ZOOM is a new podcast from Focus Features for movie lovers who want to know everything. Fueled by the inquisitive mind of film critic and host Amy Nicholson (“Unspooled,” "Halloween Unmasked"), each episode uses a modern-day movie as a launch pad to discover mind-bending facts about science, technology, and history. What kind of planet might E.T. come from? Do superstar horses “act”? Which Edwardian rules of etiquette could trip up Downton Abbey’s Lord Grantham? Featuring interviews with an eclectic mix of experts and filmmakers, ZOOM explores Hollywood's uncharted questions.
All hail! Divas demand worship, from Beyoncé and Barbra to the fictional Grace Davis in the new flick The High Note. But these powerful women aren't content to merely conquer music -- they want Hollywood, too. Why do divas risk their reputations for a shot at the big screen? Who's succeeded? And how did "diva" go from reverence to insult? Let's trace the history of the word back to the living gods of Ancient Rome, where Caligula put his own spin on "Slay!" Then, let's meet the opera and silent film stars who embraced the word and defied social taboos small and large, whether feeding their pet alligators champagne or openly celebrating their own worth. Perhaps we should be a bit more diva? Special guest: The High Note director Nisha Ganatra.