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Dick Cavett Remembers His Friend, Johnny Carson

Posted on 05/10/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhen Dick Cavett allows you to hitch a ride on one of his conversational caravans, there’s really no telling where you’ll end up. In 50-plus years of professional conversationalism, the man has met and chatted up everyone from Aaron Sorkin to ZZ Top, so one anecdote can’t help but lead to another, and then another, and pretty soon the narrative includes more characters than Day of the Locust. On this day, though, Dick Cavett is talking with me about Johnny …

Go Green! 10 St. Patrick’s Day Movies

Posted on 03/14/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentSome 45 million Americans identify themselves as Irish—weird, when you consider only six million people live on the whole of Erin’s Isle—but perhaps that explains why so many classic movies have an Irish focus. These days, an awful lot of those movies seem obsessed with the dark side of Ireland, it’s history of famine and religious strife. But faith and begorrah, it’s St. Patty’s Day, time to celebrate the beauty of the land and the resilient, sometimes quirky nature of …