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MARK RUFFALO: FROM SUPERHERO TO REAL-LIFE HERO

In his new film “Dark Waters,” Mark Ruffalo trades in his Marvel superhero costume for the role of a real-life hero– the mild-mannered lawyer Rob Billot. Ruffalo had read about Billot in a New York Times Magazine article in 2016 titled “The Lawyer Who Became Dupont’s Worst Nightmare.” Billot had worked in a law firm that defended chemical companies, until a case came along that led him to uncover the toxic truth behind Teflon. Ruffalo is a producer on the film and he talks with John Horn about how, through “Spotlight” he realized that movies can help change ills in society. 

NELL SCOVELL CONFRONTS LETTERMAN

Nell Scovell is a TV writer the author of the memoir, “Just The Funny Parts: And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club.”  And she’s written two articles in Vanity Fair about working with David Letterman. The first was published in 2009 in which she called him out for creating a hostile sexist work environment. The second was published recently. It’s called: “Ten Years Ago, I Called Out David Letterman. This Month, We Sat Down to Talk.” 

MEET "HONEY BOY" DIRECTOR ALMA HAR'EL

The new movie "Honey Boy" is directed by Alma Har'el and written by Shia LaBeouf. It's about his tumultuous relationship with his father and Shia actually plays a version of his dad in the film. When LaBeouf began writing the script for "Honey Boy" during a court-mandated rehab stay in 2017 he sent it to Har'el. The two had bonded years before over their experiences with alcoholic parents. Now "Honey Boy" is in theaters.

A MYTHIC MAGIC SHOW IN DTLA

There’s a magic show going on in downtown L.A. right now called "The Red Thread."  For magician Siegfried Tieber, it’s a nod to the Greek myth in which a prince navigates a dark, labyrthine maze to slay a monster and is able to find his way to safety by a red thread he’s unspooled along the way. The Frame contributor Marcos Nájera attended the show to learn more about Tieber’s journey into magic and the magical adventures he creates for L.A. audiences.

THE FUTURE IS HERE

Did you know that the 1982 movie “Blade Runner” was actually set in Los Angeles in November 2019? LAist arts and entertainment editor Mike Roe has written an oral history of the film to find out how the movie was made.  

TALKING MOVIES WITH SHEA SERRANO

Best-selling author Shea Serrano’s new book “Movies (And Other Things)” follows in the tradition of his other collaborations with illustrator Arturo Torres. When meeting with John Horn, Serrano argues that “Armageddon” should have won the Best Picture Oscar instead of “Shakespeare In Love." He also makes a case for going to the movies even if the films you see aren’t so good.

“MOONFACE” BREAKS NEW GROUND IN FICTION PODCASTS

The creator of the new fiction podcast is near and dear to The Frame family. James Kim was one of our original producers. Now he’s created, written and directed a fictional podcast called “Moonface.” Through cinematic sound design and immersive music, he’s pushing the art form of scripted podcasting to new and intimate places.