FROM Mark Ellis
Friday Film: “Fifty Shades” Drops It’s Friday, and the day before Valentine’s Day, so we can all admit what news story is on our minds today: Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters this weekend. The movie already took in nearly $9 million from midnight showings last night, and it’s expected to hit the $70 million mark by Sunday. When it comes to pre-sale tickets, Fifty Shades has already been crowned the biggest Valentine’s release of all time. So, is it any good? We talk about that and more in our regular Friday film segment.
Dystopias, Sly Stallone and an Enormous Head Today on our weekly film roundup, things look a bit dystopic. New releases include a world without color, a world in which Sly Stallone is our only hope, and a world in which Michael Fassbender stars in a movie but we never see his face.
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.
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."
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.”