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.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
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.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.