FROM Daniel Lay
Allegations of harsh labor conditions during ‘Sausage Party’ production Sausage Party has been a box office hit. But if you ask some of the animators who worked on the film, working on it was not a party. The producer of the film - Vancouver-Canada based Nitrogen Studios - has been accused of harsh labor practices. Nitrogen Studios disputes the allegations. Sony, who distributed the movie, hasn’t been commenting to news outlets.
The Oscars May Be in Hollywood, but the Business is Leaving Mayor Garcetti's newly appointed film czar, Ken Ziffren, told reporters today that LA's in a " bad spiral " when it comes to the loss of film and TV production and the jobs that go with them. Visual effects, with all the work now done on computers, is an area especially vulnerable to runaway production. The latest blow is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement that Disney's Marvel Studios will produce four live-action series for Netflix in New York City.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
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.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyonce 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.