemistry with Ryan Gosling in three films…
Dev Patel - ‘Lion’
Feb 2, 2017 • 66 min
The 26-year-old Brit reflects on the life-changing impact of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ — good and bad (“It was like being in a gold-plated cage”) — and why he so aggressively pursued and transformed himself for the film for which he just became only the third…
Ryan Reynolds - ‘Deadpool’
Jan 16, 2017 • 44 min
The dashing star reflects on the ups and downs of 25-plus years in the biz, from the indie he calls “one of my favorite movies” to the studio bomb that “just never really understood what it was” to one of 2016’s biggest blockbusters (“I was born to play…
Vince Vaughn - ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Jan 12, 2017 • 70 min
The fan favorite on breaking through in ‘Swingers,’ not being seen as funny until after ‘Old School’ and ‘Dodgeball,’ the intention of ‘The Break-Up’ (“I really designed it to go from comedy to drama”), his decade in the cold (“I didn’t follow through”)…
Viggo Mortensen - ‘Captain Fantastic’
Jan 11, 2017 • 99 min
The Oscar-nominated veteran reflects on his early years of struggle as an actor, the tumultuous ‘Lord of the Rings’ production (“I don’t think anybody knew it was gonna be the huge success it became”), turning down an invitation to join the Academy (“I’ve…
Burt Bacharach - ‘Po’
Jan 7, 2017 • 57 min
The legendary songwriter/composer behind 48 top 10 hits, including nine that topped the charts, opens up about the inspirations for his most beloved music, what caused his breakup with longtime collaborator Hal David and how his late daughter, who was…
Denzel Washington - ‘Fences’
Jan 4, 2017 • 64 min
The trailblazing two-time Oscar winner dishes on the advice Sidney Poitier gave him early in his career, his “formula” for whether or not to make a movie, the #OscarsSoWhite controversy (“You don’t want to be nominated just because you’re black”) and why…
Michael Keaton - ‘The Founder’
Jan 2, 2017 • 61 min
The star of the last two best picture Oscar winners reflects on his groundbreaking pair of ‘Batman’ films (“If it went down, we were going down in a big way”), walking away from a third (“It sucked”), his years in the cold (“Not a whole lot of folks were…
J. Ralph - ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’
Jan 1, 2017 • 70 min
Only one person ever has been Oscar-nominated for multiple songs featured in documentaries: this 41-year-old former prodigy with a social conscience second-to-none.
Andrew Garfield - ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & ‘Silence’
Dec 29, 2016 • 58 min
The 33-year-old discusses life pre-stardom (‘I worked as a barista at Starbucks… and then I was fired’), ‘The Social Network’ (he originally was to play Mark Zuckerberg), his ‘Spider-Man’ films (“I didn’t feel like that was my work up there”) and his…
Nicole Kidman - ‘Lion’
Dec 28, 2016 • 54 min
The 49-year-old Oscar winner reflects on her roots in Australia, her marriage to Tom Cruise, why her career flourished after their divorce and the personal reasons why she was so drawn to playing the adoptive mother of two Indian children in fellow Aussie…
Tori Amos - ‘Audrie & Daisy’
Dec 26, 2016 • 51 min
25 years after her debut solo album ‘Little Earthquakes’ made her a star, the singer-songwriter reflects on her unusual upbringing, clashes with record industry execs and why she wrote the Oscar-contending song ‘Flicker’ for a Netflix doc about the sexual…
Lily Collins - ‘Rules Don’t Apply’
Dec 23, 2016 • 49 min
The newly-minted Golden Globe nominee discusses growing up as Phil Collins’ daughter, her distinct look (eyebrows!), early auditions (she lost parts in ‘Twilight’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ to Kristen Stewart) and proving her chops opposite Oscar…
Justin Timberlake - ‘Trolls’
Dec 22, 2016 • 59 min
The consummate entertainer reflects on his early appearances on ‘Star Search’ and ‘Mickey Mouse Club,’ the evolution and dissolution of N Sync (“I had something that I wanted to do that, quite honestly, I didn’t think any of them would be interested in”),…
Greta Gerwig - ‘20th Century Women’
Dec 20, 2016 • 60 min
The Critics’ Choice Award nominee on why she hates the term ‘mumblecore’ (“I’m just waiting for the day that I never have to hear it again”), rejects the ‘hipster’ label (“I’ve never been cool enough to be a hipster”) and agreed, to the surprise of many,…
Hailee Steinfeld - ‘The Edge of Seventeen’
Dec 18, 2016 • 42 min
The fast-rising actress (Oscar-nominated at 14 for 2010’s ‘True Grit’) and singer (whose 2015 debut EP ‘Haiz’ was a hit) talks about child stardom (she auditioned for ‘The Hunger Games’), balancing movies and music (“I don’t see myself doing one and not…
David Oyelowo - ‘Queen of Katwe’
Dec 11, 2016 • 86 min
The British actor of Nigerian descent reflects on a childhood caught between two worlds, why he owes so much to George Lucas (and repeat-collaborators Lee Daniels and Ava DuVernay), the ‘Selma’ “snub” (“The films I do very quickly get politicized”) and…
Sheila Nevins - HBO Documentary Films
Dec 9, 2016 • 76 min
The single most influential person in the history of doc filmmaking reflects on how a gig that was to last 13 weeks has gone on for more than 30 years, how the arrival of Vice at HBO and the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon has impacted…
Chris Pine - ‘Hell or High Water’
Dec 5, 2016 • 43 min
One of Hollywood’s most bankable young stars reflects on his early pretty-boy roles (“I had no fucking interest in all these”), his failed audition for ‘Avatar’ (“I was just awful”), almost turning down ‘Star Trek’ (“I was scared”) and finding his best…
Sting - ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’
Dec 2, 2016 • 42 min
The 65-year-old rock star reflects on how he got his nickname (“It was derisory”), why he disbanded The Police (“My intuition was telling me that that was the thing to do”) and how, over Thanksgiving dinner, he came up with the song that could bring him…
Adam Driver - ‘Paterson’ & ‘Silence’
Dec 1, 2016 • 42 min
The 33-year-old discusses why he joined the Marines after 9/11, how he wound up at Juilliard, why he almost passed on ‘Girls’ and ‘Star Wars,’ and what drew him to the indie ‘Paterson,’ for which he has been voted best actor of 2016 by the LA Film Critics…
Natalie Portman - ‘Jackie’
Nov 28, 2016 • 38 min
One of the finest actresses of her generation looks back on child stardom, her decision to attend college and refusal to attend graduate school and the two films she’s made with Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’ (“It was very lucky it happened exactly when…
Robert De Niro - ‘The Comedian’
Nov 26, 2016 • 31 min
The legend on his greatest roles, how he’s different than he was when he broke through (“I don’t feel that I need to put that much time and effort in”), Marty and Leo (“I’d love for the three of us to do something”), directing again (“It’s a real uphill…
Sally Field - ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’
Nov 23, 2016 • 86 min
The beloved actress reflects on her 53 years in the business, including the sitcoms that made her a star (‘Gidget’ and ‘The Flying Nun’), her odds-defying jump to the big screen (via ‘Sybil’), her two Oscars in six years (for ‘Norma Rae’ and ‘Places in…
Jeff Bridges - ‘Hell or High Water’
Nov 20, 2016 • 42 min
The beloved Oscar winner reflects on growing up in the business, overcoming his ‘anxiety’ about acting, playing ‘The Dude’ and garnering some of the best reviews of his career for his portrayal of a retiring sheriff in one of 2016’s most acclaimed indies.
Jessica Chastain - ‘Miss Sloane’
Nov 17, 2016 • 49 min
The two-time Oscar nominee opens up about being discovered by Al Pacino and starring in six 2011 films (“I was like, ‘What is happening in my life?!’”), the ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ “take-down” (“I wanted to just murder everyone”) and plans for the future (“I’m…
Miles Teller - ‘Bleed for This’
Nov 8, 2016 • 51 min
One of Hollywood’s few leading men under the age of 30 discusses the near-death experience that changed his life (and face), why he owes his career to Nicole Kidman, the reason he almost turned down ‘Whiplash,’ his thoughts on ‘Fantastic Four’ and finally…
Warren Beatty - ‘Rules Don’t Apply’
Nov 3, 2016 • 84 min
The 79-year-old legend, during his first podcast interview, reflects on his 55 years in the business, how he became “a control freak,” the impact of ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ the “agenda” that took down ‘Ishtar’ and his latest film, which centers around Howard…
Helen Mirren - ‘Eye in the Sky’
Oct 23, 2016 • 43 min
The revered Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner discusses a long-ago visit to a prophetic palm reader, her experiences of sexual harassment, what she wrote in a letter to Queen Elizabeth II and the one award she hasn’t yet won but really wants.
Tyler Perry - ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’
Oct 21, 2016 • 39 min
The most commercially successful black filmmaker in history discusses his abusive upbringing (“What kept me going was my faith”), harsh critics (“We all have the right to tell our stories”) and future ‘Madea’ subject matter (he’d like to “find a way to…
Naomie Harris - ‘Moonlight’
Oct 20, 2016 • 51 min
The 40-year-old Brit reflects on unexpected roles in blockbusters (two ‘Pirates’ and Bond films), high compliments (Winnie Mandela “said no one had ever depicted her better”) and why she almost turned down the role for which she’s now an Oscar favorite…
Mahershala Ali - ‘Moonlight’
Oct 15, 2016 • 65 min
The 42-year-old, best known as Remy Danton on ‘House of Cards,’ reflects on his journey from athletic prodigy to poet to actor, his disastrous ‘Game of Thrones’ audition, the social significance of ‘Luke Cage’ and generating Oscar buzz for helping to…
Kate Beckinsale - ‘Love & Friendship’
Oct 10, 2016 • 45 min
The 43-year-old opens up about young motherhood, Hollywood sexism, the upsides and downsides of ‘Underworld’ stardom and reuniting with Whit Stillman and Chloe Sevigny, 18 years after ‘Last Days of Disco,’ on a project that’s brought her career-best…
Casey Affleck - ‘Manchester By The Sea’
Oct 5, 2016 • 45 min
The youthful 41-year-old reflects on his early years with Ben and Matt, following an Oscar-nominated perf with a controversial mockumentary, falling in love with acting again thanks to Christian Bale and doing his best work for old pal Kenneth Lonergan.
Jesse Plemons - ‘Other People’
Oct 2, 2016 • 44 min
The 28-year-old, coming off an Emmy nom, dishes on his breakthrough roles on ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Fargo’ co-star Kirsten Dunst, auditioning for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ his controversial sex scene with Zach Woods and more.
Robert Vaughn - ‘Gold Star’
Sep 30, 2016 • 57 min
The 83-year-old Oscar nominee and Emmy winner on Natalie Wood and Paul Newman’s influence on his career, the unexpected success of the original ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (“We thought, ‘This picture’s gonna be the bomb of all-time’”), his pursuit of a Ph.D…
Ruth Negga - ‘Loving’
Sep 23, 2016 • 25 min
The best actress Oscar contender reflects on her biracial heritage, getting cut out of ‘12 Years a Slave’ and tapping into ‘the spirit’ of one half of the couple at the center of the landmark 1967 inter-racial marriage Supreme Court case Loving v.…
Rob Reiner - ‘LBJ’
Sep 20, 2016 • 50 min
The 69-year-old reflects on growing up in his legendary father’s shadow, shifting his focus after ‘All in the Family’ from acting to directing and the 2016 presidential election (“I’m rooting for the gal that Meathead would’ve voted for,” not a “con man”).
Gloria Steinem - ‘Woman’
Aug 28, 2016 • 54 min
The most prominent feminist of the last 50 years, an Emmy nominee for her Viceland series (“I put the V in Vice”), sounds off on the mistreatment of women (its depiction in ‘Mad Men’ was “not as bad as it really was”), plus Hillary (“a miracle to me”),…
Jerry Seinfeld - ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’
Aug 27, 2016 • 53 min
The 62-year-old comedy legend asserts ‘Seinfeld’ was never “a show about nothing” and was ripped off by ‘Friends’ (“our show with better-looking people”); Donald Trump would be welcome on his web series (“He is buffoonish enough”); he’d like to act in the…
Tracy Morgan - ‘Saturday Night Live’
Aug 26, 2016 • 37 min
“Most people that suffer the injuries that I suffered aren’t hosting no fucking TV show,” the beloved TV comedian, a guest actor in a comedy series Emmy nominee for his October 2015 hosting of ‘SNL,’ says in reference to the car wreck that nearly claimed…
Matt Walsh - ‘Veep’
Aug 25, 2016 • 46 min
The co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigade and Emmy nominee for his portrayal of Selina Meyer’s bumbling press secretary explains why he abandoned a career in psychology for comedy, why he’s drawn to improv and what it’s like working opposite perhaps the…
Hank Azaria - ‘Ray Donovan’
Aug 24, 2016 • 41 min
The 27-year ‘Simpsons’ vet discusses getting his voice insured, the acting teacher who convinced him he could do more than just voices, the challenges and rewards of guest acting (which he’s previously done on ‘Friends’ and ‘Mad About You’) and more.
Hugh Grant - ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’
Aug 21, 2016 • 23 min
The king of the rom-com, who is now 55, discusses why he stopped making movies for several years (“terrible and embarrassing” stage-fright attacks) until he was coaxed out of retirement to star in a dramedy opposite Meryl Streep (“If you play tennis with…
Eddie Murphy - ‘Mr. Church’
Aug 20, 2016 • 29 min
The enigmatic legend opens up, in his first podcast interview, about his hits and misses (“Any movie that I was in that they paid me a lot of money for was a fucking smash”), aging (“I’m a mushier, softer person as I get older”), the world today (“I…
RuPaul - ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’
Aug 18, 2016 • 52 min
The 55-year-old icon, Emmy-nominated for the first time, recalls his discovery of drag (“Bugs Bunny was my first introduction”), clarifies misconceptions (“It was never about being a woman at all, it was always about f-you to society”) and reveals why he…
Taraji P. Henson - ‘Empire’
Aug 16, 2016 • 44 min
The Oscar and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner discusses her uphill climb to stardom (she’s been a single mother since college), the first project she discussed with Lee Daniels (“I wanted to play Precious!”), why she refused to play Cookie unless her…
David Schwimmer - ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’
Aug 14, 2016 • 42 min
The beloved ‘Friends’ alum, who will turn 50 this year, talks about the dark side of celebrity, turning down Will Smith’s part in ‘Men in Black’ and why he decided to return to TV to play Kim Kardashian’s dad.
Meryl Streep - ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’
Aug 12, 2016 • 28 min
The legendary actress, who’s poised to add to a string of summer hits unprecedented for a woman over 60, sounds off on why its ‘bad business’ to bet against women, why Oscars matter, why ‘the greatest’ label gives her ‘agita’ and much more.
Bob Odenkirk - ‘Better Call Saul’
Aug 9, 2016 • 51 min
The comedy vet explains why he should have been fired from ‘SNL,’ how ‘Mr. Show’ landed him ‘Breaking Bad’ and how ‘How I Met Your Mother’ almost cost him the gig that has netted him two consecutive best actor Emmy noms — for a drama.
Will Forte - ‘The Last Man On Earth’
Aug 1, 2016 • 68 min
The quirky SNL vet-turned-Emmy nominee on why he initially turned down Lorne Michaels (“I was tortured”), the grind of writing and starring in a network series (“Nothing prepared me for this”) and what’s next (another ‘MacGruber’ and more).
Sophie Turner - ‘Game of Thrones’
Jul 27, 2016 • 37 min
The 20-year-old rising star discusses landing her first pro gig, the part of Sansa Stark, at 13, growing up in the public eye (“It can really get you down”) and Sansa’s season-six evolution (“She really showed people what she could do”).
Michael Eisner - ‘BoJack Horseman’
Jul 25, 2016 • 87 min
The storied exec reflects on his years at ABC, Paramount and Disney, and offers his take on Ovitz (“a mistake”), Katzenberg (“had to let him go”), Iger (“different than me, but equally good or better”), the Weinsteins (“troublemakers”) and the Clintons…
Justin Lin - ‘Star Trek Beyond’
Jul 22, 2016 • 40 min
The Taipei-born filmmaker, who made his name with a Sundance sensation before helming four ‘Fast and Furious’ blockbusters in eight years, opens about his youth as an undocumented immigrant, Hollywood’s resistance to diversity and his handling of his…
Richard Dreyfuss - ‘Madoff’
Jun 26, 2016 • 70 min
The 68-year-old discusses his iconic 1970s films, his descent into darkness in the 1980s (“I spent those years being a low-down dirty dog and drugging myself into oblivion”) and why he un-retired to play a “sociopathic son-of-a-bitch” in an ABC miniseries…
Bill Maher - ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’
Jun 25, 2016 • 48 min
HBO’s provocative talk show host discusses his rise through the comedy ranks, Donald Trump (“he’s LOL every day”), Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (“never say anything that challenges their own audience”) and his 1-for-35 track record at the Emmys (“I…
Robert Wagner - ‘NCIS’
Jun 24, 2016 • 44 min
The 86-year-old legend reflects on his rise to prominence during Hollywood’s Golden Age, his four-year affair with Barbara Stanwyck, his late wife Natalie Wood and his Emmy-contending guest spot on CBS’s highest-rated drama series.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - ‘The Wiz Live!’
Jun 24, 2016 • 71 min
Hollywood’s go-to producers for anything related to musical theater — the movie musical ‘Chicago,’ music-filled Oscar shows and NBC’s live musicals — dish on color-blind casting, hate-watching and plans to bring ‘The Wiz’ and ‘Bombshell’ to Broadway.
Julian Fellowes - ‘Downton Abbey’
Jun 23, 2016 • 76 min
The creator, sole writer and executive producer of the dearly-departed drama series talks about his decades as a character actor (he appeared in a Bond movie), his transition to writing (he won an Oscar at 52 for his first produced screenplay) and the…
James Lipton - ‘Inside the Actors Studio’
Jun 19, 2016 • 64 min
The legendary interviewer, who’s nearing his 90th birthday, reflects on life before his hit Bravo show (he was an actor, writer, producer and yes, pimp), discusses the episodes that mean the most to him and answers the questionnaire he’s made famous.
Seth Meyers - ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’
Jun 14, 2016 • 40 min
NBC’s 42-year-old veteran, who was at ‘SNL’ longer than all but one other cast member in its history, says writing was his ‘key to survival’ at the fabled sketch show, that he left it very reluctantly but that he’s grown to love the ‘consistency’ of late…
Joe Mantello - ‘The Humans’
Jun 8, 2016 • 47 min
The best-director-of-a-play Tony nominee reflects on his long and varied career as a Broadway actor (‘Angels in America,’ ‘The Normal Heart’) and director (he’s won Tonys for directing a play and a musical, and helmed the blockbuster ‘Wicked’), and the…
Danai Gurira - ‘Eclipsed’
Jun 8, 2016 • 57 min
The actress/playwright explains why she calls herself a “Zimerican,” how her part on ‘The Walking Dead’ relates to her plays about African women and what led Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o to her most acclaimed show yet — seven years ago.
Jerrod Carmichael - ‘The Carmichael Show’
Jun 6, 2016 • 41 min
The 28-year-old co-creator, writer and star of NBC’s acclaimed multi-camera comedy series reveals how his life changed in a Winston-Salem shoe store, why he turned down a part on ‘New Girl’ when he had no money and what it was like skewering Bill Cosby on…
Leslie Odom, Jr. - ‘Hamilton’
Jun 5, 2016 • 56 min
The Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s biggest phenomenon in memory (he plays Aaron Burr) dishes on his debut at 17 in ‘Rent,’ how he got out of a 7-year TV show contract so he could do ‘Hamilton’ at The Public for $500 a week, why he and his castmates…
Jeff Daniels - ‘Blackbird’
Jun 5, 2016 • 58 min
The 61-year-old vet of stage and screen opens up about how ‘Dumb & Dumber’ saved his career, what it’s like to get “Sorkin-ized” and why he’s returned to a stage role, nine years after first playing it, even though it “guts” him eight times a week.
Tonys Actress Roundtable - 7 Broadway Standouts
Jun 1, 2016 • 48 min
2016 nominees Lupita Nyong’o (‘Eclipsed’), Jessica Lange (‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’), Michelle Williams (‘Blackbird’), Megan Hilty (‘Noises Off’), Jessie Mueller (‘Waitress’), Laura Benanti (‘She Loves Me’) and Cynthia Erivo (‘The Color Purple’)…
Tonys Actor Roundtable - 7 Broadway Standouts
Jun 1, 2016 • 48 min
2016 nominees Leslie Odom, Jr. (‘Hamilton’), Jeff Daniels (‘Blackbird’), Gabriel Byrne (‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’), Zachary Levi (‘She Loves Me’), Reed Birney (‘The Humans’), Danny Burstein (‘Fiddler on the Roof’) and Alex Brightman (‘School of…
Gina Lollobrigida - Film Legend
May 28, 2016 • 45 min
The 87-year-old Italian legend dishes on her relationship with Howard Hughes, friendship with Marilyn Monroe and feud with Sophia Loren; why her husband turned down ‘La Dolce Vita’ for her; which director she’d un-retire for; and which 2016 American…
Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara - ‘Schitt’s Creek’
May 27, 2016 • 58 min
The king and queen of improv comedy reflect on more than 40 years of friendship and collaboration; why she owes her career to Gilda Radner; how he almost wound up in ‘Home Alone’; what it was like performing a song in-character at the Oscars; how they’ve…
Jennifer Lopez - ‘Shades of Blue’
May 24, 2016 • 30 min
The 46-year-old icon, who is busier than ever, dishes on her famous figure (“Kind of broke that mold”), celebrity (“As I get older it bothers me more”), Bennifer and ‘Gigli’ (“It wasn’t going to end me”), diva rep (“I carried this stigma with me”) and the…
Ray Liotta - ‘Shades of Blue’
May 22, 2016 • 65 min
The 61-year-old opens up about owing his career to Melanie Griffith, why he’s never seen ‘Field of Dreams,’ how he got cast in ‘Goodfellas,’ why he’s a bigger diva than J. Lo and how he feels about playing a bisexual (“I just put my big-boy — my pink…
Aziz Ansari - ‘Master of None’
May 20, 2016 • 55 min
The standup comedian, bestselling author and co-creator, writer and star of Netflix’s acclaimed comedy series opens up about entertainment industry bias, the death of his friend/collaborator Harris Wittels and what he’s doing next.
Anna Karina - Film Legend
May 18, 2016 • 48 min
The iconic French New Wave actress, who was once Jean-Luc Godard’s wife and muse, opens up about their rocky relationship (she attempted suicide), the possibility of one last cinematic reunion and much more.
Tom Hiddleston - ‘The Night Manager’
May 13, 2016 • 63 min
The 35-year-old Brit, whose fans call themselves “Hiddlestoners,” discusses how ‘Othello’ led him to the Marvel Universe; how he transformed himself for a Hank Williams biopic; and how his portrayal of a spy on AMC’s hit limited series is fueling those…
Chuck Lorre - ‘The Big Bang Theory’ & ‘Mom’
May 11, 2016 • 51 min
The multi-camera master opens up about Charlie Sheen’s meltdown (“a terrible time”), the cancellation of ‘Mike & Molly’ (“CBS was never terribly enthusiastic”), the future of ‘Big Bang’ (“a Leslie Moonves question”), his passion for ‘Mom’ (even though…
James Corden - ‘The Late Late Show’
May 9, 2016 • 52 min
Late night’s king of viral videos (see ‘Carpool Karaoke’), who is poised to land his first Emmy nom for outstanding variety talk series, speaks with THR 15 months after replacing Craig Ferguson and one month before hosting the Tony Awards.
Louis C.K. - ‘Horace and Pete’
May 7, 2016 • 77 min
In an in-depth interview, the 48-year-old stand-up comedian and TV auteur discusses his self-released drama series (it didn’t bankrupt him and its obituary was written prematurely), Emmys campaigning (he’s going “balls to the wall” for the show), the…
Jane Fonda - ‘Grace and Frankie’
May 5, 2016 • 41 min
The 78-year-old legend opens up about her Netflix comedy (“the second season is way better than the first”), her upcoming reunion with Robert Redford and “what really happened in Hanoi” 44 years ago.
Dana Brunetti - ‘House of Cards’
Apr 29, 2016 • 75 min
A wide-ranging convo with the controversial three-time Emmy nominee (‘House of Cards’), two-time Oscar nominee (‘Social Network,’ ‘Captain Phillips’) and producer of one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises (‘Fifty Shades’) who recently became one of the…
Dick Costolo - ‘Silicon Valley’
Apr 23, 2016 • 30 min
The 52-year-old former Twitter CEO, who serves as a consultant on HBO’s hit comedy series, talks about his days in Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe (“Steve Carell and I were in the same group”), the highs and lows of his time running one of the world’s…
Robert McKee - ‘Story: Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting’
Apr 7, 2016 • 60 min
The author and lecturer on screenwriting, who was famously portrayed in ‘Adaptation,’ discusses his “principles,” critics and view that TV, not film, is the medium in which writers should now aim to work.
Billy Eichner - ‘Billy on the Street’ & ‘Difficult People’
Apr 6, 2016 • 63 min
The 37-year-old funnyman, who has landed Daytime and Primetime Emmy noms, dispels with the notion that he’s an overnight sensation and dishes on the “love-hate relationship” with celebrity culture that’s at the center of his work as a comic and an actor.
Ethan Hawke - ‘Born to Be Blue’
Mar 25, 2016 • 43 min
The 45-year-old reflects on his evolution from child star to four-time Oscar nominee (twice for acting and twice for writing), as well as his frequent collaborations with Richard Linklater and his latest standout performance, as jazz legend Chet Baker.
Joel Grey - ‘Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir’
Mar 23, 2016 • 55 min
The 83-year-old Tony and Oscar winner for ‘Cabaret,’ who recently came out as a gay man and wrote about his complicated personal and professional journey in a new memoir, says, “I’m still joyous in my life and can’t wait for tomorrow.”
John Stamos - ‘Grandfathered’ & ‘Fuller House’
Mar 16, 2016 • 66 min
The beloved 52-year-old actor/producer talks about the joys of doing — and his frustration with the name of — his Fox series, the real story of why the Olsen twins didn’t rejoin the Tanner family and how he’s finally overcome his desire “to do what the…
Michael Barker and Tom Bernard - Sony Pictures Classics
Mar 2, 2016 • 66 min
“We’re like one brain with two sides,” says Bernard, whose 37-year collaboration with Barker spans stints at Films Inc., UA Classics, Orion Classics and, for the last quarter-century, Sony Classics.
Rabbi Marvin Hier - Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance & Moriah Films
Feb 25, 2016 • 133 min
The twice Oscar-winning founder and dean of L.A.’s Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance caters to industry Jews and gentiles alike as they navigate life (Will Smith once called him on Christmas Eve) and an even higher calling: awards season.
Harvey Weinstein - The Weinstein Co.
Feb 25, 2016 • 37 min
The 63-year-old Weinstein Co. co-chief opens up about his life, work and topics he’s rarely discussed: being partially blinded in a childhood accident, the sudden death of his father, his days as an assistant, why he cares about Oscars and #OscarsSoWhite.
Sandy Powell - ‘Carol’ & ‘Cinderella’
Feb 23, 2016 • 56 min
The 55-year-old Brit, who is famous for her research and attention to detail, already has three Oscars to her name. Only four costume designers have more.
Jennifer Jason Leigh - ‘The Hateful Eight’
Feb 20, 2016 • 47 min
40 years into her career, and six years after almost quitting the business, one of the most respected actresses of her generation is finally an Oscar nominee — “and it feels incredibly sweet,” she says.
Tom McCarthy - ‘Spotlight’
Feb 18, 2016 • 44 min
The 49-year-old indie darling opens up about his multi-hyphenate career, directing the pilot of ‘Game of Thrones’ and why he initially turned down the film that has now brought him best director and best original screenplay Oscar noms.
Lenny Abrahamson - ‘Room’
Feb 18, 2016 • 48 min
The 50-year-old Irishman, who landed a best director Oscar nom over the likes of Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg, talks about his circuitous journey to directing, his dogged pursuit of Emma Donoghue’s novel and directing Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay…
Alicia Vikander - ‘The Danish Girl’
Feb 17, 2016 • 50 min
“I’m still trying to get used to it,” the 27-year-old Swede — this awards season’s “It” girl — says of the fame that has come with appearing in seven 2015 releases, two of which have brought her mountains of accolades.
Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and 5 Other Best Original Song Oscar Nominees
Feb 15, 2016 • 57 min
The musical artists behind ‘Til It Happens to You,’ ‘Writing’s on the Wall,’ ‘Earned It,’ ‘Simple Song #3’ and ‘Manta Ray’ discuss the origins, music, lyrics, functions, oddities and impact of their songs.
Steven Spielberg - ‘Bridge of Spies’
Feb 11, 2016 • 45 min
During a candid 45-minute conversation, the 69-year-old legend, who became the most Oscar-nominated producer in history with the best picture nom for ‘Spies,’ talks not only about his work, but also about everything from his dyslexia, shortcomings and…
George Miller - ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Feb 10, 2016 • 50 min
The 70-year-old Aussie, a best picture and best director Oscar nominee for the fourth installment in his 37-year-old franchise, discusses its origin and evolution, his problems with Hollywood and making an instant-classic with two bickering stars.
Adam McKay - ‘The Big Short’
Jan 30, 2016 • 57 min
The 47-year-old best director and best adapted screenplay nominee talks about his journey through the comedy world, how he shifted gears to tackle Michael Lewis’ 2010 bestseller, why he’s backing Bernie Sanders and reteaming with Will Ferrell.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Dawn Hudson and Janice Min
Jan 27, 2016 • 54 min
The President and Chief Creative Officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group sits down for an in-depth conversation with the leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
William Shatner - ‘Star Trek’
Jan 20, 2016 • 45 min
The 84-year-old legend muses about the possibility of reinhabiting Capt. Kirk (‘How would they handle it, in science-fiction terms? I’m older, I’m heavier’), Harrison Ford’s return to ‘Star Wars’ (‘He needed a new airplane’), his seances with DeForest…
Michael B. Jordan - ‘Creed’
Jan 8, 2016 • 54 min
The 28-year-old, who is the first person other than Sylvester Stallone to play a leading role in an installment of the 40-year-old franchise, could follow in Sly’s footsteps and land a best actor Oscar nom.
J.J. Abrams - ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Jan 8, 2016 • 52 min
The 49-year-old director of the highest-grossing movie of all time reacts to the film’s tremendous reception (“I’m incredibly grateful”) and responds to its critics (“I can understand that someone might say, ‘Oh, it’s a complete rip-off!’ “).
Lady Gaga and Diane Warren - ‘The Hunting Ground’
Jan 8, 2016 • 58 min
The music icon and the seven-time Oscar nominee discuss fame, the music business and the sexual assaults they both suffered years ago, which inspired them to collaborate on the original song ‘Til It Happens to You’ for an acclaimed new doc about the…
Lily Tomlin - ‘Grandma’
Jan 7, 2016 • 47 min
For her performance as a feisty senior citizen in Paul Weitz’s low-budget indie comedy, the chameleonic 76-year-old has landed best actress Gotham, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominations.
Saoirse Ronan - ‘Brooklyn’
Dec 30, 2015 • 44 min
The American-born Irish actress, who was Oscar-nominated at age 13, is back in the running at 21 for her moving portrayal of a young woman caught between two countries and two young men.
Kristen Stewart - ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’
Dec 28, 2015 • 45 min
The 25-year-old, who became the first American actress ever to win a Cesar Award and won several critics groups’ awards for her portrayal of a movie star’s assistant, reflects on celeb obsession—on screen and off—and offers advice to Daisy Ridley.
Samuel L. Jackson - ‘The Hateful Eight’
Dec 27, 2015 • 60 min
The 67-year-old, whose films have grossed more than any other actor’s in history, opens up about reuniting with Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee, Oscars ‘bullshit,’ his stutter, the n-word, cops and the ‘hate’ of his golfing buddy Donald Trump.
Dan Rather - ‘Truth’
Dec 24, 2015 • 69 min
The legendary TV newsman, now 84, reflects on his life, the state of news and the controversy that ended his career at CBS News and inspired a film: “I didn’t think then, I haven’t thought since then and I don’t think now there was any reasonable doubt…
Olivia Wilde - ‘Meadowland’
Dec 17, 2015 • 53 min
The 31-year-old discusses on her travels between film and TV, why she prefers indies to blockbusters — and Hollywood’s “insitutionalized sexism” she discovered when she became a producer.
Ben Mendelsohn - ‘Mississippi Grind’
Dec 13, 2015 • 51 min
The Aussie character actor, an Emmy nominee for ‘Bloodline,’ landed a Spirit nom for his portrayal of a “beautiful loser” in this indie road movie.
Charlotte Rampling - ‘45 Years’
Dec 9, 2015 • 44 min
The 69-year-old, who’s been acting in films for 50 years, garnered the best reviews of her career — and could land her first Oscar nom — for her portrayal of a woman nearing her 45th anniversary.
Idris Elba and Cary Fukunaga - ‘Beasts of No Nation’
Dec 6, 2015 • 47 min
The star of ‘The Wire’ and director of ‘True Detective’ discuss being ‘third culture’; their harrowing, unprecedented experience making an indie in Ghana, and distributing it via Netflix; and yes, 007.
Blythe Danner - ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’
Dec 2, 2015 • 42 min
The revered actress of stage and screen, a Tony and Emmy winner, talks about marking her 50th year as an actress with her first leading role in a film, for which she’s received a Gotham Award nom.
Benicio Del Toro - ‘Sicario’
Nov 28, 2015 • 49 min
The ‘Traffic’ Oscar winner discusses his journey from Puerto Rico to Hollywood, the lack of rhyme and reason about big screen success and why he’s drawn to stories about the war on drugs.
Will Smith - ‘Concussion’
Nov 24, 2015 • 51 min
In his first podcast interview ever, the biggest movie star on the planet talks about his journey from rapping to acting, the secret to his commercial success — and his previously-unknown plans to enter the political arena “in the near future.”
Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano and Bill Pohlad - ‘Love & Mercy’
Nov 20, 2015 • 47 min
The director and stars of the acclaimed film about The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson discuss the challenges and rewards of making an unconventional drama about an unconventional man.
Amy Schumer - ‘Trainwreck’
Nov 17, 2015 • 44 min
The popular writer-star of the hit film ‘Trainwreck’ dishes to THR about comedy, writing, sex, turning down ‘The Daily Show,’ hosting the Oscars, teaming with J-Law, fighting for gun control and more.
Michael Moore - ‘Where to Invade Next’
Nov 10, 2015 • 59 min
The most famous doc filmmaker in history discusses his iconic look, how he feels about his haters — and why he’s partnering with a new distributor and contesting an R-rating for his new doc.
Sarah Silverman - ‘I Smile Back’
Nov 4, 2015 • 55 min
The comedienne opens up about her battle with depression, the recent loss of her mother, the art of comedy and why she’s also drawn to dramas like her latest film, in which she plays a troubled housewife.
Brie Larson - ‘Room’
Oct 27, 2015 • 57 min
The 26-year-old rising star talks to THR about getting off the Selena Gomez trajectory, missing out on ‘Juno,’ finding a gem in ‘Short Term 12’ and her latest acclaimed work in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival audience award winner.
Ian McKellen - ‘Mr. Holmes’
Oct 20, 2015 • 52 min
The stage and screen legend talks with THR about his life, career and unprecedented depiction of the world’s greatest detective as an old man.
F. Gary Gray, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell - ‘Straight Outta Compton’
Oct 15, 2015 • 79 min
The director and stars of the unlikely Oscar contender discuss the making of the film, the controversy it has sparked and the impact they hope it will have.
Ridley Scott - ‘The Martian’
Oct 6, 2015 • 45 min
The legend behind ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘Gladiator’ talks with THR about his life, career and blockbuster return to space.
Michael Shannon and Ramin Bahrani - ‘99 Homes’
Sep 29, 2015 • 38 min
THR’s awards analyst sits down with the filmmaker Roger Ebert called “the director of the decade” and the Oscar-nominated character actor to discuss their thriller about America’s recent housing crisis.
Jason Segel - ‘The End of the Tour’
Sep 22, 2015 • 60 min
The popular star of film and TV comedies sits down with THR’s awards analyst to discuss his life, career and the dramatic performance — as David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt’s indie — for which he is receiving supporting actor Oscar buzz.
Eddie Redmayne - ‘The Danish Girl’
Sep 14, 2015 • 36 min
The 2015 Oscar winner for ‘The Theory of Everything’ sits down with THR’s awards analyst Scott Feinberg at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss the past year and the film that has returned him to the Oscar race in which he plays a transgender woman in…
Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Danny Boyle - ‘Steve Jobs’
Sep 9, 2015 • 37 min
The first episode of THR’s weekly awards podcast, which will be moderated by THR’s awards analyst, was taped at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend.