FROM Noah Oppenheim
Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim on 'Jackie' and 'Today' In the new film Jackie , Natalie Portman portrays First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the week following her husband's assassination. The movie depicts her trauma and her iron-willed planning of a funeral that would cement his legacy. Then she works to burnish the legend of Camelot in a magazine interview that she carefully controls. Jackie was the first screenwriting effort from Noah Oppenheim, whose career has taken some interesting twists. A Harvard graduate, Oppenheim landed a job out of college with Chris Matthews' show Hardball on MSNBC. He spent his 20s at NBC News, co-creating Mad Money with Jim Cramer and putting in a stint at the Today show. Oppenheim left for Hollywood in 2008 to work first as a television executive and then as a screenwriter. But in 2015, he circled back to the East Coast, taking the helm at the Today show. So strangely, he is now in that job while in the awards conversation for his Jackie screenplay. We talked to Oppenheim about this unusual career, which this year included the hiring and firing of Billy Bush, and the experience of watching acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky hand the Jackie project over to Chilean director Pablo Larrain.
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.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
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.