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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 Montalbán.
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 Montalbán. (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 Montalbán.
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 Montalbán. (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 Montalbán.
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 Montalbán. (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 Montalbán.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal speaks with reporter Glenn Whipp during a The Envelope Live screening of "The Kindergarten Teacher" at the Montalbán. (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 Montalbán.
Director Mouly Surya at the LA Times Envelope Live screening of "Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts" at The Montalbán. (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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‘The Hate U Give’

Actors Regina Hall, left, and Amandla Stenberg, and director George Tillman Jr. discuss "The Hate U Give" during an Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán in Los Angeles.
Actors Regina Hall, left, and Amandla Stenberg, and director George Tillman Jr. discuss "The Hate U Give" during an Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán in Los Angeles. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

“The Hate U Give” stars Regina Hall and Amandla Sternberg joined director George Tillman Jr. for a screening and discussion at the Montalbán on Dec. 7. The movie was followed by an in-depth conversation about adapting the YA novel for the big screen, the film’s sensitive subject matter, the recasting of one of the film’s key roles, and the emotional reactions the film has garnered. Read our full report here and watch more of the videos from the Q&A below.


‘Rise of the Documentary’

The "Rise of the Documentary" panel.
The "Rise of the Documentary" panel. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

On Dec. 8, the Envelope Live hosted a special “Rise of the Documentary” roundtable event at the Montalbán to look back at what has been one of the format’s biggest years ever. The roundtable included Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (“Free Solo”), Tim Wardle (“Three Identical Strangers”), Betsy West (“RBG”), Morgan Neville (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”) and Sandi Tan (“Shirkers”). Read the full report here and watch more videos below from the event below.


‘Science Fair’

"Science Fair" directors Darren Foster and Cristina Costantini, joined by subjects Dr. Serena McCalla and Robbie Barrat during a Los Angeles Times Envelope Live screening at The Montalbán.
"Science Fair" directors Darren Foster and Cristina Costantini, joined by subjects Dr. Serena McCalla and Robbie Barrat during a Los Angeles Times Envelope Live screening at The Montalbán. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

On Dec. 9, “Science Fair” directors Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster reunited with two of the documentary’s subjects, Dr. Serena McCalla and Robbie Barrat, at an Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán. After a screening of the film, the group discussed the surprising inspiration for the film, the “challenging” casting process and why they decided to cut out a mention of President Trump from the finished product. Read our full report here and watch the videos below for more highlights.


‘Won't You Be My Neighbor’

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" director Morgan Neville at a Q&A moderated by Los Angeles Times writer Lorraine Ali.
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" director Morgan Neville at a Q&A moderated by Los Angeles Times writer Lorraine Ali. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)

On Jan. 7, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” director Morgan Neville screened his hit Fred Rogers documentary at the Montalbán. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Times critic Lorraine Ali to discuss how Neville came up with the idea to do a documentary centered on the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” host, what he found during his research for the film and the message he hopes viewers take away from the final product. Read our full report here and watch the videos below for more highlights.

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Peter Ramsey, center, at the "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" LA Times Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán in Hollywood.
Peter Ramsey, center, at the "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" LA Times Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán in Hollywood. (Ana Venegas / For The Times)

On Jan. 30, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” co-directors Peter Ramsey, Bob Perischetti and Rodney Rothman, along with producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, attended an Envelope Live screening for their Oscar-nominated animated superhero film. Speaking with Times reporter Jeffrey Fleishman, the creative team hit on a wide array of topics, including how the Coen brothers influenced the creative process, why they knew the film had to focus on Miles Morales and the pros and cons of doing an animated film. Read our full report here and watch the videos below for more highlights.


‘BlacKkKlansman’

"BlacKkKlansman" director Spike Lee, left, and editor Barry Alexander Brown talk about the movie at an Envelope Live screening.
"BlacKkKlansman" director Spike Lee, left, and editor Barry Alexander Brown talk about the movie at an Envelope Live screening. (Ana Venegas / For The Times)

On Feb. 2, longtime collaborators Spike Lee and Barry Alexander Brown appeared at the Montalbán in Hollywood for a screening of their latest work, “BlacKkKlansman.” That was followed by a lively Q&A with Times columnist Mary McNamara, which ran the gamut from how the director and editor first met and started working together some three decades ago to how current events affected the film, both during production and when the film hit theaters. Read our full report here and watch the videos below for more highlights.


‘Vice’

"Vice" director Adam McKay and editor Hank Corwin at an Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán in Hollywood.
"Vice" director Adam McKay and editor Hank Corwin at an Envelope Live screening at the Montalbán in Hollywood. (Ana Venegas / For The Times)

On Feb. 4, “Vice” director Adam McKay and editor Hank Corwin took part in a screening and Q&A for their Dick Cheney biopic. Moderated by awards columnist Glenn Whipp, the panel took a closer look at how editing played an important role in crafting the film, including two major scenes that were cut out of the final version, and how early test screenings of the film inspired a few more trims in the editing room. Read our full report here and watch the playlist below for more video highlights.

‘Roma’

"Roma" stars Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio at the London West Hollywood Hotel for an Envelope Live screening.
"Roma" stars Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio at the London West Hollywood Hotel for an Envelope Live screening. (Ana Venegas / For The Times)

On Feb. 16, “Roma” stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira took part in an Envelope Live screening and Q&A for the Netflix drama. The discussion, moderated by awards columnist Glenn Whipp, covered a wide range of topics, including the film’s central themes, the unique shooting style and filming that pivotal beach scene, as well as the most surprising reactions they’ve received from viewers. Read our full report here and watch the videos below for more highlights.

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