Michael Jackson and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Similarities?

I recently watched a documentary on Mozart’s life and I was amazed at how similar it was to Michael Jackson’s.  Both enjoyed fame as children, and then later as young adults, both had fathers who controlled their careers, both went bankrupt and both died young (35 for Mozart, 50 for Jackson).  Both also strived to […]

The Soap Opera and the Resist for Change

Earlier this week, CBS announced that it was cancelling its last Procter & Gamble sponsored soap, As the World Turns later this year.  Guiding Light, the longest running soap in history (dates back to the radio days) will also be leaving television.   There will be  only six traditional afternoon soaps left on television.  People just […]

Cynthia’s Thoughts on Mad Men – Nostalgia it is NOT!

For the past several months, everyone has been talking about Mad Men, now in its third season on AMC.  The show has won several awards and are up for more at this weekend’s Emmys.  This has even led to a comeback of some early 1960s styles and AMC has a guide to the era’s cocktails.  […]

Hollywood Only Wants the Dough….They’re Not REALLY laughing at us

It seems that many (36.4%) of you believe that Hollywood is there to make money, not to laugh at (18.2%) or with (9.1%) society. At the same time, another 36.4% of you thought it was other. Personally, I feel that movies in the past 10 years have somehow been “dumbed down.”  Many movies (especially big budget pieces […]

Grey Gardens: A Reflection of How Women’s Expectations Have Changed

Last weekend, I saw the premier of the HBO TV movie, Grey Gardens.  This is a fictionalized account of the Edie Beales, a mother (“Big Edie,” played in the movie by Jessica Lange) and daughter (“Little Edie,” played by Drew Barrymore), who went from high society New York to living in a house that was […]