FROM Lee Daniels
Filmmaker Lee Daniels Filmmaker Lee Daniels talks with Kim Masters about the uphill battle to fund his new movie, Lee Daniels' The Butler , an African American historical drama. In the end it took creative casting of white actors and a slew of producers to get the movie a green light. Daniels wonders aloud if it would have been easier to get investors if it were a white drama. He also opens up about how his personal suffering has impacted his filmmaking. As a child he experienced physical abuse at the hands of his father for being gay -- something Daniels says is not welcome in the African American community, and when attending a white High School he encountered racism. Kim asks him if, in today's Hollywood, it's harder to be African American or to be gay. He says he needs to remain silent because he wants to work.
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.
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.
Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.