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Smart, engaging conversations on the entertainment industry fresh from the people who know it best. From hidden gems to blockbusters to the biggest moments in show business, host Mark Olsen gets the latest from actors, writers and directors as well as reporters and critics from the Times’ celebrated film and television teams. Hear the art in entertainment, each week on The Reel.



Latest Episodes

Lauren Greenfield’s ‘The Kingmaker’ examines extravagance, influence of Imelda Marcos

Host Mark Olsen speaks with director Lauren Greenfield about her latest documentary, “The Kingmaker,” which explores the extravagant lifestyle and rise to power of former First Lady Imelda Marcos in the Philippines.

31 MIN4 d ago
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Lauren Greenfield’s ‘The Kingmaker’ examines extravagance, influence of Imelda Marcos

'Harriet' director on bringing ‘a tremendous hero’ to life

Host Mark Olsen sits down with “Harriet” director Kasi Lemmons to talk about creating a biopic based on the life of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman.

28 MIN1 w ago
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'Harriet' director on bringing ‘a tremendous hero’ to life

HBO’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ explores a midlife sexual awakening

Host Mark Olsen talks with Tom Perrotta, the author of “Mrs. Fletcher,” and now the showrunner and executive producer of the new HBO series. Also in this episode, as the heated competition in the video subscription world gets underway, Olsen talks with the Times’ TV editor Matt Brennan about the streaming wars. And in the “Glenn Whipp Awards Minute,” entertainment columnist Whipp discusses this year’s honorary Oscar winners who will be recognized this Sunday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards.

29 MIN2 w ago
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HBO’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ explores a midlife sexual awakening

'Jojo Rabbit' weaponizes comedy to remember the Holocaust

EThe Times Mark Olsen talks with the director, writer and star of the anti-Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit.” Olsen also speaks with the Times culture columnist Mary McNamara about some of the revelations in Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill,” including Farrow’s allegations that NBC News shut down his reporting about Harvey Weinstein. And in the “Glenn Whipp Awards Minute,” entertainment columnist Whipp gives an early survey of the best actress race.

31 MIN3 w ago
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'Jojo Rabbit' weaponizes comedy to remember the Holocaust

'Parasite': A thrill ride about class warfare

Host Mark Olsen discusses "Parasite" with members of the Times film staff. For our new culture news segment, reporter Greg Braxton shares his thoughts about the official opening of Tyler Perry Studios, while columnist Glenn Whipp gives the state of the best actor race in the 'Awards Minute.'

29 MINOCT 11
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'Parasite': A thrill ride about class warfare

'Joker' gives a comic book villain a grown-up, nihilistic spin

Times film staff discuss "Joker" and the controversy around the movie. Plus, in our new culture news segment, host Mark Olsen discusses the impeachment inquiry's impact on late-night TV, and Glenn Whipp shares his thoughts about "The Irishman" in our new 'awards minute' segment.

28 MINOCT 4
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'Joker' gives a comic book villain a grown-up, nihilistic spin

Emmys Wrap: A win for the underdogs

Mark Olsen talks with members of the Times TV team about the Emmys, television’s continuing creative renaissance, and the changing nature of the medium. The Reel also introduces new segments: an update on awards season, and a conversation on a news item from the world of culture.

31 MINSEP 27
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Emmys Wrap: A win for the underdogs

'Downton Abbey’ and ‘Ad Astra’ offer grown-up entertainment

Mark Olsen talks to Times film critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang about "Downton Abbey" and "Ad Astra."

28 MINSEP 20
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'Downton Abbey’ and ‘Ad Astra’ offer grown-up entertainment

Bonus Episode: Highlights of the Toronto International Film Festival

In this special bonus episode, a team of Times reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival give the low-down on this year’s crop of films at the festival — both the hits and the misses.

31 MINSEP 13
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Bonus Episode: Highlights of the Toronto International Film Festival

'Hustlers' draws inspiration from all women fighting to get by

Host Mark Olsen speaks with Lorene Scafaria, the writer-director of the film "Hustlers."

23 MINSEP 13
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'Hustlers' draws inspiration from all women fighting to get by

Latest Episodes

Lauren Greenfield’s ‘The Kingmaker’ examines extravagance, influence of Imelda Marcos

Host Mark Olsen speaks with director Lauren Greenfield about her latest documentary, “The Kingmaker,” which explores the extravagant lifestyle and rise to power of former First Lady Imelda Marcos in the Philippines.

31 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Lauren Greenfield’s ‘The Kingmaker’ examines extravagance, influence of Imelda Marcos

'Harriet' director on bringing ‘a tremendous hero’ to life

Host Mark Olsen sits down with “Harriet” director Kasi Lemmons to talk about creating a biopic based on the life of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman.

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
'Harriet' director on bringing ‘a tremendous hero’ to life

HBO’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ explores a midlife sexual awakening

Host Mark Olsen talks with Tom Perrotta, the author of “Mrs. Fletcher,” and now the showrunner and executive producer of the new HBO series. Also in this episode, as the heated competition in the video subscription world gets underway, Olsen talks with the Times’ TV editor Matt Brennan about the streaming wars. And in the “Glenn Whipp Awards Minute,” entertainment columnist Whipp discusses this year’s honorary Oscar winners who will be recognized this Sunday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards.

29 MIN2 w ago
Comments
HBO’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ explores a midlife sexual awakening

'Jojo Rabbit' weaponizes comedy to remember the Holocaust

EThe Times Mark Olsen talks with the director, writer and star of the anti-Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit.” Olsen also speaks with the Times culture columnist Mary McNamara about some of the revelations in Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill,” including Farrow’s allegations that NBC News shut down his reporting about Harvey Weinstein. And in the “Glenn Whipp Awards Minute,” entertainment columnist Whipp gives an early survey of the best actress race.

31 MIN3 w ago
Comments
'Jojo Rabbit' weaponizes comedy to remember the Holocaust

'Parasite': A thrill ride about class warfare

Host Mark Olsen discusses "Parasite" with members of the Times film staff. For our new culture news segment, reporter Greg Braxton shares his thoughts about the official opening of Tyler Perry Studios, while columnist Glenn Whipp gives the state of the best actor race in the 'Awards Minute.'

29 MINOCT 11
Comments
'Parasite': A thrill ride about class warfare

'Joker' gives a comic book villain a grown-up, nihilistic spin

Times film staff discuss "Joker" and the controversy around the movie. Plus, in our new culture news segment, host Mark Olsen discusses the impeachment inquiry's impact on late-night TV, and Glenn Whipp shares his thoughts about "The Irishman" in our new 'awards minute' segment.

28 MINOCT 4
Comments
'Joker' gives a comic book villain a grown-up, nihilistic spin

Emmys Wrap: A win for the underdogs

Mark Olsen talks with members of the Times TV team about the Emmys, television’s continuing creative renaissance, and the changing nature of the medium. The Reel also introduces new segments: an update on awards season, and a conversation on a news item from the world of culture.

31 MINSEP 27
Comments
Emmys Wrap: A win for the underdogs

'Downton Abbey’ and ‘Ad Astra’ offer grown-up entertainment

Mark Olsen talks to Times film critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang about "Downton Abbey" and "Ad Astra."

28 MINSEP 20
Comments
'Downton Abbey’ and ‘Ad Astra’ offer grown-up entertainment

Bonus Episode: Highlights of the Toronto International Film Festival

In this special bonus episode, a team of Times reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival give the low-down on this year’s crop of films at the festival — both the hits and the misses.

31 MINSEP 13
Comments
Bonus Episode: Highlights of the Toronto International Film Festival

'Hustlers' draws inspiration from all women fighting to get by

Host Mark Olsen speaks with Lorene Scafaria, the writer-director of the film "Hustlers."

23 MINSEP 13
Comments
'Hustlers' draws inspiration from all women fighting to get by
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