Orson Welles Tells Some Damn Good Stories in the Orson Welles’ Sketch Book (1955)

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On the first episode of Orson Welles’ Sketch Book, the man who made Citizen Kane remembers an anxiety-inducing evening early in his career: having somehow already gained a reputation as an entertaining after-dinner speaker, he found himself standing before a roomful of what seemed like every movie star in the flesh that he’d ever


“The Periodic Table of Storytelling” Reveals the Elements of Telling a Good Story

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Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template — the Periodic Table of Storytelling.
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Watch Episode 1 of Years of Living Dangerously, The New Showtime Series on Climate Change

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Ever since Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth came out to critical accolades, Conservative scorn and a handful of Oscars, there has been no shortage of well meaning documentaries about the perils of climate change. Most feature a Hollywood celebrity or two, a liberal amount of liberal guilt, and a distinct sense of preaching to the converted.


Free: Watch the First Episode of Silicon Valley, Mike Judge’s New HBO Series

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Mike Judge’s 1998 movie Office Space struck a nerve with just about anyone who ever wound up in a thankless low-end white collar job. Few movies before or since have been able to articulate the petty indignities, the inanities and the general soul gnawing awfulness of such gigs.


Watch Episode #5 of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: Unlocking the Mysteries of Light (US Viewers)

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Episode 5 of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos series aired last night on Fox. Thanks to Hulu, US viewers can now watch it online. The episode, called “Hiding the Light,” explores the wave theory of light.


Watch High Maintenance: A Critically-Acclaimed Web Series About Life & Cannabis

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Web series might have a reputation for being amateurish, but that’s not entirely fair. High Maintenance, created by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, for instance, is a highly polished web series, featuring subtle characterizations, wry humor and some of the tightest writing this side of Louis C.K.’s series Louie.


Batgirl Fights for Equal Pay in a 1960s Television Ad Supporting The Equal Pay Act

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Featured on the Emily’s List Facebook Page today is this “PSA from the 1960s,” where “Batgirl advocates for equal pay while saving Batman and Robin.


Watch Episode #4 of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: The Big Bang, Black Holes & More (US Viewers)

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On Sunday evening, Fox aired the latest episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos series.


Bill Murray Croons a Soulful Cover of “The House of the Rising Sun”

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Bill Murray began his singing shtick on Saturday Night Live back in the 70s. Anyone who watched the show during its heyday will surely remember his “Nick Winter” lounge singer character belting out the tune of the Star Wars theme song. Years later, Mr. Murray tickled us with a karaoke scene in Lost in Translation.


Carl Sagan’s Original Cosmos Series on YouTube: The 1980 Show That Inspired a Generation of Scientists

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I didn’t grow up as one of those kids captivated by outer space, but probably only because I hadn’t yet seen Cosmos.


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