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Humanitas Prize Awards Offer Hope — and Compassion

Recognizing television programs and films that inspire hope, compassion and understanding is the laudable goal of the nonprofit organization Humanitas, which presented its 44th Annual Humanitas Prize awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday night. Just like a traditional…

Feb 12, 2019

African American Film Critics Association Awards Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Every awards ceremony taking place this season and each trophy presented engenders a certain amount of pride, but pride was there in extra special doses at the 10th annual African American Film Critics Association Awards show held Wednesday night. For…

Feb 8, 2019

Cuaron Adds to His Trophy Collection at Directors Guild Awards — Click Through to See All the Winners

A look at Alfonso Cuarón’s IMDb page reveals almost as much about the state of his career as his Netflix film ”Roma” does about his childhood in that Mexico City neighborhood. His page enumerates two Academy Award wins (for directing…

Feb 4, 2019

You May Have Missed It, But One of the Longest-Running Awards Ceremonies in Showbiz Just Took Place

It’s not widely known that along with the Academy Awards, the Directors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, the American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie Awards are among the longest-running awards show in showbiz. Winning one represents the highest honor within…

Feb 4, 2019

New Series Revisits a Famous Unsolved Murder From More Than 70 Years Ago

Following the success of “The Alienist,” TNT is diving head-first again into the waters of fictionalized true crime with its limited series ”I Am the Night,” which focuses renewed attention on a sensational murder mystery that has gone officially unsolved…

Jan 28, 2019

Lessons From the Dawn of the Internet Age

Hit the reset button, if you will, and go back to the Silicon Valley of the mid-1990s. It was the dawn of the Internet age as we know it today and more than a decade before Apple’s iPhone revolutionized cellular…

Jan 10, 2019

Capping Off a Banner Year With an Unforgettable Gala

2018 has been a banner year for Asian Americans on and off screen, more so on film than on television, and the mood was celebratory as the 17th Annual Asian American Awards were handed out Saturday night, Dec. 8, at…

Dec 11, 2018

‘House of Cards’ Standout Michael Kelly on the Final Season That Almost Wasn’t

Michael Kelly has come a long way since he arrived in New York City 27 years ago with $300 in his pocket — and since the first season of “House of Cards” debuted on Netflix in 2013. The actor, who…

Dec 4, 2018

‘Dirty John’: A Cautionary Tale Made From ‘Story Concentrate’

The scene is set in the ultra-wealthy enclave of Newport Beach, Calif. An attractive, successful business owner, divorced, goes on a series of dates, meeting potential suitors in some of Orange County’s swankiest restaurants and bars. By turns, these men…

Nov 20, 2018

Showtime Revisits a True Crime That Captivated the Country in 2015 — With a Journey to the Dark Side Along the Way

Like countless millions of other people, I was glued to the ongoing news coverage of the escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York in the summer of 2015. It was a true-crime saga writ large across the…

Nov 16, 2018