FROM Jonathan Dayton
Directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris on 'Battle of the Sexes' The new movie Battle of the Sexes tells the story of the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and retired men’s champion Bobby Riggs. Emma Stone plays King at 29 as she leads the fight for better pay for women tennis players -- who at the time made only a fraction of what male players did. Steve Carell plays 55-year-old Riggs, a compulsive gambler always in search of an angle. Battle of the Sexes is not only about the competition; it portrays another, very personal struggle for King, who was married at the time but began a relationship with her hairdresser Marilyn Barnett, played by Andrea Riseborough. The directors of Battle of the Sexes are Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, a married couple who also directed Little Miss Sunshine’ in 2006 and Ruby Sparks in 2012. With only those two other movies in their filmography, Dayton and Faris are extremely selective about their projects. But they were immediately drawn to the story of Billie Jean King, and they weren’t the only ones. They tell us why they think so many people were interested in making a "battle of the sexes" movie now, and why their project won out. They also talk about breaking into the industry by directing music videos and why making commercials is great preparation for directing features. Faris and Dayton also share how the way audiences reacted to Battle of the Sexes changed after the 2016 presidential election.
‘Ruby Sparks’ Filmmakers Filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris talk with Kim Masters about the pressure to follow their 2006 indie sensation ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ with just the right second film. They had many starts and stops on other projects over the last six years and often went back to directing commercials to pay the bills. But in the end this married couple-- who compares co-directing with parenting-- landed the job directing the new romantic comedy ‘Ruby Sparks.’
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
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.
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.”