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James Gray Ran Mission Control For 'Ad Astra'

Director James Gray with Brad Pitt on the set of
Director James Gray with Brad Pitt on the set of "Ad Astra."

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And We Have Liftoff

(Starts at 7:45)

John Horn talks with director James Gray about his new movie, "Ad Astra." The space epic stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut who travels to the orbit of Neptune to find his father. Gray says he believes the expansive setting of space informs the intensely personal narrative of the film. ("Ad Astra" is in theaters nationwide on Sept. 20.)

The Peacock Readies A New Flight

(Starts at :45)

John talks with Natalie Jarvey of The Hollywood Reporter about NBC/Universal's just-announced plans for its streaming service, which will be known as Peacock.  

Rhiannon Giddens Is A Little Bit Country

Ken Burns' PBS documentary series, "Country Music," is underway. One of the artists who has a featured role is the acclaimed banjo player and music historian Rhiannon Giddens. She spoke with The Frame about her own history with country music and what she wanted to impart in Burns' eight-part series.