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Another Knockout for Broadway's Rocky

Lamb Chop brought Andy Karl and me together. Not the kind that's roasted, grilled, or served with mint. I'm talking about the iconic sock puppet created by the late ventriloquist Shari Lewis back in the 1950's. Karl is the Broadway veteran...Show More Summary

Thank You, Albert Maysles

"Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen." ~Robert Bresson Dear Uncle Albert I always tell people you are my mentor (to significant oohs and ahhhs) because it was you who first told me I could do it, all by myself. Show More Summary

The Queens and The Princes Royal

This essay first appeared in Film Comment. When ANN SOTHERN was asked during the filming of The Whales of August, in 1986, how she compared her career to that of her two iconic costars, Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, she said, "Well,Show More Summary

Why I Love 'Looking'

Last night's Season Two finale typified everything I love about this show: its subtlety. My spouse and I watch a lot of TV, and a lot of it is high-pitched in different ways in different genres: Game of Thrones, Scandal, The WalkingShow More Summary

Starving for a Fantasy

A surprising number of articles in usually progressive outlets insist on calling the current version of Cinderella "modern" or feminist. I'm willing to accept that a more assertive Cinderella is... nice. But what is distinctly not feminist is sending the message to little girls that not eating is how we fit into clothing. Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Richard Gere on Pretty Woman's 25th Anniversary

An Open Letter to Richard Gere, 25 years after Pretty Woman © 2015 Kaethe Morris Hoffer Dear Mr. Gere: It's been 25 years since you cemented your heart-throb status playing a buyer of sex. At the time the movie Pretty Woman was released,...Show More Summary

FACE IT: Heidi Has Changed... Or Have We?

Does it feel dated? Is Heidi still relatable? Can you dramatize ambivalence? Well, yes, sort of, and maybe. The subject is Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Heidi Chronicles, now getting its first Broadway revival in 25 years. Show More Summary

DWTS: Tonight We Rumba!

Time certainly flies when you are learning how to dance. I can hardly believe it has been a week since the premiere! I have had such a blast! Looking back at my gymnastics career, the thing that I miss the most is to be able to perform...Show More Summary

'Jar of Hearts' Star Christina Perri: Vans Full of Lesbians Are Coming With Me to the Dinah

"Equality is a huge, huge, huge issue with me," admits Christina Perri. "In my soul, I just can't tolerate inequality; it's not who I am." Showing her support for equality is one of many reasons the "A Thousand Years" singer "said yes instantly" when asked to headline the 25th-Annual Dinah Shore Weekend. Show More Summary

'Downton Abbey' Can Be Dangerous!

Did you ever think being a fanboy could lose you your job? That's what happened to former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock. He wasn't known for his stand on major or even minor issues, but boy, was he known for how he stood: tall, tanned,...Show More Summary

8 Reasons You Should Go to MerleFest 2015

If you are already a fan of MerleFest, then you can skip to No. 1. For the uninitiated, however, MerleFest is the younger, Eastern cousin of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I discovered this gem of Americana festivals more than a decade ago after I moved to North Carolina from spending nearly a decade out West attending Telluride. Show More Summary

Pretty Woman Turns 25

One of the most iconic scenes of '90s cinema comes from the 1990 film Pretty Woman. The legendary moment is when Julia Roberts, playing down-and-out LA sex worker Vivian Ward, walks into a Rodeo Drive boutique to buy an expensive and elegant evening gown. Show More Summary

Don't Sweat the Sweat Stuff

So Eva Mendes set the intertubes ablaze a few days back in an interview with Extra when she said: "You can't do sweatpants... ladies, number one cause of divorce in America, sweatpants, no!" The implication: Keeping boyfriend (and father...Show More Summary

'Good Wife' Recap: No More Saint Alicia in 'Open Source'

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 6, Episode 15 of CBS's The Good Wife, titled "Open Source." It's election day tonight, guys! I have a strong feeling that Prady wins, because he's more moral, according to Alicia. AndShow More Summary

Filmmaker Fights the Stigma Against Mental Illness

The best thing about the #MyMentalHealthStory campaign I launched in December of 2014 is I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people. In this interview, get to know filmmaker, Jeff Holiday. Here Jeff shares what inspired him...Show More Summary

Popcorn Preview: Merchants of Doubt

Merchants of Doubt (2014) Writer/Director: Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) Genre: Documentary (96 minutes) At first we wonder if we're in the right movie. Magician Jamy Ian Swiss puts on his signature red shirt, suit and tie for a performance at the Magic Castle. Show More Summary

Popcorn Preview: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014) Cast includes: Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim), Nobuyuki Datsube (Oboreru Sakana), David Zellner (Kid Thing) Director: David and Nathan Zellner (Kid Thing) Genre: Humor | Drama (105 minutes) We first encounter...Show More Summary

Did He Cheat? 'Grey's Anatomy' Recap of "Don't Dream Its Over"

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 11, Episode 15 & 16 of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, titled "I Feel the Earth Move" and "Don't Dream It's Over" The past two weeks felt very, very retro. Natural disaster. Improbable medical successes, like Hunt talking a little girl through saving her mother's life over the phone. Show More Summary

'The Divergent Series: Insurgent'

Up until now, The Divergent Series couldn't hold a candle to The Hunger Games franchise, though they are both cut from the same cloth: teen girl hero, sci fi adventure, mean overlords and hunky boyfriends. The Divergent Series: Insurgent...Show More Summary

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