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Actress Evan Rachel Wood Outs Her Abuser in HBO’s Phoenix Rising

“What is this feeling?  It’s the feeling of being believed!”— actress Evan Rachel Wood. It’s clear that even as a young teen, actress Evan Rachel Wood had affinity for edgy dramas.  But, as it turns out, her film roles were … Continue reading

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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Bows on HBO

“We don’t play down to kids.  We just have a very short audience.”—Joe Raposo, Sesame Street composer. There are few more pleasurable strolls than the one kids take every day down Sesame Street.  Since its debut on public TV on … Continue reading

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Mare of Easttown Nabs 16 Emmy Nods and an Upcoming HBO Marathon

“I had a very specific vision. I wanted to tell a story about home and the people I grew up with and yet make it entertaining and wrap a mystery around it.”—Brad Ingelsby, screenwriter and creator, Mare of Easttown. Brad … Continue reading

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HBO’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Returns with Gripping New Episode

“A violent crime never ends with a victim. A singular act reverberates, its wounds appearing in other people, sometimes months and years later. The pain ricochets.”—Michelle McNamara. Nothing fascinates me more than twisty murder mysteries and psychological thrillers. Binging on … Continue reading

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Tina Turner Is Simply the Best on HBO

“I had an abusive life. It’s a reality so you have to accept it,” says Tina Turner, as she contemplates the physical and emotional blows she absorbed as the abandoned child of sharecroppers in Nutbush, TN, and as the physically … Continue reading

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HBO’s Allen v. Farrow Sheds New Light on Family Trauma

“This is someone I loved more than anyone else. You can love somebody and be afraid of them.”–Dylan Farrow. I can’t remember when I didn’t have a crush on Woody Allen.  I absolutely adored his films, his humor and the … Continue reading

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I Was Undone by HBO’s The Undoing

“Underneath this wonderful family, there is a ticking time bomb.”–director Susanne Bier. I’ve been obsessed. I’ve watched and  rewatched episodes of The Undoing so many times, I’ve lost count.  I’ve been bewitched by its talented, smartly cast team of actors. … Continue reading

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Remembering Comedy Legend Carl Reiner (1922-2020)

“It’s now 1:00 a.m., and I am going upstairs to my computer to tweet out my thought of the day, because I can. I have the freedom to do that because of people like you who are committed to protecting … Continue reading

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Ruffalo, Panjabi and O’Donnell Shine in HBO Literary Adaptation

“There has always been the tyranny of the word over the image: anything that’s written has got to be better. Most people feel it’s more genuine if you express yourself in words than pictures.” —Martin Scorsese. Works of literary fiction … Continue reading

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Very Ralph Makes Its Stylish Debut on HBO

“I hate fashion. But I had the eye.”—Ralph Lauren. During the Sixties, when most of us were sporting tie-dye shirts and hanging peace symbols around our necks, young Ralph Lifshitz from the Bronx yearned for wider ties and special cut … Continue reading

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