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Author Archives: Melanie Votaw

Melanie Votaw
Melanie Votaw is a New York City-based freelance writer and the author of 15 non-fiction books. She’s a former actress/singer/dancer who started performing at age 4 and now loves to write about film, TV, and theater. Visit her Web site, Rule the Word, and follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

‘3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets’ Examines Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

Jordan Davis

Melanie Votaw reviews the documentary, "3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets," about the murder of Jordan Davis in Florida for playing loud music at a gas station.

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Tony Awards Recap: It was a Tony Travelogue – Paris, England, Thailand & New York, New York

Hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming perform onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Melanie Votaw recaps the Tony Awards and its travelogue with an opinionated look at the Broadway season and a celebration of its unprecedented number of female winners in usually under-represented categories.

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Movie Review: Foreign Language Oscar Winner ‘Ida’

Ida

Melanie Votaw reviews the 2015 foreign language Oscar winner from Poland, "Ida," directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, about a novice nun in the 60's.

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‘The True Cost’ Doc – A Scathing Expose of Fashion Industry’s Human Rights and Environmental Abuses

A still from "The True Cost"

Melanie Votaw writes about the scathing documentary "The True Cost," which shows the human rights and environmental toll of the fashion industry.

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‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Takes Main Characters to Europe

hannibal-season-3-premiere

"Hannibal" Season 3 takes the main characters to Europe. What will happen next?

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press

Stephen Schwartz and Kristin Chenoweth | Melanie Votaw Photo

Check out Melanie Votaw's photo gallery of the 2015 Tony Awards nominees as they met the press Wednesday morning.

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2015 Tony Awards: Full List of Nominees

Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola will take their production of “The Elephant Man” to London | Melanie Votaw Photo

Here's the full list of 2015 Tony Awards nominees, along with a few thoughts from Melanie Votaw about the nominations.

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Tribeca Film Festival: 3 Documentaries Explore Comedy, Big Pharma & Politics in Zimbabwe

Jimmy Fallon in "Misery Loves Comedy"

Melanie Votaw writes about 3 documentaries in the Tribeca Film Festival - "Misery Loves Comedy," "Democrats," and "Prescription Thugs"

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Tribeca Film Festival: 7 Narrative Films From the Tragic to the Ridiculous

Olivia Wilde in "Meadowland"

Melanie Votaw writes about seven narrative films in the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival that range from outrageous comedies to horrific tragedies.

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Set Your DVR’s for HBO’s Serial Killer Doc ‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’

Serial killer Lonnie Franklin on trial in Los Angeles in "Tales of the Grim Sleeper"

Set your DVR's for the HBO documentary "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" airing 4/27 at 9 ET/PT.

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3 Tribeca Fest Films Take on the Topic of Terrorism

Maulana Aziz Ghazi, right, quizzes one of his newest students in "Among the Believers"

3 Tribeca Fest films tackle the complex subject of terrorism: "Among the Believers, "(T)Error," and "Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist"

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Tribeca Film Festival Documentaries Celebrate Female African American Trailblazers Misty Copeland, Constance Baker Motley

A still of Misty Copeland from "A Ballerina's Tale" in American Ballet Theatre's 2012 production of "La Bayadere"

Tribeca Film Fest documentaries celebrate two African American women trailblazers, Misty Copeland and Constance Baker Motley.

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