FROM Tom Sachs
Journey Inside 'A Space Program' “An intricately hand-made journey to Mars” is a very intriguing -- and accurate -- description of a recent work by artist Tom Sachs. Sachs didn’t actually send anyone to Mars, but he did create an incredible simulation. You might call it an interstellar performance piece. He and his team filled the huge Park Avenue Armory in New York with what looks like a real NASA space program: space suits, a space capsule, labs and mission control. It’s an incredibly detailed mashup of homemade and high-tech; some parts are fun and funky and others look amazingly accurate. Cameras were rolling when the team demonstrated their trip to Mars for audiences in New York. The result is a film called “A Space Program.” It will be at the Cinefamily on Fairfax this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.