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Sharon Waxman

Entries by Sharon Waxman

Kony 2012: Can Viral Video Stop an International Child Killer?

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 4:12 PM

With Kony 2012, social media has taken on its next mission impossible: stopping an international child-killer.

To which we can only say: Why not?

After fomenting revolution in Iran (a green one), toppling a government in Egypt, awakening a generation to elect an African American president, stopping piracy legislation its...

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Remembering 9/11: On the Importance of Intolerance

(20) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 10:51 AM

From all the way across the country, we watched the towers burn. In my case, one of my closest college friends was talking on CNN over the images that were impossible to comprehend.

She was a producer who lived in downtown Manhattan and upon hearing the first collision had run...

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Egypt's Revolt: Puncturing the Myth of Arab Immaturity

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 5:17 PM

It's the day after the Egyptian revolution, and now it's time for us in the West to take our man-pill.

Our public posture has always been that we support democracy for everyone, everywhere.

But privately we have never embraced that belief for the Arab world. The Arabs were not mature...

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How Egypt's Social Media Revolution Could Spread Across the Middle East

(4) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 12:13 AM

The drama going on in the Middle East eclipses any storyline Hollywood could conjure, Oscar season or not.

Regimes of 30, 40 and 50 years are shaking at their foundations. And it is all happening in the blink of an eye.

To be clear: the visionary products created by Mark...

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Leading Egyptian Actor Calls on U.S. to Support Protesters

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 6:19 PM

Egyptian actor Khaled Nabawy is one of the Arab world's leading movie and television stars, and has been in American films from Fair Game to Kingdom of Heaven. Nabawy was among the protesters in the street on Friday, marching and chanting for change of the Egyptian regime. He spoke exclusively...

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Columbia Biz School Needs an Ethical Disclosure Policy

(4) Comments | Posted December 28, 2010 | 2:02 AM

An Open Letter To: Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University

Dear President Bollinger,

Pleased as I am to be invited to speak at Columbia Business School in February, there's something on my mind that we need to talk about before I show up, and that is Columbia Business School's absence of...

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On Annette Bening's Wrinkles and Lesbian Sex Scenes

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 1:12 AM

Lunch with Lisa Cholodenko, the writer-director of The Kids Are All Right, is not the typical Beverly Hills girl chat.

We're in West Hollywood not Beverly Hills; the food is organic; the waiter wears a farmer's hat and instead of Botox we talked about why she chose to cast Annette...

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Why Did the Nazis Film the Dying Jews of Warsaw?

(44) Comments | Posted August 14, 2010 | 6:30 PM

TEL AVIV - In a French-themed café a block from the teeming beach, producer Noemi Schory explained why her new Holocaust documentary, An Unfinished Film, did not deserve the R rating that the MPAA handed down this week after a final appeal.

Yes, she said, the film has

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Eliot Spitzer? CNN Trails the Path Blazed by Roger Ailes

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 1:20 AM

Whatever CNN's president may officially say, the network has finally succumbed to the trend of politically spun news programming that boosted rivals Fox News and MSNBC and left the once-dominant cable news leader in a ratings gutter.

The Time-Warner-owned CNN announced on Wednesday that it would replace the 8 pm...

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Lunch With Queen Noor: Turkey and Israel Need to "Repair Relations"

(7) Comments | Posted June 13, 2010 | 12:52 AM

The woman who once ruled Jordan with King Hussein is poised, dressed impeccably in a summer-white suit and speaks calmly about the nuclear threat facing her region, and the world.

Nuclear materials are "poorly guarded in unstable regions," she told WaxWord at a private lunch in Beverly Hills on Friday....

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Cannes Roundup: Yachts, India's Reliance and a Nuclear Doc

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 5:05 PM

The real business in Cannes this year is going on in the port, where the yachts of Big Money are parked -- French-Tunisian media financier Taraq Ben Ammar, ex-Microsoft mogul Paul Allen (who has Mick Jagger aboard) and the Isle of Man fund. Agents and producers parade in and out,...

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Cannes: Woody Allen Mulls Mortality in Tall Dark Stranger

(10) Comments | Posted May 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM

Mortality was on the minds of filmmakers at Cannes on Saturday, as Woody Allen descended on the Cannes festival with his new ensemble comedy, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.

The stranger of the title refers not just to the hoped-for lover, but also to the grim reaper whose...

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Capitalism Unleashed: Gordon Gekko Returns in Wall Street 2

(20) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 6:57 AM

Does capitalism work anymore? Director Oliver Stone was well placed to render his verdict as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday.

"I'm confused whether capitalism in its present form can work," said the director at a news conference after the first screening on...

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At White House Correspondent's Dinner, Enquirer Cloud Looms

(13) Comments | Posted May 2, 2010 | 2:08 AM

As the media elite gathered in Washington to gawk, glad-hand and rub elbows with President Obama at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, a dark cloud that was gathering under their feet had already started to dissipate.

That cloud came from The National Enquirer, which for about 24...

Read Post Why Michael Wolff and Co. Are Way Over the Line

(5) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 5:04 PM

When it comes to "coompetition" (cooperation + competition) on the internet, I'm all in favor. We compete and we share. We break stories and we aggregate the breaks of others. I love news aggregators. They send us lots of new readers. We aggregate news here at TheWrap along with producing...

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Avatar Delivers - and That May Change Everything

(56) Comments | Posted December 19, 2009 | 10:17 PM

I just saw Avatar. And for the first time in a very long time, a movie that made a great, big promise delivered.

It's been more than a year since I've been hearing that James Cameron would reinvent moviemaking with Avatar. That he was marking a milestone with this film...

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She's Leaving Home

(7) Comments | Posted August 30, 2009 | 11:11 PM

She left home today.

In actual fact, I still can't believe it. I'm used to being the one who leaves all the time. Today I was left. By my little girl.

Why is that so damn hard?

It's a ritual every parent goes through if they're fortunate enough...

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Jackson's Final Act: Sainthood

(692) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 9:30 PM

In death, Michael Jackson is suddenly some kind of a saint. A humanitarian. A philanthropist. A civil rights leader.

"Like our father Martin," said Martin Luther King III before a live television audience of millions around the world at the memorial. "He was indeed a shining light."

What a difference...

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From King of Pop to Wacko Jacko: A Tragedy in Black and White

(90) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 9:19 PM

Michael Jackson's life is a modern day tragedy.

A star at 11, a teen idol as an adolescent and the King of Pop before he hit 30, Jackson spent what should have been the best years of his life confused, hounded and haunted, an Alice in Wonderland...

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Eat the (New) Press: Breakfast at Balthazar's

(4) Comments | Posted June 13, 2009 | 6:54 PM

The cognoscenti of new media were gathered not-terribly-early beneath the soaring, molded plaster ceilings of Balthazar's, a famous, French-style bistro with heavenly croissants and great big masses of flowers in vases, perched at the corner of Spring and Broadway.

It was 9:30, and the vibe was laid-back-about-to-inherit-the-power-from-those-big-money media-moguls-uptown-we-can-wait-a-month.

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