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  • Emmys 2014: Deaths, weddings: Additional categories for this year's awards
    Emmys 2014: Deaths, weddings: Additional categories for this year's awards

    Any group of awards bestowed by one group of humans on another will inevitably be considered arbitrary, political, meaningless, myopic or absurd (unless, of course, you win one, at which time they become shiny symbols of wisdom and insight).

  • Robin Williams ran a comedy marathon at a sprint
    Robin Williams ran a comedy marathon at a sprint

    Robin Williams was impossible to confuse with any other comedian.

  • Robin Williams, more than a star, never seemed to age
    Robin Williams, more than a star, never seemed to age

    One of the drawbacks of a life captured on film is the irrefutable evidence of time passing. The camera can hide many things, but not the fact that people, even famous people, grow old. Right before our eyes.

  • TV's new microaudiences are shaking up the business
    TV's new microaudiences are shaking up the business

    The business end of show business is made up of numbers. It's a thing of charts and tallies, receipts and ratings. There are counters on everything nowadays, toting up the hits, keeping track of followers. In television, which I write about, there are the famous Nielsen ratings, by which...

  • 'Moon Animate Make-Up' remakes 'Sailor Moon': Out of many, one
    'Moon Animate Make-Up' remakes 'Sailor Moon': Out of many, one

    I am not a fan of "Sailor Moon," which I say not with any sort of pride or derision -- I have just been busy with other things. But I do like animation and collaborative enterprises and the way that every human hand makes an individual mark, and all of these things have come...

  • James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'
    James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'

    If all famous lives come down in the end to the lead sentence in an obituary, James Garner was put on Earth to play Jim Rockford, the life-sized private eye hero of "The Rockford Files." There was more to it, of course, before and after, on big screen and small. (You may remember...

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