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'90s Movies That Will Make You Feel Like It's 1993

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 07.25.2013 | Entertainment

This weekend will find Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg flashing back to 1993 in "The To Do List." Naturally, we've decided to do the same. B...

Movie Review: Knife Fight

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Knife Fight is about on a level with the kind of comedy that shows up on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, with casts full of aging former TV stars. Movies like this give political satire a bad name.

They're Wagging the Dog

Carl Gibson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Today, politicians are happily feeding a complicit media a made-up story about a "fiscal cliff" and a nation that is too broke to pay the bills. Don't believe the hype.

Barry Levinson on The Bay: Cinefantastique's New York Comic Con 2012

Dan Persons | Posted 01.24.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Barry Levinson managed to teach everyone how effective the found-footage technique can be when it's used as a tool and not a crutch. Somebody had to.

William H. Macy Goes for Broke (and Drunk) in Showtime's Shameless

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

William H. Macy has a voice that could sell needles to a porcupine. He can say the word "Golly" and have it be rife with unspoken meaning and depth.

Educating for Democracy: Book Burning and "Wagging the Dog"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joel Shatzky

This was the kind of story that, in saner times, would be relegated to a four-line item at the back of the local paper along with the reported rescue of a treed cat or a description of a Sunday school picnic.

Surviving the Media Circus, Without Becoming the Clown

Barry Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barry Levinson

Communication -- the ability to connect and manipulate -- is perhaps the most interesting part of politics we can observe, and the most frightening.

Spin vs. Topspin

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

While spinning can escalate to distortion or even to outright deception, topspin is the direct approach you can use to get the advantage.

TriBeCa Interview: Barry Levinson and the Politics of Politics

Matthew-Lee Erlbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matthew-Lee Erlbach

Generally Hollywood always looks down on movies with political content. Political content is a kiss of death.

U.S. Prefers to Leave Iraq Through Jordan and Kuwait, Rather than Turkey

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

Turkish officials have been salivating at the opportunity of presenting the United States with a series of demands in return for allowing U.S. troops to leave through Turkey.

Hollywood Memo to McCain: "Don't Start Shooting Without a Script."

Barry Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Levinson

My suspicion is that no Hollywood producer is involved in the McCain presidential run. I say this for a simple reason -- it's badly orchestrated.