FROM Andrew Jarecki
'The Jinx' Five years ago, director Andrew Jarecki and producer Marc Smerling came out with a movie based on the life of billionaire New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who’s been suspected but never convicted of three murders. After their film, All Good Things, was released, they got an unexpected phone call: it was Durst -- the real Durst -- offering himself up for a first-ever interview about his life and alleged crimes. They took him up on it, and the result is The Jinx, a six-part HBO series that started on February 8th. We talk to the filmmakers about their experience making the project.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
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.
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.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?