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Remembering Patrick Swayze

Today would have been actor/dancer Patrick Swayze's 62nd birthday, hard as that may be to believe. After logging over 500 interviews during a fifteen year period, I can say without reservation that Patrick Swayze was the nicest person I ever sat down with. Show More Summary

On Location With Leonie Prendergast -- 'Jimi: All is By My Side'

His meteoric rise to fame in 1967, underwritten by the performance during which he literally set his guitar alight on stage and co-signed by his premature death at the age of 27 in 1970, secured an iconic place of honor for Jimi Hendrix among the pantheon of rock music gods. Show More Summary

Masters of Manipulation

He is the consummate professional. A well-dressed, well-liked, unassuming business owner of a popular restaurant chain called Los Pollos Hermanos. He supports local law enforcement, gives to charity, serves on the board of a local hospital...Show More Summary

Akron: The Liverpool of the Midwest?

What's next after Nashville or Austin? Akron, Ohio -- Imagine a great night to go out to hear music and great city to do it in. Were you thinking Monday Nights in Akron, Ohio? You may be surprised to learn that some of the most accomplished...Show More Summary

"Believe Me" Is a Movie About the Lying Game

Movie Review Jackie K Cooper "Believe Me" (Riot Studios) "Believe Me" is a movie difficult to categorize. On one hand it appears to be a faith based film while on the other it seems to be a satire of the Christian community. Straddling both genres makes it ineffective in both. Show More Summary

The Joy of Judging and Why Michael Bay Gets to Keep on Making Movies

Transformers 4 grossed $1 billion dollars worldwide. Now this week, it is out on Blu-Ray to add to that total. This has left many wondering what South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone once famously pondered: "Why does Michael...Show More Summary

A-Sides Gets Raw: WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston and Big E Discuss Roadtrip Playlists, TV Favs, and the WWE Network

We all have done it. We still do. Back in the day, it was a mix tape. Eventually, it became a CD mix. Now, it's a playlist. Whenever we go on a plane, train, or are in an automobile, we shut out the outside noise by listening to our favorite tracks. Show More Summary

Panic! at the Disco Holds Court at the Greek Theater

Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco Powerhouse band Panic! At the Disco brought their signature complex multi-leveled sound and pounding beat to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles this summer, keeping the SRO crowd on their feet with their current hits as well as old favorites. Show More Summary

How to Get Away with Murder, Where Race Doesn't Matter

How to Get Away with Murder, where race doesn't matter, it's the content of their characters. Remember President Bill Clinton's strategists James Carville, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and company, when they bested President George H.W. Show More Summary

Lea Thompson Talks Parenting, DWTS and Taking Charge After 50

Lea Thompson is interested in more than one aspect of show business. From her start as a ballet dancer, to movies like Back to the Future, to TV shows like Caroline in the City, to directing, Thompson is now on this season's DancingShow More Summary

At the New York Film Festival: Alarming Women in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and David Fincher's Gone Girl

David Cronenberg turns horror to comedy in his latest feature Maps to the Stars, based on fiction by Bruce Wagner. Hollywood is known more for its superficiality than for depths of any kind, so exploring themes of damaged children, incest, and high narcissism set in L.A., you may come up with a movie as disturbing as Maps to the Stars. Show More Summary

Queer Film Cubby Sparks Controversy Before It's Even Released

Queer cinema may have a new champion in filmmaker Mark Blane, but his latest project is already facing the same noisy resistance as any other progressive vision of gay lives. Blane's newest project, Cubby is already under attack by conservative internet trolls before he's even distributed a script. Show More Summary

Movie Review: Run for the Hills! Samuel L. Jackson Is Kite-Flying

For anyone compiling a list of Samuel L. Jackson's worst films, you're in for a treat. Kite will be hard to beat. Originally a Japanese anime written and directed by the Yasuomi Umetsu in 1998, Kite developed a cult following for its over-the-top violence and graphic sex scenes that seemingly involved under-aged girls. Show More Summary

Theater: PigPen Return With "The Old Man" To New Victory Theater

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON 1/2 out of NEW VICTORY THEATER I'm crazy about PigPen and soon you will be too. They're a great rock band that also happens to put on delightful theatrical shows. Or they're a great theatrical troupe that also happens to release terrific albums. Show More Summary

From Los Angeles To 50 St. Catherine's Drive: Chats with Dennis DeYoung and RJ Gibb, Plus a Tim Fite Exclusive

A Conversation with Dennis DeYoung Mike Ragogna: Sorry, I'm having some issues with my recording software. Dennis DeYoung: [singing] "The problem's plain to see, too much technology." MR: Yeah, looks like that helped, Mister Roboto! DD:...Show More Summary

On the Set: Federico Castelluccio Directs Lily of the Feast

On the last day of shooting Lily of the Feast, a feature set in 1970's Williamsburg, Troy Garity, in a suit, sits on the edge of a bathtub, counting. The L.A. based actor, son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden plays Santo Bastucci, a young man with a gift for memorizing numbers, a handy skill, and members of the mob are making offers he can't refuse. Show More Summary

Jon Snow's Parentage: NOT the Question...

WINTERFELL... for DB Weiss & David Benioff from Copper Bull "Tempest" Bower WINTERFELL... is ARRYN'S KEEP WINTERFELL is ARRYN'S KEEP JON ARRYN, SHADOW KING OF WESTEROS is CRASTER PETYR...Show More Summary

14 Reasons Why Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is the Best Pop Movie of the Year

The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier this month on disc and download reminds of what a terrific film it is. With some competition from its delightful Marvel Studios sibling, Guardians of the Galaxy, it's the best pop movie of the year. I discussed why Guardians turned into such a huge hit last month. Show More Summary

Rita Wilson Riffs on Taking Risks at Café Carlyle

Rita Wilson told a funny story about having worked with Bobby Short, resident star singer pianist at this special supper club back in the day. "It was a commercial," she laughed and sang a few notes from the Charlie ad, and we never really met. Show More Summary

DVDs: The Beatles, Ken Burns, Bob Newhart & More You Need

Miss me? After some time off, here (finally!) are some new releases on DVD and BluRay and the best of recent months that you really need. THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY ($129.99 BluRay; PBS) -- Have you been taking director Ken Burns for granted? I have. Show More Summary

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