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B.B. King, Erin and Me....

"In the Army, I heard an electric guitar that wasn't playing spiritual. It was T-Bone Walker doing "Stormy Monday" and that was the prettiest sound I ever heard in my life. That's what really started me playing the blues." B.B. King Singin' The Blues (1956) signed by B.B. Show More Summary

7 Seasons of Mad Men in 36 Seconds

Stills taken from Mad Men; Provided through the courtesy of Lionsgate. Mad Men ended tonight in keeping with the spirit of the series and the mini-film that introduced it. Not with a suicide, but with a raft of characters' life shifts with unknown possibilities. Show More Summary

King of the Blues

I always loved the blues. And I always worshiped the one and only King of the Blues, B.B. King. His death on May 15 bereaved and saddened us all. Somehow we felt that the Blues Boy who brought the Delta Blues to the world stage would...Show More Summary

The Cannes Diaries 2015: Stalking Jake Gyllenhaal and the Rebirth of Arab Cinema

Arriving into Nice airport and then taking a taxi ride into Cannes is always the best intro into this film festival for me. I catch up on the latest French politics and word on the streets of France with my taxi driver, who typically has some Italian blood, from the days Nice was annexed with northern Italy. Show More Summary

A Real-Life Youth

The Youths was inspired by my will to create teenage characters that fall outside of a teenage setting. It seems as though every time I turn on the TV, there is always the same young girl, wearing the same outfit, saying the same things, and that girl doesn't ever seem to be representative of how most young ladies actually look and feel. Show More Summary

Will Female and Gay Narratives Ever Be 'Normal' in Mainstream Film?

With Cannes in full swing, the topic that seems to keep popping up everywhere this year is female representation in the film industry. Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, which just premiered at the festival, has begun to drive the conversation towards female-centric storylines. Show More Summary

The Redemption of Don Draper

(This piece comes via the Religion News Service) (RNS) In Sunday's finale of the critically acclaimed AMC series "Mad Men," Don Draper calls Peggy Olson collect from a pay phone in California. "I broke all my vows. I scandalized my child. Show More Summary

Maïwenn's "Mon Roi" in Competition at Cannes: A Woman in Love with Her Man

If any woman wants confirmation that what counts above all is being in love with your husband, no matter how philandering, unpredictable and domineering he is, and that everything else--your career, values, social concerns--is secondary, watching Maïwenn's latest film Mon Roi will do the trick. Show More Summary

Mad Max and Our Need for Speed

Let me start by saying I really liked George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. Remember that when I am using it as an example of all that is wrong in the world. Thirty-six years after his groundbreaking debut, Miller has returned to the character and franchise that helped reinvent action pictures in the 1980s. Show More Summary

Thank You, David Letterman

Dropping various objects off of buildings as high as the sky is tall just might be the very definition of stupid. But it's so much fun, too. Ever witnessed a melon explode into a million pieces, dropped onto the concrete sidewalk from a balcony several stories above ground? The sound is spectacular. Show More Summary

As David Letterman Says Goodbye, Let's Not Forget "The Hal Gurnee Years"

So much as been written about David Letterman's Swan Song. I loved the New York Times piece, "David Letterman Reflects on 33 Years in Late-Night Television," and's "The Lost Laughs of Letterman," where 23 (out of 90) former...Show More Summary

My Mad Men Lost Weekend

I'm calling it the Mad Men Lost Weekend. I spent most of the weekend watching the Mad Men marathon on AMC. I couldn't look away. I've been having trouble sleeping lately, so when I would wake up at 4 am, I would put the tv on and catch...Show More Summary

Aisle View: Lake Erie Idyll, with Laughs

Noah Galvin in A.R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer. Photo: Joan Marcus If you have written upwards of fifty plays over fifty years, it's likely that the bigger hits are balanced by some titles which have in one way or another gone astray. Show More Summary

The Humble King

I never saw B.B. King perform live or ever met him in person, yet I carry with me a lesson that he taught me many years ago. Fifteen years back, I was both freaked out and flattered, stepping out of my car onto the red carpet and into the press gauntlet for that year's Grammys. Show More Summary

Skateboarding's First Wave: Back to the '60s in Our 60s

Left to right men (back), women (front): Terry Keller, Tod Burton, Peter Burg, Tim Keller, Ric Burgess, Don Burgess, Donna (Cash) Harris, Wendy (Bearer) Bull, Suzi (Rowland) Levin, Colleen (Boyd) Turner When I first got the call that we were going to be in a "then and now" skateboarding documentary, I was delighted, curious and totally freaked out. Show More Summary

In Praise Of '90s Feminism That Was Before Its Time

By Literally, Darling Staff As our situations in politics, climate change, global diplomacy, and social discrimination continue to grow more complex and embittered, sometimes our only refuge is looking back at the '90s, a simpler time. Show More Summary

Hangout Snapshot, Day 2: Elle King is Queen for a Day

Elle King grew up in southern Ohio but was made for Gulf Shores -- and the Hangout festival. The singer-songwriter whose full-length album debut Love Stuff was released last year, now lives in New York, likes to party, frolic in theShow More Summary

Woody Allen's "Irrational Man" Premieres at Cannes: The Director Speaks About the Meaninglessness of Existence

Any film that begins with a philosophy professor, played by Joaquin Phoenix, cruising in the bright sunlight musing to himself about Kant's "unanswerable" questions is going to charm me immediately (I also teach Kant). Indeed, WoodyShow More Summary

Top Ten Reasons to Watch "The 2015 Billboard Music Awards"

You are all formally -- and casually -- invited to attend The 2015 Billboard Music Awards Sunday Night on ABC. And because Billboard rules in the chart world, here are my Top Ten Reasons To Watch our show: 1) Music is an exciting game,...Show More Summary

Katharine McPhee: Can You Stay Friends With an Ex?

Katharine McPhee's divorce from ex-husband Nick Cokas may have been messy, but the two seem friendlier than ever. They were spotted getting breakfast together last week, and Nick even caressed her face during the meal. They have remained...Show More Summary

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