Today in Entertainment: The 24-hour wait for 'Hamilton' tickets; exploring Disney's Pandora

Los Angeles Times

Teachers snag "Hamilton" tickets for history students Hollywood's art-lovers came out to fete Jeff Koons at the MOCA gala Hollywood's art-lovers came out to fete Jeff Koons at the MOCA gala Interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin, conducted by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, will air in a four-hour documentary that is set to air on Showtime on four consecutive nights beginning June 12. "The Putin Interviews" is culled from a series of a dozen interviews conducted by Stone with assistance from producer Fernando Sulichin. The most recent interview was recorded in February, after the U.S. election and President Trump's inauguration. The film will touch on allegations of Russian interference in the presidential election, the Kremlin's role in Syria and Ukraine, as well as the increasingly adversarial relationship between the United States and Russia, Showtime said in a news release. "If Vladimir Putin is indeed the great enemy of the United States, then at least we should try to understand him," Stone said in the announcement.

"The First Time I Saw a Vision I Was a Child in a Cotton Field"


Having met so many 80-plus-year-olds in possession of a bottomless well of stories and life advice, we present the series "Interview With an Old Person"--which is, well, exactly what it sounds like. To nominate yourself or an elderly person in your life, email Gertrude Johnson Howard: I was 3 years old on a big plantation, and my mommy and daddy still hadn't separated. And I saw all these white men, and they had on uniforms, and they had long rifles. And I was scared to death. We lived close to the county road, and I was outside playing. I ran in the house and told my mom, and the people got out of their cars and they came to the door. And they asked my momma, "Is John William there?" The sheriff was looking for John William, he had killed a man on the plantation. I was just shaking, just like somebody having a seizure.

Trump travel ban attacked at Screen Actors Guild awards

BBC News

Hidden Figures was the surprise winner of the top prize at this year's Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, which was dominated by anger over Donald Trump's policies on immigration. The film, which tells the true story of black female mathematicians during the 1960s space race, won the best ensemble prize at the Los Angeles ceremony. Denzel Washington was named best actor for Fences. Several winners attacked Mr Trump's ban on immigration from seven countries. The tone was set by host Ashton Kutcher, who began the evening by greeting "everyone at home and everyone in airports that belong in my America".

Charles McCarry, prescient spy novelist, dead at 88

FOX News

NEW YORK – Charles McCarry, an admired and prescient spy novelist who foresaw passenger jets as terrorist weapons in "The Better Angels" and devised a compelling theory for JFK's assassination in "The Tears of Autumn," has died. The author died Tuesday in Fairfax, Virginia, from complications from cerebral hemorrhage after a fall, according to his son, Caleb McCarry. Charles McCarry didn't write many best-sellers, but among aficionados he was regarded as "the dean" or "poet laureate" of American spy writers and the country's answer to such British masters as John le Carre. McCarry set several of his books during the Cold War and often contrasted political idealists with those out in the field, observing in "The Better Angels" that "Evil was permanent" and that the job of intelligence was to trick it "into working for your own side." A former speechwriter, journalist and CIA operative, he drew upon his inside knowledge of power and espionage for narratives praised as eloquent and informed accounts of foreign policy and Washington intrigue.

Pulitzers recognize reporting on Trump campaign and unjust evictions

Los Angeles Times

The biggest U.S. news story of 2016 -- the tumultuous presidential campaign -- yielded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for the Washington Post reporter who not only raised doubts about Donald Trump's charitable giving but also revealed that the candidate had been recorded crudely bragging about grabbing women. David A. Fahrenthold won the prize for national reporting, with the judges citing his stories about Trump's charitable foundation that called into question whether the real estate magnate was as generous as he claimed. Los Angeles Times photographer Katie Falkenberg, who documented the tragic effects of the Zika virus in Brazil, was named a finalist in the feature photography category. The judges said her photos "showed the vulnerability, fear and love of mothers coping with the crisis." Last year, Falkenberg was named multimedia photographer of the year by the National Press Photographers Assn.