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Rosalind B. Penfold walked into what she thought would be a love story – with a recently widowed executive and his young children. It turned out to be the kind of life she had never experienced before. While many people might keep a diary, Rosalind drew what she witnessed – as it was happening – in harrowing detail, and then hid the images in a cardboard box. Now, many years later, her drawings have been compiled into this shocking, graphic account.

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My personal reviews on movies that have grabbed the brass ring – or or at least came close.

"Television is a goddamned amusement park."

The music was written by Howard Shore and was so incredible in scale and scope that he was able to turn it into a Lord of the Rings Symphony that is performed in classical concert halls. It was grand and epic. It was perfectly written and blended into the film. It was small and minimalistic when it needed to be and yet large and powerful when it was supposed to be. Shore’s talent and dedication to Jackson’s vision really came through.

Paul Haggis: [Laughs] I was very blessed to have good material.

Now, when it comes to Peter Jackson’s directing, the first word that comes to mind is genius. But the second word I think of is demanding. He demanded nothing but the best from every last person who worked for him. After watching the entire 12 hour director’s cut trilogy, I watched only 2 of the documentaries included with the DVDs. But in one of them I learned that the final theatrical cut of The Return of the King was completed only 2 days before the World Premier in New Zealand, where the entire movie was filmed. The third installment of the trilogy had more special effect shots than the first two movies combined. Jackson pushed his people to the wire and pushed himself at the same time. I can’t even begin to imagine the number of hours spent by all the people involved in making these three movies. The statistic would be staggering.

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As a longtime proponent of gay rights, as a guy who was demonstrating in the streets of LA when our state government was trying to ban gay marriage with Prop 8, I didn’t want to give you the impression that I think there is no homophobia in Los Angeles. Of course there is. There’s homophobia everywhere, as there is hatred of minorities everywhere. You saw what happened this weekend – hateful intolerant small minded people are hateful intolerant small minded people.

PH: Thank you. That really is the collaboration with David. He brought out the best in us.

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“Thank you for sending me Dragonslippers. I thought it was a wonderful book which really gets over the terrific nightmare that women victims of domestic violence discover.”
–Cherie Blair, prominent QC and campaigner, and wife of Tony Blair

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A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Luma received her U.S. citizenship in 2011. Her story—and the story of the Fugees—illustrates both the American dream and the very real challenges of integration and discrimination that so many face today. Luma received her B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College and recently completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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PH: Thank you, thank you. I’m very proud of it.

However, another character who caught my attention was the host of the game show, Prem Kumar, played by Anil Kapoor. He was very handsome and his role encompassed a bit more than his on-stage persona. There were short scenes of him threatening Jamal, trying to unnerve him, trying to make him lose all the money. He was shown to be visibly furious at Jamal’s success, an emotion which had to be suppressed when the studio cameras were rolling. He had to pretend to encourage him to win.