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“Laws of the lizard”

New documentary from the Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel will air the documentary “Laws of the Lizard” tonight, which follows biologist/filmmakers seeking to explain more about the “backyard lizard” known as the anole.  The doc is co-directed by filmmaker Nate Dappen, a Washington, D.C.-area filmmaker who grew up not far from the Smithsonian institution itself. “As a child, I spent a lot of my free time in the woods, ... more >

WANTED: Oscar host (or how Kevin Hart lost the gig)

Hosting the Academy Awards used to be the hottest gig in Hollywood. Bob Hope made it classy, Johnny Carson made it fashionable and Billy Crystal made it hip. Unfortunately, of late it has become a job with as much reward and negativity as working in the Trump White House. The latest victim of its recent controversy is comedian Kevin Hart. Hart recently withdrew himself from the 2019 gig when ... more >

“Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes”

The mad genius of Fox News
Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck and Babette Bombshell
Directed by Alexis Bloom

Roger Ailes died in May 2017, but his legacy lives on in Fox News, the cable network bankrolled by Rupert Murdoch that many have accused of being little more than a mouthpiece for conservative agitprop and an apologist for President Trump. Whether or not Fox News was “responsible” for Donald Trump is a peripheral concern of the new documentary “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” ... more >

INTERVIEW | Jason Reitman on the making of “The Front Runner”

When politics went tabloid
Starring Hugh Jackman and Vera Farmiga
Directed by Jason Reitman

There was a time, before social media and cell phones, when a scandal took hours or even days to break publicly, and when a politician’s fortunes were perhaps not decided within seconds of being captured in a compromising photograph. That was the case in 1987, when Gary Hart, a rising Democratic star, seemed all but poised to sail easily to his party’s nomination to face Ronald Reagan’s ... more >