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Monday, January 13, 2014

THE BUSINESS: Walking Dead Producer, Truth or Fiction in Film, Gray Areas in Marketing

Truth of Fiction. Misleading Marketing. Sordid Past of Film Producers. Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd.




Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd; Sordid Past of Film Producers
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Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Walking Dead, discusses her career with guest host Michael Schneider (The Spin-off). Hurd went from little geek girl to Roger Corman protege to "First Lady of sci-fi." Hurd talks about being a woman in the business and how at some point she had to choose between being liked and being respected. She chose respect. Then, journalist Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly talks with Kim Masters about the surprisingly sordid backstory of two producers on the new movie Lone Survivor.  
Banner image: Gale Anne Hurd (C) on the set of The Walking Dead, courtesy Valhalla Motion Pictures

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Hollywood News Banter (2:30PM)

John Horn of the LA Times joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.
- Truth versus fiction in narrative film: How could accusations of inaccuracy in movies likeThe Wolf of Wall Street and Saving Mr. Banks -- both based on true stories -- affect how the films are perceived by audiences and Academy voters?
- The ethics of a film company using a partial tweet from New York Times film critic A.O. Scott in an ad for Inside Llewyn Davis.

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Gale Anne Hurd (2:38PM)

Michael Schneider of TV Guide magazine and KCRW's The Spin-off talks with The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd. They discuss her career arc from starting out in the 1970's with B-movie mogul Roger Corman to becoming the "First Lady of Sci-Fi." Hurd reflects on her youth as an unpopular geek girl as the origins for her love of all things comics, horror, fantasy and sci-fi. She talks about being a woman in the entertainment business and refers to Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, saying that at some point she had to choose between being liked and being respected. She chose respect.

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Gale Anne Hurd on the set of "Aliens"

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Gale Anne Hurd on the production of "Aliens"

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Gale Anne Hurd on the set of "Aliens"

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Gale Anne Hurd with the cast of "The Walking Dead"

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The Sordid Past of Two Film Producers (2:49PM)

Kim Masters talks with  LA Weekly writer Gene Maddaus about his article, "Drugs, Diamonds, International Intrigue — You Won't Believe Two Hollywood Producers' Crazy Backstory." He tells the story of Stefan Martirosian and Remington Chase, two producers on the new Pete Berg/Mark Wahlberg movie Lone Survivor, and how prior to their appearance in the movie business they served time for drug offenses and were accused of various other sordid deeds.

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