FROM Noah Oppenheim
Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim on 'Jackie' and 'Today' In the new film Jackie , Natalie Portman portrays First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the week following her husband's assassination. The movie depicts her trauma and her iron-willed planning of a funeral that would cement his legacy. Then she works to burnish the legend of Camelot in a magazine interview that she carefully controls. Jackie was the first screenwriting effort from Noah Oppenheim, whose career has taken some interesting twists. A Harvard graduate, Oppenheim landed a job out of college with Chris Matthews' show Hardball on MSNBC. He spent his 20s at NBC News, co-creating Mad Money with Jim Cramer and putting in a stint at the Today show. Oppenheim left for Hollywood in 2008 to work first as a television executive and then as a screenwriter. But in 2015, he circled back to the East Coast, taking the helm at the Today show. So strangely, he is now in that job while in the awards conversation for his Jackie screenplay. We talked to Oppenheim about this unusual career, which this year included the hiring and firing of Billy Bush, and the experience of watching acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky hand the Jackie project over to Chilean director Pablo Larrain.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.