FROM Beau Martin Williams
'Americons' Americons is probably the only film in history that centers on a real estate loan. The “Option Adjustable Rate Mortgage” was one of the risky mortgages that got people into deep trouble when the housing bubble burst. They also helped bring down lenders Countrywide and Washington Mutual. Americons is a thriller of sorts, based on the experiences of the film’s star, Beau Martin Williams. He was a former college football player and aspiring actor who was working the door of a hip Hollywood nightclub when a patron offered him a chance to make it big in the high-flying mortgage business.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.