FROM Alex Gibney
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Apple CEO Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011. He was just 56. There was an outpouring of love and grief for the man in the black turtleneck that’s pretty unusual for a corporate executive. Jobs was revered for the universe of beautifully designed, game-changing technology he helped create. But a new documentary takes a slightly more jaundiced look at Jobs and his legacy in Silicon Valley.
‘Sundance Postcard’ Kim Masters has been to Sundance several times before, but this time, her visit to Park City had a unique element—she actually appeared in a film that was premiering at the festival. She shares her experience of watching herself as a talking head in the Alex Gibney documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and going on stage of a Q&A following the screening. While there were security concerns about angry Scientologists showing up to protest the film, the event went off without a hitch. The only people upset were those ticket holders left standing outside the theater, unable to find a seat at the popular premiere.
Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall on 'The Armstrong Lie' Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall talk with Kim Masters about how they set out to make an uplifting film about Lance Armstrong's comeback ride in the 2009 Tour de France only to find that film too 'naive' to release. While in post production during 2010, Armstrong's former teammates went public with information about his doping. The filmmakers shelved the movie and waited. Then in October, 2012, the US Anti-Doping Association (USADA) released a detailed account of Armstrong's actions. The filmmakers then spent the better part of the last year recutting the first film called The Road Back and conducting new interviews -- including some with Lance Armstrong -- to make their new film, The Armstrong Lie .
Behind the Scenes of 'the Greatest Fraud' in Sports Alex Gibney is an Academy-Award winning director who was given unparalleled access to Lance Armstrong. His original project was a documentary film about the world-champion cyclist's training for an eighth Tour de France title after a four-year hiatus. Now a very different film is being released. As Gibney was preparing The Road Back, Armstrong's fellow cyclist, Floyd Landis, told ABC that Armstrong's career was based on illegal doping. After denying it for years, Armstrong finally confessed it all to Oprah Winfrey. The film now being released is The Armstrong Lie .
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Are we at war with Syria? The U.S. fired Tomahawk missiles against Syria in response to this week’s sarin gas attack. Russia condemned the U.S. attack. What does this mean for U.S.-Russia relations? What does it mean for Donald Trump’s foreign policy, which previously had a hands-off approach to Syria and removing Bashar al-Assad?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.