FROM Peter Berg
Peter Berg: 'Battleship' and 'On Freddie Roach' Filmmaker Peter Berg talks with Kim Masters about the battle of Battleship . The high-priced sci-fi action movie based on the board game was the object of skepticism since the project was announced, and since it's release the movie has struggled at the box office. While it made a decent amount overseas, the US release was dwarfed by the dominance of The Avengers. Berg also speaks candidly about the outsized cost of making these visual effects heavy, potential franchise films and how studios feel the pressure to get into this high risk business. Peter Berg is also Executive Producer of HBO's miniseries On Freddie Roach , a cinema verite docu-series about the legendary trainer of fighters like Manny Pacquiao. Berg is a lifelong boxing fan and first met Roach over 20 years ago at Mickey Roarke's gym, The Outlaw. Berg gives the background on how On Freddie Roach was meant for AMC and ended up at HBO. He also says he'd like to make more of these docuseries. Some of the possible subjects are President Obama , Rahm Emanuel (Berg was college roommate's with his brother, WME head Ari Emanuel ) and college football coach, Mike Leach .
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.
Michael Flynn ensnared in foreign payments scandal Congressman Elijah Cummings has released documents showing that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014. Flynn still took a $45,000 speaking fee in 2015 from the Kremlin-backed news network RT.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.