FROM David Heyman
Producing 'Harry Potter' and 'Gravity' Producer David Heyman talks about how he decided early on in his career to make books a big part of his business. The book that changed his life? Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone . When he read it in galley form -- as an unpublished novel -- he was sure it would make a good film. But he couldn't predict it would become the billion dollar franchise that it has. Now, for the first time, he's in the hunt for an Oscar with his new movie, Gravity . For that, he re-teamed with Alfonso Cuarón who directed the third Potter movie. Heyman talks about how the two of them cajoled and tricked Sandra Bullock into enduring long hours alone in a high tech light box while shooting this visual effects heavy movie.
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.
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.”
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.