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 .
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.”
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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."