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Film & Television

The Economic Upside of Oscar

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

Some high-profile celebrities are actually paid to wear certain gowns and jewels. Two years ago, there was a bidding war between two labels for Jennifer Lawrence’s dress. Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly earned $1 million for wearing a diamond cuff by Anna Hu. And, in 2011, when Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars, she reportedly received $750,000 to wear jewelry from Tiffany & Co. (Someone should really let Tiffany’s know that I’d wear them for free.)

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Film & Television

The ‘Real’ Women of Independent Films

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The lives dramatized in these films aren’t always easy to look at but we will all recognize parts of ourselves in them and be glad that these talented actresses and filmmakers have the courage to look honestly at these women. Quirky, ambiguous, contradictory, idiosyncratic, independent films are like real women themselves, always surprising, and in a class by themselves.

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Film & Television

Oscar’s Women: This Year’s Best of the Best

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

When the Academy Award nominations are announced, we bemoan the lack of women recognized by the industry itself, not to mention, the virtual absence of any diversity this year. However, there are two categories that by their very nature cannot exclude women. This silver screen velvet ghetto includes Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. And this year, there are many fine contenders in each.

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Film & Television · Sex & Sexuality

Movie Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ — Transexual Reality Then and Now

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

'The Danish Girl' is a beautiful film that reflects fine work from everyone involved. But, just as Caitlyn Jenner was criticized, justly, for joking that the hardest part of being a woman is “figuring out what to wear,” 'The Danish Girl' oversimplifies Lili’s transition. If all she really craves are the trappings of femininity, she is missing more than a second x-chromosome.

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Theater

‘Allegiance,’ Rarely-Told History Repeats Itself on Broadway

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

Along with the wonderful acting and singing, the staging of 'Allegiance' is particularly clever. Rough wood has been fashioned into sliding Japanese screens, effectively conveying the elegance of the family’s past with the austerity of their present. Projections are used at various points to add to the story and are especially effective when the characters learn of Hiroshima.

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Film & Television

‘Downton Abbey,’ Season 6: Time to Say Goodbye — on Both Sides of the Pond

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

Whether you’re looking forward to the characters we’ve come to love (and in some cases hate), the human drama unfolding upstairs and down, a happy ending for the Bateses (we can only hope), Dame Maggie’s clever quips, or everything that 'Downton Abbey' has served up over the past five years, be sure to watch the final season premiere on Sunday January 3rd on your local PBS station.

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Film & Television

Movie Review: ‘Trumbo’ and the (Gossip) Queen of Hollywood

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

'Trumbo' tells the story of “The Hollywood Ten,” a group of screenwriters blacklisted by the studios in the late 1940s and through the 1950s for their alleged affiliation with the Communist Party. The film’s release is timely. At what point does freedom of speech or religion or political affiliation become a threat to national security? When does our collective fear of “others” intrude upon our nation’s promise of inclusion and asylum?

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