FROM Gregg Kilday
“No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” Lead Oscar Nominations Striking writers say they won’t picket the Grammy Awards TV show on the 10th of next month, but they will picket the Oscars on the 24th. The President of the Screen Actors Guild says his members probably won’t cross the lines. Disney-ABC says it has “contingency plans” with or without them. All that as the Oscar nominees were announced today.
Tom Cruise to Run United Artists In August, Tom Cruise was dumped from his $10-million-a-year deal with Paramount Pictures . Today, Cruise is in partial charge of United Artists . Founded almost 100 years ago by movie legends Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and DW Griffith, UA--now owned by MGM -- has been quiet in recent years. Now Cruise and his partner Paula Wagner, have a chance to revive it. What will that mean for popular culture?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.