Daily Archives: February 14, 2012

FTD Fail, Candy Hearts and Other Valentine Stories

Got a timely Valentine’s Day e-mail today. It was from the FTD.com floral spot that I had done some business with the other day. “Despite our best efforts, due to exceptionally high seasonal demand, we regret we were unable to fill your order as requested,” it said. No “Be My Valentine,” no nothing. The site […]

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Tuesday TV: ‘The Interrupters,’ ‘The Loving Story’

On a special, super-long episode of “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) Steve James of “Hoop Dreams” fame and Alex Kotlowitz, author of “There Are No Children Here” tell the tale of brave and brilliantly skilled mediators trying to calm the violent powder keg of attack and counter-attack in Chicago in “The Interrupters.” The […]

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Sharon Malone’s Education of the Old South

One of the most remarkable documentaries in Black History Month is the one that premiered tonight on PBS, “Slavery by Another Name,” which recounts the decades of forced labor that followed the Emancipation Proclamation due to a loophole in the 13th Amendment. It was a brutal, little known chapter in history until it was brought […]

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How Kevin Smith Got Back on TV

Kevin Smith wasn’t anxious to get back into television.  After all, his last “disastrous foray into TV” was an animated series based on his movie “Clerks” in 2000. “We only made six episodes and ABC only aired two,” he shrugged. So he mostly thought he wasn’t simpatico with television. But then producer Charlie Corwin of […]

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