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  • A Night to Remember:  PEN Awards Dinner

    By Joy Bennett

    October 16, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Governor Jerry Brown Photo by Joy Bennett

    Monday night I went to one of the most exciting events this writer has ever covered.  It was the PEN Center USA’s Literary Awards Festival held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on October 14, 2013.  PEN Center USA’S...

  • ‘Zero Dark’ writer faces the controversy

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 19, 2013 | 11:32 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site — Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer, he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face,...

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,...

  • Mark Boal’s journey from journalism to movie chronicler of the Middle-East wars

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 11, 2013 | 10:21 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site: Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face...

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  • Obama to Hollywood: Help!

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 9, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    When you need an image boost, who better to turn to than Hollywood, the grandest disseminator of idealized imagery in the world?

    Governments, dictators, politicians and political causes the world over have historically turned to the power of media and the arts to help spread their...

  • Oscar Watch:  “The Hurt Locker’s” Mark Boal

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 25, 2010 | 12:18 am

    I met Mark Boal, the screenwriter and producer of “The Hurt Locker,” the day the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences determined that he would be one of four producers to receive a statuette should the movie win best picture on March 7.  (Check out our full profile of Boal...

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