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My Letter to the Washington Post About Empire’s Costume Designers — And My Appearance on Motley Fool Money About Movies and the Oscars

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted that the Washington Post printed my letter about the costumes in the terrific Fox series “Empire.” Robin Givhan’s article about the way the show’s costumes define the characters was outstanding, but it omitted one important detail: I was […]

2013 Post Peeps Competition

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Post Peeps Competition!  Every Easter, the Washington Post invites people to submit dioramas populated with the irresistible pink, yellow, and blue confections.  Many relate to the news (this year’s entries included Peep tributes to Zero Dark Thirty […]

VOD: Bringing More Choices Home

posted by Nell Minow

Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday has a very good piece in today’s paper about video on demand.  Like Ann, I would much rather see a movie in a theater.  The experience of taking the actual journey to a special […]

The Appeal and Frustration of Ambiguous Movie Endings

posted by Nell Minow

I like Ann Hornaday’s piece in the Washington Post about ambiguous endings. In “The Film Snob’s Dictionary,” writers David Kamp and Lawrence Levi cheekily chart out the differences between Movies and Films (“It’s a Movie if it’s black-and-white because it’s […]

Mark Jenkins on ‘Margin Call’ — Quoting Me

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my friend Mark Jenkins for including me in his insightful piece for the Washington Post about the timeliness of the new movie, Margin Call. As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue and expand, “Margin Call” might seem the right […]

The Real Star of ‘Hangover 2′: Ken Jeong

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a huge fan of Ken Jeong (“The Hangover,” “Role Models,” “Community”) and am really delighted that he will appear this week in “Hangover 2.”  Jen Chaney has a fascinating interview with him in today’s Washington Post, about dividing his […]

What Can We Learn from #1 Songs?

posted by Nell Minow

Jessie Rifkin listened to every number one song in the history of the pop charts, from Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” up through this week’s “ET” by Katy Perry and wrote about it for the Washington Post.  He notes that […]

Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

posted by Nell Minow

I have loved the tributes to the incomparable Elizabeth Taylor this week and wanted to share some of the best. My friend Margo Howard has a priceless recollection of having Elizabeth Taylor as her babysitter. Dan Zak in the Washington […]

Tough Teen Girls in the Movies of 2010

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday has a terrific year-end round-up about an unusual trend in 2010 movies, tough teen girls. From gritty dramas like “Fish Tank” and “Winter’s Bone” to ultra-violent fantasies like “Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In” (both starring […]

Is Farmville the New ‘Jaws?’

posted by Nell Minow

An article in the Washington Post about the popularity of online games like Farmville, Mafia Wars, Sorority Life and updated versions of classic board and word games like Scrabble has a provocative assertion: “Whereas the 19th century will be remembered […]

Want to Know How I Got to Be a Lawyer/Movie Critic?

posted by Nell Minow

The latest Washington Post On Success query I was asked to respond to really hit home: Q: At some point in your life, you probably decided to take a leap of faith and go in a direction — professionally or […]

How I Predicted My Future Careers at Age 17

posted by Nell Minow

I enjoy writing short pieces for the Washington Post’s On Success page, and one of the most fun was today’s answer to the question of when I knew what career(s) I wanted. The answer to that one surprised even me.

What I Read

posted by Nell Minow

The Atlantic Monthly’s website has a daily feature called “What I Read.” They invite people to tell them about their sources of information and news. If you’d like to read about my “media diet” take a look. And yes, the […]

‘Lost’ and Found!

posted by Nell Minow

The concluding chapter of “Lost” has prompted all kinds of speculation. On September 22, 2004, the show premiered with a plane crash on a mysterious tropical island and it has been an endless source of intrigue and speculation ever since. […]

My Thoughts On Success

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has asked me to be a contributor to their “On Success” discussion page and I have enjoyed responding to questions about the importance of vacations, the challenges faced by a woman football coach, and the possibility of […]

Peepfest 2010

posted by Nell Minow

I am besotted with the annual Washington Post Peeps contest, where artists and craftspeople and peep-lovers of all kinds are invited to create dioramas featuring the pink and yellow and blue marshmallow bunnies and chicks that are sold every spring […]

List: Movie Weddings

posted by Nell Minow

Ann Hornaday has a marvelous article in the Washington Post about one of the most popular themes in movies: weddings. And why shouldn’t Hollywood love a good wedding? With its swirl of heightened emotions, its simmering leitmotifs of love and […]

Movies Increasingly Feature Spiritual Themes

posted by Nell Minow

In today’s Washington Post, Robert W. Butler writes about the increasing number of wide-release films that include themes of religion and spirituality. It’s everywhere at the multiplex these days: religion. Or if that word makes you uncomfortable, you can go […]

No Heene Family Wife Swap

posted by Nell Minow

The savagely funny Washington Post television columnist Lisa de Moraes takes on the Heene family’s lust for reality television fame. The Heenes and the family behind the balloon boy hoax and subsequent media blitz. Slate’s Culture Gabfest noted that it […]

Paranormal Activity: Marketing or Art?

posted by Nell Minow

Jen Chaney has an astute article in the Washington Post about the latest movie phenomenon, “Paranormal Activity.” Like The Blair Witch Project, it is more concept than movie, taking advantage of what most would consider a disadvantage: no money. The […]

A Teacher’s Inspiration

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a great essay in today’s Washington Post by a high school teacher named Nancy Schnog who found inspiration in a book written by another high school teacher, Bel Kaufman, in 1964. It is Up the Down Staircase. Kaufman, the […]

Tribute: Budd Schulberg

posted by Nell Minow

Hollywood legend and Oscar-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg died this week at age 95. His best work documented the anguish and corruption he observed growing up as the son of one of the top executives of MGM at the height of […]

Washington Post Online Discussion

posted by Nell Minow

The transcript of my online discussion about the Washington Post profile is up on their website. Many thanks to all of you who participated!

Join me for an Online Chat

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has invited me to host an online chat today from 12-1. Please join me with your questions or comments. You can also submit questions ahead of time. I look forward to your participation!

Profile in the Washington Post

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a lovely profile of my two jobs as corporate governance analyst and movie critic in this weekend’s Washington Post Magazine. It has lots of information about my background, my family, and how I got to where I am in […]

What Does the Editor Do?

posted by Nell Minow

Ann Hornaday has a fascinating article in the Washington Post about the impact that an editor has on a film. You’ve heard the expression “the cutting room floor?” That comes from the days when film editors used real scissors and […]

Jen Chaney’s Top Holiday Television Episodes

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post’s always-delightful Jen Chaney wrote about her favorite television series holiday episodes from “Seinfeld” and “South Park” to “Moonlighting” and “The O.C.” Be sure to take a look as the column includes some great clips. I remember the […]

Alan Klavan’s ‘Liberal Myths’ in and About Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Writer Alan Klavan calls Hollywood movies liberal propaganda in a provocative opinion piece in the Washington Post. For the past 30 years or so, Hollywood storytelling has been guided by a liberal mythos in which, for example, blacklisting communist screenwriters […]

Look Who’s Playing Video Games

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has a great photo of my friend Ally Burguieres playing video games with her mother and sister. The article says: Women and girls make up 40 percent of the gamer population, according to the Entertainment Software Association, […]


posted by Nell Minow

Spore is not just one of the most highly anticipated computer games of the year. It is one of the most highly anticipated works of art and entertainment in any category. Think I’m exaggerating? Sales last year were $9.5 billion. […]

Explaining Economic Issues

posted by Nell Minow

My selection of David Copperfield as the book to best help people understand the current economic situation is included in this Washington Post round-up of recommended books by people with a background in business, economics, or finance. All of the […]

Crying movies

posted by Nell Minow

Movies that make you cry (or sob or blubber uncontrollably) Desson Thomson has a wonderful piece in the Washington Post about movies that make us cry, and a list of some examples sent in by readers. The usual suspects are […]

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