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Game of Thrones Ep. 7 Review: Cersei Stupidly Gives People 2nd Amendment Rights

In Game of Thrones Season 5 we find out that Cersei Lannister is a big fan of second amendment rights and is keen on giving the people of the Seven Kingdoms the right to bear arms. Apparently she has failed to understand the reason such rights exist in the first place: to curb kings or tyrants from infringing on the rights of the people. Show More Summary

No, Don Draper's Last Word Was Not Woo-Woo

Of the controversies surrounding the Mad Men finale (did Don Draper write the Coke ad? has he gotten away with his bad behavior?), the most significant one is bit more subtle than the others: Is the ending woo-woo? After our culture's...Show More Summary

The Pitch

When my husband and I moved to Los Angeles, we immediately got with the program. Everyone was a hyphenate. He became husband-writing partner. Me... wife-writing partner. Everyone wanted to meet us... the new husband-wife team. Soon our palm pilots (pre-IPod, IPad, IWhatever days) were filled with appointments... Show More Summary

It Takes All Kinds

We're all talking. Kids are talking, adults are talking and, hallelujah, the conversation is ON about diversity, especially when it comes to children. Recently, there have been a slew of viral videos of trans children and supportive parents. Show More Summary

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Chasing Twisters" with Delta Rae, "Chasing the Sun" with Greg Holden, and Chasing Stardom with Mizgin

The first day back after a long weekend can come at you like a hurricane. It can chew out the vacay, spit it out, and leave nothing but disaster in its path. That's why A-Sides is highlighting three heavyweight acts to come out swinging and prevent your work week from the suckage it can be. Show More Summary

One SHEL of a Story: 4 Fab Females Show Off Their New 'Baby'

Homeschooled first by their mother while dad attempted to making a living as a musician, the Holbrooks were just normal kids who happened to share common interests in famously fab foursomes like the Beatles and the Marx Brothers. Considering...Show More Summary

19 Hypocrisies and Counting

I have always wanted a Porsche. A sleek, sexy, sports car in cherry red with a custom dark champagne leather interior. That's what I want. I cannot afford to buy one, but I have a plan. There is a local dealer that I have been watching and I know where he keeps the keys. Show More Summary

Permission: Spanking for Jesus at the Lucille Lortel Theater

Whatever special kinks spice up your sex life, the particular coupling of spanking and faith in Robert Askins' play, Permission, will having you laughing, and googling Christian Domestic Discipline (CDD) at intermission. Who knew this...Show More Summary

Power In The Blood: Chatting With Buffy Sainte-Marie, Plus FrazierBand, Brian Lisik and Bryan McPherson Exclusives

A Conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie Mike Ragogna: Buffy, your new album Power In The Blood starts off with the remake of your classic "It's My Way." By kicking off the album with this track, were you making a statement about yourShow More Summary

Roswell Aliens Not So Alien

Nearly 70 years after extraterrestrials supposedly pushed the wrong button in their spacecraft and nose-dived into scrubby ranchland near Roswell, New Mexico, that town is again in the news. This time the headlines are centered on the discovery of an old Kodachrome slide showing a small, atrophied body laid out in a display case. Show More Summary

The Biggest (And Best) Difference Between Millennials and My Generation

We're an enigma, those of us born at the tail end of the '70s and the start of the '80s. Some of the "generational" experts lazily glob us on to Generation X, and others just shove us over to the Millennials they love to hate. No one...Show More Summary

What It Was Like to Glimpse John Nash's Beautiful Mind

While finishing my dissertation at Princeton, I had the distinct pleasure of taking a seminar with John Nash. If you've read the book or seen the movie, A Beautiful Mind, you'll know that Nash suffered from schizophrenia and this seminar...Show More Summary

Great Conversations: Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren. I interviewed Helen Mirren for Venice Magazine in 2005. Like most of the male population, she had given me palpitations of the heart and brain since childhood, my own introduction to her unique brand of elegant, brainy sexiness occurring with John Boorman's Excalibur, in 1981. Show More Summary

The Irish Heritage of the Remarkable Anne Meara

Like so many, I am mourning the loss of actress, comedian and writer, Anne Meara. Partnered in every sense of the word with Jerry Stiller (whose autobiography is called Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara), her husband...Show More Summary

A Gala Night at Cannes: 3 Star Michelin Chef and Contemporary Art Auction at the Saint George Villa

After a decade of coming to the Cannes film festival, I was invited to my first "gala", one sponsored by Horyou, a family-run umbrella organization that gives visibility and funding to over 70 NGOs. I must admit I accepted the invitation...Show More Summary

A Conversation with Director Joachim Trier at Cannes about "Louder Than Bombs"

Joachim Trier's intriguing Louder Than Bombs opens with the birth of a baby, an ecstatic young mother and a thrilled young father: a scene foretelling that, very soon, the concept of the happy family will be put in question. Indeed,Show More Summary

The Night We Met Anne Meara

Sadly, it was reported today (May 24) that celebrated comedian and actress Anne Meara had passed away, at age 85. While this was a personally devastating day for the Stiller family, it was a poignantly nostalgic and melancholy day for...Show More Summary

Unimpressed at the Apocalypse: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of Mad Max: Fury Road

Well, here I am, once again hanging alone around the perimeter while the vast majority of critics and fans are having a veritable orgy of delight over Mad Max: Fury Road. Yes it's a crazy, inventive film. Yes, the action is outsized and breathtaking. Show More Summary

'Chronic' at Cannes: Tim Roth As a Depressed Male Hospice Nurse

Tim Roth gives an outstanding performance in Michel Franco's new film Chronic, which just premiered at Cannes, as a male nurse who bizarrely goes beyond the call of duty to care for his dying patients. The film follows him as he takes...Show More Summary

Ciro Guerra's 'Embrace of the Serpent' at Cannes: A Conversation With the Colombian Director About Shamanism

An unusual entry in the Cannes Fortnight, Embrace of the Serpent is a stark black-and-white journey down the Amazon in the 1900s, based on the travel journals of German Koch-Grunberg and the American explorer, Richard Evans Schultes. The...Show More Summary

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