Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff bet the house -- and lost
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You don't know Jack? Now you will. "Casino Jack" is both a gambol and a gambit that the trust-buster story of Jack Abramoff -- treacherous traitor of the trust of his family and friends, not to mention the public once he turned Washington lobbying into a foyer of self-enrichment -- will find its slot among Hollywood's great depictions of the...
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The truth hurts, sure, but lying has its own paean. Just ask Jon Lovitz, whose "Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar" lies as the foundation for a career which is true grit in action. "Here I was, no income, and suddenly I'm making a great living" as a member of "Saturday Night Live" (1985 to 1990), where his lively renditions of...
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Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to ... war ... we go?" When Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted to stem the rise of Nazism sympathies and fascist followers in South America at the outset of World War II, he had not so much a new deal up his sleeve but an old one: "Let us entertain you!" was a theme that brought out...
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Whose "Calling"? The main characters in a compelling two-part, four-hour PBS documentary airing Dec. 20 and Dec, 21 on WHYY-TV12 have made the ultimate long-distance connection, answering to a higher authority than A&T could every supply. Please hold: "The Calling " is a celestial cell phone with rabbinical roaming charges as the "Independent Lens" series follows those who are called...
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On the first day of Chanukah, my true love gave to me ... "Interiors" and "September"? Was this some sort of Woody Allen joke? Quite the opposite: Airings of his two more serious films. Epix Network (not my true love but "TV Turn-Ons" does get excited about innovative offerings) is in on the joke -- and serious about scheduling a...
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