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Oh No! Has Oprah Missed Signs From God?

Ever since her electrifying speech at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7th, there has been talk that Oprah Winfrey should become a candidate to run for the presidency of the United States in 2020. She made headlines again on Wednesday,…

Mar 1, 2018

You Must Remember This – A Tribute to the Most Enjoyable Movie Ever Made on Its 75th Anniversary: ‘Casablanca’

[We first published this Open Mic entry on April 13, 2014, in slightly different form. And I first wrote it to talk about the kinds of movies shown on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). But now it’s the 75th anniversary of…

Feb 27, 2018

The Most Outrageous Experiment Ever Conducted in Hollywood. Do Those Working in the Movies Know the Difference Between John Ford and Henry Ford? Should They?

[As this is currently the 75th anniversary of the classic movie “Casablanca,” we are reprinting this Open Mic article, which ran on this site on Nov. 13th, 2012. We are also reprinting an appreciation I wrote about “Casablanca,” which you…

Feb 27, 2018

Humanitas Prizes Ceremony Takes On Added Resonance After School Shooting

It may outwardly have the look and feel of other awards shows, especially occurring as it does in the midst of the winter awards season, but the Humanitas Prize ceremonies hold a special place in the hearts of the Hollywood…

Feb 19, 2018

‘They Run the Show’ Panel Celebrates Progress — and Provides a Reality Check

It was a panel that may not have been able to exist even a decade ago — and that is cause for celebration. Coming in the midst of Black History Month, the Paley Center for Media spotlighted prominent African-American showrunners…

Feb 15, 2018

Patton Oswalt Keeps It Light at WGA Awards — Here’s a Wrapup of the Winners and (Uncensored) Jokes

Despite the serious subject matter of many of the projects in contention for the 2018 WGA Awards, with Patton Oswalt hosting for the third year running, a large thread of humor ran throughout the proceedings. “Good evening, Disney employees,” Oswalt…

Feb 13, 2018

New Series Examines One of the Most Compelling News Stories of the 1970s

“Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people.” If those wack-o words sound the least bit familiar, then you were probably around in 1974 and following every detail during the wall-to-wall media coverage of the…

Feb 9, 2018

Well-Known NPR Investigative Reporter Daniel Zwerdling Has Suddenly Retired. Sexual Harassment Has Been Alleged. He Denies the Allegations. NPR Needs to Be Much More Forthcoming Than It’s Been

On Tuesday, Feb. 6th, Current, a nonprofit news service for and about public media that’s published by the American University School of Communication, posted a story by associate editor April Simpson titled “NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling out after investigation into harassment.”…

Feb 7, 2018

In the Age of Trump, Has Journalism Passed the Point of No Return?

In an interview with the New York Times’ incoming publisher A.G. Sulzberger, New Yorker editor David Remnick says that he has it on good authority that the Washington Post is studying what would happen, in business terms, if the “Trump…

Feb 6, 2018

From a High-Achieving Couch Potato to a Good Old-Fashioned Expletive-Filled Rant, the Writers Guild’s Annual Beyond Words Event Had It All

The horrors of racial discrimination, both historical and fictional. A young woman’s coming of age. A love story involving an aquatic alien. The cultural, familial and relationship struggles of a mixed couple. A woman in a man’s game. The story…

Feb 5, 2018