Photo: courtesy of Gage Skidmore.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn asked for immunity in exchange for his testimony. Does that mean -- as he said of others in the past -- that he must be guilty of something? We also look into the complicated ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s associates.
The Sierras have more than double the normal level of snowpack. About a million cubic feet of water is expected to run off the Sierras in the coming months. We learn what that means for residents of the Owens Valley and how they’re preparing for the big snowmelt.
Our critics discuss “Ghost in the Shell,” a Japanese comic franchise that got the Hollywood treatment and now stars Scarlett Johansson. Comic fans were upset long before the release. Also, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a Holocaust film with Jessica Chastain, and the New York Times called it “Schindler's List with pets.”
Hollywood studio executives are planning to release their movies as “premium” video-on-demand soon after they hit theaters for $30-$50 per rental. Theater owners are worried people will buy those rentals, and not go out to see movies. Some filmmakers are also against it. It was a big issue at CinemaCon this week.
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Does copyright law cover graffiti? Clothing company H&M did a fashion shoot in Brooklyn featuring models standing against a gray wall painted with black waving lines. The graffiti was the work of an LA-based street artist, who wanted compensation. H&M responded by filing a lawsuit against him, then dropped it a few days later.
Taylor Mac takes on U.S. history in 246 songs, two dozen costume changes Taylor Mac will perform his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” starting Thursday in LA. It’s divided into four shows on four separate nights. It’s about this history of oppression and activism in the U.S. -- from 1776 to present day.
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