Captain Phillips

Mythic mirror

The Oscars as mythic mirror

Each January, I can’t wait to read the list of Academy Award nominees. The annual ritual offers a way to review a pantheon of cultural imagery from the past year: a complex mirroring process. “Who are we? What do we […]

Muslims in Hollywood

Changing the narrative of Muslims in Hollywood

Growing up Muslim with an interest in the entertainment business, I would often be envious of the Judeo-Christian communities and their impact on others through the medium of television, film and music and I wanted the same for my community. […]

ATW February 2, 2014

WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards [Variety]

5 Observations About the 2014 SXSW Lineup With Insight From Film Festival Head Janet Pierson [Indiewire]

Sundance Finale – The 12 Best Films that Sold [Sundance Channel]

The 50 Best Super Bowl Commercials Ever (VIDEOS) [Huffington Post]

Man of the Moment: Dermot Mulroney [DuJour]

2014 Super Bowl Commercials – Watch, Laugh & Share [Superbowl-Commercials]

Ways to Connect More Deeply [Daily Good]

Ridley Scott Talks About Making Apple’s Landmark “1984″ Commercial, Aired 30 Years Ago on Super Bowl Sunday [Open Culture]

7 Interesting Things Science Says Will Make You Happy … [all women stalk]

ATW November 29, 2013

‘Frozen’ Is the Best Disney Film Since ‘The Lion King’ [The Daily Beast]

‘Captain Phillips’ Producer Michael De Luca Talks Shooting with the Navy [ssn]

Roundtable: Oprah Winfrey and 5 Top Actresses on Crying for Spielberg and ‘Muff Shots’ [Hollywood Reporter]

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity [brain pickings]

25 Defining Moments From Doctor Who’s 50-Year History [Vulture]

80s Teen Flicks [List Challenges]

19 Ways to Bounce Back from Just About Anything [Pick the brain]

‘Oldboy’ Scribe Mark Protosevich Talks Crushed Dreams, Resurrected Hopes, and Tricky Twists [The Film Stage]


Lights, Camera, Hanukkah

While Jewish holidays follow the lunar Hebrew calendar and thus the date that they are observed slightly changes from year-to-year, Hanukkah, the Jewish winter solstice festival, is the closest Jewish holiday to Christmas. With the commercialization of Christmas, there is […]

ATW October 15, 2013

Anthony Hopkins to Bryan Cranston: ‘Breaking Bad’ Performance Was ‘the Best Acting I Have Seen — Ever’ [The Wrap]

Malala Yousafzai [Daily Show with Jon Stewart]

6 Diverse Children’s Cartoons (Where the Main Character Isn’t Necessarily White) [Huffington Post]

Nature of Leadership: Q&A With ‘Captain Phillips’ Writer Billy Ray [word&film]

NYFF ’13: Spike Jonze and the Cast of Closing Night Selection ‘Her’ Discuss Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Baggage [Indiewire]

Kevin James Talks Fighting, Faith, and Making Movies for the Whole Family [beliefnet]

Duck Dynasty: A Biblical Sex-Saturated Reality TV Show [Patheos]

6 Lessons Kanye West Can Teach Us About High Self-Esteem [intent blog]

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