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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 Los Angeles 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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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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