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.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."