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Carl Perkins in 1955 On a Facebook thread the other day, Straight Outta Compton (which I loved) was being discussed and a guy showed up and said he didn’t like hip hop, he said he had a “visceral reaction” to … Continue reading

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Break Point (2015)

An okay family drama, with good performances, but somewhat lackadaisical, and low-risk. My review of Break Point is now up at

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Survivor’s Remorse Renewed for Season 3

Great news all around, for my talented cousin Mike, who created the show and is its exec. producer (along with LeBron James) as well as show runner, my brother Brendan who is on the writing staff, and my cousin Kerry … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Dean Jones

Dean Jones was a Disney star who appeared in all of the movies I watched as a kid. He was a familiar face by the time I was 7 years old. Herbie the Love Bug, I mean, come on. That … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2015): Another Defiance of the Ban

The movie I am most looking forward to, coming soon to the New York Film Festival, with a release afterwards, is hounded/oppressed/gifted Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s Taxi. Jafar Panahi, who directed angry funny award-winning films such as The White Balloon, … Continue reading

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S/He & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret, by Alexandra Billings

My great friend Alexandra Billings, who has a great supporting role in the Golden-Glove-award-winning Amazon series Transparent, who is a professor of acting, my partner-in-crime in all things Celebrity Cult (you know the one I mean), a brilliant cabaret performer … Continue reading

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The Books: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-17; “On Mentioning the Unmentionable: An Exhortation to Miss Pankhurst”

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West, 1911-17 In … Continue reading

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On This Day: September 1, 1939

From Newsweek: Scenes from the invasion of Poland From MSN: Friends, foes, mark WWII’s start in Poland Hitler’s speech on Sept. 1, 1939, from Berlin: To the defense forces: The Polish nation refused my efforts for a peaceful regulation of … Continue reading

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August 2015 Viewing Diary

Smell of Camphor, Scent of Jasmine (2000; d. Bahman Farmanara). A profound and touching (and very funny) film from Iran, written and directed by and starring Farmanara. It tells the story of a death-obsessed film director who hasn’t made a … Continue reading

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

Man, this has been a great year for music biopics (a genre that tends to follow the predictable old “and then this happened and then this happened and then this happened” structure). Love & Mercy and Straight Outta Compton? In … Continue reading

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