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'X-Men' & Out-of-Control Hollywood Culture

Friday, April 25, 2014

Director Bryan Singer has a new X-Men movie out soon, but the probable blockbuster will now be marred by controversy. Last week, a man sued Singer, alleging that  the director and other men repeatedly assaulted him as a teenager.

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Bert Berns: An Unsung Hero of Early Rock and R&B

Friday, April 25, 2014

A new book by longtime music critic Joel Selvin reveals a long-hidden story from the early years of rock and roll: that of Bert Berns, the man behind hits like "Brown Eyed Girl," "Under the Boardwalk," and "Take Another Little Piece of my Heart."

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A 'Lively' Rant on Popular Film, McCarthyism, and Genre Fiction

Friday, February 22, 2013

WNYC

The writer, critic, editor, filmmaker, television pioneer, and broadcaster Gilbert Seldes comments on censorship, a favorite topic, in this 1953 broadcast of The Lively Arts

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New Movie Releases: 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Katy Perry: Part of Me,' and 'Savages'

Friday, July 06, 2012

In "The Amazing Spider-Man," Peter Parker searches for clues to why his parents disappeared when he was so young, and runs afoul of his father's former partner, Dr. Curt Connors. "Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D" takes a look at the pop star's life on and off stage, including her religious family's opinions of her career. And "Savages," Oliver Stone's latest, follows two California marijuana farmers as they face off against a Mexican drug cartel.

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Chinese Conglomerate to Become Largest Movie Theater Operator in America

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Chinese conglomerate is set to become the largest movie theater operator in the United States. The Wanda Group, a Chinese company with extensive interests in the entertainment business, has agreed to acquire AMC Entertainment and its 5,000 movie screens across North America. Phil Levy discusses the acquisition's implications on the American entertainment industry and talks about whether other American industries are preparing for significant Chinese investments.

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