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How Ellen DeGeneres’ Coming Out Changed My Life

I’m a writer. I’m a comic. I’m a Jew. I’m a Midwesterner. And I’m gay. The latter of which I’m only able to openly be, and include into my work in an honest way, because of Ellen DeGeneres. I was 14 when Ellen DeGeneres and her character Ellen Morgan from Ellen simultaneously came out as […]

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Erin Moran’s husband opens up about her cancer diagnosis and death in a heartbreaking letter to her fans

Erin Moran’s husband is finally speaking out. In an open letter to fans, posted on Scott Baio’s Facebook page, Steve Fleischmann opened up about his wife’s cancer battle. In the letter, Fleischmann said he first noticed signs of her cancer just before Thanksgiving, when she woke up with blood on her pillow. Watch the video […]

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‘The Graduate,’ New and Improved, Returns to Theaters

A great many people can identify with being lost during their youth, adrift in the waters of adulthood in the wake of their high school or college graduation. Some make big, sweeping, romantic decisions to travel, to commit to something big during that time — while others take the paths put out before them by […]

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A French farce that is hard to parse

  By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — The first French farce was performed in the 13th century.  British farce began a century later.  They are both still going strong, but often in very different directions. British farce usually tends to be a frenetic comedy of people chasing each other up and down stairs, banging doors, […]

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Holocaust film expert to address CBI Men’s Club

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) –Prof. Lawrence Baron will be guest speaker at the Beth Israel Men’s Club dinner forum on May 17.  Baron’s topic is  “The Wandering View: The Jewish Immigrant in World Cinema.” Baron is Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University. He taught Modern Jewish History at San Diego State […]

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Go ‘The Full Monty’ at SDSU

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — In 2005, I was part of a theatre troupe touring high schools in South Bay. During the Q&A, one girl asked if nudity was necessary to be “a complete actor.” When it was my turn to respond, I said, “Ain’t nobody gonna pay good money to see me […]

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Erin Moran Dies At 56

“Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachie” Erin Moran died, according to an exclusive report from TMZ Saturday. She was 56 years old. Moran was best known for playing Joanie Cunnigham on “Happy Days” in the ‘70s. She played the younger sister of director Ron Howard’s character, Richie. Howard did not immediately respond to Moran’s death. […]

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Bill O’Reilly to leave Fox News with $25 million

Fox News’ former star personality, Bill O’Reilly, will leave the network with the equivalent of one year’s salary — or $25 million, according to two people familiar with the settlement terms. Parent company 21st Century Fox on Wednesday fired O’Reilly, 67, after investigators retained by the company began reviewing allegations of sexual harassment and payouts […]

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Oprah Winfrey helps ‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ come alive on HBO

One day, circa 2000, Rebecca Skloot was riding in a car with Deborah Lacks, whose late mother, Henrietta, had posthumously and unwittingly contributed to some of the most important medical research of the 20th century. At the time, Skloot was a scrappy but barely published young journalist, and it would take a decade for her […]

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Movie review: ‘The Promise’ has real relevance

In the years around World War I, Turkey’s Ottoman government committed genocide against 1.5 million Christian minority Armenians, setting an example for Hitler to follow similar lines to exterminate European Jews. It’s a tragedy rarely observed in feature films but too important to ignore. It receives a powerful, overdue accounting in “The Promise,” a historical […]

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Tucker Carlson Replaces Bill O’Reilly At Fox News

After Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News on Wednesday, host Tucker Carlson is all set to take the 8 p.m. slot on the channel, starting Monday, the channel said. The decision came soon after 21st Century Fox announced that O’Reilly would not return to the network amid sexual harassment allegations. Carlson began hosting the show […]

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Winning videos about love for Israel

JERUSALEM (Press Release) —Thousands of people around the world watched 12Tribes Films CEO Avi Abelow announce the winners of the “Inspired by Israel” video contest at a ceremony held at the Tower of David on Tuesday evening. The contest, in its second year, called for filmmakers of all ages and experience levels to create videos […]

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Poor editing undercuts Israeli cuisine film

In Search of Israeli Cuisine, a film by Roger Sherman, Menemsha Films, 2016; opening April 21 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Ave, San Diego. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Good reporting can be sabotaged by haphazard editing, and that, sadly, is what happened to this film in which host Michael Solomonov, owner of […]

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Bill O’Reilly is officially out at Fox News

Fox News has officially cut ties with its biggest prime time star, Bill O’Reilly, following sexual harassment claims lodged against him. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said in a […]

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