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The Reel

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The Reel

The Reel

L.A. Times

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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.



Latest Episodes

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 MIN4 d ago
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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’

We’re back with more TV and film recommendations for you and your family while you’re spending some extra time at home. Our team is still self-isolated, so we continue to check in with our entertainment colleagues to see what they’re watching. LA Times film critic Justin Chang talks with host Mark Olsen about some light-hearted comedies he recommends for all of us to watch from home. Plus, TV Critic Robert Lloyd joins the show to talk about two shows he recently reviewed and whether they’re worth checking out: The new FX on Hulu sci-fi series “Devs” and HBO’s “The Plot Against America.”

29 MIN1 w ago
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Comedy picks, Hulu’s ‘Devs’ and HBO’s ‘The Plot Against America’

‘Westworld’ Season 3 and what to watch right now

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 MIN2 w ago
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‘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 MIN3 w ago
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HBO's ‘McMillions’ recap, plus coronavirus hits the entertainment industry

Coverage from Harvey Weinstein’s trial, plus a ‘Love Is Blind’ reality show chat

This week we’re following some of the latest in pop culture and Hollywood. First, host Mark Olsen speaks with two reporters who were actually in the courtroom during Harvey Weinstein’s trial in New York. We take a serious look at the trial and discuss what happens next and whether the verdict marks a milestone for survivors. Then, later in the show, we shift toward a lighter conversation about the television sensation that so many people are talking about: “Love Is Blind.” Olsen is joined by Amy Kaufman and Yvonne Villarreal to discuss Netflix’s new reality dating show that has so many viewers talking.

37 MINMAR 6
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Coverage from Harvey Weinstein’s trial, plus a ‘Love Is Blind’ reality show chat

Our ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’ inside look

The Netflix movie “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is out now and we take an inside look at the highly anticipated sequel. Host Mark Olsen sits down with entertainment reporter Jen Yamato, who recently spoke with star Lana Condor and author Jenny Han about the second installment of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Olsen and Yamato discuss the Netflix film series and go behind the scenes of the teen romance movie. Plus, Olsen also talks with entertainment business reporter Ryan Faughnder about the ups and downs of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie release.

32 MINFEB 21
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Our ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’ inside look

Post ‘Parasite’ Oscars recap plus an interview with Céline Sciamma

The Oscars are over and this year’s awards season has come to an end. Host Mark Olsen and a team of entertainment colleagues and critics recap the 92nd Academy Awards and share their thoughts on Parasite’s historic night. Plus, Olsen sits down with “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” writer and director, Céline Sciamma.

34 MINFEB 14
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Post ‘Parasite’ Oscars recap plus an interview with Céline Sciamma

'And the Oscar goes to …': Our final 2020 predictions

The 92nd Academy Awards are almost here. Host Mark Olsen and a team of entertainment reporters and critics sit down for one final roundtable before the big night. Listen to hear final thoughts and predictions for what’s to come at this year’s Oscars. Plus, hear from entertainment, culture writer Carolina Miranda who breaks down this year’s Oscar nominated movies with a unique angle… architecture. Get a full roundup of Oscars talk right here in this week’s episode.

35 MINFEB 7
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'And the Oscar goes to …': Our final 2020 predictions

Live from Sundance: ‘Zola,’ ‘Silvie’s Love,’ ‘Bad Hair’ and festival recap

“The Reel” is live in Park City at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Host Mark Olsen had a chance to catch up with some actors and filmmakers to explore different storytelling formats. He moderated a panel, taped live at Audible’s Sundance studio setup, which included Tessa Thompson, Colman Domingo and Justin Simien. Plus, Olsen sits down with a group of Times colleagues to recap and talk about the films of the festival.

41 MINJAN 31
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Live from Sundance: ‘Zola,’ ‘Silvie’s Love,’ ‘Bad Hair’ and festival recap

Sundance preview plus this year’s overlooked movies

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has just begun, and host Mark Olsen and entertainment business reporter Ryan Faughnder sit down to discuss the wheeling and dealing behind the festival. Plus, Olsen is joined by Justin Chang, Glenn Whipp and Jen Yamato, who sit down to talk about this year’s overlooked films and dive into the movies not being considered for major Academy Awards categories.

32 MINJAN 24
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Sundance preview plus this year’s overlooked movies

Latest Episodes

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 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Escaping reality with ‘Tiger King’ and our top reality show picks

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

We’re back with more TV and film recommendations for you and your family while you’re spending some extra time at home. Our team is still self-isolated, so we continue to check in with our entertainment colleagues to see what they’re watching. LA Times film critic Justin Chang talks with host Mark Olsen about some light-hearted comedies he recommends for all of us to watch from home. Plus, TV Critic Robert Lloyd joins the show to talk about two shows he recently reviewed and whether they’re worth checking out: The new FX on Hulu sci-fi series “Devs” and HBO’s “The Plot Against America.”

29 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Comedy picks, Hulu’s ‘Devs’ and HBO’s ‘The Plot Against America’

‘Westworld’ Season 3 and what to watch right now

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 MIN2 w ago
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 MIN3 w ago
Comments
HBO's ‘McMillions’ recap, plus coronavirus hits the entertainment industry

Coverage from Harvey Weinstein’s trial, plus a ‘Love Is Blind’ reality show chat

This week we’re following some of the latest in pop culture and Hollywood. First, host Mark Olsen speaks with two reporters who were actually in the courtroom during Harvey Weinstein’s trial in New York. We take a serious look at the trial and discuss what happens next and whether the verdict marks a milestone for survivors. Then, later in the show, we shift toward a lighter conversation about the television sensation that so many people are talking about: “Love Is Blind.” Olsen is joined by Amy Kaufman and Yvonne Villarreal to discuss Netflix’s new reality dating show that has so many viewers talking.

37 MINMAR 6
Comments
Coverage from Harvey Weinstein’s trial, plus a ‘Love Is Blind’ reality show chat

Our ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’ inside look

The Netflix movie “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is out now and we take an inside look at the highly anticipated sequel. Host Mark Olsen sits down with entertainment reporter Jen Yamato, who recently spoke with star Lana Condor and author Jenny Han about the second installment of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Olsen and Yamato discuss the Netflix film series and go behind the scenes of the teen romance movie. Plus, Olsen also talks with entertainment business reporter Ryan Faughnder about the ups and downs of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie release.

32 MINFEB 21
Comments
Our ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’ inside look

Post ‘Parasite’ Oscars recap plus an interview with Céline Sciamma

The Oscars are over and this year’s awards season has come to an end. Host Mark Olsen and a team of entertainment colleagues and critics recap the 92nd Academy Awards and share their thoughts on Parasite’s historic night. Plus, Olsen sits down with “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” writer and director, Céline Sciamma.

34 MINFEB 14
Comments
Post ‘Parasite’ Oscars recap plus an interview with Céline Sciamma

'And the Oscar goes to …': Our final 2020 predictions

The 92nd Academy Awards are almost here. Host Mark Olsen and a team of entertainment reporters and critics sit down for one final roundtable before the big night. Listen to hear final thoughts and predictions for what’s to come at this year’s Oscars. Plus, hear from entertainment, culture writer Carolina Miranda who breaks down this year’s Oscar nominated movies with a unique angle… architecture. Get a full roundup of Oscars talk right here in this week’s episode.

35 MINFEB 7
Comments
'And the Oscar goes to …': Our final 2020 predictions

Live from Sundance: ‘Zola,’ ‘Silvie’s Love,’ ‘Bad Hair’ and festival recap

“The Reel” is live in Park City at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Host Mark Olsen had a chance to catch up with some actors and filmmakers to explore different storytelling formats. He moderated a panel, taped live at Audible’s Sundance studio setup, which included Tessa Thompson, Colman Domingo and Justin Simien. Plus, Olsen sits down with a group of Times colleagues to recap and talk about the films of the festival.

41 MINJAN 31
Comments
Live from Sundance: ‘Zola,’ ‘Silvie’s Love,’ ‘Bad Hair’ and festival recap

Sundance preview plus this year’s overlooked movies

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has just begun, and host Mark Olsen and entertainment business reporter Ryan Faughnder sit down to discuss the wheeling and dealing behind the festival. Plus, Olsen is joined by Justin Chang, Glenn Whipp and Jen Yamato, who sit down to talk about this year’s overlooked films and dive into the movies not being considered for major Academy Awards categories.

32 MINJAN 24
Comments
Sundance preview plus this year’s overlooked movies
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