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Monday October 22nd, 2012

Televised Presidential Debates Hold Telling History, Lasting Effect On American Voters

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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After months of campaigning, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will square off tonight for one last time before the Nov. 6 presidential election.

The debate could be the deciding factor for undecided U.S. voters, as many political pundits agreed President Obama performed poorly at the Oct. 3 debate but came back to barely edge out Romney at the Oct. 16 debate.

The significance of televised presidential debates can be pinpointed to the first one, which took place Sept. 26, 1960, between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. Kennedy, who was a Massachusetts senator, had numerous disadvantages going into the election: He was Catholic, young, fairly unknown and competing with the man who had been vice president for almost eight years.

However, Kennedy’s luck changed once cameras began rolling, and the night became a staple of history textbooks for years to come.

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Sunday January 1st, 2012

Celebrity Autobiography Series Continues

By Samuel Negin

Andrea Martin, Martha Plimpton, Martin Short and Matthew Perry are among the stars who will take part in a benefit presentation of Celebrity Autobiography Feb. 21, 2012, at Cal State University San Bernardino.

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Tuesday July 12th, 2011

MY TAKE ON THE DEBT CEILING CRISIS

Nobody asked me for it, but here’s my take on the ongoing debt ceiling crisis (which is, believe it or not, far more urgent than anything going on in the world of show business)…

As I see it, a large portion of the GOP today is certifiably off the wall, as demonstrated by their willingness to gamble with the future of the already shaky economy — I’m referring to people like Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Sarah Palin, who are on the record arguing that the nation’s debt ceiling should not be raised no matter how much spending on entitlement programs the GOP can force Dems to cut. At the end of the day, though, I just don’t believe that the GOP’s leadership — Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — will allow the party to commit political suicide for a generation by causing the government to default, potentially bringing about another Great Depression.

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Wednesday October 6th, 2010

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 10/6/10

  • The Playlist: Kevin Jagernauth reports that the organizers of the Academy Awards are exploring the possibility of moving up the 2012 ceremony to January as part of “a continuing effort to boost flagging viewership.” It would, however, face “considerable competition from the last weeks of the NFL season” and “the window to get out screeners” would become very condensed (which has prompted discussion about a secure Web site through which members could instantly access films online).
  • CNN: Larry King announces that he will devote the full hour of tonight’s “Larry King Live” to the new film “Conviction,” another huge coup for the folks at Fox Searchlight. Guests will include the film’s director Tony Goldwyn; stars Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, and Minnie Driver; and real-life inspirations Betty Anne Waters, Abra Rice, and Barry Scheck. Also appearing will be 12 individuals from across the country who were convicted of crimes they did not commit, and who were eventually exonerated thanks to the efforts of The Innocence Project.
  • IFC News: Allison Willmore offers a great rebuttal to Rebecca Davis O’Brien’s complaints about the portrayal of women in “The Social Network,” asserting that the film doesn’t have a problem with women, but rather its characters do. “It’s a story about guys,” she writes. “Desperate, socially inept guys. It’s a cinematic sausage fest!”
  • In Contention: Kris Tapley, who has championed Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” since seeing it at Telluride, is pleased to report that the newly-formed shingle Wrekin Hill Entertainment, in partnership with Newmarket Films, will provide the film with a one-week Oscar qualifying run in December prior to releasing in in select theaters on January 21, 2011.
  • Los Angeles Times: Patrick Goldstein describes “The Social Network” as “an old-fashioned writer’s picture, a quintessential Aaron Sorkin story crammed full of dazzling dialogue, audacious characters and a rich smorgasbord of moral issues worthy of prolonged debate,” and argues that the reason there are so few other films like it is because television is now a much more welcoming medium for writers. Sorkin concurs, telling Goldstein, “If Herman Mankiewicz, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, and Budd Schulberg were alive today, they’d be writing on TV.”
  • Los Angeles Times: Steven Zeitchik recounts “The Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s controversial remarks on the debut episode of CNN’s “Parker Spitzer” — “Sarah Palin is an idiot… a remarkably, stunningly, jaw-droppingly incompetent, mean woman… the Democrats have moved to the center, but the Republicans have moved into a mental institution”  — and wonders if it will impact the film’s performance  at the box-office.
  • TV Hunter: Hunter Walker learns that the cable network FX has purchased the broadcast rights to two recently released films, “The Social Network” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” adding them to a stable of recent acquisitions that also includes “The A-Team,” “Date Night,” “The Karate Kid,” and “Salt.”
  • The New Republic: Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law professor, calls “The Social Network” a “deeply, deeply flawed film,” but his gripe actually seems to be more with the shortcomings of the American legal system and the things that the film does not address than with the film itself.

Photo: Minnie Driver and Hilary Swank in “Conviction.” Credit: Fox Searchlight.