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January 2010 Archives

I’ve been speaking out a lot on overpaid executives this week and commenting on the pay cuts imposed by the Obama adminstration’s on the top executives of seven of the bailout companies. I appeared on Bloomberg, the Nightly Business Report, […]

“Where do you draw the line between influence and appropriation?” “When is it admiration and when is it mockery?” Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity is a thought-provoking film by documentarian Robert Clift is a sympathetic look at […]

I love this short film based on Bill Morrison’s book about the little boy who tried to get a job without knowing how to read.

I like the way this short film makes use of the latest technology (every bit of it is computer-animated with off-the-shelf software) and yet begins with some very old technology. But then, I love both computers and fountain pens. The […]

Drew Barrymore has devoted more time than most people to growing up and has done it more publicly than most people, too. At age 34, she has been acting for nearly three decades. Here she makes her directing debut with […]

Getting ready for the Winter Olympics? Here’s a good place to start. When I tell you that this is the story of a brainy but shy girl who dreams of being a champion figure skater and that she meets up […]

The sensitive and elegant Jean Simmons died this week at age 80. The Washington Post’s Adam Bernstein wrote a graceful tribute calling her “a beguiling actress of quiet emotional power.” She was exquisite as a teenager in the great David […]

NPR asks whether “The Office” should be used in HR training. Though the show is clearly a caricature, there are grains of truth in the dysfunctional conflicts that drive its humor, says Sheri Leonardo, senior vice president for human resources […]

Hulu has an episode of the classic “Mary Tyler Moore Show” about a woman who does not want Mary’s friend Rhoda (Valerie Harper) to come to her club because she is Jewish. The woman is played by Mary Frann, who […]

“Black Love Stories in Film: Where is the Romance?” The Kansas City public library is hosting a panel discussion with filmmakers, actors and industry insiders to discuss Hollywood’s take on black love in movies. This panel discussion draws from contemporary […]