After seven seasons celebrating local
government, breakfast foods and Mouse Rat, it’s time to bid farewell to
Leslie Knope and all the residents of Pawnee as Parks and Recreation (8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC) comes to a close this week with a one-hour series finale.
A new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, as reported in Variety
(Feb. 9), highlights the disparity between perception and reality in
respect to women’s onscreen roles in Hollywood.
Audiences outside the scope of the mainstream studio system are sometimes forced to wander along the margins in search of familiar reflections of themselves, honing in on specific stories conceived and produced by members of their communities of origin.
Once again, the Mayerson JCC Jewish &
Israeli Film Festival presents award-winning films born within the
independent film scene and features appearances by filmmakers as well as
special Q&A events with leading scholars in the region.
Seemingly spent from months of pimping
dozens of Oscar-season hopefuls, the big studios often try to hide their
creatively challenged or otherwise flawed releases in the annual
cinematic wasteland known as February.