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Susan Sarandon: A Vulgar Grandma in ‘Tammy’

Posted on 07/2/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentYou know it’s a feel-good weekend at the movies when Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon hit the road trip together and Keira Knightley sings Mark Ruffalo back from the brink of despair.   Tammy Melissa McCarthy must have realized she can’t base an entire name-above-the-title career on the loudmouth-lout character that earned her an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids. So it’s a relief to see her soften up considerably in this appealing comedy: She plays an impulsive, aimless woman who, fired …

The Government Compound Where Robots Watch TV

Posted on 04/10/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentI recently ventured into the hollowed-out Virginia mountain where the Library of Congress keeps copies of every movie, TV show, and sound recording that’s submitted for copyright. Officially, it’s called the the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. I call it Heaven. Here are stored, in specially built vaults, the highly explosive nitrate prints of films made prior to the 1950s…historic videotapes, including the first-ever color broadcast…vinyl and shellac discs dating back to the days of Edison… and in a lead-lined vault …

The Lost Music of Peter Sellers, Belafonte, and Tony Bennett

Posted on 04/14/2011 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFor me every day is record store day–on any given weekend, you’ll find me flipping through the dusty vinyl bins at a local used music store. But the really real genuine Record Store Day is the third Saturday each, sort of a consolation prize for those of us who’ve waited ’til the last minute to file our taxes. The idea behind Record Store Day is to celebrate America’s little independent music retailers; that is, any mom and pop stores that …