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Multi-Platinum-Selling Band Creates a ‘Musical Map of America’ — and Lets Us In on the Process

What would a multiple Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum record-selling band do to mark its 20th year in the music business? Well, put out a new album of course. But if that band is the Foo Fighters, the concept was to create…

Oct 16, 2014

Even With Hollywood’s Deeply Ingrained Sexism, a Few Woman Have Thrived — Here’s Their Story

Fifteen women. One hundred years. That’s the terrain covered in 52 minutes in “Makers: Women in Hollywood,” a new documentary produced by Rory Kennedy and co-produced and directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, airing on PBS and available in an extended…

Oct 7, 2014

A Domestic Take on the Acclaimed ‘Broadchurch’ — With Some Close Connections to the Original

Devotees of the acclaimed British crime procedural “Broadchurch” will want to get used to a different version of the way English is spoken when ”Gracepoint” takes to the airwaves on Fox for a 10-part murder mystery series. It’s not unusual…

Oct 2, 2014

Will the Entertainment Business Find a Way Forward? Top Industry Players Weigh In

With fall television shows premiering, it was a good time for the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) to check in on the state of the industry with its first newsmaker luncheon series of the season. The panel discussion took…

Sep 30, 2014

The Puzzling Reaction by the Editors of The New York Times to Its TV Critic’s Wrong-Headed Essay About Shonda Rhimes

There’s been a lot of good journalism written in the past week or so about a poorly reasoned, stilted and vexing essay penned by New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley about Shonda Rhimes. One of the must-read critiques countering…

Sep 29, 2014

Maybe It’s Time for a New Version of the Academy Award-Winning Best Picture ‘Gentleman’s Agreement,’ This Time Focusing on the Discrimination Faced by the LGBT Community

In the history of movies, only 86 films have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. One of them was “Gentleman’s Agreement,” released in 1947. It was based on a best-selling novel by Laura Z. Hobson and it was one…

Sep 23, 2014

‘Koch’: A Look at the Man Who Was Called ‘America’s Mayor’

Those who lived in New York City during the Ed Koch years will have a visceral reaction to a new documentary about the man once called America’s Mayor in a Time magazine cover story. For everyone else, the feature-length “Koch”…

Sep 22, 2014

Institutional Corruption on Trial — or Not — in CNN’s ‘Whitey’

His name was once second on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, right after that of Osama bin Laden. But even with notorious gangster Whitey Bulger captured, convicted and behind bars for the rest of his life in a federal penitentiary,…

Sep 19, 2014

‘The Roosevelts,’ Ken Burns’ Latest PBS Documentary Series, Opens to Big Numbers

As were “The Civil War” and “The War” before it, master documentarian Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” is turning out to be a massive blockbuster for PBS. The sprawling documentary chronicling the lives of Theodore, Franklin Delano and…

Sep 17, 2014

Have Fun Watching a Sexy, Romantic Movie That Was Made for the Silver Screen But Whose Real Magic Is Revealed on the Intimacy of Your TV Screen

“Anybody got a match?” In about a month it’ll be 70 years since Lauren Bacall said those, her first words on the silver screen. Hers was a movie debut for the ages. If many movies, from both a commerce and…

Sep 15, 2014