Thursday, Sep. 9, 2021

Considering the number of movies, documentaries and other entertainment vehicles  made about Muhammad Ali, it would seem that — much like the former heavyweight champion at the end of his 1971 fight against Joe Frazier — there's not much left to offer that's fresh.

Will Smith played Ali....

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

Bill Feehan was so knowledgeable about the New York City Fire Department's operations and history, colleagues say, he would have been the one leading its recovery had he survived the attack on the World Trade Center.

Feehan, the department's first deputy commissioner, was the highest-...

Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021

The new PBS documentary on dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp is called "Twyla Moves." In retrospect, that sounds a bit weak.

It really should be called "Twyla Moves And Won't Stop As Long As She Has a Detectable Pulse," a title that might perhaps begin to capture the fierceness with which...

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

Only one project lured two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson back to the screen after an absence of 25 years: "Elizabeth Is Missing." 

The film is a mystery but so much more — a powerful and moving look at dementia, a pressing emotional and financial issue for many nations with...

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

On screen, Hugh Laurie has been by turns irascible ("House"), villainous ("The Night Manager") and a comedic delight ("Jeeves & Wooster"). In a conversation about his latest project, PBS' "Roadkill," he proved equally versatile.

Laurie was thoughtful and charmingly wry and self-...

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020

The documentary genre's power of immediacy is evident in "Not Done: Women Remaking America," which includes the still-unfolding possibility of the first Black female vice president and the loss of Breonna Taylor.

The film depicts a powerful female-driven advocacy, one represented by Black...

Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020

Before there was Cher or Madonna, Beyoncé or Rihanna, there was another savvy media star who unapologetically embraced her sex appeal and femininity. That would be Mae West, the bawdy, witty, sex symbol of the 1930s who pioneered a path for modern women with guts and a nod and a wink.

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Tuesday, May. 19, 2020

Filmmaker Sasha Joelle Achilli has made documentaries on the Ebola virus and now the coronavirus. Ask which virus scares her more, and the answer is easy.

"The frightening thing about COVID is it's everywhere, and you just don't know," she said. "It is airborne and it feels much more easy...

Friday, May. 8, 2020

A century of racist attacks detailed in the new PBS documentary series "Asian Americans" might have felt like ancient history just a few months ago. 

But through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in China and is now hitting the U.S., being painted as a foreign enemy has...

Wednesday, May. 6, 2020

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has selected 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019. Of the 60 nominations, PBS and HBO lead with 11 and seven, respectively, followed by Netflix (five), Amazon (three), and...

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