FROM Josh Karp
"Orson Welles's Last Movie" Orson Welles was only 25 years old when he had the greatest success of his career: co-writing, directing and starring in Citizen Kane. For that film, he also had final cut, which was unprecedented at that time, especially for a first time director. After Kane, things got trickier. Welles was horrible with money, had poor taste in producing partners, and refused to work within the studio system. Skip forward several decades from Kane. It's 1970 and Welles is just returning to the US after more than a decade in Europe. He's going to make a comeback film...about a director making a comeback film. Josh Karp's new book, Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of the Other Side of the Wind chronicles the misadventures that followed. Karp tells us why talent flocked to Welles, but not financiers. Welles ended up getting funding from the Shah of Iran's brother-in-law, but perhaps unsurprisingly, that arrangement proved problematic as well. While Welles shot plenty of footage, the film remains unfinished and unseen to this day. The troubles that haunt the film haven't stopped people from trying to resurrect it though. There's a new effort afoot to finally finish the movie. Some big names in cinema, including Frank Marshall and Peter Bogdanovich, are involved in a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.