FROM Howard Fridkin
Film Rating Advisors, Inc. The Motion Picture Association of American doesn’t like to reveal much about the workings of the ratings board that assigns those PG-13’s and R’s and sometimes the dreaded NC-17’s to films. Now, two former members of the MPAA ratings board have left their posts and formed Film Ratings Advisors, Inc. Barry Freeman and Howard Fridkin say that instead of taking a movie straight to the MPAA and possibly coming away with an undesirable rating, filmmakers can come to them for advice. Kim Masters talks to Freeman and Fridkin about why the MPAA rating board’s decisions can sometimes seem arbitrary, and what a filmmaker has to gain by going to an outsider first.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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."