FROM Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuaron Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is a bona fide hit -- having grossed close to $700 million worldwide and garnered ten Oscar nominations. But he tells Kim Masters that for years he had to manage the studio's anxieties over this cinematically ambitious but ultimately small story of woman alone with her adversities. He and his son Jonas, who co-wrote the script with him, were determined to have that part by played by woman over 40. At first it was to be Angelina Jolie, but the years it took to get the technology right kept her from doing it. Then, when Warner Bros suggested they change the gender of the part or get a younger actress Cuarón said they held strong. He also reflects on his eclectic career in the business complete with a career low after Great Expectations. That led him to make Y Tu Mamá También, which ultimately set him on the course he is now -- to be a sort of auteur/director that the studios are willing to back.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”