FROM Roma Downey
Jesus on the Big Screen The biblical story of Jesus has been told in films since the beginning of films themselves. It’s latest incarnation is called Son of God . It opens tomorrow, and church groups have already purchased over 500 thousand tickets for opening weekend. We talk with one of its producers, Roma Downey, who also plays Mary in the film. And we take a look back at the many, many depictions of Jesus in the movies over the past 100 years.
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on 'The Bible' Mark Burnett's name is synonymous with big reality competition shows -- Survivor, The Voice, and Celebrity Apprentice -- but the passion project he made with his wife, Roma Downey, is a massive franchise in the making. The Bible is a five-part miniseries that aired on History Channel. It garnered huge ratings, plus an Emmy nomination. Burnett and Downey, herself an actress who starred in the CBS show Touched by an Angel and who plays Mother Mary in The Bible -- are devout Christians. They talk with Kim Masters about how they found that The Bible series gave people in the industry permission to talk about God. They plan to turn the series into a feature film, followed by a sequel on NBC.
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."
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?
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.”