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Envelope Live 2018: 'Better Call Saul,' 'Private Life' and more

Envelope Live 2018: 'Better Call Saul,' 'Private Life' and more
The Times' Yvonne Villarreal moderates a discussion at the L.A. Times Envelope Live screening of "Better Call Saul" at the Montalbán with star Bob Odenkirk and executive producers Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

Maggie Gyllenhaal. Bob Odenkirk. Connie Britton. Once again, The Envelope is bringing readers, Hollywood guild members and Oscar voters together with the biggest stars to discuss the most buzzed-about projects. Whether it’s screenings and discussions for titles such as “Better Call Saul” and “Private Life” or live panels featuring talent from “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther” and more, The Envelope Live is your ticket to get up close and personal with the people, movies and TV shows going for the gold. Keep this page bookmarked throughout awards season to see the latest highlights from every single event and check out our events page to find out what’s coming up next.

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‘Better Call Saul’

"Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk and executive producer Peter Gould discuss the Season 4 finale in an Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán.
"Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk and executive producer Peter Gould discuss the Season 4 finale in an Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

On Nov. 5, star Bob Odenkirk and executive producers Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz gathered at the Montalbán in Hollywood for a screening of the Season 4 finale. The screening was followed by a candid conversation about the episode’s big ending, the legacy of sister series “Breaking Bad,” how much longer “Saul” will run, and another potential character demise on the horizon. Read our full report and watch the video playlist below for more highlights.


‘Private Life’

The Times' Justin Chang moderates a discussion with writer-director Tamara Jenkins, center, and star Kathryn Hahn at the Envelope Live screening of "Private Life" at the Montalban.
The Times' Justin Chang moderates a discussion with writer-director Tamara Jenkins, center, and star Kathryn Hahn at the Envelope Live screening of "Private Life" at the Montalban. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

On Nov. 12, writer-director Tamara Jenkins and star Kathryn Hanh attended a screening of their Netflix fertility drama at the Montalbán. After the closing credits, the two touched on a range of topics, openly discussing the film’s therapeutic power for others who have struggled with infertility, Jenkins’ very personal inspiration for the film and the last-minute casting change that almost derailed the entire project. Read our full report and watch the video playlist below for more highlights.


‘Capernaum’

LA Times movie reporter Mark Olsen,from left, discusses "Capernaum" with director Nadine Labaki, actor Zain Al Rafeea and producer Khaled Mouzanar at an Envelope Live screening of at the Montalban.
LA Times movie reporter Mark Olsen,from left, discusses "Capernaum" with director Nadine Labaki, actor Zain Al Rafeea and producer Khaled Mouzanar at an Envelope Live screening of at the Montalban. (Ana Venegas / For The Times)

On Nov. 14, the Envelope Live hosted a screening of the foreign-language film “Capernaum.” Afterward, director Nadine Labaki, actor Zain Al Rafeea and producer Khaled Mouzanar opened up about the challenges behind making the movie — including how Mouzanar had to mortgage his house to help finance the production — and the “amazing victory” of screening the film at Cannes in May. Read our full report and watch the video playlist below for more highlights.


‘Eldorado’

Director Markus Imhoof, center, in a Q&A for his movie "Eldorado" with Times critic Lorraine Ali, left, and Muna Sharif of Amnesty International, right, at the LA Times Envelope Live screening at the Montalban.
Director Markus Imhoof, center, in a Q&A for his movie "Eldorado" with Times critic Lorraine Ali, left, and Muna Sharif of Amnesty International, right, at the LA Times Envelope Live screening at the Montalban. (Ana Venegas / For The Times)

On Nov. 15, The Envelope Live hosted a screening of the Swiss documentary “Eldorado” with director Markus Imhoof and Muna Sharif of Amnesty International. The conversation touched on Imhoof’s “emotional bridge” to the film’s central topic — the European migrant crisis — as well as the difficulty in making the film (hint: there were spy cameras involved). Imhoof also discussed the ongoing issue of slave labor, and Sharif shared some startling statistics about the current refugee crisis. Read our full report and watch the videos below for more highlights.


‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal speaks with reporter Glenn Whipp during a The Envelope Live screening of "The Kindergarten Teacher" at the Montalban.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal speaks with reporter Glenn Whipp during a The Envelope Live screening of "The Kindergarten Teacher" at the Montalban. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Maggie Gyllenhaal took part in an Nov. 19 Envelope Live screening and discussion for her film “The Kindergarten Teacher.” Topics included audiences’ surprising reactions to the film, how President Trump’s election inspired the film and her candid thoughts on working with Netflix: “This movie would have had no life without them,” she said. Read our full report and watch the videos below for more highlights.


‘Dirty John’

Actress Connie Britton at the LA Times Envelope Live screening of "Dirty John" at The Montalbán.
Actress Connie Britton at the LA Times Envelope Live screening of "Dirty John" at The Montalbán. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

The team behind “Dirty John,” the popular Times podcast and series-turned-Bravo anthology series, participated in an Envelope Live screening and discussion Nov. 27. Stars Connie Britton, Julia Garner and several of the show’s key behind-the-scenes personnel, covered a wide range of topics, including why it was important for Britton to meet with her real-life counterpart Debra Newell, the importance in showing the lighter side of central villain John Meehan, and how the show’s producers made sure they were respectful to Newell and her family while also maintaining creative freedom. Read our full report here and watch the videos below for more highlights.


‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’

Director Mouly Surya at the LA Times Envelope Live screening of "Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts" at The Montalban.
Director Mouly Surya at the LA Times Envelope Live screening of "Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts" at The Montalban. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

On Nov. 28, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” filmmaker Mouly Surya visited the Montalbán for a screening and discussion. Surya talked about why she wanted to flip feminism on its head with the female-centric western, what kind of censorship she faced in Indonesia and how the film speaks to the #MeToo movement. Read our full report here and watch more of the videos from the Q&A below.

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Dec. 11, 6:10 p.m.: This article was updated with the screening of “Dirty John” and “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts.”

Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m.: This article was updated with the screening of “The Kindergarten Teacher.”

Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m.: This article was updated with the screening of “Capernaum.”

Nov. 17, 7:15 a.m.: This article was updated with the screening of “Private Life.”

This article was originally published on Nov 9 at 5:15 p.m.

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