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Meth is on the rise in Los Angeles, particularly in some neighborhoods like Skid Row. Social workers and police are concerned about the growth in meth use because people on the drug can be violent and erratic. KCRW’s Anna Scott has been reporting on how this increase is changing the area that’s been ground zero for LA’s homelessness crisis.
Twelve women have accused music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. Earlier today, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone told Page Six that Simmons tried to rape her in the early '90s. The New York Police Department has opened an investigation. But yesterday on Instagram, Simmons called the new claims “an insane pile on,” and posted an image of the words #NotMe.
Our critics review the animated feature “Ferdinand,” an update of the beloved children’s book about a bull with a big heart; “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children,” which has hand-drawn animations; and the blockbuster “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding at the 1994 Olympics in "I, Tonya."
In 1994, beloved figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed in the knees right before the Olympic games. Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s teammate (and competitor) Tonya Harding, confessed to hiring a hitman to sabotage Kerrigan. He spent 18 months in prison. But the real blame fell on Tonya Harding. The media painted her as a storybook villain from the wrong side of the tracks. She was banned from professional skating for life. That story is the subject of the new film “I, Tonya.”
Margot Robbie and director Craig Gillespie on the set of "I, Tonya."
Photos courtesy of Neon and 30West.
Director Craig Gillespie at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta.
Craig Gillespie, director of "I,Tonya"
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