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When Stars Won’t Do Brand-Name Franchises, Do They Help Their Own Brand?

“Franchises are not a big part of the movie business. They are not the biggest part of the movie business. They are the movie business. Period.” – Mark Harris, Grantland, December 16, 2014 Since Harris wrote those words a few months back, most of the other serious, Harris-level writers about film have nodded their heads in approval. But there are a few star-actors who don’t seem to have received the Harris memo. And for at least some of them, we can very
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Autism

But Today is Dar’s First Day of School, Yay

Today is Dar’s first day of school! Yay!! Last week we took Dar to get a haircut. We bit the bullet: the gorgeous curls aren’t coming back and we needed something less 70s supergroup-touring and more manageable. We had to plan the haircut like a military operation, squeezed in during the one hour of the week where neither me nor wifey was at or doing work. You see, one of us holds down his arms, the other holds his head
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Populism

George Packer’s “The Populists” Is Wrong

For the last year-and-a-half, this blog has been, to the best of my knowledge, one of the only spaces to consistently discuss the nation’s current non-partisan populism. Sure, you can find lots of places that atomize or advocate for progressive values or the TEA Party, but far too rarely do you hear: Americans of all parties are fed up with the wealthiest one percent and the elite decision makers. Americans want to throw all the bums out, not just the
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