November 17, 2018

Hollywood

“Each iteration of the classic film draws audiences in with an allure that transcends generations.”

“Hollywood still hasn’t gotten over the Bush administration. It’s an ugly obsession.”

If you want television that truly reflects the human condition, look to cartoons.

“We associate a lack of makeup with authenticity, but that’s not the whole story.”

Kanye is continuing to upset with his pro-Trump opinions. Is it all just a publicity stunt?

“Is the Jewish state losing its celebrities, or gaining new cultural ambassadors?”

Twenty years after it went off the air, “Murphy Brown” is getting a reboot. This time the show will be more mature, and way more political.

Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison for aggravated indecent assault. As troubling as it is to think of “America’s Dad” as a sexual predator, Bill Cosby got exactly what he deserved.

Roseanne, Arrested Development, Full House, X-Files… the TV reboots are coming faster than we can watch them. Does this mean we’re obsessed with the past? Or that we have no original ideas? (Video)

"In recounting the life of alleged Mossad agent Ashraf Marwan, Ariel Vromen's disappointing film leaves the most interesting parts of the story off screen."

As the first Emmy Awards Ceremony in the post #MeToo era, diversity was supposed to be the theme of the evening. But measuring diversity at an awards show is no easy feat.

Netflix has completely revolutionized how Americans watch TV and movies – now it wants to be recognized by the academy. Here’s a look at Netflix’s quest to win “Best Picture.”

His comments about the #MeToo movement may have been boneheaded, but Norm MacDonald’s message of forgiveness is one that our culture desperately needs to hear.

Thanks to the influence of Jon Stewart, today’s late-night TV landscape is dominated by ultra-progressive comedians with a strong political bent. They might be killing comedy.

"In a wave of films, including a number at the Toronto Film Festival, the kinds of police brutality-inflicted tragedies that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement are being filtered into fiction film with anguished and stirring passion."

Film icon Burt Reynolds, star of “Boogie Nights” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” passed away on Thursday at the age of 82. Here’s a tribute to the legacy of this surprisingly funny American sex symbol.

Cher is 72-years-old and is just as big of an icon as she’s ever been. With a new Broadway musical about her life and a new album coming out, America isn’t done with Cher. Neither is Cher.

According to research, watching “Law & Order SVU” has a positive effect on one’s understanding of consent & sexual assault. The new “Law & Order” hopes to shine the same spotlight on hate crimes.

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