THE QUEENS OF “QUEEN & SLIM”
Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas are the writer and director of “Queen & Slim.” They open up to John Horn about how the traumatic deaths of unarmed black people by police officers shaped their movie's narrative. It stars Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out”, and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith. They play a black couple who are driving home from an awkward first date when a white cop pulls them over. He quickly begins harassing them; the situation escalates, and the police officer is fatally shot. What follows is their escape on the road from Ohio toward Florida.
"Queen & Slim" made its premiere at the AFI Festival this week. It opens November 27.
IS IT SYSTEMIC EXCLUSION?
Texas Congressman Julian Castro and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus came to Hollywood find out exactly why more Latinos aren’t getting hired in film and TV. He tells John Horn there may be "systemic exclusion" going on.
DIRECTOR OF “FORD V FERRARI”
Filmmaker James Mangold has a knack for telling true stories about creative partnerships. He did it with in the 2005 movie about Johnny and June Carter Cash, “Walk The Line” and he’s done it again with the new film, “Ford v Ferrari.” In the film, race car designer Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon, teams up with British driving legend named Ken Miles– played by Christian Bale. In 1965, they built and raced the Ford GT. James Mangold tells John Horn how he put cameras inside the cars to tell the personal story inside “Ford v. Ferrari.”
THE INFLUENCE OF THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER
Scandal is the engine that powers The National Enquirer so it’s only natural that filmmaker Mark Landsman would title his documentary about the supermarket tabloid, “Scandalous.” Using archival tape and interviews he tracks key moments when the paper impacted our culture – from how we cover news to who we put in the White House.
“Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer” is in select theaters now.
BD WONG DIRECTS A PLAY
The Tony-winning actor B-D Wong tells John Horn why the play he's directing taps into his own experience of being a Chinese American from San Francisco. It’s centered around an actual basketball game between the US and China in 1989, at the same time that the Tiananmen Square protest was happening.
“The Great Leap” is up now at the Pasadena Playhouse through 12/1/19.
THE SURPRISING MUSIC IN APPLE’S “DICKINSON”
The new Apple TV+ show “Dickinson” may be a period piece about the poet Emily Dickinson, but the soundscape is full of contemporary pop songs and a bass-heavy score. We meet the composers. His name is Ian Hultquist and her name, at least as a composer, is ‘Drum and Lace’.