FROM Mary Bradley
David Duchovny Wry, thoughtful, but not detached, David Duchovny (House of D, Trust the Man, Bones) ironic yet emotional approach to acting gave The X-Files a center and also grounds his satiric new film, The TV set.
Scott Frank From Little Man Tate to Out of Sight, screenwriter Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Minority Report) has written scripts about emotional honesty in intense situations. His first film as director, The Lookout, continues in that vein.
John Frizzell Composer John Frizzell's score have covered a wide and deep expanse, from the excentricity of Office Space to the large-scale registers of Alien Resurrection. He talks about The Reaping, and bringing the music in his head to the movies.
Quentin Tarantino Writer-director Quentin Tarantino works when he wants to on what he wants. Reserve Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, the Kill Bill films and, now, his newest part of a double bill, Death Proof.
Chris Rock Chris Rock's first film as actor and director, Head of State, was a comedy about a black presidential candidate. His newest, I Think I Love My Wife, is, for him, even more political, a romantic comedy about the black middle class. He'll see if he can get your vote.
Rory Kennedy Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy (American Hollow) has melded her curiosity to subjects of social injustice. Her new documentary, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, took on different shadings as she learned.
Anne Beatts In 1975, a comedy series connected to the politics and pop culture of young people, NBC's Saturday Night Live debuted. Its first season is now on DVD. Anne Beatts, one of a handful of women writers on the original Saturday Night Live, drops in to talk about being a pioneer among a group of pioneers.
Gay Talese Writer Gay Talese's fame as a journalist began with his fine profiles for Esquire and continued with non-fiction books such as Honor Thy Father and Thy Neighbor's Wife. With his new book, A Writer's Life, he turns his eye on himself.
James Sanders The book, Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York, is not only a sumptuous and evocative photo-history of New York filmmaking, it's a sharp and compelling look at city's cultural and social history through cinema. Its editor, James Sanders (co-writer or the Emmy Award-winning PBS series New York: A Documentary Film and its companion volume, New York: An Illustrated History, as well as Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies), connects the dots, from Marlon Brando to Woody Allen.
George Miller There's not as big a gap between the Mad Max cycle of films, the Babe movie and Happy Feet as you might think. They all come from filmmaker George Miller, whose instincts as a entertainer also connect to using film as fable. He discusses the difference between making film for kids and for adults.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
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?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."