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The Best Characters in the 'House of Cards' Deck

Make your list now! is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to join the conversation? You can make your own list of the Top 10 Best Characters in House...Show More Summary

Movie Review: Maps to the Stars -- Cul-de-sac

Writer Bruce Wagner's script for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even darker examination of the worship of the superficial that is Hollywood life. But...Show More Summary

Public Shaming: We've Gone Too Far

Every day we hear more stories about bullying, cyberbullying, racism and hatred. This public shaming and hurt has gone way too far. Last week Iggy Azalea was shamed by Internet Trolls about her body. A few days ago E! network's "Fashion...Show More Summary

Songs For 'The Dress': A Very Colorful Playlist

Forget about color, America. Instead, let us all come together and see "The Dress" -- as it is now forever known -- as being half full. So you call me a cockeyed optimist -- or just a poorly dressed idiot -- but here is my colorful playlist...Show More Summary

The Lagos Music Salon: Chats with Somi, Nir Felder and Cyrille Aimée, Plus Miska Shubaly and Isabel Rose Exclusives

A Conversation with Somi Mike Ragogna: Somi, after speaking to your Uncle Hugh Masekela, you decided that you wanted to go to Lagos, Nigeria, that trip inspiring your new album The Lagos Music Salon. Did you have any idea of what was...Show More Summary

Lady Gaga: Does Her Ring Raise the Bar?

Singer and superstar Lady Gaga got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Taylor Kinney on Valentine's Day weekend. He gave her a one-of-a-kind huge heart-shaped engagement ring that includes a T and S for their initials. We could all see it sparkling on her finger when she sang at the Academy Awards on Sunday. Show More Summary

American Sniper and the American Psyche

Now that the Academy Awards are over and American Sniper was shot down in the best picture category by Birdman, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the movie -- not in terms of its quality, but in terms of what its overwhelming...Show More Summary

Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy and My Dad: Not So Black & White

The year 1983 was a great year in my life. I graduated high school, bought my first car, and Eddie Murphy came out with Delirious. A classmate loaned me the tape one day and explained that Murphy was very funny. I remembered him from SNL, so I figured it would be a great standup routine. Show More Summary

What to Do With Rene Russo?

The dust from Oscar season has settled. The sky has opened up to reveal a glorious scene of birds chirping and a maternal, loving sun. Buds of creativity are in blossom as the next crop of films begin their festival circuit ascent. All...Show More Summary

Persistence the Leslie "Nope" Way

For the past seven months I've been working on a book about how to make a dream come true. And to be honest, before I wrote that sentence I had to look at my calendar to see when I started this thing. I was originally going to write "for the past three months." It's actually been seven. That realization made me cry a little. Show More Summary

10 Reasons Why I Heart DQ (And You Should, Too)

One day last June, the desire to watch Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman came to me in a flash. I have no idea why. Maybe I was thinking about putting my hair in a top-bun, or maybe I was visited by an angel. Some things we'll never know. 8 months later, I am on the 7th and final season and am starting to think about what it all means. Show More Summary

The Big Smooch: Start the New Year With a Movie Kiss

It happens every New Year's Eve as people all over the world, across cultures and continents, countdown to a midnight kiss. It's the chance to kiss on a turning point as the magical minute marks both happy endings and new beginnings with a brush of the lips. Show More Summary

Movie Review: Focus -- Clever and Then Some

A winner here. Never a dull moment when two con artists fall in love. Will Smith is his usual adorable self, but here he is a tad wiser than his past characters have been and his love interest in the form of Margot Robbie burns the celluloid. Show More Summary

Lyndon Johnson -- Re-Thought, Re-Vitalized, Re-Appreciated, Warts and All

"ONE of the very best presidential memoirs I have ever read," I wrote in Newsday back when Joseph A. Califano Jr. first brought out his book on Lyndon Johnson. I raved then as a Texan who never cared much for LBJ and I am double raving...Show More Summary

The Enjoyable and Oddly Gripping NBC Series 'The Blacklist'

With the two-part finale of Parks and Recreation airing this past week, a notable and transformative shift has taken place at NBC. Its Thursday night comedy, an evening that once hosted such shows as The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, Friends, 30 Rock, and The Office, has been reconfigured and refocused on drama. Show More Summary

A Nature vs. Nurture Debate: Where Does Music Taste Originate?

I have always had a deep curiosity about music taste. Every time I hear a new song I love, there is always a desperate need to show my sisters. But before they ever hear the opening notes, I have to wonder whether or not they will enjoy the song too. Show More Summary

Movie review: Focus - Hard to miss the misdirection

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Focus brings to mind Tony Gilroy's similarly complex but more fun Duplicity, from a couple of years ago: a tale of love among the con men, in which emotion - considered weakness in this trade - becomes a factor.  Focus works hard and does manage to generate entertainment. Show More Summary

Med Film Factory Training Program: Crowdfunding to Undo the Stereotypes

In his book titled Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, author, film historian and critic Jack G. Shaheen analyzes the negative impact of Hollywood's cinematic stereotypes. He bases his writing on a study of more than 900 films through which, he writes, "... Show More Summary

Theater: The New Play China Does NOT Want You To See

THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS 1/2 out of BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1915 - 1940 1/2 VERITÉ 1/2 FABULOUS! THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS 1/2 out of MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB Don't expect a production of The World Of Extreme Happiness to play Beijing anytime soon. Show More Summary

A Film Producer and a Comedy Writer Walk Into a Bar...

My latest lifelong dream is to get paid for being hilarious, be it stand-up or a well-written film or television show. Around the time of this revelation, one of my "real writer friends" -- who was actually making quite a name for himself...Show More Summary

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