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Fountain House Symposium Looks for Answers to Suicide

Jim Luce | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

This year's Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon took on a formidable subject. Titled "Suicide: Looking for Answers," the event recently drew more th...

Stories of Mother Love

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As we celebrate mothers and grandmothers, foster mothers, and all those who step in to parent children in need, let's pledge to take responsibility not only for our own children and grandchildren but for all children, or at least for one child who may not be our own.

Was Disney's Beauty and the Beast Re-Tooled Because Belle Wasn't Enough of a Feminist?

Brian Cronin | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Brian Cronin

A peculiar challenge exists when you are writing a film for a large corporation such as Walt Disney Studios is that there are so many executives to an...

Director Atom Egoyan on his Film, Remember, and Working with Christopher Plummer

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Academy Award nominated director, Atom Egoyan, joined me for the the most recent episode of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano. His film, Remember, is out this Friday nationally.

Shareability: Cracking the Code on Branded Viral Videos

Max Gladwell | Posted 03.17.2016 | Media
Max Gladwell

What do you get when you combine an Oscar winner with an agency guy and a gang of YouTubers in Utah? Shareability is a new breed of media company. So...

A Bunch Of Famous People Didn't Clap When Jenny Beavan Won Her Oscar

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 03.02.2016 | Entertainment

Jenny Beavan took home the award for Costume Design at the 2016 Oscars on Sunday night for her work on "Mad Max: Fury Road." Beavan was one of many wo...

'Academy' Award for Best Health Themed Movie of 2015: The Winner of the Third Annual Award Is... Concussion With Will Smith

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.18.2016 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In an outstanding performance by Will Smith who portrays pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, the actor shows the difficult fight the real physician Dr. Omalu faced in taking on the National Football League and even his own medical colleagues.

Tommy James' New Movie, His Music, the Mob, and a Whole Lot of Hanky Panky

Pamela Glasner | Posted 02.10.2016 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

Whenever I hear Crystal Blue Persuasion, no matter what I'm doing or what's going on around me, I have to pause as, for just those few minutes, I am t...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Opens With Heart

Sally Fay | Posted 02.09.2016 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened Wednesday night with long lines, heightened security and enthusiastic attendance. The Opening Nig...

'Homeland Is Not a Series' Now Showing on Laura Poitras' Field of Vision

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.10.2016 | Media
E. Nina Rothe

Homeland Is Not a Series is a quick, interesting, quirky and insightful look at what has come to be known as "The Homeland Incident," showing now on Field of Vision.

Ron Howard's Take On How "In The Heart Of The Sea" Isn't Your Ordinary Adventure Film

Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

How Ron Howard Avoided Drugs and The Pitfalls of Child Stardom

Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

Spike Lee Talks Chi-Raq, Oscar Win, Dave Chappelle & More

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 12.14.2015 | Black Voices
Danai P. Maraire

In the wake of the recent Paris bombings, I sat down with newly minted Academy Award winner Spike Lee, and the cast of his new film Chi-raq. Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris and John Cusack went on record to discuss the state of the country, the recent Paris attacks and how much tragedy we as a world can take.

Ron Howard's First Steps Into Becoming a Hollywood Director

Posted 12.14.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

How Ron Howard's Midwest Ethics Helped Him Throughout His Career

Posted 12.14.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

How Ron Howard Prepared His Actors Before Filming "In the Heart of the Sea"

Posted 12.14.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

Mondays With Marlo - Director Ron Howard

Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

The holiday season is upon us, and it's one of our favorite times of year for going to the movies. So we were thrilled to have director and actor Ron ...

Actor Michael Shannon on Chicago Theater

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.30.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Ever wonder what your life might have been like if you dropped out of high school? Well, for actor Michael Shannon, it put him on the path to being nominated for an Academy Award by the age of 34.

Mark Ruffalo Talks Openly on the Gene Siskel Film Center Red Carpet

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.09.2016 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

From the red carpet, minutes before the ceremony, an understated, thoughtful and genuinely approachable, Ruffalo credited his Catholic upbringing for his progressive thinking and support for the underdog.

'Ida' and False Controversy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."

Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Continue Whirlwind Month At The Oscars

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend capped off their whirlwind month at the Oscars Sunday night. Legend, who performed at the Super Bowl, the Grammys a...

Movie Review: Wild Tales -- Hang On Tight

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Truth in advertising. Damian Szifron's Wild Tales is exactly that: an anthology of surprising and unexpectedly wild short stories. Though it feels like there's going to be a connection, the individual stories share neither characters nor plotlines. Instead, they align along a similar theme: revenge, with an occasional overlay of class struggle.

My Oscar

Jason Cohen | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Jason Cohen

Last year, I was a first-time nominee for my short documentary, Facing Fear. When the big moment came and I didn't get called to the stage, my sons were almost in tears. When we arrived back home, the boys gave me a huge comforting embrace that put a final coda on the whole experience for me... or at least so I thought.

Selma's Missing Rabbi

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.21.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.

The Judge -- Movie Review

Philip David Morton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

Tense and clever, witty and brutal, the script allows a tour de force for two of our great American actors. We watch the deconstruction of these characters' carefully built lives as they are forced to reveal their painful truths to each other.