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An Enigma Wrapped in Inhumanity: The Imitation Games' Algebra of Need

The story of a brilliant man, Alan Turing, brought to suicide after being disgraced for being gay, the movie The Imitation Game reflects the sexual politics of a bygone era. In the midcentury, homosexuality was a disease that could be cured, and surprisingly in the US Bible belt, some believe that canard today. Show More Summary

'Stand Up for What You Care About': The Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha

A still from Speed Sisters, directed by Amber Fares I'll admit I have already been to a film festival in Doha, three years ago almost to the date. Yet this occasion could not be any more different. Those olden, maybe not so golden days...Show More Summary

Don't Let Others' Expectations Limit You!

On Sunday last week, after a wonderful screening of Back on Board: Greg Louganis, I had an opportunity to indulge my other passion, acting! We had a wonderful backers' reading of Spring at the Willowbrook Inn. It was great to play with...Show More Summary

The Lucent Dossier Experience Returns to Las Vegas on 12/5 And 12/6

Running away to join the circus has become much more enticing since the emergence of electro-cirque tribe, The Lucent Dossier Experience. Combining a neo-tribal, steam punk aesthetic with orchestral electronic music creates a rich and textured palette for your senses. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving with Nick & Lauren Carter

Nick & Lauren Carter - Photo Courtesy of The Carters I think many of us are grateful Thanksgiving comes just once a year. After consuming a weeks allotment of turducken, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie in one sitting, we are then...Show More Summary

New Lifetime Reality Show Will Turn Nuns Into Kardashians

Catholic nuns deserve to be treated like celebrities. The nuns that I know are a bunch of bad ass women who make the world a better place on a daily basis. They are brave, accomplished and brilliant. But, a new reality television show...Show More Summary

#Rowdy: Introducing Mitch Goudy, Plus Andre Costello and The Cool Minors' "She Took My Hand" Exclusive

A Conversation with Mitch Goudy Mike Ragogna: Mitch, you've got a new album, #Rowdy and this is your second album, right? Mitch Goudy: Yes, this is. MR: Why "Rowdy"? Why a hashtag? MG: This album is called #Rowdy, which makes it kind of hip, you know. Show More Summary

The Best Films of 2014: MOMA-Style

What does an angst-ridden comedienne tackling abortion onstage and in her personal life, a closeted heir to a vast fortune with a yen for Olympic-bound wrestlers, and a concierge bedding septuagenarians have in common? They are all characters...Show More Summary

It's All About Gratitude

I love this time of year. Not only is Southern California festive and bedecked with Christmas lights, but people just seem to be in a better mood all around. I like to believe that it's because we're all thinking about the coming Thanksgiving...Show More Summary

6 Ways You Can Give Back Like a Celebrity This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching and for many of us, this means spending time with family, settling in for a big meal, and taking advantage of Black Friday shopping deals. Of course we all know that this is a holiday for giving...Show More Summary

Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans: The Legends Return

Our favorite voices of the '90s return with albums to remind us that soul still lives in R&B music. In "The London Sessions" Mary J. Blige teams up with London's hottest producers, writers and singers. Her roster includes Emeli Sandé and Sam Smith among other top names in London's music scene. Show More Summary

Disney Television Animation executives attribute their current hot streak to turning DTA into a more talent-friendly place

It's been an interesting month for the folks at Disney Television Animation as this division of The Walt Disney Company celebrated its 30th anniversary. So there have been parties and presentations... ... as the talented artists & writers...Show More Summary

King Kong's Biggest Hurdle? Logic.

As an amateur film historian and horror film buff, I've probably seen the original black and white version of "King Kong" (1933) a minimum of eight or ten times. Additionally, I have seen the two remakes (one released in 1976, the other in 2005) several times each. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving Traditions with Jared Harris

Jared, wife Allegra and her parents Patricia & Lou Riggio - Photo Courtesy of Jared Harris So how does British actor Jared Harris celebrate an American holiday? With family of course. Mad Men actor Jared Harris takes a break from his latest project (hint...due out in 2015) to talk about what Thanksgiving means to him... Thanksgiving is unique. Show More Summary

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Minimum Size, Maximum, well... Fun

I didn't think I could love a festival again. Don't get me wrong, the Pygmalion festival was a great time, and I will be going to Free Press Summer Fest every year until I die or they cancel it, but the three days I spent at Austin's...Show More Summary

Celebrity Collector With Yossi Dina

Photo Courtesy of Yossi Dina I would have to think owning a pawnshop in Beverly Hills would be exciting. At the same time I wonder who in Beverly Hills would need to pawn their items? Apparently quite a few, and the things they bring...Show More Summary

MUSIC: Fleetwood Mac Reunites the Full Band After 16 Years

Rock legends Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood are jamming together as if no time has passed during their 2014-2015 world tour. Their recent stop in Tacoma, Washington proved one thing:...Show More Summary

The MovieFilm Podcast: Dumb and Dumber To and Hunger Games

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we're thankful to bring you episode 59 of the MovieFilm Podcast! Brian starts things off by discussing a Q&A event he attended featuring Christopher Nolan while I share my thoughts so far on the The Martian, a novel currently being adapted into a Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon. Show More Summary

Selma's Lorraine Toussaint on Motherhood, a Childhood of 'Silent, Dark Terror' and Award Season Buzz

During my conversation with Trinidad-American actress Lorraine Toussaint, the poetic quality of her words and the depth of feeling behind them drew me in. Toussaint's story is that of a woman who was shut down by a culture, renderedShow More Summary

Branden Daniel & The Chics "In Light" Video is Totally Groovy

Recently added to the mtvU rotation, "In Light", the first single release ahead of an upcoming completed LP by Branden Daniel & The Chics is a groovy tune with trippy visuals you might have to be stoned to fully appreciate. With some engineering magic, this bass-heavy chilled-out song has no actual guitars in the production. Show More Summary

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