FROM James D. Stern
The Hollywood-China Connection The new movie Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. It's due to open simultaneously in the US and China. Not all films get that coveting release plan but this film is different. It's the latest example of a Hollywood trend designed to break into the lucrative Chinese market. The Chinese government restricts the number of foreign films that get distributed in China each year. These co-productions are a way around that quota. But it's not always easy doing business there, as was seen last year when Christian Bale (who'd just wrapped shooting the Chinese film Flowers of War ) tried to visit the blind activist Chen Guangcheng but was forcibly stopped by plain clothes policemen. We talk with a panel of experts about the potential challenges and rewards for filmmakers making movies in China.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?