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Veteran entertainment journalist Kelley Carter goes one-on-one with the biggest names in Hollywood as they open up about their journey to stardom, their creative process and the defining moments in their lives and careers. Kelley also invites fellow industry insiders to empty their notebooks and share expert insights and unique perspectives on the latest entertainment news.


March 29, 2022 30 min

The 2022 Oscars telecast will go down in history! For the Season 1 finale of Close Up, host Kelley Carter checks in with two Hollywood Reporter pals – ABC News Radio Entertainment correspondent, Jason Nathanson, and Entertainment Director at "The Grio” Cortney Wills to discuss Will Smith, the “slap heard around the world,” and the overshadowed-but-important wins of the night. CODA broke the mold, taking home the Oscar for best ...

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If you’ve seen Do the Right Thing, Malcom X, or Juice – the cult classic from 1992 that catapulted rapper Tupac Shakur into movie stardom – then you know Ernest Dickerson’s work. Dickerson is a cinematographer-turned-director who’s known best for his many collaborations with Spike Lee, and his roster of gripping thrillers. Host Kelley Carter talks with Dickerson about his love of the horror genre (he’s loved it since the age of fou...

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March 16, 2022 38 min

Aaron Sorkin’s writing style is iconic – dialogue is quippy, fast-paced, and robust – the kind you got in West Wing, Newsroom, and Sports Night. And Sorkin gives us all of that in his latest film – Being the Ricardos – a Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz biopic for which both Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are nominated for Oscars this season. Host Kelley Carter sits down with the writer/ director Aaron Sorkin to talk about what makes this...

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On a new episode of ABC's "Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson," LZ explores the idea of chosen family with comedian and actress Margaret Cho, CNN's Don Lemon and the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart.

Honored as a Best New Podcast of 2021 by Spotify, "Life Out Loud" features thought-provoking, poignant and engaging conversations with some of the most influential and inspirational people in the LGBTQ+ ...

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March 9, 2022 44 min

Corey Hawkins. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve probably seen his work. Remember Dre in Straight Outta Compton? How about Benny in the film adaptation of In the Heights? Or, most recently, Macduff in Joel Cohen’s Tragedy of Macbeth? Host Kelley Carter sits down for a conversation with Corey about chasing the right role, trusting the process and getting to work with legends like Denzel Washington. Then, President of the ...

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March 2, 2022 44 min

Lin-Manuel Miranda is almost an EGOT winner, but that’s not how he defines success. Miranda shares never-heard-before anecdotes from behind-the-scenes of his buzziest projects: Encanto, In the Heights, Hamilton and tick, tick…BOOM! He talks with host Kelley Carter about how he knows when he’s nailed a lyric, what it’s like writing songs with his kids, and what love advice he’d give his younger self. Plus, hear what Steven Spielberg...

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February 23, 2022 40 min

Kelley Carter goes deep with Oscar nominee, Aunjanue Ellis, about her portrayal of Oracene Price in King Richard, how the loss of her mother reshaped the way she measures her success, and why it’s important for her to portray the lesser-known but important Black women in American history on the big screen. Then, Carla Renata, a.k.a. The Curvy Film Critic, and Entertainment Director at "The Grio” Cortney Wills, join Kelley to di...

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February 16, 2022 34 min

Kelley Carter sits down with legendary, three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg and Hollywood rising star Rachel Zegler to discuss their West Side Story reboot. Then, longtime entertainment journalist Scott Huver and Hollywood Correspondent for Vanity Fair, Anthony Breznican, join Kelley to look back on Spielberg’s storied career, share insights into their favorite Spielberg flicks, and break down the parallels b...

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February 9, 2022 45 min

The 2022 Oscar nominations are out, and host Kelley Carter breaks down the snubs and surprises with fellow entertainment reporters Clayton Davis and KJ Matthews. Plus, Peter Dinklage discusses his decades-long mission to dismantle Hollywood stereotypes beginning with his very first film, and including his breakout role on Game of Thrones and his most recent project playing the titular character in Cyrano.

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Entertainment journalist Kelley Carter goes one-on-one with the biggest names in Hollywood as they open up about their creative process, defining moments in their lives and careers, and highlights from this season’s most noteworthy films. Kelley also invites fellow industry insiders to empty their notebooks and share their expert insights and unique perspectives on the latest entertainment news. Guests featured in Season One will i...

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