FROM Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky on Making 'Noah' Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's Noah was never going to be a Sunday School version of the famous flood. The auteur director behind Black Swan, The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream approached the biblical epic as a mystical tale of one man at the center of an apocalypse. It was by far the largest budget Aronofsky had ever worked with. As is its practice on $125 million films, Paramount showed the unfinished movie to test audiences. The visual effects appeared as cartoons and the audiences didn't get it. So the studio re-cut alternate versions and tested those. None fared better with audiences than Aronofsky's, so Parmount released his version. The filmmaker talks about the process, saying he was scared but had faith in his vision.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
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.”