FROM Claude Brodesser-Akner
Technology and the Business This week, we talk about the Oscars' sci-tech awards and ask: Why do Hollywood's techo geeks have to sit at the kid's table? Plus, producer Dean Devlin uses technology to lead TV into the digital future. His new TNT show, Leverage, is 100% digital, from camera to finished product.
Do You Recognize This Man?; Sumner's Discontent Getting famous isn't all its cracked up to be. Just ask Peter Jacobson, aka Dr. Chris Taub on the Fox hit, House. Plus, Sumner's discontent: who is the aging head of Viacom, and what does that mean for the future of his company?
The TCA's: Getting Your 15 Minutes The networks have just finished their dog and pony show for the TV critics. We take a peek inside what's known as the TCA's. Plus, celebrity publicist Howard Bragman helps you find your 15 minutes.
Hollywood Financial Forecast Calls for High Chance of Lows; Indie Games This week on The Business, a Hollywood lawyer predicts a rough road ahead for what used to be a recession-proof business. Plus, video games…go indie!
The 100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood The Hollywood Reporter's 17th annual "100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood" list. What does is say about the progress of women in the business? How do power lists in general reveal Hollywood's insecurities?
Best of the Business: Carrie Fisher As Princess Leia, she was saved from the Empire by Luke, Han and Chewy. As Carrie Fisher, she's had to rely on a higher power to save herself from drugs and alcohol. Plus, going to the big show, Showest.
Best of the Business 2008: Favorite Features We revisit our favorite feature stories of 2008: the woes of a video-game reviewer, going to the movies with babies, Hollywood's fascination with swag, and what it's like to be a lady in the testosterone fueled world of the paparazzi.
That Was the Hollywood Year That Was! The ups, the downs, the all arounds of the business of show in 2008. We talk with Lauren Schuker of the Wall Street Journal and Scott Collins of the Los Angeles Times.
Why Doesn't Hollywood Love Theater?; Horror Goes Comedy You're in a play? But I thought you said you were in show business? We look at the weird relationship between Hollywood and LA's legit stage. Plus, even though they're not actors, directors can get typecast, too.
Hollywood Goes to the Middle East With a full-fledged production facility, major investments in film, and two world class film festivals, the United Arab Emirates is the next country to role the dice on Hollywood.
In Bombay with Slumdog Millionaire; American Film Market We talk to director Danny Boyle about making his new film in India, a country that's on the move, but still sometimes on the make. Plus, the bizarre bazaar that is the American Film Market.
Shrugging Off Atlas Shrugged, Redux Hollywood's been beguiled and bedeviled by Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged since it was published in 1957. Fifty years later, why hasn't it been made into a movie? We talk to legendary producer Al Ruddy, the first guy to get Rand's go ahead…in 1974. (This is a rebroadcast of a program that originally aired on September 8. However, the "Hollywood News Caravan" is new.)
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."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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."