FROM Rick Smolan
YouTube Gives Budding Filmmakers a Shot at Sundance The Hollywood adage, "everybody's a director," hints that everyone has an opinion on how a movie should be cut. Now, thanks to YouTube and Ridley Scott, the phrase could become "everybody's a cinematographer." They've invited people from around the world to submit footage for a feature-length documentary. The finished Life in a Day will show at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Rick Smolan, who's generated several photography books around the day-in-the-life theme, is working with the project.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?