Opinion

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Happy birthday, Marian Anderson! (with video)

Mariann Anderson, the great contralto, perhaps the most renowned of the 20th century, would have been 115 years old today.

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Oscars hid shameful side of "The Artist"

"The Artist" opens with a shameful and blatant episode of anti-Soviet and anti-Russian propaganda that has no place in advancing the plot of the film.

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Grammys: prayer for Whitney, praise for Adele

The Grammys' usual glitz and glamour were dimmed a few times during tributes to 48-year-old pop icon Whitney Houston.

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“A Separation”: revelatory film about life in contemporary Iran

The movie deserves its Oscar buzz as best foreign film. As with any good artistic experience, moviegoers are transformed as they watch.

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Ballad for the Occupation: interview with Spencer Livingston

Spencer Livingston's "Occupy Wall Street" is a mellow, melodic meditation on the feelings of economic injustice that sparked the movement.

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What the Oscars ignore: Progies spotlight films you should see

Progie nominees contain a wealth of progressive content and contain many suggestions for progressives viewers to watch ... if you can find the films at your local theater, on TV or anywhere in the U.S.!

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Muppets, Fox News and the Looney Tune right

The sheer wackiness of its anti-Muppets hysteria suggests that Fox News has become a parody of itself - but it represents a powerful political constituency.

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Heroes saved television

This was a show about ordinary people who suddenly learned they had great gifts. It was about the idea that everyday people could do something to make the world a better place.

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"Skin I Live In" gets very weird

Almodóvar is internationally famous for highly colorful, exceedingly dramatic, often perverse films. Some might find them shocking.

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In Time: One man's immortality is another man's death

Time is money. In Time seems to take that quite literally. In what is a brilliant metaphor for modern day class segregation, the poor die young and the rich live forever. And a man named Will Salas sets out to do something about it.

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