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Elizabeth Banks on 'Charlie's Angels' And Much, Much More

Published November 18, 2019 at 9:51 AM PST
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Elizabeth Banks, center, with Kristen Stewart on the set of "Charlie's Angels."
Nadja Klier
Elizabeth Banks, center, with Kristen Stewart on the set of "Charlie's Angels."

On today's show:

Sister, Doing It For Herself

(Starts at 7:45)

When Elizabeth Banks set out to write and direct a new version of "Charlie's Angels," it meant something to her. Growing up watching the '70s TV show with her two sisters, Banks says she was inspired by seeing "fabulous, butt-kicking women working together." In updating the franchise for a 2019 audience, she wanted to make sure she stayed true to that sense of sisterhood. Banks spoke with John Horn about "Charlie's Angels," her production company Brownstone Productions, and WhoHaha, a site she co-founded to put a spotlight on funny women.

Louie C.K. Is Back, For Better Or Worse

(Starts at :45)

John Horn talks with Glenn Whipp of the L.A. Times about his story on Louie C.K.'s return to the stage: "Two years after admitting to sexual misconduct with female comedians and associates, Louis C.K. is back on tour ... The dates are the first official foray of a comeback that C.K. began in comedy clubs nine months after confirming that he masturbated in front of female comedians and associates, issuing a statement saying, 'I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.' What C.K. heard is anyone’s guess, because he’s still defiantly saying what he wants. If anything, he’s even more aggressive these days in exploring and assaulting societal norms and boundaries."

Hey Teacher, Call On Him

(Starts at 19:45)

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is currently working on the second season of his Netflix show, "Mr. Iglesias," in which he plays a high school teacher who fights for students who are struggling. The show is set at Wilson High in Long Beach, which happens to be where Iglesias attended high school in the '90s. At the end of the first episode, there was a dedication to his real-life high school speech teacher, June Garner. Iglesias wrote: “Thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.” As part of our ongoing series featuring artists and the teachers who changed their lives, KPCC arts education reporter Carla Javier tagged along as the two reunited last month.

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