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Dec 29, 2016

On this week's episode, more reader questions as the year winds down to a close. Also, Kevin Costner stops by to discuss his wide-ranging career and his latest effort, "Hidden Figures.”

Dec 21, 2016

On this week's episode, boiling down the year's best cinema to top fives, including "La La Land," "Captain Fantastic" and "Moonlight." Viola Davis, meanwhile, discusses her work in "Fences," "Suicide Squad" and more.

Dec 15, 2016

On this week's show, discussion of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination announcements as the Oscar race continues to heat up. Meanwhile, Jon Favreau discusses his blockbuster "The Jungle Book" and 20 years of "Swingers.”

Dec 8, 2016

This week, reader questions covering topics ranging from Isabelle Huppert’s position in the best actress race to how critics influence the Oscar discussion. Meanwhile, Dev Patel talks about his work in the films “Lion” and “The Man Who Knew Infinity."

Dec 1, 2016

On this week's episode, Variety Chief Film Critic Peter Debruge stops by to discuss Martin Scorsese's "Silence" and the upcoming critics awards circuit. Ben Foster, meanwhile, discusses his work on "Hell or High Water" and a busy year of four films.

Nov 24, 2016

On this week’s episode, some talk about new films like “Patriots Day,” “Live By Night,” “Moana” and “Allied.” Meanwhile “Jackie” star Natalie Portman and producer Darren Aronofsky discuss Pablo Larrain’s art house biopic.

Nov 17, 2016

This week, a preview of Variety's Actors on Actors series, and Viggo Mortensen stops by to talk about longevity in the movie business and his new film "Captain Fantastic.”

Nov 10, 2016

In this week’s episode, Variety Senior VP Tim Gray stops by to preview the upcoming Academy Governors Awards and talk about Denzel Washington’s “Fences.” Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal discusses his new film “Nocturnal Animals” and the on-going reevaluation of his career and artistic choices.

Nov 3, 2016

In this week's episode, there's drama on the awards circuit as members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. have resigned in protest to a controversial partnership. Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain discusses her new film "Miss Sloane."

Oct 27, 2016

In this week’s episode, we turn over a few ideas for Oscars host this year and take stock of “Moonlight’s” big box office weekend in limited release. Mel Gibson, meanwhile, discusses his new film “Hacksaw Ridge” and working through dark chapters in his life.

Oct 20, 2016

In this week's episode, the New York Film Festival seems to have claimed an awards season victim in Ang Lee's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." Meanwhile, Andrew Garfield discusses his work in Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" and Martin Scorsese's "Silence."

Oct 6, 2016

On this week’s episode, a preview of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch, set to be honored at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Meanwhile, Aaron Eckhart discusses his new films “Bleed For This” and “Sully."

Sep 29, 2016

An interesting thread of motherhood is running through some of the year's standout actress performances and the New York Film Festival is on the horizon. Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges discusses his career and latest film, "Hell or High Water."

Sep 22, 2016

The best actress Oscar race is stacked this year while best actor is uncharacteristically thin. Meanwhile, director Jeff Nichols discusses his new film, "Loving," early 2016 release "Midnight Special," and plans to adapt "Alien Nation" for Fox.

Sep 15, 2016

Variety Deputy Features and Awards Editor Jenelle Riley is back to report on the hits of this year's Toronto Film Festival. Ewan McGregor discusses his directorial debut "American Pastoral" and more.

Sep 8, 2016

Variety Chief Film Critic Peter Debruge spotlights the hits of the 43rd Telluride Film Festival. Amy Adams discusses her tribute at the fest and her career so far, including the fall's "Arrival" and "Nocturnal Animals."

Aug 11, 2016

Kristopher Tapley (Awards Editor, Variety) and Jenelle Riley (Deputy Awards and Features Editor, Variety) spotlight worthy Oscar contenders from the year so far. Seth Rogen discusses his raunchy animated comedy “Sausage Party.”

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