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Superintelligence

The thing that makes Melissa McCarthy such a fascinating comic presence is her fearlessness. In her signature roles, she takes her characters to weird, dangerous places that you’d never expect—and you’re happy to go along for the ride. Whether it’s through her bold physicality or an unusual line delivery, she gives you something you may…

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The Christmas Chronicles 2

Even before millions of viewers made it one of Netflix’s most successful films ever, there was some magic behind Clay Kaytis’ “The Christmas Chronicles.” Envisioning Santa Claus as a Kurt Russell-like figure (played by the man himself) proved to be an inspired choice, especially with the family-friendly action-comedy introducing a version of Kris Kringle who is…

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The Mystery of D.B. Cooper

The story of D.B. Cooper has fascinated generations, and not just your true crime fans. There’s something about the tale of a man who hijacked a plane and may have escaped with a fortune that’s captivating. It’s become so much a part of the fabric of pop culture that it’s even worked its way into…

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Last Call

On November 19, 1953, poet Robert Lowell wrote to his friend and fellow poet, Elizabeth Bishop: “I guess you’ve heard about Dylan Thomas’s death. He died four days after a brain stroke which seems to have immediately finished his mind. The details are rather gorgeously grim. He was two days incommunicado with some girl on…

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Stardust

David Bowie played many personas in his lifetime. A space alien, a dapper fashion icon, an astronaut, a goblin king, whatever cocaine fever dream The Thin White Duke was supposed to be. What Bowie never played was boring, and I’m sorry to say that for the most part, that’s what you’ll find in Gabriel Range’s…

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Chaz Ebert Debuts Song I Remember People, Performed Quarantine-Style by The Chicago Soul Spectacular

Chaz Ebert, CEO of Ebert Digital, publisher of the film review website Rogerebert.com, on Thanksgiving Eve has released a song she wrote earlier this year called “I Remember People” to express how she and millions of Americans have been feeling as we have been forced to keep our distance for months due to COVID-19.  Ebert admits she…

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