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Life-Changing Story Tools

Jen Grisanti | Posted 06.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

You've heard of the phrase "Art imitates life." Now, I want you to think about "Life imitates art." Understanding these three story tools will help you to change the story of your life:

Real Life Captain Phillips Will Be A Commencement Speaker

AP | Posted 03.25.2014 | College

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Richard Phillips, whose real-life ordeal as a hostage of Somali pirates was the subject of the movie "Captain Phillips," has be...

Life After Loss Resonates in Film

Jen Grisanti | Posted 05.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Grisanti

The universal idea moving forward after loss is something that resonates and connects with people on a very deep level.

Studies Show: Veterans Are People Too

Chris Marvin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Media
Chris Marvin

As a veteran and as an American, I was appalled at this rash generalization that substance abuse is a known problem among veterans. Why does our current culture and news media insist on highlighting the worst about veterans?

Barkhad Abdi And The Financial Reality Of Hollywood

Indiewire | Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices

Something that always irks me is when I hear black people talking about how some black actor or actress in some movie, is supposedly making “big mon...

Madness, Divinest Sense and This Year's Oscars

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 04.30.2014 | Media
Rev. Galen Guengerich

It seems to me that this tendency to excuse libertine excesses by talented people inverts our moral hierarchy, since it basically says that those whom we acclaim as best are excused for acting the worst.

Why No One Cares About This Year's Oscars

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If anything, the disconnect between the studios and quality films is more pronounced now than it's ever been. Hollywood's solution? Open up more slots in the best-picture category, in hopes of tricking Oscar voters into nominating some box-office hits as well as the arthouse fare that seems to dominate the awards.

And the Winner Is... And What It Says About Us

Jon Eig | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The Best Picture rarely tells us what the best picture is. But it very often gives us a valuable glimpse into what our society is going through at the time of the award. I thought I'd take a stab at describing what a win for each contender would say about our current society.

The Best Oscar Movie Parodies on YouTube

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

This year's Oscar contenders are ripe for parody -- from Wolf of Wall Street with actual wolves to turning Her into Him starring "Seth Rogen." The ...

The Academy Awards: Which Movies Will Win, Which Should Win, and Which I'll Probably Get Around To Watching

Galanty Miller | Posted 04.26.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

The Academy Awards are meaningless. Well, okay, they're not "meaningless." They give Joan Rivers something to do. But because a movie wins "Best Picture" does not mean it's the best picture.

The Power of the Headset -- Inside the WGA Awards

Jose Martinez | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jose Martinez

Bestowed with an All Access badge and a headset, I was able to roam through every nook and cranny of the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles at the show.

'American Hustle' Loses WGA Award To 'Her'

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spike Jonze's "Her" and Billy Ray's "Captain Phillips" have earned top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America. Winn...

Hoist the Jolly Roger! -- 10 Must-Read Pirate Books

Scott DiMarco | Posted 03.23.2014 | Books
Scott DiMarco

Pirate-mania is all the rage these days. Luckily for us, there is a virtual treasure trove of pirate books. Here are some classic tales of piracy to keep your ship afloat.

The 2014 Oscar Nominees Celebrated In Food

Epicurious | Posted 03.23.2014 | Taste
Epicurious

Get ready to celebrate this year's Best Picture nominees with recipes inspired by each of the nine nominated films.

The 28 Movies To See Before Oscar Night

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Now that the Oscar nominations are here and we know which movies are truly the year's so-called best, it's time to gear up your to-do list with the ma...

2014 ForgotScars: Celebrating the Oscar Forgotten

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

This morning, I watched the Oscar nominations on ABC, and was so befuddled by the omissions I scratched my head, and then turned to my 2-year-old son, and scratched his. They were, in a word, jarring.

Meet The Oscar Nominee With The Best Instagram Account

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Barkhad Abdi is truly the captain now. The 28-year-old was nominated in the Oscars' Best Supporting Actor category for his debut role in "Captain Phil...

My Conversations With Two of 2013's Rising Film Stars: Somali-born Actor Barkhad Abdi and Kenyan Actress Lupita Nyong'o

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Abdi's debut screen appearance garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Nyong'o has won numerous honors for her feature acting debut as Patsey in the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave, including SAG and Golden Globe nominations.

Another Guy Predicts the Oscar Predictions in Every Single Category; Questions It Afterwards

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

I have almost as much excitement watching and anticipating the Oscar nominations than the telecast. This has been true for years. Heck, I remember b...

See The Full List Of BAFTA Nominees

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

LONDON (AP) — Nominations in the main categories for the British Academy Film Awards, announced Wednesday: Best Film: "12 Years a Slave"; "American...

Tom Hanks' Capt. Phillips: I Gasped!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.08.2014 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

I gasped. For air? In shock? Both. Watching Tom Hanks, playing Captain Richard Phillips taken hostage by Somali pirates as our Navy SEALS closed in ne...

Here Are The 2014 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The Writers Guild of America announced nominees for best original and adapted screenplays on Friday, providing a boost to awards contenders "August: O...

Can Captain Phillips Hijack Best Picture at the Oscars?

Tom O'Neil | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Tom O'Neil

Why, oh, why did Oscar Experts (including me) recently underestimate Captain Phillips? And ... hmmm ... are we doing it again? Can it actually hijack the Best Picture gold?

Popcorn Preview: Saving Mr. Banks

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Cast includes: Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Annie Rose B...

The Filmmaker and the Pirate Negotiator: A Curious Case

Thymaya Payne | Posted 02.26.2014 | Arts
Thymaya Payne

During the filming of my movie, I met Ishmael Ali, a Somali American pirate negotiator. Ali was dynamic and keen to do press.The only problem in this doc-film-fairytale is that my film wound up playing a part in the U.S. government's decision that Ali was not just a pirate negotiator, but also an actual pirate.