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Binge Options During the Quarantine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, between exercising my dogs (because Canine Coronavirus disease in dogs isn’t the same as SARS-CoV-2 that causes the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 and “there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people”), here’s what I’m watching using my …

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PBS Marching Toward The Vote

For Women’s History Month, PBS is taking us on a march toward the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment with programming like “Rise Up: Songs of the Women’s Movement” and its Unladylike2020 shorts. The two programs are part of the PBS Trailblazers Initiative which will culminate with the broadcast of “American Experience: The Vote.” PBS …

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Backstage at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards

Beginning under sunny skies on a cool winter day, the 77th Golden Globe Awards was a balance of surprised delight and somber references to the current events. How could it be otherwise with nominated shows that took on hard topics like nuclear energy, war, rape, sexual harassment and a Hollywood cultural tragedy? Some firsts were …

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Netflix and Marriage Story Lead 2019 Golden Globe Nominations

This morning as the Golden Globe nomination were announced at the Beverly Hilton, Netflix solidified its role as a major motion picture distributor and a television network with 17 nominations in both categories. Sony Pictures had the next most nominations with eight movies while Disney and Warner Bros. had six each. For the television networks, …

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What to Watch for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

What movies should you watch for Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Inspired by last year’s PBS mini series, the four-part documentary “Native America,” I asked the experts, from the first Native American actor to receive an Academy Award to the first Native American to earn a Pulitzer Prize to a first-time feature filmmaker, local activists and the Smithsonian. …

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Comic-Con 2019: Doctor Who, Walking Dead, and Batman VR Experiences

Due to the new Comic-Con Museum off-site and a four-hour wait for one activation, I wasn’t able to fully immerse myself in the demonstrations of video games, especially at Future Tech. But as someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time playing video games, I can tell you what I liked. BBC America had short …

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Comic-Con 2019: Space Celebration Sunday with Picard, The Orville, Peanuts and More

On the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, what better time to think about space, our final frontier! NASA had a booth on the San Diego Comic-Con event floor and was willing to talk about Apollo 11 as well as the next giant leap to Mars. You could go off site and “walk” on the …

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Comic-Con 2019: Carnival Row, The Expanse, and the Tyranny of Lines

At SDCC, people wait in lines. Sometimes you choose the wrong line. Who hasn’t? Sometimes the line is chosen for you. Sometimes the masters of the line are unfair. And perceived unfairness—real or imaginary—causes anger to percolate and heat up your insides. If you can’t say anything such injustice might weigh heavily on you, like …

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Comic-Con 2019: A Sneak Peek at Amazon’s The Boys

Walking into the Amazon Prime activation for the world premiere of “The Boys,” I immediately realized this might not be the kind of programming that I’d normally watch. The rows of chairs each had a red foam hand giving the finger. Our party wristbands told us: Never meet your heroes. On the screen was a …

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Comic-Con 2019: Batman Inducted Into Hall of Fame

“The Gathering” was the kind of evening you’d imagine Bruce Wayne would attend—a tasteful evening fundraiser for a new museum. This wasn’t Gotham, but San Diego’s eclectic Balboa Park, home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and future home of the Comic-Con Museum, scheduled to open in 2021. The pop-up museum was hosting an inaugural …

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PBS’ Four-Part Film Series, Women, War & Peace II

Who better to tell the story of women than women? In its second installment, the PBS documentary series “Women, War & Peace” returns for a second series on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26, 9 to 11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with four stories about women involved in conflicts in Northern Ireland, …

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Backstage at the 2019 Golden Globes

After the Saturday deluge left mudslides in Malibu, Sunday afternoon produced blue skies adorned by puffy white clouds in Beverly Hills. The Beverly Hilton was rain ready, but not a drop fell as the stars walked the red carpet for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 76th Golden Globe Awards ceremony. After the last two years …

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Vice, A Star is Born Lead 2019 Golden Globe Nominations

The Beverly Hilton’s main lobby was decked out in red and gold with a tall green artificial tree, hallways on each side with white and silver holiday decorations. Yet the only thing remotely like a Christmas tree in the Beverly Hilton ballroom was a display of Moët & Chandon champagne bottles. Is 4 a.m. too early …

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AFI FEST 2018: Mary Queen of Scots

The tale of the ill-fated queen of Scotland is really the story of two queens—Mary and Elizabeth, cousins of different religions. “Mary Queen of Scots,” which made its world premiere as the closing gala of AFI FEST 2018. It’s an imperfect film with fine performances by Ronan and Robbie as sister queens but also enemies …

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AFI Fest 2018: Bird Box

Even on a clear day, what you can’t see can hurt you. I was talking to another AFI Fest attendee who was suffering since the weekend from burning eyes from the ash-filled atmosphere due to the nearby California wildfires. Her eyes, she said, were as red as her lipstick. Monday night’s gala was subdued—this red …

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AFI Fest 2018: Breaking the Frame: A Conversation About Craft and Career

Three female directors—Shaz Bennett, Katrelle Kindred and Laura Steinel—spoke at a special breakfast panel, “Breaking the Frame: A Conversation About Craft and Career,” at the historic Roosevelt Hotel on Monday morning as part of AFI Fest 2018. Bennett and Kindred were both in the AFI Conservatory’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW). All three had movies …

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AFI Fest 2018: Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in Netflix’s The Kominsky Method

Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) is three-times divorced and struggling to find guest-starring roles on TV as he hits old age. His agent and best friend, Norman (Alan Arkin) becomes widowed after 42 years in the first episode. Together they struggle to get through life in Chuck Lorre’s new Netflix series about Hollywood has-beens and wannabes: “The …

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AFI Fest 2018: On the Basis of Sex

Almost half a year after the documentary “RBG” raked in $14.3 million, “On the Basis of Sex,” tells how Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her trailblazing Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. The film made its world premiere as the opening gala movie for the 32nd AFI FEST in Hollywood. If ever we …

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AFI Fest 2018: I Am the Night

A Reno, Nevada high school girl with grey eyes lives teeters on the border between black and white, girlhood and womanhood. Her mother is black, but she is light-skinned and has hair that curls, but isn’t kinky. Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) has eyes for a dark-skinned boy named Lewis whom her mother claims is no …

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Be Noisy: A Report from the 4th Women in Entertainment Summit

Make noise, make coffee, make gift baskets and make your own script. That’s just some of the advice given by the women at the fourth annual Women in Entertainment (WIE) Summit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles this past Thursday. The Time Is Right With the women’s marches and #MeToo activism, Susan Cartsonis of …

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