FROM Peter Millard
2016 Rio Summer Games open amid uncertainty, protests After nearly seven years of planning, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held Friday in Rio de Janeiro. An estimated three-billion people from around the world will be watching the ceremony, a show that’s been in production for five years and includes some 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes. The games themselves are setting a record this year with more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries participating; and it’s a historic moment for South America’s first Olympic host city. But so far that’s been overshadowed by the political situation in Brazil, with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff ongoing, and an overabundance of safety and security concerns unresolved leading up to the games. Will that put a damper on Friday’s opening ceremony? Link to Peter Millard's tweets from Rio Link to Eric Adelson's tweets from Rio, including protests
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.
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."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
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."