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.
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.
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."
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."