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How Tattoos Went From Subculture to Pop Culture

Let's face it, tattoos have burst onto pop culture and have taken over the current media scenery. TV shows based on the tattoo industry are springing up on major networks, social media pages for tattoo culture are numbering in the millions...Show More Summary

Singles Charts and the Battle for Bullets

(This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Just Remember: Field Notes from a Music Biz Life.) In the record industry boom of the early 1970s, revenue from album sales was the mother lode. But the most effective way to break a new artist or take an existing act to the next level was the hit single. Show More Summary

Film Doubleheaders for Halloween: Plants and Pods, Gore and Guffaws

As an alternative to the standard fare of Psycho, The Exorcist and the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises, here is my list of suggested titles which can be watched back to back, esoteric selections, if you will. Make a party of it. Show More Summary

My Conversation with Norman Lear

Tonight I'm joined by legendary broadcaster, Norman Lear, who without question changed the television landscape with groundbreaking shows like "All in the Family", "Maude," "Good Times," "The Jeffersons" and "One Day At A Time." In their...Show More Summary

The Wildest Political Showdown in the History of Hollywood

On Oct. 22, 1950, almost exactly 64 years ago, several hundred members of the Screen Directors Guild convened in emergency session in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel. One participant later called it ''the most tumultuous evening'' in the history of Hollywood. Show More Summary

6 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

Despite the ghoulish decorations for sale since August, some of us are still unexpectedly accosted by putting together a Halloween costume -- because we're a tad behind on the trends or a bit reluctant in our busy day-to-day lives to get the job done. Show More Summary

The Abu Dhabi Diaries: From A to B, with Great Arab Cinema in Between

A still from From A to B, directed by Ali F. Mostafa This year, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival feels extra special. It may be because of some very successful titles that their SANAD fund has supported, which screened to sold-out, standing...Show More Summary

Tell 'Em I'm Gone: A Conversation with Yusuf Islam Plus A Hey Rosetta! Video Premiere

A Conversation with Yusuf Islam Mike Ragogna: Yusuf, let's talk about your new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone. It seems like you're saying something larger with it overall. Yusuf Islam: Yeah, I'd say I'm setting myself free in a way, to make the kind of music and sing the kind of songs I was influenced by, especially in my young teenage years. Show More Summary

Your favorite cartoon characters come back from the dead for Disney Television Animation's "Re-Animated: The Zombie Show"

Most companies -- when they're celebrating their 30th anniversary -- would hold a party. Maybe spring for a sheet cake and some punch. But because Disney Television Animation will be commemorating this auspicious occasion next month right after Halloween, they decided to put a ghoulish spin on their 30th anniversary celebration. Show More Summary

After the Dawn: Reflections on Kate Bush

In 1990, I spent a college semester in London. It was everything that experience has been for young Americans since the dawn of the Republic -- an eye-opening journey and gateway to a life of travel, adventure and, hopefully, some expansiveness. Show More Summary

Sting's The Last Ship: The Prodigal Son Returns

If you've attended any of the packed previews of The Last Ship at the Neil Simon Theater, you may have noticed its originator and composer Sting lurking about. At your surprise to see him, he exclaims, "It's my baby!" Indeed, this musical,...Show More Summary

Old New York in On the Town

The sights and sounds of old New York are just a few of the marvels of the musical On the Town, newly revived at the Lyric Theater. If you see a subway sign marked IRT, you know you are in the right place. Three sailors on an overnight...Show More Summary

We're Still Processing that Ending to The Walking Dead "Strangers"

I've had a few days to try and recover from that shocking ending to the latest episode of The Walking Dead, but I still get really uncomfortable every time I watch it. Let's not dig too deeply into the fact that I've insisted on rewatching "Strangers" several times even though I get this hollow-pit of just plain old ickiness in my gut every time. Show More Summary

Norman Lear: An Appreciation

Norman Lear is a comic poet on the order of the Greeks who, just our luck, came of age at the dawn of the television era. In another time he would have been perhaps Aristophanes or Voltaire, or Swift or Twain. He has always said, "If you can get people to laugh, you can get them to care." Norman Lear is the definitive artist of our American culture. Show More Summary

"23 Blast" Is Based On an Amazing True Story

Movie Review Jackie K Cooper "23 Blast" (Touchdown Productions) With Keanu Reeves committing endless mayhem in "John Wick", things going horribly wrong in "Ouija" and Bill Murray showing his utmost loveability in "St. Vincent" it has been easy for a family friendly film titled "23 Blast" to get overlooked at your local cinema this weekend. Show More Summary

You'll Never Forget Being "Disgraced" on Broadway

"ALL THE WORLD'S a stage, but in New York, most people are in a David Mamet play, not a Noel Coward comedy!" So writes Joan Juliet Buck for the Bergdorf-Goodman Mega-Fall catalogue.      Because my friend Ms. Buck used to be the editor...Show More Summary

Lunch with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones: The Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking, ALS and all, is such a "character," he's perfect as the charismatic center of a movie. That's partly because of his brilliance in physics and cosmology, partly because his bold yet childlike persona, and partly because of the woman who kept his brain alive, his wife Jane. Show More Summary

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Bats 1,000

A veteran actor with more than forty film and TV roles to his credit, Denmark native Nikolaj Coster-Waldau finally hit paydirt as the nefarious, yet complicated, Jamie Lannister on HBO's hit series Game of Thrones. However, far from resting the laurels of his hard-earned fame, Coster-Waldau has kept busy before the cameras. Show More Summary

'Citizenfour' Review: Quiet Moments in a Hong Kong Hotel Room as Edward Snowden, Journalists Fight to Save Democracy

Hong Kong has been ground zero this year in the fight for freedom, with students and Occupy leaders battling police for control of the streets in a desperate campaign to maintain the Chinese territory's relative autonomy from erosion...Show More Summary

DVDs/BluRays: I Wanna Live At "Pee-wee's Playhouse!"

Lots of fun stuff this week, starting with Pee-wee's Playhouse, collected in a new boxed set and looking better than ever. It's not just one of the best kid's shows of all time. I consider it one of the best TV shows of all time, full stop. Show More Summary

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