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Roald Dahl was a prolific author whose books included wildly popular children’s stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the creepy short stories that inspired some of the best-remembered episodes of “The Alfred Hitchcock Show,” including “Lamb to the […]

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Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing,” “Moneyball,” “The Social Network”) is teaching an online master class in screenwriting. Whether you dream of writing great films or television series or just want to learn how to communicate more effectively, this is an […]

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Werner Herzog is not only one of the most brilliant directors in the history of world cinema; he is also unique in the span of his films, equally impressive in narrative features and documentaries. After a decade of pleading from […]

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Devin Faraci writes that “Fandom is Broken.” He compares today’s tweet-storming fans to the crazed Annie Wilkes of “Misery,” Kathy Bates’ Oscar-winning role, now a Broadway play about a fan so deranged that she holds the author hostage and hobbles […]

Matt Singer has words of comfort. His article is titled No, It’s Not Just You, the ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Timeline Makes No Sense. To be fair, part of the appeal of comics is that they track characters through complex stories in […]

Personal cloud storage company MiMedia has released the results of a survey of parents. 76% of parents admit to running out of storage on their phones from taking too many photos/videos of their kids 71% think Moms take more photos […]

The BBC has assembled a thrilling tribute to the films they consider America’s best.

Jen Chaney has a delightful tribute to Ferris Bueller’s under-appreciated sister, Jeannie, played by future “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey, on Uproxx, titled, appropriately, “Save Jeannie.” And yet the phrase [the Charlie Sheen character] uses — “Then the problem is […]

I often say that the single most popular theme in movies is two characters who don’t like each other at first but develop a grudging respect and often a deep affection. Sometimes it’s even a romance, as in “Pride and […]

Here is my wonderful dad, Newton Minow, on his famous “vast wasteland” speech, delivered when he was the new Kennedy Administration FCC Chairman to the National Association of Broadcasters on May 9, 1961, 55 years ago today. Although he said […]

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