Slate’s Culture Gabfest is live from L.A.: The critics talk to Jenny Slate, discuss the movie adaptation of Gone Girl, talk screenwriting with John August and Craig Mazin, and close out with Orange Is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne.

Jenny Slate Explains Hollywood to the Culture Gabfest

Jenny Slate Explains Hollywood to the Culture Gabfest

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Oct. 10 2014 11:47 AM

The Culture Gabfest “You and Your Strange Ways Here in Hollywood” Edition

Live from L.A.! The critics talk to Jenny Slate, discuss the movie adaptation of Gone Girl, talk screenwriting with John August and Craig Mazin, and close out with Natasha Lyonne.

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This week’s show comes to you live from Los Angeles! First up, Jenny Slate joins the critics to talk about her awesome new show Married, why people keep writing “bitch” roles for her, and her series Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. Next, Gillian Flynn has adapted her hit novel Gone Girl into a film directed by David Fincher. Will the critics love it, or is Fincher’s work all surface? Then, Craig Mazin and John August of the much-endorsed Scriptnotes podcast join the critics to talk screenwriting. Finally, Orange Is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne comes onstage to discuss the hit show and talk about what it’s like to be a woman in Hollywood today. The show closes out with a few burning questions from listeners. Thank you to everybody who joined us in L.A.

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.