FROM Matt Reeves
Finding a home for stories we cut for time We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. So a few months ago, we decided we'd save some of the best stuff that didn't quite make the cut and we would find a home for it. First up is writer-producer David Mandel, the showrunner of HBO's Veep, which just won another Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. He tells us what Larry David taught him about writing for sitcoms while working on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. We also hear from David Simon, creator of The Wire and co-creator of The Deuce about why he was -- for a time -- labeled “the angriest man in television,” and how he was able to use that to his advantage. Then, producer and director Shawn Levy defends his movie Real Steel, and tells us what went wrong with the marketing of that film. Finally, filmmaker Matt Reeves shares the crazy story about the time he and JJ Abrams were called in to repair Steven Spielberg's very first home movies when he and Abrams were just 15 years old.
Director Matt Reeves on 'War for the Planet of the Apes' War for the Planet of the Apes -- the third film in Fox's recent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise -- tells the story of chimpanzee Caesar and his struggle to save his clan of apes from murderous humans. Played by a digitally altered Andy Serkis, Caesar tries to keep the peace but a vicious military commander, played with relish by Woody Harrelson, isn't having it. The director of War for the Planet of the Apes , Matt Reeves, has now directed the second and third movies in the reboot of the Apes franchise. The first film in the trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was directed by Rupert Wyatt, who signed on to do the next film but then dropped out. Reeves got his start as a screenwriter, and unlikely as it now seems, co-created the 1998 TV series Felicity with his long-time friend J.J. Abrams. He went on to direct the modestly-budgeted horror films Cloverfield and Let Me In. Since then he's taken on a couple of huge studio features, making a transition that has stymied some others. And for his next movie, Reeves will be at the helm of another iconic franchise: Batman. The film was supposed to be directed by the most recent Batman, Ben Affleck, but he stepped away from the job and Warner Brothers then turned to Reeves. While Reeves still has apes on the brain, he shares some early thoughts on his next movie, for now titled The Batman.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
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.