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:
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.
After tackling the project "Tales of The City" in it's original adaptation in the early 90's, producer Alan Poul has his hand on the project yet again with the Netflix limited series starring Laura Linney and Ellen Page. The show takes off from author Armistead Maupin's series of novels about a group of young individuals living in an apartment complex in San Francisco and how they interacted within the city's queer culture and ultimately formed a family. Today on The Treatment, Poul discusses his ongoing friendships with both Armistead Maupin and Laura Linney and the ways that shaped this revival as well as making sure to adapt the content to reflect the beliefs and representations within queer culture today.
Designer Greg Chait has always been drawn to comfort. Beginning his career crafting luxury cashmere blankets, Chait expanded his efforts in 2007 to found The Elder Statesman bringing his cashmere vision to clothing. Today on The Treatment, Chait joins Elvis Mitchell to explain his vision of cashmere as a California beach fabric as well as his "The Elder Statesman x NBA" collaboration featuring luxury goods designed for NBA players and their fan base.
Having been handed the true crime book "Mindhunter" by friend Charlize Theron, executive producer David Fincher began the collaboration and long developed project we now know as Netflix's "Mindhunter". Today on The Treatment, Fincher announces the release of season two of the series where discussion of serial killers became common place among American mainstream and how the soundtrack plays with the timeline of this eerie American history.
Finding love can be complicated, awkward and hilarious. Actors Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid come together for "Plus One", the story of two friends struggling to find the perfect romantic partner, not realizing the connection that exists between them. Today on The Treatment, Erskine and Quaid touch on their real life connection translating to their characters' on screen chemistry and Quaid's reaction to watching his mother Meg Ryan starring in "When Harry Met Sally" for the first time this year while prepping for his rom-com role.
Experiencing his family legacy broken through an unexpected eviction, actor Jimmie Fails brings his deeply personal Bay Area story to life in "The Last Black Man in San Francisco". As co-creator of the film, Fails discusses his own experience with losing his family home that his grandfather worked to hard to secure for his family and the aggressive gentrification that his hometown of San Francisco has undergone in the last few decades.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge struck success writing and starring in her award-winning series "Fleabag", revolving around the witty and brash life of Fleabag herself. Today on The Treatment, Waller-Bridge joins Elvis to discuss the series' second season and the importance of music and the rhythm of words in her writing.
Comedian Seth Meyers first got a taste of the news world as the former SNL "Weekend Update" anchor. He now gets to share his take on the world's happenings on the daily with "Late Night with Seth Meyers". Today on The Treatment, Meyers discusses the time it took to gain his footing and ease into the face of his own late night show as well as the sage storytelling advice his father gave him early in life paving his comic path.
Actress Olivia Wilde feels a constant attraction towards challenge. Having many credits to her name in acting, she welcomes the idea of breaking the mold set for actresses in Hollywood, opening up the conversation of a multidimensional female. Today on The Treatment, Wilde discusses her modern version of a coming of age film in "Booksmart" and her learning experience of fighting for creative say on her film.
Working as a stuntman for "The Matrix" films, director Chad Stahelski met and developed a friendship with actor Keanu Reeves. Fueled by passion, Stahelski moved from stunt work seamlessly to directing as he developed the storyline for the character of John Wick. Today on The Treatment, Stahelski discusses his intention to reveal as little about the characters as possible while still garnering emotional connection from an audience and reflecting on the success of "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum".
Unlikely lead actor pairings gives director Jonathan Levine the comedic edge he so appreciates in his own filmmaking. "50/50" and "Snatched" laid the groundwork for his most recent film "Long Shot". He works with actor Seth Rogen again, this time pairing him with Charlize Theron as a journalist/politician duo on their way to presidency and more. Today on The Treatment, Levine discusses Theron "classing up" the film and the elements that create meaningful comedy for him.
Director Edward Zwick thrives in the historical drama genre which such epic films as "Blood Diamond" and "Glory". Today on The Treatment, Zwick discusses his most recent politically charged project "Trial By Fire" about an incarcerated man gaining an unlikely journalist ally played by Laura Dern while also examining the industry of the death penalty in America, particularly in Texas.
Through such projects as "Lost", "Deadwood" and "Sons of Anarchy", actor Titus Welliver has cultivated the quintessential tough-guy persona. Welliver now stars in "Bosch" playing a LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch based on Michael Connelly crime novels. Today on The Treatment, Welliver talks similarities between his own life and that of character Harry Bosch as well as recalling a pivotal conversation with his father about becoming an actor after attending art school.
English actor Ian McShane is fully versed in American history starring is such projects as "Roots" and "Deadwood". He takes on the American South yet again in "Bolden", chronicling real life jazz cornetist Buddy Bolden's impact in music history. Today, McShane discusses his very busy career including the 2019 releases of "Hellboy" and "John Wick" and his take on the American film industry.
Best known for directing "The Warriors", "The Driver" and producing the classic "Alien" anthology, Hill's love for the Western genre now takes center stage. Today on The Treatment, Hill discusses a notable run in with Orson Welles and his feelings on making his narrating debut in "The Cowboy Iliad".
Despite his young age, French director Claire Denis knew after meeting actor Robert Pattinson she'd found the lead for her film. "High Life" tells the eerie story of a man and his baby trapped among the last survivors of a deep space mission. For Denis, this film was best represented as an examination of humanity through the lens of youth. Today on The Treatment, Denis discusses her need to juxtapose life against death in her new film and explains the mark that growing up in French colonized West Africa made on her life and film making.
Growing up in upper middle class New England, Ugandan actor Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine had much to prepare for in taking on his role of tough guy Ronnie in South Side Chicago in "The Chi". Appearing in such projects as "The Knick" and "Queen of Katwe" took a certain acting mindset but today on The Treatment, Mwine discusses the challenges he faced in portraying a man of many secrets in Ronnie and even the measures he took to prepare for a very specific prison work out scene.
American clothing designer Waraire Boswell's brand provides ready to wear and bespoke suiting to the public. But his most meaningful contribution of fashion is through pivotal moments in sports and pop culture history. Today on The Treatment, Boswell discusses the lack of diversity in fashion, outfitting Colin Kaepernick for his controversial GQ cover, and the influence growing up in California has on his designs.
Actor/director Emilio Estevez experienced a unique upbringing in a Hollywood family that caters to his role and film research. After delving deeper into the homeless crisis currently affecting the U.S., Estevez used these skills to write and direct "The Public", a film that showcases the refuge that public libraries provide for the homeless and the resistance they face from local governments. Today on The Treatment, Estevez shares insight on his career form acting to directing and what it is about his love for farming and travel that keeps him tethered to real world issues.
Having grown up in Texas, director John Lee Hancock has something in common with his films lead characters - a strong understanding of Texan identity. He puts this on display in his film "The Highwaymen", recounting the story of real life Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault who were tasked with capturing the infamous Bonnie & Clyde. On The Treatment, Hancock discusses practicing law before entering the world of filmmaking and the pop culture effect famed bank robbers Bonnie & Clyde had on Texas and the world.