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5 to 7 (2015): Interview with Writer/Director Victor Levin

I interviewed writer/director Victor Levin about his delightful upcoming feature, 5 to 7, which opens in New York and LA on April 3 (other cities to follow).

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Dreamcatcher (2015): Premiering Tonight on Showtime

An excellent documentary about prostitution and human trafficking, focusing on one dynamo activist, Brenda Myers-Powell, and her organization The Dreamcatcher Foundation. Directed by veteran documentarian Kim Longinotto. It premieres on Showtime tonight. My review of “Dreamcatcher” is now up at … Continue reading

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Ebertfest 2015 Lineup

It’s going to be an awesome festival. I can’t wait. And, even more exciting, my mother is coming with me! She and I attended the 2013 Ebertfest together, mainly because I had just been diagnosed and was still in the … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 10, Episode More Peril, Please. Open Thread.

Catch ya on the flip side.

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Starsky & Hutch Unleashed

It’s Paul Michael Glaser’s birthday today and my friend Mitchell posted this photo on Facebook, commenting: “No wonder why I loved this show.” The photo has made my day. I want it framed on my wall.

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On This Day: March 25, 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a sweatshop located on 23-29 Washington Place, right off Washington Square Park. The majority of workers were immigrant women. In the years preceding … Continue reading

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The Books: Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001: ‘The Indefatigable Hoof-Taps: Sylvia Plath,’ by Seamus Heaney

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: Seamus Heaney’s Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. Seamus Heaney … Continue reading

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We Are the Best! Girl Power: “Enter Sandman”

The band is The Warning. The musicians are: Daniela (14 years old) on guitar, Paulina (12 years old) on drums, and Alejandra (9 years old) on bass.

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On This Day: March 24, 1955: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on Broadway.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on this day, in 1955, in New York. Brooks Atkinson, one of Williams’s staunchest critic supporters, wrote: “[The play seemed] not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life.” The performances … Continue reading

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe Turned 100

She was crossover before “crossover” was even really a concept. In the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, in her rock-star electric guitar playing – electric guitar!, you can see the future of music. You can see Little Richard. You can … Continue reading

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