On today's show:
Rocky Mountain High On Movies
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The Sundance Film Festival will today announce its lineup for 2020. The annual event, which has launched the careers of so many filmmakers — including Ryan Coogler and Damien Chazelle — is a vital driver of greater diversity in the movie business. In recent years the festival has been committed to gender parity and to a greater inclusion of filmmakers of color and those who identify as LGBTQ+. To discuss the trends in this year's lineup and the role that Sundance plays in Hollywood are longtime festival director John Cooper (who is stepping down after this next fest) and director of programming Kim Yutani.
Assistants Come Out From The Shadows
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John talks with The Hollywood Reporter's Katie Kilkenny about her reporting on the plight of assistants in the entertainment industry: "For Hollywood assistants, fighting for visibility may be the first step toward achieving better work conditions. After launching the #PayUpHollywood hashtag in mid-October to highlight claims of low pay, organizers hosted a town hall on Nov. 24 that previewed a wage survey in which 1,511 industry workers have participated. Now for step two: Releasing new data and mobilizing powerful allies."
Old Hollywood Is New Again
When “I Love Lucy” hit the airwaves back in the early 1950s, it was the first primetime comedy produced in front of a live studio audience on the West Coast. Now, a bronze plaque hangs outside “The Lucy Stage” at the Sunset Las Palmas Studio on Santa Monica Blvd. Las Palmas is one of three lots that make up what’s now known as the Sunset Studios. The original lot off Sunset Blvd. turns 100 years old this year. While the new centenarian in town is one of the most historic places to film, The Frame contributor Marcos Nájera explains why the Sunset Studios are already producing Hollywood’s future.