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How Perfect Would It Be If People Would Just Stop Saying ‘Awesome’?

There are only a few things in life that qualify as being awesome: the Seven Wonders of the World, a solar eclipse, a newborn baby, my granddaughter’s wedding. Does the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen qualify as awesome? Joe Buck, the…

Nov 7, 2017

Groundbreakers: Writers Who Moved Hearts and Minds

“All in the Family.” “black-ish.” The West Wing.” “In Living Color.” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” “The Color Purple.” “Schindler’s List.” “The China Syndrome. “Get Out.” What these and other impactful television shows and films have in common is that…

Nov 6, 2017

The Measure of a Man: The Passing of Bob Silberberg

“The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.” So said the French theologian Blaise Pascal close to five hundred years ago. More recently, the popular novelist Kristin Hannah put…

Nov 3, 2017

Honoring Hollywood’s True Characters

You’ve seen their faces, but you may or may not know their names, much less how to spell them. They are generally known as character actors, some of the finest thespians around on television and in film. Five of these…

Nov 3, 2017

Amid Lurid Headlines About Sexual Misconduct, Women Take Center Stage for a Very Different Reason

It would be a challenge in the best of times — honoring the contributions of women in television over multiple decades and across the spectrum in comedy, drama, news, talk, sports and music in just one evening, and not an…

Oct 16, 2017

Mistakes Were Made in Game Four of the NLDS — and Not Just on the Field

First of all, let me stipulate that I am a big fan of Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling, the A-Team providing play-by-play and analysis of the Cubs-Nationals series on TBS. Ron has been excellent at deducing the strategy of the…

Oct 12, 2017

Taking a Deep Dive Into the Life of the Notoriously Private Steven Spielberg

It’s everything you thought you knew about Steven Spielberg — and a whole lot more. In less than the running time of perhaps his most critically acclaimed film, “Schindler’s List,” a new documentary takes a deep dive into the life…

Oct 10, 2017

Attorney Lisa Bloom’s Defense of Harvey Weinstein Is Maddening and Hypocritical

Lisa Bloom, the daughter of pioneering feminist attorney Gloria Allred, is herself a lawyer who has been, heretofore, uncompromising in her advocacy to end sexual harassment in the workplace. Most particularly, she has both represented and been outspoken in the…

Oct 6, 2017

A Sitdown With Clive Davis, the Record Exec Behind Springsteen, Manilow, Joplin and Other Superstars

Janis Joplin, Santana, Michael Bolton and Whitney Houston. A montage of performances by these artists kicks off the compelling new documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.” Those artists, along with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Barry…

Oct 2, 2017

Rance Crain Has a Problem With ‘No Problem,’ and He’s Not Alone

I’ve always found it a little annoying and self-righteous when people say “No problem” to me after I thank them for some service they’ve rendered. “Why should there be a problem?” I usually gripe to myself or to who’s ever…

Oct 2, 2017