On today's show:
A Movie That Almost Shorted Out
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Director Alfonso Gómez-Rejón’s latest film, “The Current War,” was supposed to be a major step for the filmmaker. It has an all-star cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Tom Holland. With a screenplay that follows the true story of the electric current battle that embroiled Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, the movie seemed like Academy Award fodder. There was a major problem for “The Current War,” though: its attachment to Harvey Weinstein. Two years after an ill-advised screening of a rough cut at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by The Weinstein Company filing for bankruptcy, the film is finally being released as “The Current War: Director’s Cut.” Gómez-Rejón tells John Horn why he took up the late-19th Century War of Currents as a subject after his 2015 Sundance hit, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”
'South Park': The $500 Million Kids?
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John talks with Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg News about his reporting on the latest TV series to cause a bidding war among streaming services: "Reruns of old TV are the hottest commodities in Hollywood right now. 'South Park' is the latest beneficiary of this trend. Old episodes of the animated comedy are being shopped by the show’s creators and Viacom, who expect to garner as much as $500 million. Keep in mind: That’s not to buy the show outright. That’s not even to have the rights all around the world. That’s the cost to license 'South Park' in the U.S. for a few years ... Are the prices worth it? That’s less clear. But consider that the influx of new streaming services is inflating the price of everything."
Is Morrissey Still A Querido?
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For music fans in the 1980s and '90s, the sound of The Smiths was inescapable. It spoke to the outsiders, the loners and the oppressed. The popularity of the band's lead singer, Morrissey, really took off in the U.S. as a solo artist, especially among Mexican-Americans in Southern California. And Morrissey returned the affection in songs such as “Mexico” and “First of the Gang to Die.” He even settled in L.A. for about a decade. But now those fans, including The Frame contributor Steven Cuevas, are having to confront an uncomfortable truth about the singer, and whether or not to attend his upcoming Hollywood Bowl show.