FROM Daniel Lay
Allegations of harsh labor conditions during ‘Sausage Party’ production Sausage Party has been a box office hit. But if you ask some of the animators who worked on the film, working on it was not a party. The producer of the film - Vancouver-Canada based Nitrogen Studios - has been accused of harsh labor practices. Nitrogen Studios disputes the allegations. Sony, who distributed the movie, hasn’t been commenting to news outlets.
The Oscars May Be in Hollywood, but the Business is Leaving Mayor Garcetti's newly appointed film czar, Ken Ziffren, told reporters today that LA's in a " bad spiral " when it comes to the loss of film and TV production and the jobs that go with them. Visual effects, with all the work now done on computers, is an area especially vulnerable to runaway production. The latest blow is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement that Disney's Marvel Studios will produce four live-action series for Netflix in New York City.
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.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.