Summary: The Reel podcast from the Los Angeles Times delivers smart, engaging conversations on the entertainment industry fresh from the people who know it best. From hidden gems to blockbusters and the biggest moments in show business, host Mark Olsen talks with actors, writers and directors as well as reporters and critics from the Times’ celebrated film and television teams. Hear the art in entertainment, each week on The Reel.
The second season of "Mindhunter" feels especially topical and relevant. Focused primarily on the Atlanta child murders between 1979 and 1981, the show examines disturbingly contemporary topics like distrust of police, embedded racism and white supremacist violence. Host Mark Olsen discusses "Mindhunter" with Times TV writers.
Host Mark Olsen talks with Craig Mazin, the writer and creator of HBO's "Chernobyl." The miniseries is more than a dramatization of the 1986 nuclear meltdown in the USSR. It also tells a story of the “cost of lies” and the real-life dangers that result from a culture built on propaganda and misinformation. As he developed the script in 2016, Mazin saw parallels in American politics, with whole segments of the public growing untethered from the truth.
Back for its second season, HBO’s “Succession” wears its contempt for the billionaire class on its sleeve. Featuring an ensemble of entertainingly loathsome characters who backstab each other as they battle for power within a family-owned media empire, the Times TV editor says it's the show you need to watch this summer.
Two Fast and Furious superfans and a Times movie critic discuss "Hobbs & Shaw," and the efforts of The Rock and Jason Statham to add science fiction and a heavy dose of comedy to the franchise.
*** SPOILER ALERT*** Spoilers start at 15:08. With a title that suggests the opening of a child’s storybook, Quentin Tarantino revisits the Hollywood of 1969 and that summer night 50 years ago when members of the Manson family set out for Benedict Canyon with murder in their hearts. Deep spoilers involving the end of the film start at 15:08. Come back and listen to our writers’ analysis once you’ve seen "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood."
When filmmaker Lulu Wang pitched 'The Farewell,' the semi-autobiographical story of her family’s efforts to keep her grandmother from learning of her Stage 4 cancer diagnosis, studio executives pushed for a white love interest, and a Chinese version of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ But Wang stuck to her vision, and refused to resort to a predictable storyline. Will this tale of an American immigrant family be the indie hit for the summer of 2019?
With Amazon Prime’s 'Too Old to Die Young,' director Nicolas Winding Refn brings his arthouse sensibility to streaming television to experiment with pacing, narrative and character development. Refn joins us from Copenhagen to discuss his vision and why he loves to set his stories in Los Angeles.
Michael Mann’s 1995 'Heat' has become the definitive LA crime film, but probably no one has done more lately to celebrate the epic tale of cops and robbers than Australian movie critic Blake Howard — his podcast, One Heat Minute, is a broad affirmation of why we love cinematic culture.
'The Hills' created the model for reality TV-- where merely being rich can make you famous — and turned the US into a country obsessed with reality television, the genre that launched a presidency.
Parents are sure to be triggered by the copious amounts of sex, drugs and smartphone mischief in HBO's Euphoria, while on a lighter note, super fans of Younger are overjoyed by the return of the TV Land favorite.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco captures the sorrow and anger of people pushed out of their homes and communities by gentrification.
The resistance is storming TV with shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies, while underrepresented communities are challenging the rules of the casting game to gain increasing visibility on the screen.
Deadwood, the show that died too young, is now back as a film, and the whiskey and profanity are flowing — is it the end of the line for what some have called an unfinished TV masterpiece?
The end of so many beloved and long-running TV series is leaving a hole in our hearts, disrupting our viewing patterns and forcing us to find new and different television companions to fill their place.
A conversation with DONNIE DARKO director Richard Kelly about his ambitious, sprawling film SOUTHLAND TAILS. Plus, awaiting the end of Game of Thrones, with @LorraineAli.