FROM Sharon Waxman
Stolen Emails and Racism in Hollywood "Hollywood is full of racism, but it has been able to hide behind its liberal reputation." That’s a tweet from Dr. Todd Boyd as personal emails from Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal were spreading across the Internet and into the mainstream media. Dr. Boyd holds the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. We get perspective from him and from Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief of The Wrap .
Violence: On Screen and Off Before Friday's massacre in Aurora, Colorado, The Dark Knight Rises was expected to break box office records. That's one reason there was a midnight screening there and at other theaters around the country. The final numbers for the first weekend are just coming out as we record this program, but it appears it scored the third-biggest opening of all time for a 2-D picture, right up there with the first Dark Night and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. After the preview LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan called it " masterful filmmaking by any standard ," and said "all you want to do is see it all over again." Now, he says , "If you are deeply involved in the movies, this tragedy feels…like a death in the family."
Ronnie Chasen Murder Suspect Kills Himself Last night there was a suicide of a possible suspect in the killing of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. The man, known as Harold, reportedly shot himself to death in the lobby of an apartment building on Santa Monica Boulevard. Beverly Hills police reportedly were approaching him to serve a search warrant. Sharon Waxman is CEO and founder of the Wrap.com , which is following the story.
Kathryn Bigelow and Her Career Last night, The Hurt Locker became the lowest grossing movie to win the film industry’s highest award , beating out Avatar in every category that mattered. Not only did it win Best Picture, it also won Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, the only woman ever to get that award. But that’s not what Bigelow herself emphasized on stage or behind the scenes. Sharon Waxman is editor in chief of the website she founded, TheWrap.com .
Hollywood Breaks the Gender Barrier for Women Directors With 10 nominees for Best Picture, the most in decades, the Film Academy hoped that popular favorites would jack up the TV audience for last night's Oscars. But The Hurt Locker became the lowest grossing movie to win the industry's highest award, beating out Avatar in every category that mattered. In addition to Best Picture, it won Best Director for the only woman ever to get that award. But that's not what Kathryn Bigelow emphasized on stage or behind the scenes. Sharon Waxman is editor in chief of the website she founded, TheWrap.com .
Dissecting the Deal for the LA Times Yesterday, Sam Zell put up $300 million in a complicated takeover of the Tribune Company of Chicago, which is worth $8.2 billion and includes the Los Angeles Times . Zell, a Chicago real estate billionaire who beat out local billionaires Ron Burkle and Eli Broad , has said almost nothing in public, but local billionaire David Geffen says he still has a chance. In a message to the LA Times newsroom, Editor Jim O'Shea said that, while any change of ownership carries some risk--and this includes a heavy debt burden--Zell is "a creative thinker and an inventive entrepreneur," who says, "he believes in the future of the news business." We hear more about the deal, possible staff cuts and absentee ownership of Southern California’s major news source in a conversation with O'Shea and others.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.