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12 Feb 2015

TRAILER: Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow Team Up for “Trainwreck”

From writer/actress Amy Schumer and director Judd Apatow, their new film Trainwreck turns the tables on the story of the guy who can’t commit by making the hero a young woman who thinks romance and marriage are her worst nightmare.  As with any comedy of this ilk, she falls for a nice guy and has to wrestle with every rule she’s every made for herself...

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Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence
12 Feb 2015

Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence

While the Grammys only dipped a toe in the water of stopping domestic violence, activist Brooke Axtell made clear at Sunday night’s event that she was able to survive an abusive situation and later thrive because of one supportive voice. Apart from the frustrating juxtaposition of President Obama’s PSA on stopping violence while abuser and Grammy nominee Chris Brown sat in the audience, the important...

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The Grammys’ Conflicting Message on Domestic Violence
09 Feb 2015

The Grammys’ Conflicting Message on Domestic Violence

Sunday’s Grammy Awards featured a PSA of President Obama calling attention to the shocking number of women in America who are raped or suffer domestic violence.  “It’s on us,” he said, urging the artistic community to raise awareness to bring a stop to it.  Activist Brooke Axtell then shared her own experiences with abuse and human trafficking, capped by a powerful performance from Katy Perry who...

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Are Colleen McCullough’s Accomplishments Enough?
31 Jan 2015

Are Colleen McCullough’s Accomplishments Enough?

Beloved author Colleen McCullough, best known for The Thorn Birds, a book that sold 30 million copies worldwide, just received an obituary all but ignoring her many successes and the fact that  she was a Neuroscientist at Yale.  The Australian offered this in their opening paragraph: “…Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she...

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Is Governor Jerry Brown a Successful Leader?
27 Jan 2015

Is Governor Jerry Brown a Successful Leader?

Would you call Governor Jerry Brown a successful leader?  California’s tax rates are high. Is the sticker shock worth it? When Brown re-took office in the midst of fiscal crisis, we were asked to bear “temporary” higher taxes on the promise that he would balance the budget.  How much of a chance would you be willing to take on such a message? Clearly, Brown has...

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26 Jan 2015

Governor Jerry Brown Beyond Left and Right Hype

Depending upon whom you ask, California Governor Jerry Brown has either saved the Golden State from sure ruin or deserves an “F” rating as a “tax and spend” liberal who has chased away businesses, raised taxes egregiously and masked massive unfunded pension liability behind a new budget surplus in the billions.  Who is right? Having lived in the state for 25 years, my evidence is...

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24 Jan 2015

Maddie and Tae Show Us How To Fly!

Teen sensations Maddie and Tae scored a #1 single last year with their brilliant, funny and feminist “Girl In A Country Song.” Their new single, “Fly” is so lovely, the tears were rolling before I heard half the lyrics. “Fly” is a sweet anthem of encouragement in challenging times.  If you’re taking on something new that has you freaked or if the day’s struggle just...

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18 Jan 2015

Miss Betty White Still Amazing at 93!

Miss Betty White celebrated her 93rd birthday yesterday and got a sweet surprise from the entire cast and crew of her show, Hot in Cleveland. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this hilarious, uber-talented lady and no one is more deserving of an outpouring of affection. Enjoy the video celebration, then read about my own encounter with Miss Betty! No one can underestimate the value of a kind...

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U.S. Absence in Paris – Is There Shame to Go Around?
14 Jan 2015

U.S. Absence in Paris – Is There Shame to Go Around?

CNN’s chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper penned a blistering editorial chastising President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, Attorney General Holder and other senior White House officials for their absence from last Sunday’s Unity rally in Paris.  The White House has admitted that their lack of attendance was a mistake and apologized repeatedly, which did nothing to assuage Jake Tapper’s disappointment at our lack of participation....

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Golden Globes Find Their Humanity
13 Jan 2015

Golden Globes Find Their Humanity

Forget the glitz of the Golden Globes. What emerged from Sunday’s telecast were some moving moments dedicated to diversity, community and unity. Led by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, this was not business as usual. Jerry Doyle and I discuss a few of the best moments, where those winning awards offered reminders that acceptance of those different than ourselves matters. As an aside, it was...

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