A joint venture called Oriental DreamWorks launched Friday as Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping wrapped up a U.S. tour. Jeffrey Brown discusses the benefits and drawbacks of U.S.-China business partnerships with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Stephen Orlins and University of California, Irvine’s Peter Navarro. Continue reading
Another dozen fires erupted early Monday around Los Angeles, totaling more than 50 in at least four separate parts of the area over just four nights. Ray Suarez discusses the region’s worst arson spree in two decades and the arrest of a suspect with Adam Nagourney, the Los Angeles bureau chief for The New York Times. Continue reading
Geena Davis has some experience with strong and complex female characters. She’s played a meek-housewife-turned-bold-woman-on-the-run, a baseball star, a secret agent and an American president. She says it was her experience playing Thelma in “Thelma and Louise” that first piqued her interest in the cause.
Moviegoers will soon be able to decide which films to see based not on stars or tomatoes, but on how well they’re being traded by investors. Two investment firms are working to develop a futures market for movie derivatives that will let investors wager on box office performance.