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Releasing 'The Interview' on Christmas: What Would Jesus Say?

Peter Gabel | Posted 12.25.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Gabel

Of course it is a bad idea for a film distributor to be intimidated into not showing a film because of blackmail or threats. But it is also important not to make a fetish of the form of freedom to the point that we can't see and respond ethically to the moral substance of what is being produced.

11 Memorable Last-Minute New Year's Eve Getaways

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 12.24.2014 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

When it comes to New Year's Eve destinations the choices range from old-school glam to sexy celebrity glitz--here are the top spots to be to welcome 2015.

My Top 12 Christmas Songs: One Jew's View

David Wild | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
David Wild

Personally, I love Christmas, Christmas music, Christmas TV specials, and most of all Christmas vacation. So while I'm otherwise on mine, here are my top 12 Christmas songs for this year.

Knock, knock...

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.24.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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It's a Wonderful Life, Comrade

Michael Winship | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The Hollywood Christmas classic was once accused of hiding a subversive Communist message. A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up.

That Holiday Feeling in NYC

Findery | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Findery

If you've never visited New York City during the holidays, put it on your list. Right now. There are few places in the world that feel as "Christmassy" as New York.

Enough to Go Around?

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The 10 Best Books For Grownups In 2014

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Few things make me happier than finding a book that I absolutely love. Once drawn into a book, it's not easy for me to put it down. This year there were many that kept my attention, but these are my ten favorites.

The 25 Greatest Taylor Swift Songs of All Time

Udoka Okafor | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Udoka Okafor

Since, she turned 25 years old this year (Happy birthday, girl), we decided to compile a list of her top 25 greatest songs of all time. This was no easy task because all of her songs are so amazing. But we eventually came up with a list.

Sony Pictures: How Not to Handle a Crisis

Ira Kalb | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Ira Kalb

To mitigate the damage and restore confidence, Sony Pictures executives need to develop a plan so this is unlikely to reoccur. While this is easier said than done, IT solutions are available to thwart hackers.

2014's Biggest Moments Get 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Treatment

The Huffington Post | Leigh Blickley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment

From Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie to the anticipated release of "Gone Girl" to Kim Kardashian's now infamous Paper magazine photo shoot, 2014 proved...

Holy Moses, Ridley Scott!

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment
Remy M. Maisel

Never have I seen a movie so profoundly, completely and utterly misunderstand the point of its own story as Exodus: Gods and Kings did. In fact, it's so off that I can't help but wonder if maybe the film has a different agenda than I thought it did.

...Starve A Fever

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.19.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Review: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Philip David Morton | Posted 12.18.2014 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

Is there a road map that guides us to an understanding of each other? Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson find themselves at odds across a dance floor until the dance lessons themselves bring these two difficult people together as they co-star in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.

As Protests Continue, The First Family Talk 'Race' in People Magazine

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 12.18.2014 | Media
Kimberly Cooper

This is the first time our generation has spoken so outwardly on race relations and police brutality in the U.S., garnering both national and international press. If the Obamas are now sharing about racism, we need more than "sound-bites" and we shouldn't have to be baited or pay to read them.

The Best Films of 2014

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's not like Michael Keaton's career was kaput, but it seems like he raised himself from the dead with this invigorating performance. Mexican director/writer Alejandro González Iñárritu gave Keaton a plum role.

Holiday Cheers! A Rhyming Farewell to 2014

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Wray Herbert

Happy hols to you all! Let good cheer abound. / The yule log is glowing, so gather around. / Think back on the year, while you warm up your toes, / It's time to reflect on the highs and the woes.

Ahhhh....

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.17.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Music Picks for 2014

Cliff Chenfeld | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Cliff Chenfeld

For the last 11 years, I've released an annual list of my favorite albums, intended primarily for those who want to hear new music but have a hard time sorting through the hundreds of new titles that are released each year.

9 Holiday White Elephant Gift Ideas

Uloop | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Uloop

Whether you are the clown at work and want to give a funny gift or you totally forgot about your family exchange -- you can find a white elephant gift anywhere.

Did You Watch 'You Can't Do That on Television?' Here's Why You Should Have

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Once upon a time, long before the advent of the Internet, and well before we all carried cell phones, a group of unknown kids boarded a bus from school to a small Ottawa TV taping facility.

The Healing Power of Holiday Community Singing

Brenda Peterson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Brenda Peterson

We sing because hearing is the first and last human sense; we sing to blend our voices and find harmony in a world so often dissonant and at war; we sing to celebrate and to mourn; we sing to carry on our traditions.

Aziz Ansari Gets Variety's Power of Comedy Award

Philip David Morton | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Philip David Morton

It's quite a challenge for a comic to stand before a cancer foundation and entertainment executive crowd and make 'em laugh.

Watch These Kids Sing, Dance And Fly Their Way To Hollywood Boulevard

Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment

Hollywood actors appear larger than life on the big screen. But what everyone really wants to see is what they were like before they got famous. W...

Do You Think Bill Cosby's Rape Allegations Are a Conspiracy?

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Let us suppose that somewhere there may be a valid reason, in spite of twenty-plus alleged victims, for which one refuses to believe Bill Cosby has ever harmed a woman -- conspiracy is simply not one of them.