Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter

This Sundance TV weekly program features round table discussions with stars of the television and motion picture industry. It airs on Sundays at 11AM eastern time and is hosted by Stacey Wilson. The first episode featured some of the best actresses in Hollywood discussing how they transition from movie to television work. The schedule and time demands are much different for television as noted by Maggie Gyllenhaal who stars in The Honorable Woman and Jessica Lange who is well known for her chilling performances in American Horror Story. One of their major concerns expressed on this episode was typecasting as several of the guests appreciated when directors took a risk by casting them in a different and challenging role.

Other notable episodes included actors Jon Voight, David Oyelowo, and Tim Hutton discussing matters like how one successful role can result in multiple future opportunities. Comic actresses were featured in the third episode of 2015 and again stereotypical casting was a major concern along with the challenges of women in comedy. Amy Schumer noted that her self-deprecating humor is a way to get the point across that critics are often skeptical when discussing Hollywood's funny women. The episode with the male comics included Ricky Gervais, Don Cheadle and Fred Armisen.

Sunday 11:00 AM et/pt on Sundance Channel
4 Seasons, 55 Episodes
August 2, 2015
Talk & Interview
Cast: Lacey Rose, Stephen Galloway

Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter Full Episode Guide

  • David Crosby, Kesha, Tim McGraw, Boots Riley, Mark Ronson and Diane Warren discuss the craft of songwriting.

  • Bo Burnham, Peter Farrelly, Tamara Jenkins, John Krasinski, Eric Roth and Paul Schrader discuss the craft of screenwriting.

  • Ceci Dempsey, Bill Gerber, Kevin Feige, Paul Greengrass, Nina Jacobson and Gabriela Rodriguez discuss their work as film producers.

  • Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Kathryn Hahn, Nicole Kidman, Regina King and Rachel Weisz discuss the craft of acting.

  • Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Timothee Chalamet, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Jackman and Viggo Mortensen — open up about the confidence to lose control, protecting their performances and who can play which roles now: "I've never liked being told no."

  • Six leading directors — Ryan Coogler, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron, Marielle Heller, Yorgos Lanthimos and Spike Lee — discuss how they conquer the fears of actors, the politics of art in "dangerous times,".

  • Lena Waithe (The Chi), Bruce Miller (The Handmaid's Tale), Peter Morgan (The Crown), Courtney Kemp (Power), David Shore (The Good Doctor) and Dan Futterman (The Looming Tower) talk shooting awkward sex scenes and killing off favorite characters.

  • Six top TV creators talk about pushing boundaries in comedy, what inspires them creatively and writing for networks versus streaming and cable.

  • Seven top film and TV creators talk about blending genres, expanding fictional universes and the responsibility of casting the right actors.

  • Six top drama actresses talk about the power of playing strong female characters and navigating nude scenes on set.

  • Six of TV's most sought after actors in drama sit for a candid conversation about advice, lucky breaks and the key to longevity in Hollywood.

  • Six of television's funniest women talk about pushing creative boundaries, their most memorable auditions and the power of saying no.

  • Louie Anderson - "Baskets" (FX)Sean Hayes - "Will & Grace" (NBC)Marc Maron - "GLOW" (Netflix)Tracy Morgan - "The Last O.G." (TBS)Ray Romano - "Get Shorty" (Epix)Tony Shaloub - "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon)

  • Bryan Cranston; Armie Hammer; Diane Kruger; Robert Pattinson; Margot Robbie; and Octavia Spencer.

  • Roger Deakins; Hoyte Van Hoytema; Janusz Kaminski; Rachel Morrison; Dan Lausten; and Robert Elswit.

  • Aaron Sorkin; Darren Aronofsky; Fatih Akin; Jordan Peele; Anthony McCarten; and Emily Gordon.

  • Matthew Belloni; Judd Apatow; Ridley Scott; Amy Pascal; Eric Fellner; Seth Rogen; and Jason Blum.

  • Mary J. Blige – MudboundEmma Stone – Battle of the SexesAllison Janney – I, TonyaSaoirse Ronan – Lady BirdJennifer Lawrence – Mother!Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game

  • James Franco – The Disaster ArtistTom Hanks – The PostGary Oldman – Darkest HourWillem Dafoe – The Florida ProjectJohn Boyega – DetroitSam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  • Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Patty Jenkins, Angelina Jolie, Denis Villeneuve and Joe Wright talk about working with esteemed veteran actors, overcoming their toughest days on set and the importance of telling personal stories.

  • RuPaul; Leah Remini; Sally Ann Salsano; W. Kamau Bell; Kris Jenner.

  • Six executive producers behind the year’s best dramatic shows open up about how to make talent comfortable when shooting sensitive subject matters, how the current political climate affects their storytelling and the pressure to build a TV empire. Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar), Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion), David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies), Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), Lisa Joy (Westworld) and Ryan Murphy (Feud: Bette and Joan) talk about the TV families that they most identify with and which type of project they get pitched the most.

  • Six top TV bosses — Kenya Barris, Judd Apatow, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, David Mandel and Scott Silveri — open up about the horrors of network casting, the pressure to get political and the pitfalls of borrowing from one's own life.

  • The panel features Nicole Kidman; Chrissy Metz; Jessica Lange; Elisabeth Moss; Oprah Winfrey; and Reese Witherspoon.

  • Riz Ahmed, Sterling K. Brown, John Lithgow, Ewan McGregor, Billy Bob Thornton and Jeffrey Wright talk about what scenes they were nervous to approach and the process of letting a character go.

  • Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, America Ferrera, Kathryn Hahn, Issa Rae and Emmy Rossum talk about typecasting in Hollywood, male nudity vs. female nudity, and their most embarrassing moments on set.

  • Six of comedy's best TV actors talk about what it's like making comedy in the current political climate and their proudest moments from their shows.

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