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Weekend: Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bikram doc and more




Mark Duplass plays Jennifer Aniston's executive producer on Apple TV's
Mark Duplass plays Jennifer Aniston's executive producer on Apple TV's "The Morning Show."
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THE NATURALISTIC STYLING OF MARK DUPLASS

The actor and filmmaker Mark Duplass who came up into the business making largely improvised films with his brother Jay, has supporting roles in two projects this year that tell #metoo stories. He talks with John Horn about acting opposite Charlize Theron in “Bombshell” and Jennifer Aniston in “The Morning Show.”  

BLACK ART V. BLACK CRITICISM

Ever since “Queen & Slim” opened in theaters last weekend there’s been a robust debate online and on black twitter over how and whether to critique the movie. John Horn talks with African American journalists Tre’vell Anderson (Out Magazine) and Cassie da Costa (The Daily Beast) about whether films by black artists should be immune from criticism by black writers.  

“Queen & Slim” is in theaters now. Check out our conversation with director Melina Matsoukas and screenwriter Lena Waithe.

DETROIT'S BOOMING VINYL SCENE

Frame contributor and vinyl junkie Steven Cuevas travels to Detroit to visit with two very different vinyl pressing companies in Detroit are super busy thanks to a boom in vinyl collecting. Archer Record Pressers is one of the longest surviving — in business for over half-a-century. And then there’s musician Jack White’s Third Man Pressing, which opened in 2017. Both shops illustrate how far record pressing has come in recent years — and how very little has changed. 

“Bombshell” opens 12/13/19.

RISING STAR GUGU MBATHA-RAW

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw is super busy. In 2019 she’s been in the Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show”, the Netflix series “The Dark Crystal” and the movies “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Fast Color.” She talks with John Horn about how she got here and where she’s going and how she feels that “Fast Color” didn’t get more time in theaters. 

You can stream “Fast Color” on Hulu 12/11.

A SWIMMING POOL THAT'S PART OF FILM HISTORY

It’s the holidays, which means many of you will probably at some point watch "It’s a Wonderful Life." The 1946 Jimmy Stewart classic was mostly shot on the RKO Radio Pictures lot in Culver City,  but one very memorable scene took place at a one-of-a-kind high school gym in Beverly Hills. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving paid a visit.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” can be streamed on Amazon Prime and will air on NBC 12/24/19.

"BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR"

The new Netflix documentary “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” uncovers the toxic man at the center of a form of yoga that many find is a vital part of their lives. In the 1970s, Bikram yoga began rising in popularity in the U.S. and the man selling the method as his own invention — Bikram Choudhury — rose to fame and made millions training others to teach his yoga method. Then, in 2013, women began coming forward to say Choudhury had sexually assaulted them — allegations that he denies. Six rape and sexual assault cases have been filed against Choudhury, and although he’s a fugitive from the U.S., he continues to teach and profit from his method in other countries. That story is the subject of the new Netflix documentary, "Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator." Director Eva Orner talks with John Horn.

“Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” is on Netflix.

RAPPER/RECORD PRODUCER JPEGMAFIA DOESN'T AIM TO PLEASE

The LA-based rapper and producer JPEGMAFIA is not your typical hip-hop artist. He’s got a Masters degree in journalism and started making beats while serving in Iraq with the military. He says that his newest record is the “most me album I’ve ever made in my life” and hopes it “disappoints every last one of u.” The 18-track album, called “All My Heroes Are Cornballs,” was narrowed down from 93 songs and follows his 2018 record, “Veteran.” He spoke with KPCC producer/Frame contributor Itxy Quintanilla.