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.
Ryan Murphy on how his Half Foundation led to 'Feud' Ryan Murphy oversees a small TV empire on FX, with series including American Horror Story, American Crime Story and his latest effort, Feud. The first cycle of that show focuses on the rivalry between movie icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. On all his shows, Murphy now has a strict rule: at least half of the directors and crew members must be women or minorities.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."