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Nothing unites Americans in quite the same way as standing around the water cooler, saying, “Did you see Lost last night? That was so cool.” Or debating whether Adam Sandler can actually, you know, act. (Our conclusion: not much.)

TV Show: Star Trek

Posted by on Sep 19, 2009 in TV Show | Comments Off on TV Show: Star Trek

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” First, Star Trek split the infinitive. Then they split open the entertainment...

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Film: The Verdict

Posted by on Sep 18, 2009 in Film | Comments Off on Film: The Verdict

Movie fans, and Paul Newman fans in particular, can debate his most outstanding role. For me, it’s his portrayal of recovering...

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Actor: Jack Nicholson

Posted by on Sep 12, 2009 in Actor | 3 comments

Jack Nicholson has played some of the most fascinating roles in movie history. He’s been the Joker in Batman… J.J. Gittes in...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2009 in Sports, TV Show | Comments Off on TV Show: ESPN

Sure, ESPN has gotten a little too big for its broadcasting britches. Yes, it takes itself a tad too seriously. And certainly, it threatens...

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Film: The Sound of Music

Posted by on Sep 7, 2009 in Film | Comments Off on Film: The Sound of Music

There aren’t many good musicals made anymore, probably because they don’t typically involve explosions, aliens, or extensive...

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Kid Stuff: Sesame Street

Posted by on Sep 1, 2009 in Kids Stuff, TV Show | 3 comments

Educational! Enlightening! Entertaining! Today’s Great American Things post is brought to you by the letter E. You probably...

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Actress: Grace Kelly

Posted by on Aug 30, 2009 in Actor | 1 comment

There have been lots of beautiful women in Hollywood history who made great movie posters. Grace Kelly was a beautiful woman who actually...

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Book/Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in Film | 1 comment

For the first time, a listing covers both a book and a movie. Both are exceptionally good, and could be here separately. But that would be...

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TV Show: The Ed Sullivan Show

Posted by on Aug 25, 2009 in TV Show | Comments Off on TV Show: The Ed Sullivan Show

As befits the very earliest days of television, there couldn’t have been a simpler program format. Bring on a wide variety of acts,...

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Actor: Robert Duvall

Posted by on Aug 21, 2009 in Actor | Comments Off on Actor: Robert Duvall

This man is an actor’s actor. Seldom has anyone had such a rich career and performed so many roles so flawlessly. And yet, when the...

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