FROM Alexis Bloom
Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom on 'Bright Lights' Filmmakers Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens didn't initially set out to make a film about Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, but that's what ended up happening after Fisher approached them about documenting some of her mother's final performances of her one-woman show. With time, the project evolved, and their new film Bright Lights offers an intimate portrait of the extraordinary mother-daughter duo. Over the course of filming, Reynold's health did begin to deteriorate, but Stevens says they never could have imagined that, "what happened, happened." With the death of Fisher at age 60 and the passing of Reynolds just one day later at 84, Bright Lights is now presented in memoriam. Originally set to air in March, HBO has moved up the film's premiere to January 7. Still in shock from the sudden loss of both women, Bloom and Stevens join us on the show to talk about the joys and challenges of making Bright Lights, including getting Reynolds to understand the very concept of a documentary and convincing Fisher to let them film her at a Star Wars' fan convention. Filmmakers Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom Courtesy of HBO Bloom and Stevens hope their film can deliver something uplifting to fans who are in mourning and offer a message of inspiration. "Individually, they were both incredible, kick-ass women,' Bloom told us. "Together they were even more."
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.
Neutra landmark, Thom Mayne's home, I.M. Pei turns 100 Pioneering architect Richard Neutra's Silver Lake home has been added to the list of national historic landmarks, with an assist from Rep. Adam Schiff. Thom Mayne's new house in Cheviot Hills replaces the former home of writer Ray Bradbury, and the neighbors like it! Paul Revere Williams posthumously gets AIA's top prize, and I.M. Pei turns 100.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.