FROM Peter Berg
Peter Berg: 'Battleship' and 'On Freddie Roach' Filmmaker Peter Berg talks with Kim Masters about the battle of Battleship . The high-priced sci-fi action movie based on the board game was the object of skepticism since the project was announced, and since it's release the movie has struggled at the box office. While it made a decent amount overseas, the US release was dwarfed by the dominance of The Avengers. Berg also speaks candidly about the outsized cost of making these visual effects heavy, potential franchise films and how studios feel the pressure to get into this high risk business. Peter Berg is also Executive Producer of HBO's miniseries On Freddie Roach , a cinema verite docu-series about the legendary trainer of fighters like Manny Pacquiao. Berg is a lifelong boxing fan and first met Roach over 20 years ago at Mickey Roarke's gym, The Outlaw. Berg gives the background on how On Freddie Roach was meant for AMC and ended up at HBO. He also says he'd like to make more of these docuseries. Some of the possible subjects are President Obama , Rahm Emanuel (Berg was college roommate's with his brother, WME head Ari Emanuel ) and college football coach, Mike Leach .
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?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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?
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.