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VIDEO ESSAY: My Life as a Chick Flick

That’s me up there. See? That nine-year-old boy cheering on Lexie Winston to victory? No, actually I can’t see me up there either. But I was there, along with hundreds of other lucky people who managed to get spots as extras on the set of "Ice Castles."
  • By Jed Mayer and Jeffrey Canino
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  • September 26, 2013 9:05 AM
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Turning 40 with the Help of THE ROCKFORD FILES

I had a particularly virulent strain of strep throat, or maybe mono. I could barely speak or swallow, and the pain was excruciating. The antibiotics weren’t helping and neither were fistfuls of ibuprofen. I was too dazed to read. I was forty years old. I had one comfort: my iPad, Netflix, and James Garner in "The Rockford Files."
  • By Joshua Corey
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  • September 25, 2013 9:10 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 4: Ghosts of Emmys Past

Like Prom, which everyone tries to repress in their own way, substituting for The Awkward Thing Itself the Cheesy-But-Tolerable photo structured by pose and the theme and the big corsage, the Emmys telecast is both forever nostalgic and forever erasing last year’s failure to live up to its own myth as entertainment.
  • By Lili Loofbourow
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  • September 20, 2013 9:12 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 3: In Praise of the Haven't-Seens

You might not remember the Miniseries/Movie section from last year if you, like so many, stopped watching at that point. Most Emmy viewers have seen at least some scenes of "Modern Family" or "Two and a Half Men." But what percentage of them have watched, say, "Phil Spector" or "Behind The Candelabra"?
  • By Jane Hu
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  • September 19, 2013 9:10 AM
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INSIDIOUS, CHAPTER 2: The Haunting of the American Male

The Insidious films take place in an America haunted by faded dreams of a prosperity provided by a loved and respected father. In James Wan’s vision this patriarchal figure has been replaced by a maniacal presence brooding in the dark corners of a house where women are the strongest presence and men have become peripheral.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • September 18, 2013 10:10 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 2: The Emmys Anti-Prom Continues

Here’s the thing about the Emmys: it doesn’t matter who wins so much as how we talk about it.
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  • September 18, 2013 9:10 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 1: The First Annual Dear Television Emmy Anti-Prom

This week, Dear Television—Jane Hu, Lili Loofbourow, Phillip Maciak, and new addition Anne Helen Petersen—will be hosting a very special Emmy Anti-Prom here at Press Play. This Emmy week, we will attempt the possibly foolish task of having a conversation about the Emmys without stepping into the who-will-win/who-deserves-to-win maelstrom.
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  • September 18, 2013 1:59 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Female Sexual Agency in a World of Blurred Lines

We live in a culture where female bodies are constantly on display. However, most images of female sexuality we see are passive and two-dimensional.
  • By Arielle Bernstein and Serena Bramble
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  • September 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: First Fassbinder

The German actor and filmmaker Frank Ripploh interviewed Rainer Werner Fassbinder in March 1982, only a few months before Fassbinder's death at age 37. Ripploh's last question was: "How do you describe yourself?" "I'm a romantic anarchist," Fassbinder said.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • September 11, 2013 9:00 AM
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On Hollywood's False Nobility, and the Growing Power of Hype

Hollywood has always thrilled at its power to pluck a Lana Turner from the soda fountain at Schwab's, but it takes onanistic pleasure in the dark side of its hype machine, too.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • September 6, 2013 8:40 AM
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