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Harry Belafonte on Movies and Race

posted by Nell Minow

There has been a lot of conversation about whether enfant terrible critic Armond White heckled director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) at the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony.  What was far more significant were the thoughtful comments […]

Hava Nagila

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:April 26, 2013

It is annoying, frustrating, embarrassing, and irresistible.  It is a tradition that has transcended its origins and yet calls us back to the complicated feelings of our past. All of which makes it a perfect Rorschach test and intriguing metaphor for […]

The Origins of Hava Nagilah

posted by Nell Minow

Many of us have danced to Hava Nagilah. But how many of us know where it comes from? Here is a charming excerpt from a forthcoming documentary (featuring the co-creator of “Friends,” Harry Belafonte, and Leonard Nimoy!) that has the […]

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
All hail Ceasar! The intelligence-enhanced ape from Rise of the Planet of the Apes takes center stage in this sequel, which begins ten years after the last film. The virus we saw infecting the human population has now wiped out almost all human life. The assorted apes, led by Caesar, have asserte

posted 6:00:03pm Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Museum Exhibit Explores Illinois Film Censorship Bureau
Illinois' Lisle Station Museum has an exhibit about the little-known and less-remembered history of film censorship in Chicago under the direction of what was originally called the Police Censor Board, formed in 1907, the first such oversight organization in the country. It remained in force until

posted 2:25:17pm Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Emmy Nominations: Looks a Lot Like Last Year
The Emmy nominations are in!  And they look a lot like last year. Reliable favorites like "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" garnered a lot of nods.  But once again the Academy overlooked Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black," whose multiple characters should earn her a handful of Best Actress nominat

posted 12:15:21pm Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Trailer: Kevin Kline Plays Errol Flynn in "The Last of Robin Hood"
Errol Flynn became one of the greatest movie stars of all time, specializing in swashbucklers like "Captain Blood" and "The Adventures of Robin Hood."  No one was better than Flynn at playing the dashing, gallant hero. But the Tasmanian actor became almost as legendary for his off-screen debauch

posted 8:00:20am Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »

If You're a Big Bang Theory Fan, You Have to Watch this "Blossom" Clip!
A very special episode indeed!  Tonight, on the Hub Network, you can see a very young Mayim Bialik and Johnny Galecki in their pre-"Big Bang Theory" days, on "Blossom." [iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/l7k2aAL8gZc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen]

posted 7:32:11pm Jul. 09, 2014 | read full post »


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