Somewhere between her first big Hollywood role, in David E. Kelley’s drama Boston Public, and her breakout comedy role in The Office, Rashida Jones came oh so close to quitting show business. advertisement advertisement “I felt like I was wasting my education. I had gone to college. I had studied other things that were not acting-related, and I felt like I was 30 and it seemed like a waste to spend my days auditioning or interviewing for jobs if I wasn’t going to get those jobs,” the star of the new TBS comedy Angie Tribeca told Co.Create. “I had to have a little ‘come to Jesus’ with myself. I was thinking about going back to school and maybe going to graduate school and getting a degree in public policy or maybe going to law school. I definitely printed a couple applications and I looked at a couple websites, but I told myself I’d give myself a year and I’d audition for a couple more things and see what happens.” … [Read more...] about Rashida Jones On Playing It Straight For Laughs on “Angie Tribeca”
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William Monahan was born and raised in Boston. A journalist, novelist, and screenwriter, he came to wide attention for his Academy Award-winning screenplay for The Departed, the 2006 Martin Scorcese crime drama set in Monahan’s hometown. Since then, Monahan has written several other films, including Body of Lies (2008), Edge of Darkness (2010), and The Gambler (2014). He assumed the director’s chair in 2010 for London Boulevard, a role he repeats (along with screenwriter) in the new film Mojave, featuring Oscar Isaac as a roving serial killer. advertisement advertisement Fast Company caught up with Monahan to learn more about his origins and growth as a writer. FAST COMPANY: What’s your earliest memory of wanting to be a writer? WILLIAM MONAHAN: I became an obsessive reader very early. When I was extremely young, probably 4 and a half, I read Treasure Island. Over the years I read it obsessively, cover to cover, possibly a million times. And I think one day … [Read more...] about An Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Traces His Artistic Path
Each year, food companies and supermarkets donate millions of meals to hunger relief nonprofits like the Greater Boston Food Bank, a massive warehouse with two-story-tall refrigerators. Around the country, a sophisticated network of food banks and pantries helps feed people every day. But despite the billions invested in the system, it’s designed to mitigate hunger, not fix the underlying problems that cause it: millions of people in the country still rely on donated food—even if they have full-time work. advertisement advertisement “We have the most-efficient emergency food system, and we have historically low unemployment,” says Noreen Springstead, the executive director of the nonprofit WhyHunger. “And still 40 million Americans are hungry.” Hunger is less a problem of food scarcity than of poverty, she argues. And that means that the country’s system of hunger relief, and the philanthropy supporting it, needs to continue to … [Read more...] about Can food banks put an end to hunger if their biggest donors are the cause of the hunger?