Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Producer Roundtable With Ice Cube, Steve Golin and More

THR's Roundtables air on Sundance TV. The shows air Sunday at 8 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV, 126 on Dish nationwide and at 11 a.m. ET/PT on cable (channel 625 on TWC in L.A., 94 in NYC).

"It was the hardest movie."

That's what Straight Outta Compton's Ice Cube insists of the N.W.A biopic the he produced and starred in. "I've been producing movies since 1995 [Friday]. Not just because of so many dynamic personalities — so many different stories, so many different legal problems. Outside threats," he continued of the difficulties of making the film. "Seeing it about to fall apart at many different times. That was our biggest thing, using all of our powers to keep it together because it just wanted to unravel in so many different areas."

That's just one revelation to come out of THR's Producer Roundtable, which features Steve Golin (The Revenant, Spotlight), 60; Ice Cube (Straight Outta Compton), 46; director-producer Scott Cooper (Black Mass), 45; writer-producer Simon Kinberg (The Martian), 42; Quentin Tarantino's longtime producer Stacey Sher (The Hateful Eight), 52; and indie veteran Christine Vachon (Carol), 53. The producers also discuss their most difficult career moments and the pitfalls of their profession.

For the first time, viewers can watch the roundtable discussion, on Sundance TV as part of the cable channel's new original nonfiction series, Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter, produced in partnership with THR. And come back to on Monday after the shows air for the full, uncensored discussion online.

The first of seven episodes — the Producer Roundtable — premiered Sunday, and the second (the Writer Roundtable) will air Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on cable systems and at 8 a.m. ET/PT satellite systems (Dish and DirecTV). New episodes will air every Sunday leading up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 28.

The filmed roundtable panels will feature Oscar nominees and other top stars of the year's most buzzed-about films, including actors and actresses, writers, producers and directors. Guests will discuss everything from their individual projects to their craft and true stories from the business. The panels will present thoughtful, informative takes on the film and television industry today.

The complete schedule for the season is as follows:

Sunday, Dec. 20: Writer Roundtable

Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Meg LaFauve (Inside Out)

Sunday, Jan. 3: Director Roundtable

Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs)
Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl)
Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)
David O. Russell (Joy)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)
Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)

Sunday, Jan. 10: Actress Roundtable

Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Cate Blanchett (Carol, Truth)
Jane Fonda (Youth)
Brie Larson (Room)
Helen Mirren (Trumbo, Woman in Gold)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Sunday, Jan. 17: Actor Roundtable

Michael Caine (Youth)
Will Smith (Concussion)
Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)
Joel Edgerton (Black Mass)
Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight)
Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

Sunday, Jan. 24: Documentary Roundtable

Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine)
Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next)
Amy Berg (Janis: Little Girl Blue, Prophet's Prey)
Kirby Dick (The Hunting Ground)
Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone)
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Meru)

Sunday, Jan. 31: Cinematographer Roundtable

Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight)
Danny Cohen (The Danish Girl, Room)
Masanobu Takayanagi (Black Mass, Spotlight)
Mandy Walker (Truth)
Alwin Kuchler (Steve Jobs)
Linus Sandgren (Joy)

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