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Mitt Romney has a thing or two to learn from MELQUIADES ESTRADA

Article: Mitt Romney has a thing or two to learn from MELQUIADES ESTRADA

When it comes to the issue of immigration, Mitt Romney has two faces. There’s the one he wore at his now-notorious behind-closed-doors fundraiser in Boca Raton, where he “joked” to a roomful of fat cats that “it would be helpful to be Latino.” Then there’s the noticeably browner face he wore to a forum on the Spanish-language network Univision, where he spouted meaningless rhetoric about how the answer to illegal immigration is “self-deportation.” He seems so unconcerned with understanding what life is like for Spanish-speaking immigrants (illegal or otherwise) in this country, it’s a milagro he can discuss issues of concern to that community while keeping a straight face.

More buzz over Isabella Rossellini and GREEN PORNO

Article: More buzz over Isabella Rossellini and GREEN PORNO

The (UK) Guardian is abuzz over Isabella Rossellini’s latest venture into the animal kingdom, a series of videos for Burt’s Bees that chronicle, in gory detail, the fascinating and fragile life of one of our primary pollinators.

GET TO WORK season finale: Wake up and smell reality

Article: GET TO WORK season finale: Wake up and smell reality

Don’t miss the season finale of GET TO WORK! On the final episode, see how getting high brought three people to new lows. Cathy went from living in a $750,000 home to living under a bridge. Christina chose drugs over raising her son. Maurice ended up in jail instead of graduating from high school. It’s time to get to work.

Robert Redford joins One Billion Rising to end violence against women

Article: Robert Redford joins One Billion Rising to end violence against women

Robert Redford is speaking out on behalf of a global effort to end violence against women.

The Sundance founder is joining Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising, which encourages people around the world to “walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to the violence.”

BIG FAN and the real blood sports both on and off the field

Article: BIG FAN and the real blood sports both on and off the field

After Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan committed a penalty that may have cost his team a recent game, he received death threats on Twitter. Who would be crazy enough to do such a thing? Meet Paul Auferio (Patton Oswalt), a 36-year-old schlub who works at a dead-end day job and spends his nights calling in to a sports-radio station to proclaim his undying love for the New York Giants — and his murderous hate for the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles. He’s the tragic title character in the super-dark comedy BIG FAN (airing tomorrow night at 8P on Sundance Channel).

Top 10 radical career changes

Article: Top 10 radical career changes

Feeling trapped in your job by this ersatz excuse of an economy we’ve been slumming with for half a decade? You’re not alone, but you’re also not as cornered as you think. If you have the drive and passion but just need a little inspiration, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get a job that suits you. Here are a few examples of people who made major changes midway into a career. Sometimes you just have to say screw it and pursue what makes you happy.

ICONOCLASTS is back! Highly anticipated sixth season premieres October 9

Article: ICONOCLASTS is back! Highly anticipated sixth season premieres October 9

Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment are set to debut the highly anticipated sixth season of the critically acclaimed series ICONOCLASTS on Tuesday, October 9 at 8P. Each half-hour episode of the innovative six-part series, which will air on Sundance Channel, pairs two visionaries who come together to discuss their lives, influences, passions and creative processes.

GET TO WORK: Hustling only gets you so far

Article: GET TO WORK: Hustling only gets you so far

Emotions run high this week at Strive. Bailey needs to get her life back on track to reconnect with her family. And does Jonathan’s pink slip mean the end or a new beginning? In a particularly poignant scene, instructor Rob Smith is touched when Strive’s co-founder pays a visit…

Signs you may be bi-curious, Ă  la ROOM IN ROME

Article: Signs you may be bi-curious, Ă  la ROOM IN ROME

Homosexuality is such a political hot potato these days — what with television shows about gay couples and surrogates popping up, and transsexualism being so popular amongst the youth — that people are drawing lines in the discussion. But polarization happens to be taking the place of the great gray space where, I think, most people’s sexuality resides. And that’s a drag. The uproar is having a negative effect with the absurd notion that being bi-curious is wishy-washy, not firm enough of a position for either side. Like, what ever happened to appreciating a good ol’ B.U.G.?

Robert Redford to honor Roger Ebert at "Celebrate Sundance Institute" benefit

Article: Robert Redford to honor Roger Ebert at "Celebrate Sundance Institute" benefit

Sundance Institute today announced that its president and founder Robert Redford will present journalist and film critic Roger Ebert with the Vanguard Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy of independent cinema. The award presentation will take place at the third annual “Celebrate Sundance Institute” benefit, on June 5, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Did DEATH WISH kill gun control?

Article: Did DEATH WISH kill gun control?

Once upon a time in America, there was a gun-control debate. Then came Charles Bronson. In 1974′s DEATH WISH — tonight at 10:10P on Sundance Channel — the journeyman character actor shot to superstardom as Paul Kersey, a self-confessed “bleeding-heart liberal” who becomes a pistol-packing urban vigilante after his daughter is raped and his wife is murdered. Made for a modest $3 million, the gritty flick earned back more than seven times its budget and spawned four sequels over the next 20 years. Now director Joe Carnahan (THE GREY) is planning a remake.

Top 10 ways to keep your job in a tough economy

Article: Top 10 ways to keep your job in a tough economy

We all know that it takes more than luck to find employment. And once you manage to get a job, what steps can you take to give yourself the best chance to keep it? Strive co-founder Rob Carmona shares his insights on how you–just like the down-and-out unemployed citizens featured in the Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK–can keep a job in this tough economy.

Top 10 interview dos and don'ts

Article: Top 10 interview dos and don'ts

Chances are, you or someone you care about has struggled to find work lately. There’s no question that it’s a tough market. That’s why you need to give yourself every advantage — what can you do (and what should you avoid) when you go in for an interview? Strive’s lead job-trainer Rob Smith and his staff share insights on how you — just like the down-and-out unemployed citizens featured in the Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK — can make the right impression and land a job.

5 funny ladies with foul mouths

Article: 5 funny ladies with foul mouths

With SARAH SILVERMAN: JESUS IS MAGIC on Sundance Channel tonight, we thought it was high time to pay homage to some of our favorite foul-mouthed funny ladies. Sure there are plenty of notable male comedians who have embraced the filthy, but comediennes have their own brand of twisted, crass, sardonic humor. Here’s to closing the gender gap in comedy! Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious? These clips are seriously NSFW. But that’s why we love ‘em.

"Mad Men" is Rickrolling in it

Article: "Mad Men" is Rickrolling in it

Still smarting from Mad Men withdrawal? Perhaps this will assuage your need: the show’s stars performing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Top 10 hicksploitation films

Article: Top 10 hicksploitation films

Aaah… the great American outdoors. It can sure be beautiful, but beware: The further afield you get, the harder it is to find help. Help with what, you may ask? Just ask the boys from DELIVERANCE, currently playing on the Sundance Channel: deviant lunatic hicks, o’course!

Top 10 recession-proof jobs

Article: Top 10 recession-proof jobs

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It’s tricky to predict what industries are impervious to a recession. Even organized labor’s future seems uncertain in ways. But here are a few jobs, off the beaten path, that have proven to keep workers afloat during stressful times, like the ones we’re experiencing right now. See if any of them speak to you.

Film Intelligence: OBAMA'S AMERICA and NINJA TURTLES

Article: Film Intelligence: OBAMA'S AMERICA and NINJA TURTLES

Every week there are dozens of film news stories. We read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: a big indie hit, a small indie studio fire and a hugely misguided remake.

New memes: Shaming man's best friend, plus Mitt goes little

Article: New memes: Shaming man's best friend, plus Mitt goes little

For a while there was a popular meme involving cats and slices of bread. That might be a reason to give up the Internet entirely, but some (bored?) cat owners began photographing their cats with slices of bread worn around their seemingly content furry feline heads. Well, now (disobedient) dogs are in the meme spotlight. Dog owners have been submitting photos of their misbehaving pooches with signs explaining their misdeed over at Dog Shaming. Hey, dogs that dig through the trash: Just because you are known as “man’s best friend” doesn’t exclude you from taking responsibility for naughty behavior. That said, it is tough to stay mad too long at these dogs — aw, look at that face!

And we have a winner in the gay-marriage debate!

Article: And we have a winner in the gay-marriage debate!

With all the backlash over “legitimate rape” vs. illegitimate (sic) rape last week, another great debate got a little lost in the shuffle: the gay-marriage debate between Dan Savage, sex columnist and married gay dad of one adopted son, and Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage and straight married father of seven biological kids.

Top 10 skills that make you indispensable

Article: Top 10 skills that make you indispensable

Photo credit: Sundance Channel

What does it take to land a job — and keep it? The new Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK examines following down-and-out unemployed citizens as they try to pick their lives back up, find work and unlock their potential. But in this environment, almost anyone can relate to this struggle. To help in this process, Assistant Director of Career Services at Strive Katherine Strickle shares 10 critical skills to make you indispensable.

Pushing for accessible taxis in New York

Article: Pushing for accessible taxis in New York

Tonight on PUSH GIRLS, you’ll get a glimpse of a major ongoing accessibility problem: people with disabilities trying to hail cabs in the Big Apple. It’s an uphill battle — New York’s taxi problem is notorious among disabled transit users — and some people are working to change that. Activists in New York have been fighting for decades now for accessible taxis, through negotiations, court cases and protests.

In France, "You Don't Own Me" is a love song

Article: In France, "You Don't Own Me" is a love song

When I (Em) was in Paris a few months ago, I couldn’t figure out why the bridge behind Notre Dame was covered in thousands of tiny padlocks (plus a few bike locks). They weren’t there when Lo and I visited back in 2004. A quick bit of Googling (thanks to “wee-fee,” as the French call wifi) and I learned that they were “love locks” — a fairly recent tradition wherein couples celebrate their love (and, perhaps, hope to ensure its survival) by affixing a padlock to a romantic bridge and tossing the key into the river below. They might also attach a ribbon to the padlock, or simply adorn it with their initials. When I was there, enterprising young salespeople were selling new padlocks at each end of the bridge in case you were moved to do the same.

Beautiful boys: Leland Bobbé's "Half-Drag" puts gender identity in the spotlight

Article: Beautiful boys: Leland Bobbé's "Half-Drag" puts gender identity in the spotlight

Leland Bobbé’s latest photographic series is pushing the cultural theory of camp — best addressed by Susan Sontag — a step further. “Half-Drag… A Different Kind of Beauty” provides us with an up-close and intimate look at the transformation process gay drag queen performers undergo to create their stage personalities. It also reveals the humanity that lies beneath the surface.

Best videos of the week, starring a "skateboard rabbi"

Article: Best videos of the week, starring a "skateboard rabbi"

5. Korean sensation PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is back in this weekly video roundup for the third time this month. The man himself appears at a Dodgers-Giants game, meetings which are notoriously fraught with the specter of violence between opposing fans, but it’s all love when “Gangnam Style” is piped through the loudspeakers.