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Another Side of Hollywood
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Retake with John Horn
Another Side of Hollywood

About the Show

“Retake with John Horn”, a new podcast from LAist Studios, asks: do the stories that Hollywood tells about itself really reflect what's going on? Hosted by veteran entertainment reporter John Horn, Retake provides a critical, informed perspective at a time of tumultuous change in the entertainment business.

Each week, John challenges conventional show business wisdom, talking to insiders with a distinct point of view, tracking the industry’s attempts - or lack thereof - to become more inclusive, and keeping tabs on the forces that maintain the status quo. Each episode helps you navigate the countless hours of entertainment now available, he’ll also highlight innovative work that he thinks deserves your attention, anchored by in-depth interviews with filmmakers, TV writers and other creators.

Released July 29, 2022

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    Succession’s Jeremy Strong on acting & “lightning strike moments”
    As the finale approaches, a deep dive with Succession actor Jeremy Strong on acting - his philosophy on the craft, impactful lessons, and how he doesn’t like to over-rehearse. Support Retake by donating now at
  • 30:37
    What’s it like to be at the WGA negotiating table? Plus, filmmaker Nicole Holofcener on “You Hurt My Feelings.”
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    Judd Apatow as Possible WGA Strike Looms: ‘It’s Moving in the Worst Possible Direction,’ plus Kyra Sedgwick
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  • 29:26
    Tom Hanks talks Covid, ‘Elvis,’ puzzles and public radio
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  • 20:08
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  • 32:38
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  • 29:10
    The composer of ‘Babylon’ and the subject of ‘Argentina, 1985’
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    2023 Oscar nominees Cate Blanchett, Todd Field and Laura Poitras
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