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The Last Star: Elaine Stritch 1925–2014

When asked why she chose show business, Stritch replied, “I want to be talked about. I want to be written about. I want everything about me! And I don’t make any bones about that.” But she never begged for it, not on stage, and not on screen. Instead she demanded it, which illustrates the divide between stardom and celebrity.
  • By Mike Spry
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  • July 18, 2014 1:19 PM
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Truth, Based on a Story: Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM

Cursory investigation of the real story behind "Million Dollar Arm" suggests the filmmakers left a better movie somewhere in the ether of truth.
  • By Mike Spry
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  • May 23, 2014 5:27 AM
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Better Red Than Dead: Director Gabe Polsky Revisits the Cold War Through Hockey

Filmmaker Gabe Polsky’s upcoming documentary RED ARMY “tells the story of the most dominant sports team in history: the Soviet Union’s Red Army ice hockey team.”
  • By Mike Spry
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  • March 27, 2014 12:17 PM
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The Shame of Pageantry: The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

I’m deeply offended by opulence. I think people who eat three meals a day are showing off. I don’t understand expensive watches. I drive a ‘99 Ford Taurus that doesn’t have any heat, which to me is a little showy. You can only imagine what it was like for me to watch the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
  • By Mike Spry
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  • February 8, 2014 5:20 PM
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Complicit in THE ARMSTRONG LIE

In no other place are we so desperate to crown monarchs, to live vicariously through victory and wealth, than in the realm of celebrity. We are smitten by the success of others. In Lance Armstrong, we were given a character for the ages.
  • By Mike Spry
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  • December 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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