FROM Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky on Making 'Noah' Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's Noah was never going to be a Sunday School version of the famous flood. The auteur director behind Black Swan, The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream approached the biblical epic as a mystical tale of one man at the center of an apocalypse. It was by far the largest budget Aronofsky had ever worked with. As is its practice on $125 million films, Paramount showed the unfinished movie to test audiences. The visual effects appeared as cartoons and the audiences didn't get it. So the studio re-cut alternate versions and tested those. None fared better with audiences than Aronofsky's, so Parmount released his version. The filmmaker talks about the process, saying he was scared but had faith in his vision.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.