Open Mic

Why Those Racist Remarks Allegedly From Donald Sterling Felt Like a Punch in the Gut to Most of Us. Will the NBA Be Able to Do Enough to Fix the Problem? And a Surprise About Racism and the Rest of Us

In listening to just a 15-minute tape of what is purported to be a conversation between Donald Sterling, the owner of the professional basketball team the Los Angeles Clippers, and his former girlfriend — which is full of venom and…

Apr 29, 2014

Sex and Nudity Take Center Stage as Creators Behind TV’s Watercooler Shows Tell All

It’s not often outside of awards season that creators of some of television’s most riveting and successful dramas get together in one room for a deep dive into what goes into making their hit programs. That was the agenda for…

Apr 21, 2014

22nd MTV Movie Awards — No Flash in the Pan, But It Went by in a Flash

“The Wolf of Wall Street” apparently didn’t howl quite loud enough to wrest the top golden popcorn trophies from the claws of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards Sunday at the Nokia Theatre, where "Catching…

Apr 17, 2014

A Tribute to the Most Enjoyable Movie Ever Made, and the TV Channel That Is a National Treasure for Airing It 125 Times in the Last 20 Years

I first fell in love with Ingrid Bergman when I was a young teenager and she was just 26 years old. She still is. My feelings for her have been rekindled each of the dozen or so times I've watched…

Apr 13, 2014

When It Comes to Mickey Rooney, I’m With Marlon Brando: Rooney Was Underrated. Here’s Why

Marlon Brando, who knew something about acting, wrote in his 1994 autobiography, “Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me”: “As I’ve observed before, acting talent alone doesn’t make an actor a star. It takes a combination of qualities: looks, personality, presence,…

Apr 7, 2014