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Meryl Streep calls for the “Principled Press”

“We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution.” Looks like Hollywood award shows are bringing back the soap box. Last night’s 2017 Golden Globes is the first out of the gate. […]

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2016 and the Official End of the 20th Century

#CruelCruelYear pic.twitter.com/I3O6NaKmjF — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 29, 2016 The sudden and unexpected death of Carrie Fisher “our Princess” as her “Star Wars” co-star Mark Hamill managed to tweet out in a haze of grief, followed by the death the day after of her mother Debbie Reynolds (Hollywood’s princess from the Golden age) seemed to […]

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Pride, Prejudice and Brexit

EU leaders’ response last week to PM David Cameron and the Brexit leadership resembled Elizabeth Bennet’s rebuff of Mr. Darcy’s first boastful and lame marriage proposal in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Britain and the EU are now at the beginning in what has been described as a bitter divorce following the results of a […]

DC Film Festivals’ Bottom Line – AFI DOCS 2016

Washington, DC has film festivals, not markets. That’s the difference between DC and Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca. But there’s another bottom line for DC film festivals: IMPACT. How does a story move people to action? Support key legislation? Who should see it and why? What understandings or changes are inspired? AFI DOCS devotes 5 days (June […]

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Eternally “GREATful” Muhammad Ali (1942 – 2016)

The death of champion boxer and humanitarian Muhammad Ali seems to bring the 20th century to its final and definitive close. He called himself “The Greatest.” “Champion” wouldn’t do. It’s rare, when someone calls him/herself “The Greatest” and the title sticks even in times of defeat. Because it’s not about accomplishments and winning, but who […]