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Smart, engaging conversations on the entertainment industry fresh from the people who know it best. From hidden gems to blockbusters to the biggest moments in show business, host Mark Olsen gets the latest from 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.

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    • TV & Film
    • 3.4, 238 Ratings

Smart, engaging conversations on the entertainment industry fresh from the people who know it best. From hidden gems to blockbusters to the biggest moments in show business, host Mark Olsen gets the latest from 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.

    Introducing PAPERCLIP

    Introducing PAPERCLIP

    Truth can be as strange as fiction. Such is the case with a top-secret program that brought Nazi scientists to America. From L.A. Times Studios comes "Paperclip," a podcast paid for by Amazon Studios and inspired by its Emmy-eligible dramatic series “Hunters." Starring Al Pacino and Logan Lerman. Join host Michael Ian Black as he teams up with a Cold War scholar to explore the truth about Operation Paperclip.

    Listen now on Apple Podcasts and all other platforms: https://link.chtbl.com/oO7jjC1a

    This is a paid podcast funded Amazon Studios. The Los Angeles Times newsroom was not involved in the production of this podcast. The views expressed on this podcast are not necessarily the views of Amazon Studios or the Los Angeles Times.

    • 8 min
    L.A. Times presents Can't Stop Watching: Your TV Faves on Their TV Faves

    L.A. Times presents Can't Stop Watching: Your TV Faves on Their TV Faves

    From the creators of The Reel, comes “Can’t Stop Watching: Your TV Faves on Their TV Faves." This new podcast, hosted by L.A. Times television reporter Yvonne Villarreal, features conversations with TV stars who’ve helped make the recent weeks of self-quarantine both bearable and entertaining. The actors and showrunners interviewed on the podcast will talk about their most fascinating roles, how their characters would handle the coronavirus, and what they’re watching on television right now. The first few episodes include interviews with “This is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia, “Pose” star MJ Rodriguez, and David Harbour of “Stranger Things.” Several new episodes are released each week, so subscribe today. Subscribe today: https://link.chtbl.com/CantStopWatching

    • 2 min
    'Devs' creator Alex Garland on sci-fi thriller TV series

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

    Writer and filmmaker Alex Garland joins host Mark Olsen to talk about his sci-fi thriller television series, “Devs.” Garland talks about the differences between working in film and television. Before “Devs,” Garland created the feature films “Ex Machina” and “Annihilation.” The complete limited series of “Devs” is now available on FX on Hulu.

    • 29 min
    Dahvi Waller and the story behind ‘Mrs. America’

    Dahvi Waller and the story behind ‘Mrs. America’

    Television writer and producer Dahvi Waller joins host Mark Olsen to talk about “Mrs. America,” FX on Hulu’s new miniseries based on the historical movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. Waller discusses how the show explores the struggle to ratify the amendment and showcases the women at the center of the movement.

    • 27 min
    Director Eliza Hittman on new film ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

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

    Writer-director Eliza Hittman joins host Mark Olsen to talk about her new film “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” a drama focused on reproductive rights and a lack of local support. Hittman describes why she created this movie and what it’s been like to have a movie publicly released right when movie theaters began to close their doors worldwide.

    • 26 min
    Times film critic Kenneth Turan: The exit interview

    Times film critic Kenneth Turan: The exit interview

    A very special interview with film critic Kenneth Turan, recorded on his last day in the position of Times film critic after nearly 30 years. Host Mark Olsen has a wide-ranging conversation with Turan about his years reviewing film. He talks to Olsen about some of his most memorable reviews and reminisces on some of his interviews from decades ago. They talk about what it’s like being a film critic, and whether the process has changed over time.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
238 Ratings

238 Ratings

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My favorite podcast

This is my favorite podcast at the moment. The conversation is always interesting and thoughtful, and I always come away feeling like I have a better understanding on what is going on in film at the moment. They have a great mix of pop culture discussion and “deep cuts” which make for a well-balanced and well-paced presentation. I enjoy all of the hosts, who bring such varied perspectives on the cenimatic issues of the day.

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Replace Mary please!

Mary is an annoying, horrible female tv “critic.” She brings nothing to the conversation aside from her vitriol. The male critics (Mark, Glen and Justin) bring so much knowledge and insightfulness. I could listen to them all day. Intelligent and thoughtful criticism on their part. Mary is giving females a bad rap with the drivel that comes out of her mouth. Are there no witty and smart female journalists in Los Angeles available that can replace her? Anne Thompson, Joyce Eng and Perri Nemiroff blow her out of the water with their film analysis. Can they be invited on the podcast instead?

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