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National Grit

Todd Buchholz | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Todd Buchholz

If the U.S. were a grittier place, would voters have permitted Social Security and Medicare to rack up $50 trillion in debt that will be paid by their children and grandchildren?

Typecast as "Trump"

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 06.28.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan D. Moreno

Repeatedly, we've heard that Donald Trump needs to "pivot." He seems to know that, as shown in his willingness to give a couple of teleprompter speec...

Father's Day Getaways Inspired By Iconic Film Characters

Joy Pecknold | Posted 06.14.2016 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

Lots of dads make sacrifices to give their kids the best life possible. A large number opted not to be CIA assassins or treasure hunters, because it w...

Racist Statements Lead Lawmakers To Reject John Wayne Day

Associated Press | Taryn Finley | Posted 05.02.2016 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emot...

17 Feel-Good St. Patrick's Day Films for March 17

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 03.14.2016 | Entertainment
Loretta Bolger Wish

Whether your St. Patrick's Day plans include singing ballads, enjoying corned beef, watching a parade or just staying home to avoid whiskey-impaired drivers, it's a grand day for movies!

Memories Await: The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival and The Searchers 60th Anniversary

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 03.11.2016 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

If movies are something you have a passionate relationship with, then TCM's festivals give you the chance to seal that relationship with a personal memory -- and I'm already looking forward to what this year's memories will be.

Westerns, Musicals, and the Battle for America's Soul

Jon Eig | Posted 03.07.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I know we're living through a new Golden Age of Television, and this year's battle for the GOP nomination is the best new program I've seen in a long ...

Here Are Some Luminaries Who, Umm, Have Endorsed Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

GOP front-runner Donald Trump has been amassing endorsements from politicians, pundits, and professional athletes in recent months. With Nazi-loving r...

What Donald Trump and John Wayne Have in Common

Eoin Higgins | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

Intrinsically tied to John Wayne's rugged portrayal of various white hero tropes were his political views. Wayne was a hard right conservative whose views on race mirror those expressed by Trump's supporters.

'13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' Allows Audiences to Politicize the Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.17.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There hasn't been a rah-rah movie since American Sniper, and it certainly paid off for that film. 13 Hours should engender the same kind of attention and success. The politics are played down in the movie, but it should still find an audience that will put into it whatever they want to see and feel.

John Ford's Greatest Film at 70 (plus In Harm's Way at 50)

William Bradley | Posted 12.31.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

It was 70 years ago this holiday season that the film I think is legendary director John Ford's greatest -- greater even than The Grapes of Wrath or The Searchers -- was released to an American public just a few months removed from the largest war in world history.

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

The Doorway Shot

Fandor | Posted 11.23.2015 | Entertainment
Fandor

The concept is a simple one: frame your subject in the middle of a doorway. Despite its simplicity, the "doorway shot" tends to bear heavy significance. In this video, watch a variety of doorway shots that seem to have one thing in common--the separation of interior and exterior that represents a much larger symbolic threshold.

Trumbo

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) uses a dialouge-heavy script by John McNamara (Prime Suspect), that's based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook, as a blue print.

Celebrate Claudette Colbert's Birthday With Our Favorite Lines from 'It Happened One Night'

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

A quick-witted Colbert, who starred in more than 60 movies and many Broadway plays, held her own opposite Clark Gable, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper, Joseph Cotten, Melvyn Douglas, Henry Fonda, Fredric March, Ray Milland, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Orson Welles, Rex Harrison and other leading men.

Surprise and the Summer Genre Picture

William Bradley | Posted 08.25.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

There's no one in the non-Arnold Terminator cast who is as strong as any of Cruise's compatriots and adversaries in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

Assessing the Trump Phenomenon

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

Someone who says what he believes and sticks to it and who dares anyone to challenge him. Imagine that Bush going up against Clinton. Now that's a match-up that would make the Democrat gods shudder.

A Guide to 10 Wacky Weddings in Mexico

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.10.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Looking for a place a little, er, unconventional to tie the knot? How about on top of a 2,000-year-old Maya pyramid? Or maybe in a church named after 11,000 virgins? Or on a beach where old-time movie stars used to whoop it up? If ideas like these ring a bell, consider these 10 spots south of the border.

Great Conversations: Dennis Hopper

Alex Simon | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

What I saw instead was a man who seemed to be at peace with himself and his life, who loved his children, art, film and new ideas. Sometimes when you have seen life at its ugliest, as Hopper surely had, you're able to come out the other side and drink in its beauty. I hope this was true.

American Sniper Leaves Oscar Weekend Behind Without Top Prizes But With Larger Laurels

William Bradley | Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

American Sniper may not have come out of Oscar weekend with any of the top prizes, but it did come away with a new cumulative box office of more than $320 million. That's by far the highest of any war film in history, not to mention more than all the other Oscar Best Picture nominees combined.

American Sniper

Francis Levy | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

What's a hero? Odysseus is one of the most famous heroes in literature and the complexity of his return might be said to be a metaphor for the perils of the calling. As you may recall when Odysseus returns, he's only recognized by his dog Argos.

Baja California Sur: Vacationing With the Saints

Bob Schulman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

LOS CABOS, Mexico - Not too long ago - up to the 1970s - this 30-mile stretch of beaches, coves and lagoons at the tip of western Mexico's Baja Penins...

Happy Halloween From the GOP

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Halloween, with its blood and gore, witches and werewolves, is a children's holiday because its horrors are fictional. Republicans have picked up on that theme for their Halloween fear-mongering. Fabricating characters and events to induce terror is just part of the GOP-Halloween scheme.

I Tried These 8 New Bourbons. What Happened Next Will Astonish You

Tony Sachs | Posted 10.20.2014 | Taste
Tony Sachs

Yes, bourbon is cool again.

Senators Graham And Menendez's Iranian Black Comedy

Matthew Hoh | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The repetition of Washington's call to arms manifests as a form of black comedy: it is funny until you realize its horror.