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PBS Set To Profile 'The Color Purple' Author For Black History Month

AP | Posted 01.27.2014 | Black Voices

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — PBS will commemorate Black History Month with shows including a profile of "The Color Purple" author Alice Walker. The publ...

Salinger: The Documentary on PBS

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

It's fitting that the 200th episode of American Masters on PBS features writer J. D. Salinger, an author so influential it is hard to imagine the course of 20th century American literature without his imprint of lost innocence in the novel The Catcher in the Rye.

J.D. Salinger: The Ultimate Celebrity

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The biggest revelation in the new documentary Salinger is that The Catcher in the Rye author was not a recluse. Rather fame averse and a champion of i...

Guess Who: This Young Man Almost Missed His Comedic Destiny

Posted 05.22.2013 | Fifty

With more than 60 years in the laughs business, Mel Brooks is a national treasure: He's one of only 14 people who've won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and To...

Mel Brooks and Friends Make a Noise at the Paley

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

On Thursday night, the 9th of May, 2013, as a rainbow descended into Hollywood and a cotton-candy sunset filled the firmament of Beverly Hills, the Paley Center for Media L.A. celebrated a humor deity: the one and only Mel Brooks.

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise: American Master at the 92 Street Y

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.19.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If this were Dutch Masters instead of American Masters, I'd have a box of cigars, gripes Mel Brooks about the enterprise of including a documentary ab...

American Masters: Philip Roth and the Writer's Life Unmasked

Aimee Pozorski | Posted 05.27.2013 | Books
Aimee Pozorski

The documentary is not intended to "unmask" Philip Roth in the sense that you learn every possible thing about him. What the film unmasks is the solitary life of the writer, the life of one who has become, as Manera articulated, "a self-appointed slave to his writing."

Movie Review: Philip Roth: Unmasked

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Philip Roth may be our greatest living writer. So why would he give himself over to filmmakers who would make a movie as dull, superficial and pedantic as Philip Roth: Unmasked?

David Geffen Documentary Celebrates Music Industry Great

The Huffington Post | Michael Hogan | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment

Crosby, Stills & Nash weren't looking for a friend when they hired David Geffen. They had plenty of those already. "We knew we were in a shark tank," ...

The Cult Singer Who Crashed David Geffen's Press Conference

Roger Catlin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Entertainment
Roger Catlin

It happens sometimes: When the biggest stars and moguls appear before the press at the TV Critics summer press tour in California, outsiders can break into the room in hopes of getting their big break.

NEA Has No Love For PBS

AP | Posted 06.26.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded significantly smaller grants to established PBS programs this year. "Live From Linco...

National Endowment For The Arts Sharply Cuts PBS Grants

The New York Times | ELIZABETH JENSEN | Posted 04.26.2012 | Media

The National Endowment for the Arts made sweeping cuts in its support of established PBS shows on Wednesday, and for the first time awarded significan...

Beloved Arts Programs In Danger!

Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced they were considering cutting federal production aid for PBS Arts series by possibly over $1 mi...

Woody and Jerry: Docs Celebrate Comic Genius

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you look at comedy in the 20th century, the list of those whose work has depth, breadth and longevity is a small one: Charlie Chaplin, Lewis, Allen.

WATCH: New Documentary Captures Woody Allen Like Never Before

Posted 11.16.2011 | Arts

In Woody Allen's films, introspection and autobiographical elements are practically assured. But an upcoming documentary directed by Robert Weide will...

What if Jeff Bridges Were a Woman?

Ann Daly, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ann Daly, PhD

Hollywood narratives simply cannot accommodate women beyond the marriage plot. Once she passes Dora the Explorer's age, a woman's story (note the singular) revolves around sex and romance.

The Business of Music III: A Conversation with Razor & Tie's Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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American Masters Toasts Dalton Trumbo

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Trumbo is a reminder that logic does not always factor into the public consciousness.

The Ten Best Movies About Journalism by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

In the wake of the revered Walter Cronkite's passing, I've attempted to isolate the ten best movies about journalism.