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Norman Lear

Norman Lear And Carl Reiner Terrified Of Ranting Man Seeking To 'Kill The Old'

Brent Miller | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Brent Miller

It's no secret Norman Lear has been directly and or indirectly responsible for the launch of many careers within the entertainment industry. The "family tree" was planted over 40 years ago and has never stopped growing.

If Norman Lear at 92 Is What 92 Is, I'll Have What He's Having

Marty Kaplan | Posted 07.25.2014 | Books
Marty Kaplan

Norman's book captures the bittersweet comedy of hindsight insight, the way life forces us to revise the running Story of Me we're always telling ourselves in order to make its twists and turns keep making sense.

Hell Yeah! to Produced By Conference

Abe Schwartz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

If you're an emerging producer (who perhaps also writes, directs, acts, etc.) who lacks not in passion but sometimes in direction and focus, Produced By Conference should be a "Hell Yeah!" for you each June.

Pioneer From the Projects: The 'Dyn-o-mite!' Life of Jimmie Walker

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

You usually don't consider a pioneer as someone raised in the razor-wire, graffiti-strewn projects of the South Bronx. Or someone who once got their...

The Way We Are: A Conversation with Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Chatting with Artifact's Jared Leto, and an Angels Sing Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

When did Alan and Marilyn Bergman become such an establishment in the world of music? Find out here.

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Beyond: Conversations with Norman Lear & Mary Kay Place

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"In television terms, one Betty White covers the entire demographic of seventy to a hundred and three. I think funny is funny and interesting is interesting."

Fracking Lobby's Tax Forms: Big Bucks to Media Outlets, "Other ALECs"

Steve Horn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) -- the public relations arm of the oil and gas fracking industry -- has released its 2012 Internal Revenue Services (IRS) 990 form, and it's rich with eye-opening revelations.

Saving Chain Reaction

Mikko Alanne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Mikko Alanne

If you've ever visited Santa Monica and driven past the Civic Center, you've likely seen Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Conrad's iconic "Chain Reaction," a towering, 26-foot sculpture portraying a nuclear mushroom cloud made from chains.

Folks, I'm Worried About Rush Limbaugh

Norman Lear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Norman Lear

To your knowledge has anyone ever exploded, you know, burst apart, like if we humans had seams, and once in a great while someone just bursts open and guts and shit shoot out in every direction? Has that ever happened to anyone you have ever known or heard of?

What Shows Like 'Breaking Bad' Say About Society

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 11.22.2013 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

I think we do know where we are headed as a society and are reluctantly accepting of it. America is marching towards an ever increasing militarism, police who are brutal and proud of it, a continued degradation of the environment, a financial breakdown of both the poorest as well as the majority of middle class families, and our television shows reflect that now.

How Far We Haven't Come: Echoes of Nixon in Councilwoman's Anti-Gay Rant

Michael Keegan | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Keegan

Which of these things were said by President Richard Nixon on a secret recording sometime four decades ago? And which were said by a current, rising San Antonio city councilwoman on a secret recording just a few months ago? The fact that it's hard to tell tells you all you need to know.

James Cromwell: 'I'm 73. I Still Have Aspirations. I Still Have Sex'

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 07.12.2013 | Fifty

On the surface, James Cromwell should have a lot to be happy about. The versatile actor perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated supporting role in ...

Let's Hear It for 'Bullshit!'

Norman Lear | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Norman Lear

If anybody can tell me that there are another two syllables that can express what lies just beneath the consciousness of most Americans at this minute -- and all Americans when they know what they are angry minute about, I want to know what that is.

Ryan Murphy To Honor TV Legend At Emmys

AP | CHARLES J. GANS | Posted 01.18.2013 | TV

NEW YORK — "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy didn't hesitate when given a chance to pay tribute to his American idol, legendary TV producer Norman L...

Hooray for Hollywood

Stanley K. Sheinbaum | Posted 01.13.2013 | Books
Stanley K. Sheinbaum

"It's true that the Hollywood community was (and is) sort of genially Democratic, but in the early '70s, their political activism had not yet been organized into effective fund raising."

Norman Lear and Robert Rauschenberg

Anna McCarthy | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Anna McCarthy

Although much of his career is defined by television comedy, Norman Lear does not come off as a jokester. He is a careful listener, and when he speaks he uses precise gestures that complement his complete-sentence style of talking.

"Bein' Green": A Colorful Playlist for the 22nd Annual Environmental Media Awards

David Wild | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
David Wild

Since 1991, The Environmental Media Awards have honored those who use the red hot glare of popular art to further this worthy cause. There will be a lot of big stars there -- all of whom realize that we better make sure we can keep seeing the real stars in the sky.

Norman Lear Presents Theatre West Award to Beau Bridges!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Beau Bridges was a young actor who had only appeared in a few television shows and a small movie when, in 1968, I cast him in a top supporting role in my production of For Love of Ivy. There was something magical about young Beau.

Can't Take A Hint: A Conversation With Harry Shearer, Plus Anaïs Mitchell, Imelda May and Tracy Newman

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Celebrate Norman Lear's 90 Years In 90 Seconds

Posted 07.28.2012 | TV

TV pioneer Norman Lear celebrated his 90th birthday at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on Thursday night, and now we can all celebrate his legacy ...

PHOTOS: Norman Lear's 90th Birthday Party

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The creator of "All In The Family," "Good Times," "The Jeffersons" and more sitcoms that shaped the American television landscape, Norma...

Six Pieces Of Wisdom And Advice For College Grads, Inspired By And Borrowed From Norman Lear

Caty Borum Chattoo | Posted 07.11.2012 | College
Caty Borum Chattoo

So much of my "wisdom" or, more accurately, just "stuff that I say," comes from the actual wisdom of the great mentor of my life, the incomparable Norman Lear. Graduation season is the perfect time to share Norman's "Norman-isms."

The Photographs Of Your Junk (Will Be Publicized)

Posted 01.09.2012 | Home

2011 was a year of Lohan/Kardashian/Weiner-type scandals that should have been a blip on our radar, but instead overwhelmed our social consciousness. ...

My Start in Television

Norman Lear | Posted 02.12.2012 | TV
Norman Lear

My writing partner Ed Simmons and I were living in L.A. with our families in the summer of 1950, selling living room furniture door to door to support ourselves while trying to break into show business.

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'Same-Sex Marriage Has Not Ruined Anyone Else's Marriage'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 12.08.2011 | Los Angeles

Monday night at the sparkling Beverly Wilshire Hotel proved to be a love-fest. Hollywood's best and brightest came out to celebrate television leg...