FROM Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis and Tom Rothman: The Walk Robert Zemeckis and Tom Rothman discuss difficulties in large studio filmmaking and the balance of making an "anti-authoritarian" film that the entire family can enjoy.
Zemeckis Director Bob Zemeckis earned fame and power in the movie business with successful films like Back to the Future, Castaway and the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. But for the last 12 years he's been devoted to making motion-capture movies (Polar Express, Beowolf) and he's found himself the object of skepticism and criticism. His new film is Flight starring Denzel Washington as a gifted pilot who miraculously lands a plane in free fall despite the fact that he's drunk. This adult drama was made for the relatively low budget of $31 million. Zemeckis and Washington cut their fees for the film, and Zemeckis used elaborate previs to be able to shoot the plane crash on the cheap. Zemeckis talks about how in today's Hollywood, filmmakers and studios need to work together to do that. He also defends the value of motion-capture technology, and talks about how he's decided to abandon his long-held plans to remake The Beatles' Yellow Submarine.
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.
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.”
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.
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.