Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father. After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film … Read more

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield Shows Her Rich Heart in ‘Generation Wealth’

I first took an interest in Lauren Greenfield’s work when I moved to Los Angeles from Europe 20 years ago. Her book, “Fast Forward,” was a vision of everything I feared about raising children in the soulless, culture-free, morally vacuous City of Angels. I interviewed her then for The Washington Post with the barely-veiled terror … Read more

‘Our New President’ Brings Huge Dose of Fake News to Sundance

One day after Donald Trump handed out his Fake News Awards, the Sundance Film Festival kicked off with a film that genuinely sets a new standard for falsehoods — because director Maxim Pozdorovkin’s documentary is based on the Russian propaganda generated during the presidential election that put Trump in power. The film was designed, said … Read more

‘Blindspotting’ Film Review: Ambitious Oakland Tale Suffers from Too Many Ideas

Sundance Film Festival Having too few ideas has been the downfall of many a film, but sometimes too many can be just as much of a problem. “Blindspotting,” which premiered on opening night of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, puts far more on its plate than it knows how to handle. It’s a story about … Read more

Jimmy Kimmel Goes Off on GOP for Government Shutdown, CHIP Funding (Video)

At the top of tonight’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel kicked things off with another chat about an issue he cares about. This time, it was funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a looming government shutdown, and who is — or is not — responsible if a shutdown happens. First joking that “we’ve … Read more

California Leaders Slam Trump Administration Over Report Of Planned ICE Raids

After a report of planned federal immigration raids targeting undocumented individuals in Northern California ― supposedly to send a message to the new “sanctuary” state ― California politicians came out with condemnation and vows to protect the immigrants in their communities.In one of the strongest responses, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday that she’d be willing … Read more

Pope Francis ‘slander’ comment angers Chile abuse victims

Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean Pope Francis ‘slander’ comment angers Chile abuse victims Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with … Read more

Europe storm: Germany in huge clean-up as trains run again

Europe Europe Europe storm: Germany in huge clean-up as trains run again Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this … Read more

Michael Douglas: Former employee accuses actor of sexual harassment

Michael Douglas: Former employee accuses actor of sexual harassment Michael Douglas has said the claims are “a complete lie” A former employee of Michael Douglas has described how she says she was sexually harassed by the actor – more than a week after he issued a pre-emptive denial of the claims. Author and journalist Susan … Read more

Turkey steps up Syria shelling as invasion of Afrin looms

Middle East Middle East Turkey steps up Syria shelling as invasion of Afrin looms Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook … Read more