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William Bradley

How American Sniper Became a Surprise Mega-Hit Honoring America's Martial Culture and Highlighting the Futility of the Iraq War

William Bradley | January 25, 2015 | Entertainment
American Sniper is well on its way to being the biggest war film ever at the domestic box office, and second most popular R-rated film ever behind The Passion of the Christ.
David Macaray

What Is It About Those Wonderful Revenge Movies?

David Macaray | January 25, 2015 | Entertainment
The notion of being consigned to eternal damnation for our sins scared the bejeezus out of us. Admittedly, while most people in the Western world no longer believe in a fire and brimstone version of it, the overwhelming majority of us still rejoice in seeing bad people get punished.
Sanjay Sanghoee

In Defense of 'American Sniper'

Sanjay Sanghoee | January 24, 2015 | Entertainment
Let me start by agreeing with the critics of American Sniper on one point. The movie does present Iraqis in a one-dimensional way and doesn't spend much time trying to understand the complexities of the war. Yet the fuss over the film is still ridiculously overblown.
Julie Dobrow

Peggy Charren: The Godmother of Children's Television

Julie Dobrow | January 24, 2015 | Media
Peggy Charren, sometimes referred to as "the godmother of children's television," died last week. It's a little hard to believe that the New York accented quick witted voice of this indomitable woman will no longer be heard. But it's clear that the many legacies of her words and deeds will be.
Abby Lee

The Woman Who Created a Gay-Dating Sim

Abby Lee | January 24, 2015 | Gay Voices
The story of the main character you play, a college senior who recently came out of the closet to his two goofy but loving roommates, seemed extremely compelling to me. There was so much potential to make something endearing, comical, and erotic.
Kevin Thornton

What It's Like to Be a Gay Country Singer in Nashville

Kevin Thornton | January 24, 2015 | Gay Voices
I love Nashville. For the most part, Nashville has loved me. I've had an on-again-off-again love affair with this town for almost two decades. But I do sometimes wonder if things would have played out differently had I pretended for the public.
Art Levine

Where You Can See Great Women Comics Who Should Have Netflix or HBO Specials. Part I: Sue Costello in NYC Tonight

Art Levine | January 24, 2015 | Entertainment
With the boom in self-released, Netflix and HBO comedy specials, it sometimes seems there's too much of a glut of comedians unveiling their new shows. LIke the comedy club craze of the 1980s, it's leading to plenty of entertainment options for comedy fans -- but hardly all of the work is first-rate or particularly original.
Marc Hershon

Podcast Review: No Such Thing As A Fish

Marc Hershon | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
One could have, perhaps, predicted the glut of pop culture-oriented podcasts that have sprung up. Hell, it's the linchpin for the recently launched WolfPop network of shows. Less understandable (at least to me) is the rise of the trivia-oriented podcast. Especially trivia AND comedy.
Dwight Brown

Timbuktu

Dwight Brown | January 23, 2015 | Black Voices
As Islamic fundamentalists encroach on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world, we hear about it, but it's hard to put it into context and understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale.
Jackie K. Cooper

Welcome Back To a Real 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
It is time to celebrate as the real "Hallmark Hall of Fame" is back. After too many years of silly comedies and soapy romances this special event of television has returned to the hallmark of what it once represented -- good, enjoyable family entertainment.
Redfin

Miley Cyrus Selling Family Home for $5.995 Million

Redfin | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
"Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus just listed her family's Los Angeles home for $5.995 million. The six-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom abode is in the affluent area of Toluca Lake and was designed by famed architect Bob Easton.
Michael Darer

A Late Review of Selma

Michael Darer | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Selma does not turn away, and it rarely tries to neatly resolve. If the film's conclusion, which winds around President Johnson's announcement of his plans for the 1965 Voting Rights Act to the completion of the third Selma to Montgomery march, feels a little Hollywood in its neatness, that is counterbalanced by the unrelenting unease of the film's journey.
Chris Barnes

Thirty Years of Thundercats: Five Things You Don't Know About the Cartoon

Chris Barnes | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the ThunderCats television show debuting on television. Along with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe and The Transformers, the series and its accompanying toy line were popular with boys (and their cool sisters) who grew up in the 1980s.
James Marshall Crotty

American Sniper Sanitizes Colossally Boneheaded Iraq War

James Marshall Crotty | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
It, thus, effectively sanitizes this dark chapter in U.S. history, making it safe again for the masses to embrace chicken-hawk George W. Bush's deceitfully sold Iraq misadventure.
Culturalist

The 5 Weirdest Moments of Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Culturalist | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Make your list now! Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to join the conversation? You can make your own list of the Top 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows by...
Zachary Bell

American Sniper Dials in on the Reality of War

Zachary Bell | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
The hardest battles are not fault in the streets of Iraq or in the poppy fields of Afghanistan, but instead they are fought far from the front line back on the homefront.
Damian Bazadona

Why 2015 Will Be a Great Year in TV, Film and Theater

Damian Bazadona | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Over the past decade, consumers have been armed with technology that allows us to do great things in our everyday life, but entertainment brands have been extremely late to the game in keeping up with these changes.
Liz Smith

Curiosity Killed the Cat, But It Made Brian Grazer the Super-producer He Is Today

Liz Smith | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Simon & Schuster is bringing out, in April, a little book for young people who adore movies and want to work in making them. Or for anybody of any age who is still ambitious. It's not just for young adults.
Jim Hill

Big Hero 6 Producer Roy Conli Reflects on His First-Ever Academy Award Nomination

Jim Hill | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
After Disney's Tangled made its theatrical debut back in November of 2010, Roy Conli thought that there was no way to top the experience that this veteran producer had just had on that Walt Disney Animation Studios production.
Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Ritesh Batra's 'The Lunchbox': A Masterful Study

Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
The Lunchbox is a masterful study in how our longing is answered if we allow it to be answered. And our two main leads show how when you settle for anything less than what you entirely deserve you just land yourself a seat in a slow burn hell.
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