FROM Lauren Greenfield
'Generation Wealth:' A cautionary tale in photographs President Donald Trump -- with his flashy wealth, power and celebrity -- is the “apotheosis of Generation Wealth,” according to photographer Lauren Greenfield. Her new exhibit called “Generation Wealth” opens at the Annenberg Space for Photography this weekend. It chronicles the past 25 years of a culture that has become increasingly dominated by the pursuit of money -- a culture that has been exported across the world.
Making 'The Queen of Versailles' Lauren Greenfield's new documentary, The Queen of Versailles , tells the story of billionaire couple Jackie and David Siegel, who were in the midst of building the largest home in the United States when the financial crisis hit and they had to face their excess and delusion. The film premiered at Sundance, where Greenfield won an award for her directing. But just prior to the premiere David Siegel sued her for defamation. Greenfield discusses the process of making the film, the degree to which she was open with the Siegels about the story she was telling, and how she sees their story as an allegory for America's drive towards consuming more and more. (L-R) Jackie Siegel and Lauren Greenfield Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
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."
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
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?