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The Reel

L.A. Times

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The Reel

The Reel

L.A. Times

36
Followers
159
Plays
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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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Introducing Paperclip: America's Nazi Scientists

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 MIN1 w ago
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Introducing Paperclip: America's Nazi Scientists

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2 MIN3 w ago
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L.A. Times presents Can't Stop Watching: Your TV Faves on Their TV Faves

'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 MINMAY 1
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'Devs' creator Alex Garland on sci-fi thriller TV series

Dahvi Waller and the story behind ‘Mrs. America’

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27 MINAPR 24
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Dahvi Waller and the story behind ‘Mrs. America’

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

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26 MINAPR 17
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Director Eliza Hittman on new film ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

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 MINAPR 10
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Times film critic Kenneth Turan: The exit interview

Escaping reality with ‘Tiger King’ and our top reality show picks

We’re talking “Tiger King” the new, hit Netflix docuseries that everyone’s been talking about. Plus, host Mark Olsen catches up with TV reporter Yvonne Villarreal who shares some of her favorite reality TV shows she suggests watching to help pass the time at home. And then, Olsen speaks with entertainment reporter Amy Kaufman about “Tiger King” and why so many people are binging on the series right now.

32 MINAPR 3
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Escaping reality with ‘Tiger King’ and our top reality show picks

Comedy picks, Hulu’s ‘Devs’ and HBO’s ‘The Plot Against America’

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Comedy picks, Hulu’s ‘Devs’ and HBO’s ‘The Plot Against America’

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25 MINMAR 20
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‘Westworld’ Season 3 and what to watch right now

HBO's ‘McMillions’ recap, plus coronavirus hits the entertainment industry

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29 MINMAR 13
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HBO's ‘McMillions’ recap, plus coronavirus hits the entertainment industry

Latest Episodes

Introducing Paperclip: America's Nazi Scientists

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 MIN1 w ago
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Introducing Paperclip: America's Nazi Scientists

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

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2 MIN3 w ago
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L.A. Times presents Can't Stop Watching: Your TV Faves on Their TV Faves

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29 MINMAY 1
Comments
'Devs' creator Alex Garland on sci-fi thriller TV series

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 MINAPR 24
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Dahvi Waller and the story behind ‘Mrs. America’

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

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26 MINAPR 17
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Director Eliza Hittman on new film ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

Times film critic Kenneth Turan: The exit interview

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35 MINAPR 10
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Times film critic Kenneth Turan: The exit interview

Escaping reality with ‘Tiger King’ and our top reality show picks

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32 MINAPR 3
Comments
Escaping reality with ‘Tiger King’ and our top reality show picks

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29 MINMAR 27
Comments
Comedy picks, Hulu’s ‘Devs’ and HBO’s ‘The Plot Against America’

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We’re taking a short break from our usual format to help guide listeners who may be staying home more often than usual. If you're wondering what to watch, what’s worth streaming now and what you can watch with your kids who are home from school… We’ve got you covered. Host Mark Olsen sits down with film reporter Jen Yamato to talk about specific genre films you may want to check out. Plus, television reporter Lorraine Ali joins the show to talk about the latest season of “Westworld” and how it relates to the real world a little more than you may realize.

25 MINMAR 20
Comments
‘Westworld’ Season 3 and what to watch right now

HBO's ‘McMillions’ recap, plus coronavirus hits the entertainment industry

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This episode was taped on March 11, 2020. Many new developments have emerged and continue to rapidly develop after the taping of this episode.) Entertainment business reporter Ryan Faughnder joins host Mark Olsen to talk about the impact of the coronavirus and how it’s affecting the Hollywood and entertainment industries. Plus, this week marked the final episode of HBO’s six-part documentary series, McMillions. Olsen is joined by two Los Angeles Times television writers to discuss all the series and how it brought the McDonald’s Monopoly scam to light.

29 MINMAR 13
Comments
HBO's ‘McMillions’ recap, plus coronavirus hits the entertainment industry
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