FROM Tom Donahue
Unsung Casting Director The Business producer, Darby Maloney, tracks the evolution of casting directors in the business as seen through the Tom Donahue documentary Casting By. Donahue and clips from his film, which airs on HBO August 5th, recount how casting directors were simply functionaries during the studios days but became instrumental in the evolution of “new Hollywood.” The stories of Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were instrumental.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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."