FROM Jennifer Lee
How 'Frozen' Became a Modern Disney Classic Frozen 's writer/director Jennifer Lee and songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez talk with Kim Masters about the backstory behind the creation of this new Disney classic. For years the film had been in development at the studio but many were stumped as to how to adapt the story of Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen to the screen. One 'aha' moment came when Anderson-Lopez, writing with her husband, Bobby Lopez (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q), wrote the song Let it Go. Lee talks about how that anthem crystallized the movie for everyone at the studio and how she rewrote the script because of it. They also talk about subverting some of the Disney princess movie clichés and how John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, was supportive of all of it. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC
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.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.