FROM Gilm Kofman
Unmade in China John Horn, film writer for the LA Times and banterer for The Business, talks with filmmaker Gil Kofman about the trials and tribulations of making a film in China. Kofman was despondent after financing for his thriller fell through twice. Then he got a call that someone in China wanted to make it. Only they'd have to translate it into Mandarin -- a language Kofman didn't speak -- and shoot it in China, a country Kofman had never been to. What ensues was a series of disappointments, frustrations and culture clashes all caught on tape by Kofman's friend and compiled in the new documentary Unmade in China .
Bill Condon on the challenges of adapting a 'tale as old as time' Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon is no stranger to musicals -- he wrote the screenplay for movie versions of Chicago and Dreamgirls -- the latter of which he directed as well. But when Disney approached him about making a live-action adaptation of its famous animated classic he was initially hesitant take it on. He talks about what changed his mind and how he set about making the movie his own.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
Big plans for tiny houses, homes for hope The tiny house movement is booming, even though in most places, people can't legally live in them. But that didn't stop a group of enthusiasts from learning how to build one at CAFAM. What will they do with their tiny homes? And as Angelenos have passed measures to build more housing for the homeless, a group of architecture students is trying to speed up access to shelter -- with designs for temporary housing with "curb appeal."
Understanding the conservative philosophy, and the fight over the NEA President Trump’s budget blueprint and the Obamacare replacement have revealed deep divisions with the Republican party. So what is the party’s philosophy now, and how does that line up with conservative voters? Also, Trump wants to get rid of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has long been a Republican target.