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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.

‘Listen to Me Marlon’ Doc Takes Us Into the Heart and Soul of Marlon Brando

A still from "Listen to Me Marlon"

The "Listen to Me Marlon" documentary is a fascinating portrait of the actor in Marlon Brando's own words, taken from hours of personal audio recordings provided to the filmmaker by Brando's estate.

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Interview: Nigel Lythgoe Talks 10 Years of ‘So You Think You Can Dance!’

"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 12 judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, and Jason Derulo

Nigel Lythgoe talks about ten years of "So You Think You Can Dance" - the legacy, the choreographers, and his gratitude for what the show has done for him personally.

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Movie Review: ‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker’ Documentary

Sophie Tucker with her long-time pianist and songwriter, Ted Shapiro

"The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" is a documentary love letter to the wonderful star of vaudeville, Sophie Tucker.

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Movie Review: ‘Lucky Stiff’ Musical is Retro Fun

Nikki M. James, Dominic Marsh, and Dennis Farina in "Lucky Stiff"

The musical "Lucky Stiff" brings stage and screen stars together for a delightful, retro farce about death, dogs, money, and love.

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Movie Review: ‘Strangerland’ Starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes

Hugo Weaving and Nicole Kidman in "Strangerland"

"Strangerland" starring Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes is a grim film that misses the mark.

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‘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’


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 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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