FROM Mya Taylor
'Tangerine' Star Says Goodbye to Donut Time Another Hollywood landmark has shut its doors for good. Donut Time, the donut shop at the corner of Santa Monica and Highland in Hollywood, was the backdrop for the 2015 award-winning indie film Tangerine. It was also a longtime haven for homeless youth and transgender women, many of them sex workers, who would hang out there at all hours of the day or night. Tangerine star Mya Taylor joins Press Play to say goodbye to Donut Time.
Mya Taylor of 'Tangerine' Last year was the year that transgender people hit mainstream media in a big way: Caitlyn Jenner, Transparent and The Danish Girl. Then there was Tangerine. The low-budget indie movie tells the story of two transgender prostitutes spending Christmas Eve on the hard streets of Hollywood. SinDee is a sex-worker just out of jail and Alexandra is her somewhat reluctant sidekick. Both characters are played by newcomers, both transgender - Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. Madeleine speaks with Taylor.
Mya Taylor: 'Tangerine' When Steve Levitan mentioned a movie shot on iPhones that played at Sundance this year, he was talking about Tangerine , a bittersweet film from Sean Baker that won glowing reviews at the festival. Tangerine stars 23-year-old Mya Taylor as a transgender prostitute on the streets of Hollywood. Mya Taylor at Sundance: Courtesy of Totally RAD! Media For Taylor, the road to Park City was particularly difficult. As a transgender youth living in Los Angeles, Taylor struggled to find work of any kind for years before landing this role. KCRW's Jenny Radelet, who met Taylor at Sundance, has the story.
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.
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.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.