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Lynda Obst

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If You're Not Chinese...

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 1:41 PM

If you're not Chinese or co-financing franchises -- you probably haven't yet heard of the world's next big female global mega movie star, Li Bingbing. In the world's second biggest movie market, she is Angelina Jolie (sans Brad Pitt), and that market, China, is going to become the biggest audience...

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Laura Ziskin's Immortality -- Through Her Words

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 10:09 AM

The morning I woke up and heard she was gone, Peter Biskind wrote me while I was pretty much still in shock, and said he had a treasure trove of quotes from filmmaker Laura Ziskin, dated from the 90's. I knew they'd be wonderful, though I couldn't yet open them....

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A Trip to the Soul of Darkness With an Israeli Saint

(196) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 9:32 PM

As we drive to Hebron, I discover that my guide Yehuda Shaul, a cherubic-looking Orthodox Jew with a generous, brown, full beard, and yarmulke, is likely to play down the horror of a situation with a characteristic mischievous shrug. Yehuda is kind enough to be pouring over a map of...

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John Ensign Affair: Time For Cindy Hampton To Tell All

(85) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 9:04 PM

There is one mysterious thing about the John Ensign affair in Nevada. You know how there were lots of mysterious things about the Appalachian lies in the Sanford affair? The Ensign affair, with its $90,000 pay-offs disguised as severance from his parents to the cuckolded husband and wife employees that...

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On Armisen's Obama Impression

(26) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 6:32 PM

I can't believe no one has written about how terrible Fred Armisen's impression is of Barack Obama on SNL. It makes me cringe in horror. If comedy were my life the worst thing about it is it's almost never funny; it hasn't been funny since it began, before he was...

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Women of My Generation Have Clearly Lost Their Minds

(1143) Comments | Posted March 13, 2008 | 8:33 PM

Women of my generation have clearly lost their minds. Not that I can blame them, apparently being invisible and all. Now with Geraldine Ferraro making outrageous nut-jobber remarks she doesn't even seem to understand, and realizing our tragic generation was once proud of her as a "pioneer," you can see...

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Bhutto and the Campaign Pundits' Conventional Wisdom

(41) Comments | Posted December 28, 2007 | 3:21 PM

I am so irritated listening to the mainstream media discuss the impact of the Benizir Bhutto assassination on the campaign I want to scream. Somehow it obviously helps Guliani, says Morning Joe, obviously, grinning. That's obvious. When the world is scared, and we are scared. Then we want someone who...

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John Kerry's Summit

(68) Comments | Posted April 17, 2006 | 10:18 PM

I understand why Bush has no plan for Iraq -- he's stuck in a persona of perseverance within a troika of dominant personalities of limited and corrupt ideology. But why is John Kerry so stuck? He's had 2 years to retool his ideas, and he's only thought of retooling his...

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An Odd Year for Oscar

(16) Comments | Posted March 2, 2006 | 7:02 PM

New York Magazine film critic David Edelstein and film producer Lynda Obst traditionally exchange e-mails leading up to the Oscars. Excerpted here is Lynda's response to David's opening salvo.

This is a very odd year. The East Coasters love it because it's so arty, and the Left Coasters hate it...
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State of Iraq

(59) Comments | Posted February 1, 2006 | 2:41 PM

The first thing that struck me was the new face in the room -- new and now familiar at the same time -- Justice Samuel Alito's smug, curveball smile radiating from the front row -- at once the picture of the great liberal failure and the culmination of the great...

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