Every week, host Elvis Mitchell conducts in-depth interviews with the most innovative and influential people working in entertainment, art, and pop culture.
Here's the Latest Episode from The Treatment:
Canadian comedian Russell Peters talks about "Deported", his newest comedy special on Amazon Prime Video. This is his most personal work he's ever done. Peters talks to Elvis about how he approaches comedy, causing trouble and how he works with his audience. This provacateur considers everyone fair game.
Cynthia Erivo, nominated for best actress and best song for ‘Harriet’, found a way to bring a lot of her own life to the story of slave turned freedom fighter Harriet Tubman.
Costume design is an integral part of movies, a visual storytelling tool that the most engaged directors recognize. Arianne Phillips is one of those artists. Her wardrobe contributions to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, her first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, brought her a third Oscar nomination. She discusses that new relationship in her career, in all of its uniqueness.
Two generations of African-American talent — Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx — team for ‘Just Mercy’, the story of crusading lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s (Jordan) quest to find justice for wrongly convicted Walter McMillan. The actors bring their own real world experiences to this real-life tragedy. and talk about being inspired by each other.
‘The L Word: Generation Q’ is not a reboot of the groundbreaking Showtime series on lesbian life in Los Angeles. It’s an evolution, reuniting characters from the original with a new younger group. Creator Ilene Chaiken discusses the changes, including the welcome one of shooting Los Angeles...in LA this time.
Actor Rufus Sewell is best known as a villain, having struck fear in protagonists’ hearts for over twenty years – with a witty and thoughtful acting style. His current role is one of his biggest, and most challenging – the American Nazi of Amazon Studios’ adaptation of “The Man in the High Castle”. And, of course, Sewell got his start in comedy – and he talks about how his beginnings (and comic precision) still play apart in his work.
Evasive, brilliant, demanding and charming – just being all of those things would consume most of us. But Mike Nichols was an acclaimed performer, writer and finally, director of stage, screen and television, a career spanning from "The Graduate" to "Angels in America". Yet he hid in plain sight, which led writers Ash Carter and Sam Kashner to gather over one hundred of Nichols' friends and colleagues for the Mike Nichols oral history “Life Isn’t Everything” – a compelling and revealing book.
He got his start as a member of Oingo Boingo. He has since brought you the music for the “Men in Black” films, “Good Will Hunting”, has been collaborating with Tim Burton since “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” in 1985 and wrote the enduring theme for “The Simpsons”. Now, Oscar nominated film composer Danny Elfman has done a MasterClass – the newest addition to a career that he will discuss.
The title of writer/director Noah Baumbach’s new film, ‘Marriage Story’ both summarizes its intent and then goes beyond into a genre particular to its creator (who also made ‘The Squid and the Whale’ and then 'The Meyerowitz Stories’): an adult coming of age story, touching on marriage, parenthood and finally, their demands.
In her feature film debut, ‘Queen & Slim’, director Melina Matsoukas has made a road drama that examines African American stereotypes and flipped them on their heads. She folds questions about black culture into a new kind of storytelling.
If you spliced the Rock Hudson and the James Dean of the movie 'Giant' together -- two different kinds of all American icons -- you'd get the sensibility that Todd Snyder brings to design, from fashion to watches to furniture to cars. He covers the world -- or will, one day soon.
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has often created projects about characters' relationship to the facts. In his feature film directorial debut, 'The Report', Burns elevates what was once the thematic to the narrative foundation of the work. And marrying these aspects allows him to stake a claim on an approach that is uniquely his. And 'The Report', a look at the truth behind the use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' after 9/11 starring Adam Driver, is the perfect material for Burns' outlook.
In 1999, Edward Norton read the novel 'Motherless Brooklyn' by Jonathan Lethem, and thought there could be a movie in it. Twenty years later, he brought it to the screen as writer, director and star, and shifted the setting to take place four decades earlier. He discusses the time-traveling and the imperatives, moral and otherwise, that attracted him to a private eye story.
After fighting virtual reality technology, filmmaker Jeff Stanzler ('Sorry, Haters') became so enamored with its potential that he used it to create 'State Power', a big drama project focusing of the dangers of intractability on the left and the right. In other words, Stanzler is using VR's powers for good.
After a tumultuous year, writer, director, actor and -- most importantly, stand-up comedian Jeff Garlin has come through his trials with a hilarious new perspective. And, of course, a brand new hour of comedy recorded before an audience in his hometown: "Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago."
The best style is truly timeless. With his new coffee table book, “Hunks and Heroes: Four Decades of Fashion at GQ”, GQ creative director-at-large Jim Moore has edited together a selection of photos that illustrate the combination of taste, playful and sophistication that elevates Gentleman’s Quarterly above its imitators.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski ('The People vs. Larry Flynt', 'Ed Wood') find another pack of outsiders and artists-manque for their new project, 'Dolemite Is My Name'. It's an inside look at how the legendary blaxploitation film 'Dolemite'-- and its creator, Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) came to be. The most unlikely origin story ever.
Between his film and stage work, director Rupert Goold has often been attracted to material focusing on protagonists caught between the real world and a truth of their own making. This makes him the ideal candidate to bring the life of Judy Garland to the screen. His newest project, the biopic “Judy”, starring Renee Zellweger, artfully weaves between those two states.
Lisa Henson, executive producer of the new Netflix series, “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”, has a unique relationship to the material. She discusses her familial connection to puppetry – her father, Jim Henson, created the Muppets – as well as an affinity for folklore and the rituals of storytelling.
What's comedy without a little high stakes and looming death thrown in? Long time friends and producing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ask that very question every time they embark on a new project. From spinning a traditional "weed story" into a life or death scenario in "Pineapple Express" to illegal underage exploits of high school students in "Superbad", they seek to bring a heightened level of motivation to their characters. In "The Boys", Rogen and Goldberg take their love of comics and mold it to their reality, breaking down the American superhero construct in a dark, gritty and humorous way. Today on The Treatment, they discuss the length of time it takes for projects to come to fruition deepening their connection to each as well as being glad to release "The Boys" at a time when comic franchise films have already done the work in creating a strong foundation of the universe and multiverse concepts, leaving freedom to create new.
When Mariah Carey and Elton John showed up singing in a car with a relatively unknown British comedian, it was clear Carpool Karaoke would solidify host James Corden's place in late night American TV. Beginning his performance career as a child, Corden has catapulted to a worldwide stage spanning from TV to film to theatre. Today on The Treatment, Corden discusses the challenge, albeit by choice, of creating a variety show every single night while reflecting on the magical moments The Late Late Show has produced, like Paul McCartney breaking down the lyrics to "Let It Be".
After decades in the comedy scene, actor David Alan Grier's talent has spanned from theatre to film. His most recent stint back to television teamed him up with comedic greats Martin Mull and Vicki Lawrence in one season of "The Cool Kids", about a team of spirited residents in a retirement community. Today on The Treatment, Grier discusses pivotal moments in his career guiding his comedic trajectory and what he looks for in projects to come.
Using comedy to relay a storyline comes naturally to director Lulu Wang. Her debut art-scene comedy "Posthumous" has lead the way to her new film "The Farewell", telling the story of a family dealing with the impending loss of the matriarch and the lie they tell her to cope. Today on The Treatment, Wang discusses her "American" experience growing up a Chinese immigrant and how that molded her take on cultural assimilation and her decision to cast Nora "Awkwafina" Lum in the lead role.
With notable dramatic roles in his repertoire, actor Matt Bomer joins forces with Irish director John Butler in a journey of heart. In "Papi Chulo", Bomer takes his talents to the comedic fromt playing a TV weatherman who develops an unusual friendship with a hired Latino day laborer after his personal and professional life hit a rough spot. On The Treatment, Bomer discusses his character's journey that transcends language barrier and his physicality within roles.
Joining writing forces with Kenya Barris, director Tim Story visits The Treatment to talk reviving the "Shaft" franchise starring Samuel L. Jackson. Portraying a story involving John Shaft's adult son, Story discusses trying to bridge the generational gap between Shaft Sr. and Jr. to reflect a modern perspective all while preserving the essence of the classic character, staying as far away from parody as possible.