FROM Sacha Gervasi
Sacha Gervasi and Tom Pollock Before getting tapped to direct Hitchcock , Sacha Gervasi had only one directing credit-- the 2008 documentary Anvil : The Story of Anvil. So he was an unlikely choice to helm a biopic starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. But Producer Tom Pollock, a partner in the Montecito Picture Company and former chairman of Universal Studios, was sold that this guy -- who had a strong career as a screenwriter -- could do it. Then Gervasi tells how he wooed Anthony Hopkins and how the two had had an unusual encounter twenty years earlier.
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.
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.