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Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies Contributing Edtor Thelma Adams has served two terms as Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle, where she has been a member since 1995. St. Martins Press published her debut novel, Playdate, in January 2011 and it will arrive in paperback in March 2012. Since December 2011, she has been at Yahoo! Movies where she writes about the awards season and a weekly column, "Adams on Reel Women" that she originated for AMC Previously, from 2000 to 2011, she was the film critic for Us Weekly, after six years at The New York Post. She has written for The New York Times, Parade Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire., and More. She appears on the weekly NY1/Time Warner VOD show "Talking Pictures," and has appeared on CNN, E!, NBC's The Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, Fox News Channel, Good Day NY, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Bravo and VH1. In 1993, she earned an MFA in fiction from Columbia University; in 1985, she earned an MBA in Arts Management from UCLA. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1981. She lives in Hyde Park, New York, with her husband, son, daughter, three cats, one spaniel and a flock of wild turkeys.


Entries by Thelma Adams

A Dog Movie Unleashes Emotion in Marrakech

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 12:08 AM

"Each person dies as best they can," says Julian (Ricardo Darin) in the Spanish-language dramedy Truman, screened out of competition at the Festival International Du Film De Marrakech. Julian is a self-involved and straight-shooting stage actor riddled with cancer and reluctant to go another round with chemo. His...

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Naughty, Naughty: Carey Mulligan's Nude in Shame, Too

(6) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 1:30 PM

I'm feeling a little bad for Carey. After seeing Shame, all the fuss seemed to be about her co-star Michael Fassbender baring his junk, swinging the thing like a patrolman with a billy club.

But what about Carey? What about her needs? What about her risks?

Mulligan's character...

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Vincent Cassel: A Q&A With the Black Swan Star

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 5:57 PM

From his angry young man in La Haine (1995), to his Capoeira-loving Ocean's 12 sidekick and his Cesar-award winning Mesrine, Vincent Cassel, 44, gives his all: head, heart and muscle. We sat down at Manhattan's Mercer Hotel to discuss his domineering ballet master in Black Swan. I found him intense,...

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Bust a Hip -- Marlo Thomas Makes Us Fall Over Laughing

(10) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 12:52 PM

Marlo Thomas, 72, star of iconic sitcom That Girl, daughter of comedian Danny Thomas, and wife of chat TV's Phil Donahue, has a new book. Growing Up Laughing: My Story and The Story of Funny alternates memoir and interviews with comedians including Joy Behar, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine May...

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Charter School Controversy: A Q&A With The Lottery Director Madeleine Sackler

(23) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 11:39 AM

In Madeleine Sackler's affecting new documentary, The Lottery, the 27-year-old intended to create a cinema verite view of the families of four children who entered a lottery for 475 coveted spots at the Harlem Success Academy, a publicly funded charter school in NYC. But timing is every thing....

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A Letter From Santa

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 1:11 PM

December 21, 2009

Dear Needy Children,

In response to your many letters: no, no and no! I'm tired of reading your Christmas lists. You! You! You! What about my needs?

Don't you know there are children starving in India? And, hey, you Indian kids, don't you know there are children...

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Hanging with Motherhood Writer-Director Katherine Dieckmann

(7) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 6:20 PM

"While we have a lot of films that exist with mothers in them," Katherine Dieckmann told me earlier this month at the Woodstock Film Festival, "I felt frustrated that I wasn't seeing any depiction of a woman that I could relate to." So, the multi-tasking mother of two -- Caroline,...

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Smile Pinki and the Great Movie Giveaways

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 7:56 PM

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Well, yeah, unless you're still suffering through Philosophy 101. But if someone makes a brilliant documentary short and no one watches it -- does it have any impact? Even if...

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Obama's Family Vacation: An Oxymoron Case Study

(14) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 10:43 AM

Having just returned from four days visiting my mother in San Diego with my two children, Gene (13) and Gemma (10), I viewed photos of the Obama's summer vacation with a slightly jaundiced eye. Perhaps I was projecting, or still jet-lagged, but wasn't eight-year-old Sasha looking a little sullen?


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Motherhood Tales: My Little Runaway

(10) Comments | Posted December 14, 2008 | 5:57 PM

When my husband, Ranald, was small, a neighborhood girl tried to flush herself down the toilet. Her mother found her standing in the john, next stop China. Ranald told me the story after our daughter Elizabeth, 9, packed her bags on Columbus Day and split.

Lizzy's long...

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Reading Between the Lines in The Reader: When is Abuse Not Abuse?

(16) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 1:47 PM

The Reader? It's goodish. And Kate Winslet is, as ever, brilliant. And it has Nazis, which elevates it on the Oscar nom scale. But I'm not critiquing it here. I'm addressing its portrayal of child abuse - an adult having sex with a minor. I'm curious about the pass the...

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Oh, W, You Tease!

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 12:33 PM

Just released: the latest poster trumpeting W, Oliver Stone's slick forthcoming biopic giving George W. Bush the Walk the Line treatment. And, hey, it's looking good in 2-D. The shot is literally a tease -- the commander-in-chief, flanked by flags, having his hair ratted by a staffer while prepping for...

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For Your Consideration: Melissa Leo for Best Actress in Frozen River

(11) Comments | Posted July 29, 2008 | 6:28 PM

When I saw Frozen River last January at Sundance, it knocked me out. I'd been a Melissa Leo fan since she played Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Street. We became friends through the Woodstock Film Festival, and I adore Racing Daylight, her...

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Father's Day: Desperate Housewife or Daddy Dearest?

(9) Comments | Posted June 11, 2008 | 6:02 PM

I can tell you the last straw: I stuffed my 12-year-old son's portion of chicken pot pie in the garbage disposal when my husband wasn't looking. The next thing the kids and I knew, Dad was raging like a '50's housewife about how he was done cooking dinner every night....

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Sex and The City Jumps the Shark

(49) Comments | Posted May 28, 2008 | 1:27 PM

Call Sea World: Sex and the City has jumped the shark. Since the HBO series exited with tears and orgasms in 2004, we've all moved on even if Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte haven't. When SATC finally hits the big screen, it's no longer in sync with the way we...

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Sundance Dispatch: Boyz in the Sno Hood

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2008 | 3:19 PM

The 24th Annual Sundance film festival opened last night with multiples bangs, from the sloppy gunfire that punctuated the indie fest's premiere, In Bruges, to those on Robert Redford's wrinkly forehead. Ever earnest and self-effacing and fuzzily political (see Lions for Lambs), Mr. Redford stood up at the Eccles Theater...

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A Mash Note from the Toronto Film Festival: Alas, Poor Viggo

(5) Comments | Posted September 12, 2007 | 8:47 PM

When I am sleepless in my Toronto hotel room, my thoughts turn to Viggo Mortensen. And, perhaps unlike other women at the film festival, I pity poor Viggo. Sure, like them, I would easily opt for Viggo over Clive Owen, who's also somewhere here in Canada, undoubtedly at a better...

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Knotted Laces

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2007 | 1:01 PM

I was not a rebellious teenager. Why bother? My parents were radicals in Republican San Diego. We remained close until my twenties, when I married a Dartmouth libertarian. I moved 3,000 miles east, and stopped the weekly calls, shutting out the hum of their disapproval. Then came the call: my...

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The Jules & Jim Effect

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2007 | 3:20 PM

Despite the 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival jury's best director award to American Julian Schnabel last Sunday, the French have long bemoaned Hollywood's negative impact. The left decries the siren song of capitalistic culture; the right foretells the erosion of Europe's preeminent civilization. American movies have siphoned profits from the...

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Racing Daylight

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2007 | 1:04 PM

When my daughter displayed dramatic tendencies, an actress I'd befriended at the Woodstock Film Festival invited us to visit her on the set of Racing Daylight. The movie's title came to reflect my feelings on mothering: my daughter glows; I chase. And on that rare July afternoon,...

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