Tearjerkers, Black Stars and Schwartzmans
And more to listen to.
The latest Close-Up, the podcast from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, features screenwriters talking shop: Rebecca Miller (Maggie's Plan), Jean-Christophe Castelli (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) and Mike Mills (20th Century Women) (44'06").
On the final episode of the Black Star mini-series, Ashley Clark considers how stars like Tyler Perry, Spike Lee and Shonda Rhimes "have begun to re-wire the industry. We also explore what the role of the black star is in Trump's America." 22'54"; give it a minute or two to get rolling.
At the Talkhouse Film, "Jason Schwartzman chats with his brother Robert Schwartzman (best known as the frontman of indie band Rooney), whose first film as a writer-director, Dreamland, is out now. In between bouts of fraternal bickering, the two talk about making the jump from music to movies, working with actors, MIDI files and player pianos (cue a serious geek-out from Jason), how Gene Wilder found his way into playing Willy Wonka, crazy real-life experiences with agents and A&R guys, Robert’s aptitude with money (at least in comparison to Jason), and much more." 36'33".
The Rolling Stones, "Ride 'Em on Down," directed by Francois Rousselet and featuring Kristen Stewart
Fresh Air's Terry Gross talks with Carrie Fisher about The Princess Diarist, a new memoir that incorporates excerpts from a journal Fisher kept when she was all of 19, playing Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie (33'34"). Naturally, there's a bit in there on her affair with Harrison Ford.