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Going for the Gold

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
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This year Hollywood decided to delay handing out those gold statues while athletes were battling for gold medals in Sochi. The delay however has made

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American Cool – From Jazz to Jobs, McQueen to Prince

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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Americans are cool. We’re not just talking about the Sochi Olympics. Long before snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg coined phrases like “shreddin’ the gnar” and “stoked,” Americans

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12 Years A Slave: A Beautiful Film About an Ugly Time

Friday, October 18th, 2013
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Steve McQueen’s new film, 12 Years A Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, is an intense, demanding, occasionally overwhelming piece of filmmaking. It’s also an outstanding film,

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Crime Pays—Until It Doesn’t

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
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When it seems that each day’s paper brings news of yet another insider trading scandal, leading to show trials where jurors are educated on esoteric

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Bette

Now And Forever, The Divine Miss M

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
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Since most of us did not have the terrifying pleasure of knowing Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers (hard “g”), it’s impossible to know if Bette Midler

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Shame—Fassbender and Mulligan Bare All

Monday, December 5th, 2011
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In Steve McQueen’s sophomore effort Shame, Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a highly successful, exceptionally handsome, but emotionally barren, thirty-something living in New York City. In

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Turner Classic Movies—Where Stars Shine

Friday, August 20th, 2010
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By Charlene Giannetti Reality shows make overnight celebrities of normal (or next to normal) people. In a time when Snooki becomes a media sensation without

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