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Barry Levinson

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The Man in the Golden Tower

(5) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 12:20 PM

Mark Twain once wrote: "the only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible."

So let's take a look at the political scene we have today and set it against the backdrop of a movie studio. A writer is pitching a studio executive an...

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Guns in the Old West

(138) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 12:00 PM

We will probably never be able to solve the gun issue in America, and we will continue to kill one another with a greater frequency than any civilized nation on Earth. We have a law, our second amendment right, so goes the cry. If people get shot to death, so...

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'The Brain Surgeon'

(52) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 9:51 AM

I am trying to understand Dr. Ben Carson's political appeal. I don't understand it. He has never said anything that would make me immediately say, "This man must be our next president." To be honest, I've never heard anyone say, "His policies line up with my thinking." He certainly isn't...

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(3) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:32 PM

How does an idea for a film come about? A number of years ago I attended the Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco. That year I was the head of the jury. It was a terrific two weeks in a lively, exciting country. Friendly, vivacious people, who happen to be Muslim....

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The Age of Insanity (Part 5)

(18) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:35 PM

I continue to worry about what I have referred to in past posts as "the age of insanity." Recently I met with R.H. Flutes, my old friend from the Lying Institute of America. Dr. R.H. Flutes was in a jubilant mood because his former student, Ted Cruz, was on the...

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굿뉴스의 실종

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 11:59 AM

언제쯤에나 기쁜 뉴스로 가득 찬 날이 가능할까? 모든 게 좋고 만족할 만한 날 말이다. 단 하루만이라도. 뉴스가 너무 좋아서, 좋다는 것 자체가 뉴스가 되는 그런 날이 가능할까? 모든 미국 시민, 공화당이든 민주당이든, 어느 정파든 상관없이 반길 수 있는 날. 너무 기쁜 뉴스라서 다른 모든 뉴스가 그 여파에 잠잠해지는 그런 뉴스....

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Goodbye to Good News

(20) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:54 PM

When will there be a good news day? One day when everything seems great. Just one day. One news day where the news is so good that it is the story of the day. A day that excites all Americans, whether they are Republicans, Democrats, or any other political persuasion....

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Dr. Strangelove vs. ISIS

(50) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:21 PM

In the past there have been films about the absurdity of war and political madness. The Marx Brothers explored it in the brilliant Duck Soup. The Mouse that Roared looked at a country declaring war on the United States in order to get foreign aid; Dr. Strangelove showed the Cold...

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If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words...

(6) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:32 AM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. Nothing has as much impact as the moving image. It stirs our passions, our outrage... the film and television business has been well aware of this phenomenon from even the earliest days of Edison's invention....

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The Israeli-Palestinian War: Which Channel to Watch?

(10) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:41 PM

We have all seen the deaths in Gaza. We are appalled. Terrible violence. We see it. There is outrage. Rightly so, we want it stopped. And when it stops? We change the channel and go on to find something else to watch... that drama is over as far as we...

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Our Roman Circus

(6) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Not too long ago in our recent past there used to be television shows -- entertainment, we called it -- and we also had the news. More serious, not worthy of high ratings -- informative, you might say. Now we have entertaining news, not entertainment news like Entertainment Tonight, but...

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The Economics of Abbott and Costello, Part II

(70) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Apparently in many parts of the country, the minimum wage is below the poverty line, so in essence you can be employed, working over 40 hours a week, and still be unable to provide a for a family of three. I found this fact perplexing, so I thought I needed...

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The United States of America, Incorporated

(20) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Now that the Supreme Court has decided that elections can be played with by the high rollers, it's time to admit that anything that we value can be bought for the right price. It's time for a change of name as well: The United States of America, Incorporated. It has...

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Finally, a Gun Law That Makes No Sense

(91) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:18 PM

I am not sure when the age of sanity actually began, but it is in full bloom now. The recent gun measure about to be signed in Georgia says it all. The new law allows for guns to be carried into bars, schools, and airports. I know this nation loves...

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Death of the Dream

(507) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 5:54 PM

With the recent calamity of the Government Shutdown and the looming debt ceiling fight, one thing has become crystal clear: we are witnessing the Death of the American Dream.

In the past we believed all things were possible, there was absolutely nothing that Americans couldn't accomplish. In the '60s, President...

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Trayvon Martin: quand le procès de George Zimmerman rencontre la fiction

(14) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 2:37 PM

TRAYVON MARTIN - Mark Twain a écrit: "La seule différence entre la réalité et la fiction, c'est que la fiction doit être crédible". Un commentaire très pertinent qui pourrait facilement s'appliquer à l'issue récente du procès de George Zimmerman à la suite du meurtre de Trayvon Martin.

Le verdict a...

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George Zimmerman vs. Fiction

(1746) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Mark Twain once wrote, "The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible." That insightful comment would certainly apply to the recent George Zimmerman trial.

There are a number of television shows that have used the "ripped from today's headlines" concept, but if this trial's...

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Same-Sex Marriage -- Things Change

(113) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 10:35 AM

As the same-sex marriage debate plays out in the Supreme Court, a few thoughts on religion came to mind. There are those who say such an act is contrary to religious beliefs. And I can't argue that point, I'm not a theologian, but don't religious beliefs and practices continue to...

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What's in a Name?

(60) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 5:32 PM

In a departure from the heavy political noise of the day I decided to turn my attention to the little known bubbling dissatisfaction over the Washington Redskins. Not their poor play of late -- they may never get better again -- but the name itself. Judges in Washington are

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Grover and the Bathtub

(217) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:56 PM

I spoke with Dr. R.H Flutes again, who heads up the Lying Institute of America. For those not familiar with the good doctor, he has schooled hundreds of politicians both on the local and the national level to help them refine their lying skills. Paul Ryan got a personal gold...

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