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Jane Austen, Reinvented

Jane Austen may have died in 1817, but her novels have survived more than 200 years -- not only survived, but they've been reinterpreted in a hundred different ways, none more so than her most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. The story of Mr. Show More Summary

Movie Review: Foxcatcher - You'll want to wrestle with this movie

When I saw Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher at the Toronto Film Festival in September, I wrote that "Miller, in my estimation, has jumped into the class of Steven Soderbergh and other great directors of the past 25 years (who don't worship...Show More Summary

Best of Abu Dhabi: Samir's Iraqi Odyssey Explain Iraq and the Humanity Within

We're so used to hearing Iraq mentioned on the news and yet, I don't know about you but through the headlines, the violence, the dictators and the wars, I've actually learned very little about this historically rich country, and more importantly its resilient people -- the Iraqis. Show More Summary

The 'N' Word, Piers Morgan, and the Myth of Black Respectability

Recently, Piers Morgan penned an incendiary piece titled "If black Americans want the N-word to die, they will have to kill it themselves." The former CNN host opined that black people must never use the "N" word, because it reinforces longstanding racial tension. Show More Summary

A Gay Dad's Open Letter to Rose McGowan on Lessons Learned

Rose McGowan's opinions have been all over social media the past few weeks. She started in an interview with a now-infamous diss alleging that gay men are "as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so." She then "apologized," writing...Show More Summary

'God's' Is One Of The Best Foreign Language Films Of The Year

A rare breed of spunk and spirit co-mingle in the Polish film Gods (Bogowie), the biopic about professor Zbigniew Religa, who performed the first successful heart transplant in communist Poland in the 1980s. It's a winning combination destined to win over audiences and some critics. Show More Summary

We Get It, You Don't Like Popular Music

I hate music snobs that believe their taste in music is the only acceptable kind. We all have those friends who say things like, "They used to be so cool before everyone else starting liking their music." What does that even mean? Those people usually continue sticking their noses in the air by saying, "I only listen to independent artists. Show More Summary

Is Birdman Michael Keaton's Best Performance Ever? is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. The opinions presented here are those of our users, based upon the mathematical averaging of the lists they made.Show More Summary

Television's 5 Greatest Sad Sack Characters

Murphy explains to us, anything that will go wrong, will. Unlike most universal laws, Murphy's Law does not require any fancy mathematical formulas or complex theorems. No, all that's required to codify Murphy's famous epigraph is to...Show More Summary

The American InstaDream -- Fame Over Talent?

I was recently listening to Lisa Kudrow and Bill Maher chat on his show, Real Time. The discussion of fame came up, and I remember Lisa making a comment about how fascinated she was with the amount of talentless people who were famous,...Show More Summary

Is Actress Camille Sullivan of Upcoming Film the Birdwatcher Superstitious?

Actress Camille Sullivan took the Calgary International Film Festival by storm this year, starring in this year's closing gala film, ALLY WAS SCREAMING. Also, Camille can be seen starring in the indie drama THE BIRDWATCHER, which will be making the festival rounds next year. Show More Summary

Tangled Web

With the birth of Netflix, Amazon and the continuation of YouTube's skyrocketing success, web-based series are becoming ever more popular. Orange Is The New Black, Transparent and House of Cards are just a few web-based series that have become smash hits. Show More Summary

A View from Row 3 of Oprah's Life You Want Tour

Oprah's Life You Want Weekend (this past Friday and Saturday) was already shaping up to be an amazing experience for me months ago. I floated the idea to my client-turned-friend Mark Nepo that I'd love to fly up to Seattle see him on tour. Show More Summary

Of Black Holes and Glittering Stars: The Theory of Everything and Hollywood Physics

Cosmologists often debate the notion of a "multiverse": could it be that our universe is but one of many? Perhaps infinite numbers of other universes sputter and blink in and out of existence all the time, some of them eerily similar...Show More Summary

I'm a Pop Singer and Spotify Works for Me

The Internet is buzzing with the news of Taylor Swift's big move away from Spotify. Artists are firing up their torches and grabbing their pitchforks to slay the gnarling, evil dragon that is streaming. Now, as much as I love the idea...Show More Summary

The MovieFilm Podcast: Interstellar & Big Hero 6 + Jon Stewart on Rosewater

After a weeklong break, the boys are back, and with plenty to discuss! First up, Brian shares his thoughts on seeing Steven Spielberg's 1941 for the first time, and after that I weigh in on the 1966 Batman TV series getting a high-definition blu-ray release. Show More Summary

Leonardo Dicaprio: Let's Not Wait Until We Pass More Tipping Points

Around 250 million years ago most life was extinguished from our planet in a cataclysmic extinction event. Today, it could happen again. That's the story Leonard DiCaprio tells in Last Hours, another installment of a four-part climate...Show More Summary

The Who's 10th Anniversary, 40 Years Later

(This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Field Notes from a Music Biz Life.) In early 1973, shortly after I took over as editor of Record World, a mysterious package from our Latin American Headquarters in Miami -- aka the apartment of our sole employee in that city -- appeared on my desk. Show More Summary

'The Homesman': 15 Minutes with Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones

I'm being slid into an MRI machine at a radiology center in Beverly Hills. Have you had an MRI? It's like being buried alive in a coffin with loud, rapid-fire gunshots exploding by your ears. The gunshot sounds are the machine's metal coils shaking as electricity moves through them. Show More Summary

Disney Animation's Big Hero 6: Far More Than Meets the Eye...

"The original characters aren't different from each other like this," whispered my 13-year-old daughter about 15 minutes into the film. I'll admit that I'm a bit green when it comes to the Marvel Comics book genre, and the only thing...Show More Summary

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